Offbeat Ubud and Amed
Hi! Glad to see that you like the itinerary and hotels we suggested. Now let's have a look at some offbeat activities and attractions near Ubud and Amed.
(Source: Carnaval King 08)
There is a newly opened Balinese eatery, the Warung Rai Pasti (Monkey Forest Road, +62 (0)361 970908) that offers all the authentic local classics such as soto ayam (chicken noodle soup), tempeh goreng (beancurd fried in a spicy sambal sauce) and babu guling (suckling pig) and you don't have to wait long for your suckling pig as you do at the popular eateries such as the Bebek Bengil or the Dirty Duck Diner. And the best part is, you get to sit at the edge of rice fields while you eat, if you can get the tables hidden away at the back.
Freediving the Ocean - Into the Light (Source: jayhem)
Amed is one of the few places in Bali where you can learn free diving (incidentally Luc Besson's film The Big Blue has some stunning depictions of freediving) and whether you are a beginner or an advanced free diver Apneista Freediving training and Yoga space should have something for you. It's Bali's first freediving school. The best place to free dive is Jemeluk Bay with a lack of strong currents and deep and steep coral walls.
Here's a review:
After a relaxing morning yoga session & theory training in Apneista's chilled beach centre, we hopped into Jemeluk Bay, swam to the buoys via colourful fish & coral (spectacular snorkelling is also found here!) and dropped the line. Iâ€™m not completely comfortable swimming in deeper seas yet I didnâ€™t mind being in 30m depths so close to the shore. Jemeluk is a stunning bay with Mt Agung framing the shoreline - in my eyes one of Bali's most naturally beautiful locations. So glad I moved away from Bali's noisy south for a weekend! With instructor Matthew's patient training and genuine encouragement, I was able to dive a little more each time, pushing beyond the mindâ€™s fears & boundaries, feeling confident, safe and very free. I loved the underwater freedom without a heavy tank weighing me down. After being taught simple breathing & relaxation techniques, holding my breath was much easier than expected!
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