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Chasing Sunrise | Virgin Beach, Bali

Our mission to climb Rinjani was accomplished, it's time to go back. We decided to take sea lanes to Bali and camp one night. We chose Pasir Putih (meaning white sand) beach or also known as Virgin Beach. It is located in a tiny village in Karang Asem, so it's not really far from the harbor, rather than tourist center of Bali, such as Kuta or Seminyak. There are many more places to explore in eastern Bali, quieter part of the island; good beaches, diving spot, mountain, cultural places. 

When we got to Padang Bai Harbor, there were no public transportation left. We have to wait for another hour, so we decided to took Ojek. We arrived around 7pm and it's already quiet. Virgin Beach has secluded location, but I didn't think that it's so secluded that there's not a single villa or hotel in a sight, even proper streetlights. There was only one small local cafe with beach longue chairs, but it's already closed. 

After we finished building our tent near the cafe, we heard something from distance, dogs! They barked at our tent, all of us are scared since it was already dark and we didn't see how big the dogs are. We kept staying in our tent without cooking our dinner haha

Waking up in the tent and enjoying the sunrise is one of the best feeling ever.  We enjoyed the turquoise waters, cooked own breakfast, watched and talked to local fishermen who just go back from the sea. And... we finally saw the dogs! I don't know if they were the same dogs from last night, but they looked so tame. Do dogs become so aggresive at night? For those who scared of dogs, do not camp anywhere in Bali, hahaha! 

blacky the dog

If you plan to have sea or road lanes from Lombok to Java island via Bali, here's our list.  

  • Lembar Harbor - Padang Bai: Ferry (Rp 40,000)
  • Padang Bai - Karang Asem (Virgin Beach): Ojek (Rp 50,000)
  • Karang Asem - Ubung Terminal: Mini bus (around Rp 50,000)
  • Ubung - Gilimanuk: Bus (I can't recall but it's around Rp 20,000)
  • Gilimanuk Harbor - Ketapang Banyuwangi Harbor: Ferry (Rp 5,500)
  • Banyuwangi - Surabaya: Mutiara Timur Malam Train (Rp 100,000), 
  • Surabaya - Jakarta: Bangunkarta Train, or you can take cheaper train. Oh we have some time to walk around Surabaya before taking the train to Jakarta.

 photos are taken using  Olympus Trip 35 

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