Bali – Pemuteran and Lovina

In the car with Made we drove North West in the direction of Pemuteran to do some diving.

We found a Kopi Lewak place on the side of the road where Made assured me the civets were treated fairly. I have to say it was lovely but not any better than any other cup of coffee I’ve tasted. So much for the world’s most expensive, they can keep it, and treat the civets nicer!
Out next stop was the iconic water temple, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. It was magnificent, although slightly over crowded with tourists because of the lovely weather.
Finally we arrived at Pemuteran where Made and I parted ways and I stayed in yet another incredible piece of accommodation. This time it was a cottage on the beach, I had a gorgeous sunset stroll and found somewhere for a little al fresco dining with my toes in the sand.
The next morning I was up early and ready for a day of diving. I met two great guys who took me on a private dive for the day to Menjangan island. A secluded island where no-one but wild deer live. Off the coast but a beautiful sea wall teaming with marine life, I even saw my first clown fish!
At the end of a long day I headed West to Lovina where I stayed in the middle of a rice field.
The next morning was another early start and this time for wild dolphins. It was a beautiful sunrise and the dolphins were excitedly flipping in the air although I couldn’t help feeling sad as hoards of paying customers relentlessly chased the dolphins in boats stinking of petrol.
This Bali is so stunningly beautiful and a wildlife paradise, I just hope tourism doesn’t continue to ruin it too much, you can really see the effects of this in the South of the Island while the North is still largely untouched.

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