September 25, 2003


Today I'm in Tulamben. I left Padang Bai early morning to get some cash in KlungKung as there are no ATMs in Padang Bai, Candi Dasa nor Alampura. I found at least one ATM that was working in Klungkung. I went back to Padang Bai early enough to catch a chartered car to Tulamben. I paid 50000RP for this one and it took me less than 2 hours to arrive there. I did not feel like taking a bemo for this one, though it would probably be piece of cake and about 20000RP total (and probably 3 to 4 hours).

I crashed into some place I don't-remember-the-name for 40000RP (bargained) that is also a dive center named Blue Water (that's a local one). I tested a dive this afternoon at the USS Liberty and the air that I was breathing in my tank gave me somewhat the same taste as if I was eating a rubber duck or a tyre or whatever in this category. In short it is disgusting. When going out I checked ALL tanks of the dive center and they were having that strong smell/taste.

It looks like I'm the only one complaining about this. I'm not sure if the other customers are used to swallow rubber or simply don't say a word or are simply dead in the water.

In any case that was a nice dive where I took amazingly some great pictures.

Posted by stephane at September 25, 2003 09:42 AM