Bali, a great haven of peace with safe and calm political (well, after the two Bali bombings), mild climate in all seasons, its white sandy beaches, 10,000 plus temples, amazing culture, tropical jungle and especially the Balinese hospitality. What else could you ask for? Well, diving! And yes, Bali has that too.
I have been to Bali many times and as my folks remind us kids we started going to Bali when we were still in diapers. That is when I started roaming the island of Bali and I still do roam minus the diaper part. Growing up in Indonesia we spent about 3 weeks a year on vacation in this wonderful island and so I know it pretty well. After graduating high school in Jakarta, Jakarta International School, in 1986 I skipped many years going back to Bali till 2002. From that year onwards I have made Bali one of my diving travels each and every year till now.
Bali, in-between the island of Java and the island of Lombok, is one of the thousands of islands that together constitute the Republic of Indonesia. In Bali, there is no single day without a ceremony. It is an obligation for humans to promote balanced relations amount human, god, and nature they say. Those principles are materialized through a whole-hearted sacrifice, called Yadnya.
Each time I go to Bali to dive I always use Aquamarine dive group. They have never done me wrong and are not only great divers but you become part of their dive family! After a couple days in Kuta I am ready for some peace and quiet and I have the dive team take me up to the Tulamben and Amed areas on the north-east part of Bali. It is about a 3 hour or so vehicle trip and once I get my bags situated at the hotel I am ready to get into the water for my first dive. Tulamben has the famous USAT Liberty shipwreck that never gets boring to dive, especially about 6am in the morning. Between dives I am chilling to a book I am reading on the Kindle or poking my head onto the internet with the iPad. 3 to 4 days of chilling in this area gets me ready to face another few months of fun work back home in Phoenix, Arizona!
I am already planning my next Bali dive trip and can’t wait to get better acquainted with my underwater camera and learn new things on my travels.
AKA: Doug Gulleson
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