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Day 26 - Boat to Bali

sunny 32 °C

We awoke to sound of the call to prayer, quiet nice given we were in this remote plush hotel and
there was only our group staying in the hotel.
Leaving our little bungalow for breakfast we were greeted by another resident, a large fruit bat (flying fox) hanging in the tree outside our room ! Apparently it lived in the grounds and was quite friendly as we fed it some fruit as we held it !
Today was our last day in Java and after breakfast we left the hotel to visit some local industries which included
a Coffee, Cacao and Rubber plantation, before heading towards the ferry port.
The plantation was called Glenmore after its founder a Scotsman back in 1916.
First stop was the Cacao plantation, walking around the Cacao trees we sampled some raw chocolate,
plus other fruits and herbs on the estate including Lemongrass, Cloves, Black Pepper, Mint and Turmeric.
Passing the Coffee plantation we moved on to watch some rubber tree tapping and Latex collection,
then on to the factory were they produced the rubber, mainly for export for Aircraft tyres.
We then went back to the estate house to have a cup of the estate coffee and some fruits picked from the estate including
mini bananas, dragon fruit, star fruit, guava and papaya.
After our mid morning refreshments we drove on to the ferry port to catch the ferry across to Bali.
Bali was only about 15km away by sea but the crossing took an hour due to the heavy sea traffic.
Once we docked we moved to another time zone (+1hr) making us now +8 hours ahead of GMT.
A short bus drive later and we arrived at Pemuteran, our base for the next couple of days, a small village on Bali's southern coastline.
We checked in to a lovely Eco Lodge resort just 10 mins walk to the Beach,
We had a welcome drink and got a nice surprise when we entered our room, a "swan towel" and
petals scattered on the bed with more petals spelling our names.
Weather here was nice and dry but a lot more humid and hotter,
so after a cold shower we went out to check out the village and find a local restaurant.

Posted by Andy-Irene 01:43 Archived in Indonesia

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