Yesterday we spent the day at anchor, while Viking negotiated with the local authorities to get us ashore for our tours, and flights for those departing the ship. We all had our temperatures taken again last evening, but didn’t hear the results, before heading to bed.
On waking this morning, the question on everyone’s mind was, “Are we going ashore today or not???” Read on for a busy start to the day and our activities.
Temperature: 29C/84F forecast, actual was >32C with 85% humidity
Wind/Weather: Generally overcast, with occasional rain & thunderstorms
Clox: No change (Z+8)
We spent the entire day anchored, just off the port
Overcast skies, with occasional heavy rain and thunderstorms in the evening.
No special meals today.
Rather than repeat the description of our hectic morning and meeting in the Theatre, with Captain, GM & Viking Executive, please check my previous post, using this link
After the meeting in the Theatre, we were both ecstatic, as the cruise was continuing to “Somewhere” and we literally are in a protective bubble. We gathered the shore stuff, from the cabin, returning to the Theatre by 08:00 for our Temple Wonders tour, which comprised a Batik factory, 2 temples and lunch.
- Tour type – ship’s optional excursion
- Tour Name – Temple Wonders
- Duration – 6 hrs
Our first stop today was at Popiler Batik factory and showroom, in Tohpati Village. As seen above, the factory is at the rear and the massive showroom is through the doors to the right. Prices were outrageous, even for an opening bid in a negotiation.
Others declined, but Judi graciously accepted the offer of receiving a design on her shirt, which was completed in only a couple of minutes.
Now that it is applied to her shirt, she has to wash it in cold water, lest the wax melt and wash-off.
The barrel of the pipe is filled with hot wax, which is then dispensed onto the fabric by a thin nozzle.
On return to the bus, we drove for about an hour to the 17th Century Taman Ayun Temple, which once was the centre of a powerful Kingdom, in the town of Mengwi. This was the family temple and gardens for the Mengwi Dynasty, which survived to the late 1800’s.
Enjoy a selection of photos from the Temple.
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Departing the Temple, we headed for the countryside and a resort, where we enjoyed a Balinese buffet lunch.
On the approach to the resort the heavens opened with torrential rain, which had eased slightly, as we disembarked the bus, where we were met by an army of staff with brollies. Fortunately, lunch was served in the above covered structure.
On completion of lunch, we returned to the buses for the hour drive to our final stop, the 16th-century Tanah Lot Temple, which is located on the coast and is also called the Sunset Temple.
The buses parked in the parking lot, which left a good 1/2 mile walk through local vendors, to reach the temple entrance.
On clearing the vendors we reached the Temple entrance.
We could walk up to the base of the Temple, but were not permitted to access the actual Temple.
The above Temple is on the next headland, which we passed on our walk back to the bus. With the crazy traffic in Bali, it took 1 hr 20 mins to reach the ship.
We had also booked the optional Twilight Dinner Tour, with 3 hrs between the scheduled end of the Temple Wonders and start of the evening tour. Unfortunately, the Temple Wonders was 2 hrs late returning to the port, giving us only an hour between tours. Normally, it wouldn’t be a problem, but being out in the heat and humidity all day, we were soaked to the skin with sweat, which isn’t appropriate dinner attire. The ship was a 1/2 hr tender ride from the dock, so we had insufficient time to get back to the ship, shower, change and get back ashore for the tour, so we had a quiet dinner in the World Cafe.
Due to local taxi regulations, Viking advised they are unable to provide this service.