15th-19th March 2015
|Not bad for our first sunset in Bali|
|Heifer on the halfway line|
|Medewi is a hell of a catch|
At first glance Medewi didn’t look like much. The small fishing village is strewn with family run convenience shops hugging the main road selling the usual essentials of snacks, water and fuel. Some may offer a few more expertise such as basic vehicle repairs or have even branched out as a sole greasy spoon café but if you wander away from the busy, chaotic mass of trucks, buses and scooters on the main road and head towards the coast what you find is a little bit of real Bali.
This one road surf retreat offers a few accommodation options ranging from a 1,000,000 IRP a night hotel on the coast (a strange place to have an exclusive resort hotel considering most of the visitors are die hard surfers well accustomed to basic digs but the fact that it had no paying customers at the time probably says it all) to basic, family run homestays. Being the budget backpackers we are we were quite content with opting for the homestay. We weren’t planning on spending all day indoors anyway. This was the first time we had been by a beach for a few weeks and we planned to make the most of it. The twin room we vacated cost 100,000 IRP (£5) per night with breakfast included and the family running the place were incredibly welcoming and even offered to drive us to the nearest ATM (5km away) if we ever needed it.
|What do you mean the rooms double booked!|
|To say that the beach is a little rocky is an understatement|
|Right Ross you can do this|
|SHIIIIIITTTTT! (Actually looks pretty badass)|
I wish I could
say more about our stay in Medewi but I cannot. We had a great time surfing,
avoiding involuntary laceration, chilling out in the late afternoon with a
cheap bottle of Bintang, watching the sun setting behind the distant hills
whilst the local fishermen bring in the days catch. As our friendly Australian
neighbor who has visited Medewi over the last twenty five years explained “If
you’re the sort of person who enjoys giving your hard earned cash to luxury
chain hotels owned by foreign billionaires c***s with a walled compound
ensuring you have no contact with the local population then Medewi is probably not
for you. If however you want to see one of the few parts of Bali that hasn’t
yet been discovered by the tourist hoards then you will love it”.
|Anyone heading to Australia?|