We had our little man (the driver), Yogi, pick us up from Ubud and drive us to Candidasa - he is always glad of the work (and the money), and he is a safe, reliable driver.
On the way he suggested we stop and visit a palace / museum. Well, why not?
"Never Boring" was the claim on the guide's T-Shirt - I was having trouble understanding his speech, so I was a little bored!
This area is very different from the Ubud area. There are much less tourists, and less sales pressure. The resorts, however, are very western.
Bali Palms Resort is very nice - nice villas mostly clustered around a beautiful pool, right by the beach.
We have a lovely room on the second floor ...
There is a lovely restaurant.
Peter's Little Fishing Trip
We were told that the good people at the front desk could arrange a fishing trip for guests. Not having caught any good-sized fish since about 1990 (Murray Island), Peter thought he might give it a go. The chap said they would spend some time trawling for the big local Mahi-Mahi, and then do some fishing for bottom-feeding fish. It was sounding good.
Peter got up early and went to meet the chap at 6.00am. His first warning should have been when he climbed on the back of a motorbike with the 'ship's captain' to go and board the boat.
When I got up a little later, I looked out and I could see a boat on the horizon, and I wondered if that was his boat.
Here is Made (the man) taking his outrigger boat down to the water to go fishing.
It was a good chance to look back at the coast, and the nearby hills.
He did catch some (little) fish - in fact embarrassingly he had pulled in 7 before Made managed to snag even one - and then Made managed to catch a 'Nemo', which gives an idea of the types of fish they were catching.
Made complained that business was poor, no one seemed to want to go on his fishing trips (funny that!) and his children were hungry. Well, he got his money out of Peter, plus a bucket of fish for his hungry children. (We do wonder why he doesn't just go out and catch more fish for those hungry kids.)
On our first day here we heard that there was a buffet meal (including a roast suckling pig) at a 'sister' resort (belonging to the same company as Bali Palms) just down the road - a free shuttle would be provided, and there would be live entertainment. It sounded like a cheap and filling meal, so we joined.
We had to wear the silly hat and a flower in our hair, and the food was ok (not really that 'flash'!) There was an Indonesian group doing the percussion thing and a lady dancing too. It was nice enough music, except too loud.
Lots of Aussies
The nice thing about it was meeting a bunch of other Aussies - you don't realise at first how much you have missed chatting about Aus-related stuff, and how nice it is to be able to refer to things and people know what you mean without explaining.
So the next night there was a band and buffet at our resort. This time the band was a group of three fellows with guitars, and one with a voice like Rod Stuart, and they provided very nice background music - familiar songs with an odd Indonesian twist here and there!
A lovely meal by the pool.
We don't feel like going on any more tours right now ...
Just sitting around the pool talking to our new Aussie friends.
And relaxing on our balcony.