Amed, Padangbai

Trip Start Nov 18, 2002
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Padangbai Beach Homestay

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Monday, May 7, 2007

Another taxi ride and off this time to the east coast of Bali and an area (hopefully) famous for it's snorkeling and diving.  We worked out that a private car was easier given the weight of our backpacks with dive gear stuffed within.  It certainly was worth the little extra cost and to be delivered to the door so to speak or indeed be taken to another hostel if the first choice was not up to scratch!
Amed appears very quiet unless you make the mistake of booking into the room at 'Amed Cafe' that over looks the main street!  Yes you would have thought we had learnt by now about outside traffic etc but at the time of checking the room the road was quiet.  Then it all became too much when in the middle of the night a scooter or 5 would whiz by sounding so loud like it was racing across your pillow.  We were both well grumpy the next morning and I went out to find an alternative room.  And I came up trumps.  We relocated just across the road and onto the sea front side settling for a beautiful detached bungalow at Junkung Bali.  With a incredible outside bathroom with palm trees and shower water coming out of a bamboo pipe it was fantastic.  There were no visible drains, the shower water just ran into a 6 inch wide band of beautiful stones in separated colours. And to just hear the ocean outside your room instead of those buzzing scooters was just heaven.
Outside we ate breakfast every morning on our veranda with numerous white cushions and a huge sofa area.  And all for $20 a night.  There were only 2 villas there and 'Wayan' really looked after us so well.
There was the added bonus of being able to just walk into the sea outside our villa and go snorkeling.  What more could we ask for?
Over the next 5 nights we got to know a local group of young guys who were great fun, teaching us many different words and phrases in Indonesian. 
The highlight of our time in Amed has to be diving the 'Liberty' wreck situated about half an hour away at Tulamben.  This US Navy cargo ship was torpedoed back in 1942 by a Japanese submarine and eventually ended up being towed as far as Tulamben.  It is just a few meters off shore and a fantastic dive site.  It does get extremely busy with numerous dive company's coming from all over Bali to dive it.  We went with Eco Divers situated in Amed.  Staying so close by we were one of the first people to dive it in the morning before all the other dive schools arrived.  There were great soft corals and loads of fish including a huge Barracuda who cruised near the top of the wreck just where you begin our decent, as if he was clocking everyone in!  Although the wreck is fairly broken up there are still parts of the hull you would recognise.  A huge school of Jacks hung out around one of the hull parts, very chilled and not bothered about all the divers.  A definite recommendation from these 2 divers and a good end to our fun times in Amed.
Next stop was Padangbai, a busy port/harbour town where we stayed at Padangbai Beach Homestay  for 2 nights.  It was just enough time to realise that we had a resident RAT who visited our room on both nights to look out for any knickers or laundry one had carelessly left lying about!!!  We named it Rat-a-chewy.  You can probably guess the rest!
The best bit about those 2 days was getting to know our neighbours, a great German couple, Sebastian and Gesine who were on a month long honeymoon in Bali.  We were very interested in all the fantastic huge wooden craft things they had bought to decorate their apartment in Bavaria.  One of them being a massive wooden carved door.  They had hired a container to take all these fantastic things back to Germany.  We can't wait to visit you one day Seb and Ges.  And should you need a good carpenter to help assemble that door well we know just the man don't we?  We said our farewells to our new friends and took the afternoon Parama boat to our next destination of Gilli Trawangan............
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