19.01.2017 29 °C
We had a free day, so we decided to go diving, luckily the dive centre was next day to our hotel which made it very convenient.
The area just off the Pemuteran coast,
where we were was a popluar dive site in the Bali Sea.
We got picked up after breakfast and after getting our gear sorted out, made a short trip to the harbour and
then only a 30min boat trip across to Menjangan (Deer) Island.
There was only Irene, me and our Canadian friend Dave, plus other 2 people (which were snorkelling) on the boat.
Once we'd dropped anchor, we were straight in, back roll off the boat and off we went.
The first site was Point 1 Wall, a reef wall descent to around 20m and then we followed the coral wall around the island.
The temperature was amazing, air temp was 29c and water temp 28c ! plus the visibility was approx. 25m - super clear.
All was going fine, then we spotted a large Eagle Ray swimming quite fast past us towards the surface.......
Being chased by a Black Tipped Shark, about 5ft in length, which then turned and swam right past us, only about 3m away !
After all the excitement we continued the dive and eventually surfaced after 64min.
We then moored up on the Island, had some lunch and waited for sufficient interval time before our next dive.
Our next dive was Bat Cave, only about 10mins boat ride away. Back roll boat entry again, then down to around 18m.
Once down we followed the coral reef in the opposite direction until we came to Bat Cave, a large underwater "open" cave.
We entered the large entrance which only went in about 5m, there was no real risk as there was a roof opening.
Coming out was great - from the darkness into the clear blue water.
Our divemaster then spotted a Pygmy Seahorse and pointed it out to us, amazing,
but very very small. We surfaced again after a good long dive, this time 62mins.
As we were quite close to the mainland, we got back to our hotel by 3pm, so after a quick shower to get the salt water off,
we went with some friends for a bike ride around the local villages and Hindu Temples for around 2hrs.
It had been a great, but not stop day topped off by a Bali dance show in our hotel in the evening.
It was performed by children from a local orphanage.
They played some great traditional acoustic music in the hotel grounds as we ate our meal and
had our first glass of wine for nearly 4 weeks !
A local "Sababay" Wine - a tad thin but it was a great way to end a fantastic day.