Our first holiday trip together. YY's virgin regional trip ever since he arrived in Singapore many years ago. We arrived late the night before at Villa Mahapala (value for money) along family friendly Sanur Beach. Not the drinking and partying type, we decided to stay away from Kuta and Seminyak. Nonetheless, we had an action-packed itinerary (arranged by firstname.lastname@example.org) for the next 3 days.
Telaga Waja River Rafting (US$35.00 per pax all-inclusive): Most exciting route
Took almost 1.5 hours drive (winding through villages and padi fields) to arrive at this starting point where we boarded our raft. Do note that rafting agencies start at different points along the river, and we were lucky to start right at the top. You can keep your belongings in the waterproof bag that comes with each rafting guide.
I think we paid an extra IDR150,000 for this photo taken by their staff. As we row row row our boat gently down the stream, Val exchanged blows with a spider in the raft, low-lying branches whacking our faces and dear Jack deflated the raft by accident. Poor guide had to inflate the raft using his own mouth and breath. We felt obliged to tip him at the end.
After paddling for about 1-1.5 hours, we took a break at a waterfall and soft drinks were available here. Not cheap so bring your own water. Another hour or so down the river to reach our lunch venue.
Yes, lunch was provided. We had a simple buffet of local food at this table overlooking the padi fields. Another 1.5 hours drive back to Sanur.
Val was craving for seafood along Jimbaran Beach. While the others were washing up, I went to the reception and asked for advice on how to make our way to Menega Cafe along Jimbaran Beach. However, due to miscommunication, we ended up at Blue Marlin instead.
Apparently, Blue Marlin provides free transportation only if you dine at their restaurant. That was not what I understood from the Villa Mahapala reception. As usual, easy-going Jack drank the welcome drink and act blur. Took a quick look at their menu and the prices were higher than expected. Interesting to note that Blue Marlin's tax percentages looked suspicious. Tried to ask for directions but people at Blue Marlin commented that Menega Cafe closed down long ago or never heard of it before. Complained to Villa Mahapala's reception over the phone and somehow they got the Blue Marlin driver to fetch us further down the road - now Menega Cafe exists!
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I was right. For the same seafood basket, the prices at Menega Cafe were lower and more reasonable. Furthermore, Menega Cafe's tax rates (two types) were much lower than Blue Marlin - I thought they should be similar? Kinda pissed me off.
Val could not wait any longer. She bought two corns, which tasted really good I must say, while we were choosing the lobsters and king prawns at the back of Menega Cafe.
The tables were planted on the beach at an angle and it was a challenging dinner. The food was really awesome and you know that when we only took pictures of dinner, well, after dinner. Only US$30-40 per pax for 4 beers, two huge lobsters, two fish, king prawns, clams, scallops etc. We returned the rice untouched.
SO FULL! We took quite a long walk down Jimbaran Beach and it was pitch black at certain parts of the beach. Finally, we arrived back at Blue Marlin and hopped onto a cab back to Villa Mahapala. Had an early night to prepare ourselves for boat ride and snorkelling at Nusa Penida (islands east of Sanur) the next morning.