Bali, Indonesia – Day 1

Friday 1st March 2013

Bali is a province in the country of Indonesia. The main island is located in the western most end of the Lesser Sunda  Islands lying between Java in the west and Lombok in the east.

Ninety three percent of Bali’s population is Balinese Hinduism while most of the remainder follow Islam. It is also the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned by its highly developed arts including wooden sculpture, painting, leather, metal working and music.

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I can’t believe it despite going to bed by ten thirty last night we didn’t wake up until seven thirty this morning…I must have been tired.

Fabulous temperature today as there is a balmy breeze just right for some early morning sunbathing…but by twelve noon the breeze had gone and it was hot and steamy…just the right time for a Corona.

The Quest arrived in Bali at 1pm so we watched the sail in with Sarah & Paul over lunch at The Colonnade. After lunch we went into the port for a walk and got swamped by locals selling their wares. I bought two beautiful hand fans one in black and white, my favourite and one in amber shades for my sister for just four dollars. Then there were two silk pashminas for ten dollars each but my best bargain was a “genuine” Chanel black ceramic watch for just five dollars…note to self must get some more dollar bills from Vance.

Party On Gals

Party On Gals

At 5:30pm most of the ship left to go on a complimentary Seabourn event for a dinner and Balinese performance in Taman Bhagawan. It was about one hour’s drive away from the port but we did get to see part of Dempasar, Bali’s capital and largest city on our way to the event.

On arrival we were met by a festival procession of young children carrying candles, Balinese dancers and many musicians.

Once inside the venue our dining tables were laid out around a beautiful fountained water feature where we dined on typical Balinese cuisine while watching the Balinese show. The feature of the show was the Kecak dance where men crouch in concentric circles around a flickering lamp and call and chant a ‘chak-a-chak’ sound that gives the dance its name. The dance tells the story of the abduction of Sita and her rescue by two armies of monkeys.

After the dinner it was back in the coach for the journey back to the ship where we were met by a fantastic singing and dancing welcome by lots of the Seabourn staff and crew…wow…it was good to be home!!

We then went to The Sky Bar for late night drinks before falling into bed exhausted…zzzzz

Techie bits: On the 1st of March 7:30am we were:
9° south and 116° east
Travelling on a compass course 279°
Speed = 13 knots
Wind speed = 12 knots from north west
Air temperature = 28°c (82°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 14766
Depth = 2570 metres
Humidity 66%
Sunrise = 6:19am  Sunset = 6:36pm