After enjoying the underwater beauty in Tulamben, I decided to call a couple of days in the village Amed. Initially I was not going to stop there, well, somehow she is not interested in my reviews, but having driven past on the way to Tulamben, I changed my mind, I liked the restaurants and on the banks of Hestia, a dive center and shops with snaryagu, have suggested, that there may I finally find an alternative to Koh Tao.
Из Туламбена в Амед я добралась опять на автобусе, a small distance, minutes to go 30, for two people already profitable to take a taxi.
Amed is commonly referred to several villages, расположенных на расстоянии 14 km along the coast in a few bays. The largest Amed itself, Dzhemelyuk, Slogans. There is usually no strong currents and waves, поэтому считается, что Амед идеально походит для обучения дайвингу и фридайвингу.
Как только я вышла из автобуса и выгрузила свои баулы в виде чемодана и сумки с еще мокрой снарягой на меня налетела куча помогал с предложениями жилья и транспорта. True, When I voiced its budget on housing, half immediately sailed. Так как я не готовилась особо к заезду в Амед и была без понятия, where to go to seek shelter, right or left, I decided to settle for one of the most budget proposals. The offer includes a free transfer on the bike, driver long tried to place my bags and me, including, on his stool, Despite my objections. A minute later put together a small council of helping others and just onlookers, some, похоже, We have gathered to bid, who will win. В итоге минут через двадцать упорной борьбы со значительным перевесом победил мой чемодан. By the time I was so angry, that she would not live with him even for free, so I went on foot, drove all the way drove me, without losing hope. Here such I came across an optimist!
But, Alas, через 15 минут я уже сторговалась пожить в шикарном по моим меркам бунгало прямо на пляже за 200 тысяч рупий. For fun, then I went to the place, which offers carrier, 150 thousands bungalow with breakfast, minutes 5 up the hill from the beach.
A place, where I settled in the Bay turned Dzhemelyuk, restaurant Warung Pantai ( Warung Beach) and there are several bungalows right on the beach. Excellent location and bungalows, and restaurant. After the hostel was so nice to lie in the double bed, look through the open balcony doors of the sea and finally sit on the internet with a decent speed.
In Amed friends advised me not to dive, just posnorklit, сказав, that I was in Amed no surprise.
Snorklit I went straight from their bungalow, however, first I had to get over the coral at a depth of 50 see, but in flippers it is not too difficult.
Underwater life of me really reminded Tao, too many different corals and small groups of students, sitting around a circle instructor, exercise is repeated for him of course ATS.
Snorkeling in Dzhemelyuke liked – beautiful corals, I saw krylatok, stingrays and many other animals, even regretted, that would not come here for diving. Judging by the reviews on the Internet, in other bays are also many interesting, including a pair of sunken ships, доступных для снорклинга.
Another great place Amed, to go on climb the volcano Agung, dawn trekking offer in any travel agency.
Night and even night life here, I have not found, although honestly tried. After dinner in a restaurant on the banks all go home, to prepare for tomorrow's dive. Can not there looking for ... Market or less large store, also not found, Some tourist stalls with a set of chips and shampoos. Therefore, the question of an alternative to Tao I have remained open in Amed, but I do not lose heart in front of me were still Islands adobe and including the famous rave Gili Trawangan, his mushrooms, horses and the like as an excellent diving (although by that time I had already heard mixed reviews).
Ticket for spidbot Amed, Gili Trawangan Padang Bay with an open date for 500 thousand rupees I bought into the first travel agency. Departures waiting for two hours, but they arrived very quickly, the sea was calm.
When unloading on Trawangan not the first time felt sorry, I have a suitcase, instead of a backpack. Havens no, losing your right on the sand, Water on the knee, and sometimes higher (that's for me, and I'm pretty high), thus it is necessary to take a suitcase with boats, dotaschyt ashore, trying not to wet the most valuable. Dive into its snaryagu, of course, nicely, but carry it with such confusion.
With the barkers on the beach, I found a place to live for 120 тысяч рупий в Funny Homestay, room with fan, breakfast and shared bathroom for about the third street from the beach. Walking around the island, realized, it was the cheapest option, even a bed in a hostel, offered more.
