Where was I when I wrote this: In Cemoro Lawang right outside Mount Bromo right now trying to wrap up some backdated blogs and continuing again now on our ride from Probolingo to Yogyakarta.
Today is our last day in Bali if you can believe it. Now I can understand why people would want to stay out here much longer.
As usual we had breakfast at the hotel and as usual it was a little bit rushed because we had to be at the main foyer area at 11AM for our pickup for snorkeling.
Snorkelling in Nusa Dua
The snorkeling was with Bali Scuba Masters, another recommendation of Sarah’s. Of all things we did on this trip however this was probably the biggest disappointment but probably more because of the area we were snorkeling in. We were snorkeling in the Nusa Dua/Benoa area which was heavily trafficked by tourists. An army of boats were docked at the shore and out at the snorkel sites were surrounded by these boats as well so I knew right away that it wasn’t going to be that great. The reef was heavily damaged because of the traffic and deeper than I would have liked. What made it even more hectic was that those fake-scuba diving walker people were there too. All around we lasted around 40 minutes and bailed.
Jimbaran For Lunch
After being dropped back at the hotel we washed off and got ready to head out again, this time to Jimbaran which is also on the south side of Bali. This area is known for its fish market and fresh seafood. Aaron and Ping mentioned it when we met up with them so we thought it was worth a visit. We talked to the concierge people about going to Jimbaran and they recommended taking this free shuttle there. At first I didn’t think much of this but soon realized that something was up. Why would a bus come all the way out from Jimbaran to the Conrad to pick us up just to drop us off in some fish market. All was revealed when we got there and dropped us off at this JBS seafood restaurant. Of course…kickbacks and connections to hotels. We figured there wasn’t any harm in trying this restaurant so we ended up eating our lunch there. It ended up being a cool experience because you get to pick what seafood you want in their tanks and pay by the kilo. After that they ask you how you want it to be cooked and with what sauce and right there in front of you they BBQ it up. The restaurant was empty of course so we had it all to ourselves again. Lovely setting though because it was literally on the beach. The only thing was it was ridiculously hot at around 3PM. It’s hard to eat BBQ seafood when you’re sweating like crazy already. We ordered a Barramundi, some calamari squid, shrimp and mussels. For the most part it was pretty decent. Came with rice and vegetables and we topped it up with some young coconut.
Jimbaran Fish Market
After lunch we decided to walk around the beach there and towards the fish market. This was a cool spot because fishermen are out in their boats in this square kilometer right by the shore and there were also fisherman on the beach with their fishing poles. The fish market itself was uber local. Boats were being pulled onto the beach the old fashioned way with two logs underneath. Fishermen were chilling on their boats which were in the number of the 30s or 40s on the sand. Kids were flying their kites and their parents lugging foam boxes full of seafood into the market. In the tarped up market there were aisles and aisles of fresh fish from the sea. It was amazing just seeing all of this seafood stacked up in this one area and the variety as well. We barely saw any tourists here which added to the atmosphere. By the way you see that picture of that blowfish dead along the shore? Crazy!
Back at the Conrad
My throat was still acting up so we asked the driver to drop us off at a Mini Mart close to our hotel. I picked up some Strepsils. Next door was a pharmacy so I asked the pharmacist if he had anything for a sore throat and he suggested this antibiotic something throat lozenge. I read the pamphlet that was in the box and thought it was funny that this was supposed to be “prescription only”. I didn’t want to chance this getting worse so I said what-the-hey and bought the box for 75,000 IDR.
Coming back to the Conrad late into the afternoon we thought we’d lounge around the resort one last time which meant chilling in a beach hut with some local Anker beer we bought a few days back. With the water rippling onto shore and the wind breezing through the open-air hut I really felt like this was a proper vacation. I wish there were beach huts everywhere!
To end the night we wanted to try another restaurant in the area and found this Japanese place called Musashi close enough to us that they offered shuttle pick up. Again we seemed to be the only one here. The soba was pretty good but I guess you can’t really mess up soba. The sushi was average considering I was expecting better quality of fish. Overall nothing special.
- Jimbaran is a cool area if you have the time. You can combine this with Uluwatu for sunset if you’d like. Lia Café was recommended to us but we ended up at JBS instead so don’t get conned by “free shuttles”.
- Coming in May seems to be an awesome time to come because it is low-season and the local kids are still in school and it’s no longer wet season. It was great not having to deal with hoards of tourists everywhere we went.
- I always have to seem to have a wonky throat but bring some Strepsils or Cepacols to start your trip. The rest you can buy along the way as they seem to be everywhere.
- Breakfast @ Conrad
- Snorkelling in Nusa Dua with Bali Scuba Masters
- Jimbaran – Lunch
- Fish Market @ Jimbaran
- Lounge around the Conrad one last time
- Dinner @ Musashi
Head To The Next Day
To read about the next day, head over to Day 9 – In Transit – Hello Perama Tours.