After Ubud, we started our road trip with the scooter!
Once we hired it, we hit the road straight away. We only paid 50000IDR (ca. 3EUR/4USD/5AUD) per day and filling it up for about 25000 IDR (ca. 1EUR/2USD/2AUD) was just peanuts 😉 .
We took our little scooter uphill, downhill, across rain forests, fields and past the ocean. That’s how we imagined Bali. Only the traffic was a huge chaos – no speed limits and no rules. Locals ride without a helmet and usually there’s 3 or 4 people on one scooter. If it’s a family, usually the youngest is driving, sometimes as young as 7 or 8 years. Protective gear is non existent and stopping at an intersection or a red light results in strange looks …
The main job of the cops seems to be taking tourist’s money: What locals are allowed to do would never be allowed to strangers and if there aren’t any issues to be found, they’ll make some up. We’ve been stopped once, too and had to pay, because Christians license wasn’t valid. We actually had the choice between paying 1000000 IDR (ca. 59EUR/71USD/93AUD) at the court in Denpasar or just half of it straight to the cop, which we did. Someone behind us had to pay, because the weren’t wearing proper shoes… Cop seems to be a well paid job in Bali 😉 .
Our first stop was Kintamani with the Mount Batur volcano. We climbed it at 4am for sunrise, but were a bit unfortunate due to a really cloudy morning. On the other hand, it was a good opportunity to warm up in the steamy vents of the volcano. The whole area around the crater is really worth a visit. There’s not a lot of tourists, but locals are even more welcoming and open towards strangers.
Once back off the volcano, we headed to Singaraja and the Aling Aling waterfalls. It’s all one big swimming paradise and we could’ve stayed there for days.
Unfortunately, we were running a bit behind schedule, because we were held back by the much feared Bali belly. Once recovered, we headed back south towards Canggu, but, of course, not without stopping at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Tempel. It was just a great place to stop, rest and photograph. Always worth a journey.
That’s it for today, but don’t worry! The next post will be up soon – including Canggu, surfing and dream beaches. See you 😉