I’m clumsy, accident prone and lack any sense of direction. Thus, it was almost guaranteed that I would cause a few mishaps during my Bali Island Hopping Adventure. In this way, although I made it safely back to British soil, I did experience a few ‘Travel Misadventures’ during my time in Bali. I thought I’d share these with you today. Why? Because life’s tough and we should all laugh at ourselves every now and again… 😉
The Struggle To Find Sanur Beach –
As mentioned above my sense of direction is simply terrible, which brings me onto my first travel misadventure – the struggle to find Sanur Beach.
My hotel of choice for my time in this region: The Artotel (which you can read my review of here) was stated on booking.com to be a five minute walk from the beach. So, on my first day in Bali, in a bid to combat the ill effects of my impending jet lag, I decided to tackle this little walk.
Leaving the hotel, I was pretty confidence I was heading in the direction of the beach. After all, I had spent the morning lounging by the hotels roof-top pool, looking out onto the ocean.
However, 15 minutes after walking in what I could have sworn was the right direction, there was no beach in sight.
Now we all know that sometimes people say its a 5 minute walk when its actually more like 20, so I pushed on keen to prove myself right, certain that I’d soon stumble upon some golden tropical sand.
Sadly half an hour later I had to admit defeat and asked a local store owner for directions. He confirmed I’d been walking in the complete wrong direction (crying face). Sure enough once I’d walked the half an hour back to the hotel, and carried on in the correct direction, it was only a 5 minute (if that) walk to the sands of Sanur beach.
Moral of the story is never trust your sense of direction if its as terrible as mine! Still, I (unintentionally) got to see a lot of the Sanur’s back roads – silver linings and all that.
(for the record, I blame my friends and family for this one as they know of my poor navigation skills, yet allowed me to travel half way around the world alone). 😉
Boat Crash on Gili Trawangan –
Thankfully the second travel misadventure in this post was not my fault, which makes a change! Still it was perhaps the biggest mishap I experienced in Bali…
Following a very enjoyable day of snorkelling on Gili Trawangan (a island about an hour off Bali’s coast) my groups guide was navigating our glass bottom boat back to the beach when he accidentally hit another boat.
To be honest we weren’t exactly going at a high speed, but as the victim vessel drew closer it became clear that there was no way to steer our boat out of the pending situation. So, I and my fellow tour friends, simply sat back and winced as the sound of cracking wood filled the otherwise quiet space.
Following this the driver began shouting in Indonesian (I can only assume he was swearing). Meanwhile, I couldn’t help but think what the code of conduct was here? I mean our diver couldn’t exactly leave a note with his insurance details. (I laughed at that joke even if you didn’t).
It turns out you just drive off…. So really not that much different from what you do in the west when no-ones around – Please take note that I am joking here. 😉
Interested in snorkelling on Gili Trawangan? Then check out my island itinerary,
Troublesome Monkey’s at Uluwatu Temple –
On my last day in Bali, I hired a driver to take me around some of the islands cultural sites. Top of my list was a visit to Uluwatu temple, which promises rich history and fantastic coastal scenery.
However, when I arrived at the temple (which is situated about a 15 minute driver from the province of Jimbaran), my driver warned me too watch out for the monkey’s that roam the temples grounds. Naively I assumed that he was over reacting. As long as I kept my distance I should be fine right? WRONG.
Walking along the clifftop path, I was greeted by an army of the troublesome monkey’s. Almost instantly they stole a little girls hat. I amused myself by watching her parents try to do a deal with the thief: a bottle of water in return for the hat.
Next thing I knew, a little hand reached around from behind me, quicker than lightening, and tore my sunglasses straight off my face – I guess it was karma for laughing at the little girl (damn my dark sense of humour).
I’d brought said sunglasses from Urban outfitters in Las Vegas the year before and was therefore rather fond of them. Thus it hurt a little when one of the temple staff (who had offered to try and retrieve them) came back with one lone lens.
I would like to hold a minute of silence for my dream American sunglasses. Here’s a photo homage of me wearing them.
So there you have it, my three travel misadventures in Bali. No disaster’s thank god… But I am still a little bitter about those sunglasses 🙁 .
Have you had any misadventures on holiday/during your travels? If so I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
Till next time beautiful people x
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