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20,000Rp per day, but make sure that you check the condition of the equip-
ment carefully before you take it away.
Also worth bringing, if you plan to do a lot of diving, is a thin, full-length
wetsuit, which is important for protection against stinging animals and
possible coral abrasions. A thicker one (3mm) would be preferable if you
plan frequent diving, deep dives or a night dive - the water can be cold,
especially deeper down.
Some small, easy-to-carry things to bring from home include protective
gloves, spare straps, silicone lubricant and extra globes for your torch (flash-
light). Most dive operators can rent good-quality regulators (about US$5
per day) and BCVs (aka BCDs or Buoyancy Control Devices; about US$5),
but if you bring your own you'll save money, and it's a good idea especially
if you're planning to dive in more remote and secluded locations than Bali,
where the rental equipment may not be as good.
RESPONSIBLE DIVING
Please bear in mind the following tips when diving and help preserve the ecology and beauty
of reefs:
The Sanur-based
environmental group
PPLH Bali (see p127)
has several programmes
devoted to protecting
Bali's reefs and educating
people about their value.
Never use anchors on the reef, and take care not to run boats aground on coral.
Avoid touching or standing on living marine organisms or dragging equipment across the
reef.
Be conscious of the effect from your fins. Even without contact, the surge from fin strokes
near the reef can damage delicate organisms. Take care not to kick up clouds of sand, which
can smother organisms.
Practise and maintain proper buoyancy control. Major damage can be done by divers
descending too fast and colliding with the reef.
Do not collect or buy corals or shells or loot marine archaeological sites (mainly shipwrecks).
HIKING & TREKKING
Bali does not offer remote 'wilderness treks'; as it's simply too densely
populated. For the most part, you'll make day trips from the closest village,
often leaving before dawn to avoid the clouds and mist that usually blanket
the peaks by mid-morning - for most treks you'll go on you won't need
camping gear.
Hiking is a good way to explore the wilds of Bali - you can trek from village
to village on small tracks and between the rice paddies. Munduk (p252) is
fast becoming one of the most popular places to hike, thanks to its lack of
hassles and lush, waterfall-riven landscape.
You can easily go on short hikes, without guides, around Danau Buyan
and Danau Tamblingan (p248), Tirta Gangga (p232), to splendid villages
near Ubud (p180) and many more.
Several agencies offer organised walking and trekking trips. See the cover-
age for the destinations listed in the previous paragraphs.
On Lombok, the Gunung Rinjani area (p314) is superb for trekking.
Ensure that you take home all your rubbish and any other litter you may find as well. Plastics
in particular are a serious threat to marine life.
Do not feed the fish.
Minimise your involvement with marine animals. Do not ever ride on the backs of turtles and
learn as much as you can about the animals' natural habitat.
Lombok's trekking
favourite Gunung Rinjani
is an active volcano and
the third-largest in
Indonesia. It rises to
3726m (12,224ft) and
erupted as recently as
2004.
For tips on choosing a dive shop, see the boxed text, p75. Places with
good dive shops in Bali include Sanur (p141), Padangbai (p156), Candi-
dasa (p227), Amed (p234), Lovina (p263), Pemuteran (p269) and Nusa
Lembongan ( p150 ).
Diving & Snorkelling Sites
BALI
Bali's main diving and snorkelling sites including those places we've listed
above with good dive centres. For details see those sections of the topic. In ad-
dition, Nusa Penida (p153) and Pulau Menjangan (p282) in Taman Nasional
Bali Barat (West Bali National Park) are renowned for their diving.
RAFTING
Rafting is very popular, usually as a day trip from either South Bali or Ubud.
Operators pick you up from your hotel, take you to the put-in point, provide
all the equipment and guides, and return you to your hotel at the end of the
day. The best time is during the wet season (October to March), or just after;
by the middle of the dry season (April to September), the best river rapids
may be better called 'dribbles'.
LOMBOK
There is some very good scuba diving and snorkelling off the Gili Islands
(see the boxed text, p306), though some of the coral has been damaged by
dynamite fishing. There are also some good reefs near Senggigi (p294). Quite
a few dive operators are based on the Gilis and in Senggigi and many have
good reputations.
Huge sunfish up to 2.5m
in length and twice
as high are a much
treasured sight for divers.
They can usually be found
around Nusa Lembongan,
Nusa Penida and at times
off Tulamben. These
gentle giants feed on
jellyfish and plankton.
SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR TREKKING
Before embarking on a trekking trip, consider the following points to ensure a safe and enjoy-
able experience:
Equipment
All the equipment you need is available in Bali and on Lombok, but remem-
ber, you may not be able to get exactly what you want in the size you need.
The quality is variable - some operators use equipment right to the end of
its service life. Most dive operators in Bali include the cost of equipment in
the cost of the dive, but if you have your own equipment (excluding mask,
snorkel and fins), you'll receive a discounted rate. Tanks and weight belt - as
well as lunch, drinking water, transport, guides and insurance - are generally
included in dive trips.
Pay any fees and possess any permits required by local authorities; often these will rolled into
the guide's fee, meaning that it is all negotiable.
Be sure you are healthy and feel comfortable walking for a sustained period.
Obtain reliable information about physical and environmental conditions along your intended
route, eg the weather can get quite wet and cold in the upper reaches of the volcanoes.
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