Trip Start Mar 01, 2006
Trip End Dec 01, 2007

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Friday, October 6, 2006

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While I was there taking a diving course, I took the opportunity to add a couple of dives in another reknown spot of Bali. So I went crescendo, and after the US Liberty wreck in Tulamben, on the east coast, I went to Menjangan Island, the northwest of Bali.

I was there with 3 divemasters from the diving center, and two other clients. After meeting at the dive center, like every morning, the staff loaded the equipment in the van, and off we went driving for 2 hours, everybody still struggling to try to end his night. We boarded a boat, with all the equipment, and half an hour later we were ashore on Menjangan. The water was a pale blue along the shore of the small island, and getting darker all of a sudden after 10-20 meters.

In fact the bottom was flat, at about 1-2m depth, and at one point it became a wall, plunging down vertically, an underwater cliff, but which bottom was lost in dark blue, out of reach of our sight. A great location, as you can imagine, quite powerful, especially considering it was again a first time for me.
There was one "canal" in the reef going down sharply, but not vertically, and that's from where we started, before stabilising at 18m and exploring along the wall. It was covered with corals, of incredible colors and shapes, and the quantity and variety of fish was just overwhelming. We also went in a small underwater cave at some 12m deep on the wall. Everything was magic.
As during the previous day, I took pictures with an underwater disposable camera. I will devellop them in Australia, I hope they will be good...


Just a word on Bali now. The tourists have deserted the island, as can be seen by the countless tourist resorts, hotels, tours, restaurants, bars, that are almost empty. In the touristic places there are tons of Balinese trying to sell souvenirs or tours or services, and nobody to buy them. When I say nobody, I mean that there are dozens of tourists instead of hundreds.
In fact the first bombings did not affect the touristic flow: people continued coming in, partly also as a support to the island. But with the second bombings, everybody realised that Bali was going to be a target possibly every year... So very understandably, they have deserted to more peaceful places. Today there is nothing visible that could prevent a bombing in the most frequented places in Kuta, for example. This is normal, as of course the authorities cannot isolate tourists from the rest of the population.

So Bali tourism has been seriously impacted, and is not really ready to go up the slope. Quite the contrary in fact.

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sylvainpicard on

Je te rappelle au cas ou on te l'ai pas dit mais tu doit pas plonger 24 heures avant de prendre l'avion. Et pas d'apnée aprés une plongée.

peacefrog on

Re: précaution
Ben... pour l'avion ils disent 12h, 18 pour etre sur a cause des plongees repetees...
Et pour l'apnee, je suis parti faire du snorkeling et descendre a qques metres, gentilment pas longtemps, apres chaque plongee.
Mon instructeur etait pas contre...
Merci pour les conseils!

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