Indonesia is most definitely not the island paradise of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.
As beautiful as the people and the scenery are, the island pales to the beauty of Komodo and other islands of this vast archipelago. We were privy to have the luxury of a co-cruisers’ friends’ car and driver for the two days we were able to explore.
On our second day, we drove to several temples, including one of Bali’s most recognized tourist destinations, Tanah Lot temple. Standing firmly on a rocky foundation just off the beachfront on the Tabanan coastline, and Pura Taman Ayun, a Royal Temple of the Mengwi Empire harboring amongst the temple sites resident monkeys protected in this religious site. Also on display and soaring in the sky were huge bats with wing spans of at least four feet.
From Bali we will be a day at sea before arriving in Semarang, our last port before Singapore.