Looking ahead, say, Gili that I did not like. It's hard to explain clearly why, naturally, I liken with your favorite Koh Tao, но и у Тао есть много тех же недостатков, that Gili (eg, garbage and taxi drivers).
So, my subjective rating shortcomings Gili Islands, generally, и Травангана в частности:
- Garbage. He is the most diverse and many, of course, less than in India, but more than in Thailand.
- Mud. Trawangan on all roads – is trodden earth, but after the rain it turns into slush and standing there for two days (Tao somehow quietly, peacefully and quickly flows into the sea).
- Люди. more Addictive, than in Bali, and, certainly, more pristavuchie, than closed Thais (even the taxi drivers). Proposals to be my boyfriend on a dark street, too, do not add points to local handsome men.
- Diving. Maybe I was not lucky and, вообще, I, simply put, fatcat, но мне дайвинг показался скучным. But about diving alone ...
- Total external impression of some neglect and devastation.
По советам знакомых я пошла нырять в дайв центр Manta Dive. Maybe nothing, since then he is seen in other DC more interesting prices.
At Manta Dive a cost 400 thousands, discount for their snaryagu 10%. You can make two daytime dives per day, one in the morning, then return to the shore and a dive in the afternoon. They usually have multiple locations at the same time, can choose. Лодочки маленькие, dress in costume and gathering equipment on the shore, to go near sites. I did two dives with them, Both times were a group of two people, except guide.
On the first dive, I chose Sharks point. That day was a strong current, At first it was fun and enjoyable, until he had to row across it, not to carried away from the reef to the open sea.
Underwater landscape reminded me of the steppe or desert, rocks and broken coral, live coral quite a bit. But a lot of the large fowl, for dive saw two reef sharks, two octopuses and a bunch of turtles.
The next day we went to the Deep Turbo site, reviews for one of the best dive sites on Gili. It was more fun, Hills reef-islands, divided by sandy areas, ducts.
I was beginning to change his mind about diving on Gili, when suddenly something burned my lip, and burned so badly, I have tears flowed from the eyes. Cursing himself invisible jellyfish, I tried to erase the remnants of stinging tentacles sleeved wetsuit, at the same time wondering, how serious. As a result, I decided to, that I will live and I will not spoil the dive buddy. The pain is almost gone, but part of the lip and cheek quickly start to swell, Soon it became difficult to keep under control and mask beginning to flow water. And then just ran out of corals at a depth above 20 m, and again began the desert. Luckily, my partner out of air, and we surfaced.
On the boat there was one more victim of this invisible jellyfish, guides gave us a wipe soaked tobacco burns (the first time I heard about this, but the other options were not). Guba was held the next day, but the experience of diving on Gili is tainted.
Self, made by boat to assess damage.
Finished with diving, I dedicated a couple of days snorkelling. I swam with turtles on the beach in the eastern part of Trawangan (там у какого-то ресторана есть табличка Turtle Point), again without corals.
I waved for a day at Meno clay see the turtle nursery.
Meno clay – It is closest to the notorious "Bounty", I met in Indonesia, very quiet and not crowded. Among the few drawbacks I would have said the same litter, neglect and more expensive prices. Остров по кругу я обошла часа за три, with breaks for swimming and photographing.
Turtle nursery or nurseries, where babies are bred turtles.
The corals are more vibrant, than near Trawangan, There are various interesting fish, turtles, unfortunately, I have not met.
In principle, a good «getaway» from the bustling Trawangan, optionally be newlywed, but it is better to grab a couple of gay friends, to not get bored in the evening.
More, perhaps, about Gili I have nothing to add… About mushrooms, togethers, bicycles and animal-drawn carts on the Internet written enough. I was leaving a little disappointed, but really wanted to return home to the Tao, to their friends along and across the dive sites.
I still had a week in Kuta, but there is a place to go surfing diving, McDonald's, going to the cinema, shopping and other pleasures of civilization.
Four weeks passed quickly, and slowly, There were so many memories, something like, something is not, I did not have time to dive off the island of Menjangan, see mola-mola, climb the Agung and much more. Bali – this is definitely the place, where it is necessary to return, if only, to go further in Indonesia.
Video sketch about diving in Bali, at last.