As soon as we got to the parking lot our driver warned us to take off our glasses, caps, and bags. The monkeys will grab anything and everything that they can get a hold of.
Actually we saw several monkeys but none tried to grab anything. We were just lucky i guess.
There are some monkeys (some of them very big) at the Uluwatu temple and you have to be very careful as they can be very nasty. They are known to jump onto people and grab items such as cameras, spectacles and other belongings (not joking). At the entrance, the locals will advise you to take off your spectacles and take extra care of your belongings.
There are barriers near the edge of the cliff that are well constructed. However, do be careful especially if you have children as they may climb up the barrier. This is because the cliff is very high and below are rocks and pounding waves (see photo).
Whenever I am formulating my next travel journey I try and have everything organised that will not create any problems while I am on the road. Along with finances and visas I make sure that I have the neccesary Travel Insurance for my needs. Nobody wants to think of the chance of some form of accident while travelling, but the facts are that anywhere ...anytime..a simple accident can happen which can throw all of our travel plans into turmoil. I always make sure that I have all medical , accident and hospital contingencies covered and I also add repatriation to my travel Insurance aggreement as this is the most important one for me. After what happened in Kuta Beach.most travellers there had to be transported back to OZ. Hospital care (if its there!!) can have tremendous costs. My daughter had a friend in Bali that was bitten by a monkey...it just ran out and bit her leg....simple as that!!! and of course most animals especially monkeys have rabies in Bali.. anywhere!...anytime!!. Remember what they say:
TRAVEL INSURANCE ...DONT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT
On our last trip to uluwatu , the guide told us to leave behind non essentials as they were likely to be taken by the monkeys . But since there were many tour buses and since not everybody was informed , our monkey friends had a field day by grabbing various items and seemed eager for an exchange for peanuts/fruits/edibles but now the surprise........a local comes and starts shoooooing away the monkey even further away until it jumps off the wall into the forest below.
Certainly this was not needed as many tourist had some success exchanging their belongings back .....this all bring us to the crucial question.......are these monkeys trained to steal?.....and why prevent them from returning the stolen items unless they have a vested interest .....you have been warned!
Uluwatu, on the southernmost tip of bali is renowned for its beautiful, famous temple.(Pura Uluwatu) is one of Bali's six directional temples;the structure was significantly expanded by a Javanese sage, Empu Kuturan in the 11th Century. More remarkable than the temple itself is its location, perched on a steep cliff 70 meters above the ocean.
The temple is inhabited by large number of monkeys, who are extremely adept at snatching visitors' belonging, including bags, cameras and eyeglasses. Keep a very close grip on all your belongings especially on your camera, and stow away your eyeglasses if at all possible. If you do have something taken, the monkeys can usually be induced to exchange it for some fruit !
If you decide to stay
in any of the beachfront Warungs
at Dreamland, Padang Padang, Bingin or Uluwatu,
be aware that the steps can be steep!
Especially if you are used to sitting
in an office chair most of your life.
But hey! If you are a well built,
surfer dude in fantastic shape,
this cardio should be a piece of cake!
for those who plan to go out at night,
to gulp down a few liters of beer,
good luck on the way down!
It’s a good idea to travel with a flash light.
Watch out for those "snatchers" - notorious and fierce! Monkeys here are known for snatching earrings, necklaces, chains, spectacles , hairbands, waterbottles... anything they fancy. We witnessed a naughty monkey just swiftly pulled off the hairband of a lady passing the walking path. At another end, you can hear a commotion. Apparently, another tourist has her earrings (dangling ones) being pulled off from her ears..Ouch!! Ouch!!
Picture shows the naughty monkey happily playing with the hairband.
On our first visit to Dreamland Beach,
at what is known as the mafia stop,
they tried to charge us 10,000 Rp each person
instead of the 5,000Rp per person fee which,
is written on the so-called Entry Ticket.
Luckily, I looked at it before paying.
On our second visit,
we were prepared,
but again they tried to charge us more...
So have money in hand,
and don't get ripped off!
Lets face it,
with the ruthless way
that driving is conducted here;
the amount of motorbikes
used as a way of transportation;
the poor infrastructure of roads
and even the so-called sidewalks
that one uses to walk on,
makes breaking a bone or two
as common as catching Dengue Fever,
or even getting Bali Belly.
(…not to mention the possible surfing accidents.)
And even though these incidents are common,
we may get caught at a moment of surprise
and in a position in not really knowing what to do.
So, it eventually happened to me.
After my 5th year in Bali,
I had a motorbike accident.
First things first…..do you have insurance?
If so, then go directly to BIMC
These are private clinics in Bali
with a better reputation than most others.
And one does wind up getting charged for it.
So, either be insured or have a fat wallet.
It is most probable that they may not have
the equipment to treat a serious fracture,
but they’ll prepare you for flying out of the country
to seek an alternative health care provider if needed.
If you don’t have insurance,
then first go to a local hospital to get an x-ray,
a first diagnosis to identify the seriousness of the fracture
and get wrapped up for the possible next step.
Two local hospitals are Sanglah Denpasar
which has an International Department.
JI., Diponegoro, Denpasar, Tel: 62-361-227911
and Kasih Ibu.
For a list of hospitals in Bali, click on:
Hospitals in Bali
(visit at your own risk)
I myself, winded up at Kasih Ibu,
where they took 2 x-rays of the fracture.
The doctor, who treated me at the time,
spoke a very basic English.
He quickly explained to me that
I had a fracture at the top of my tibia,
and would wind up having arthritis in the future.
In the emergency room
he took out the blood from the area,
and he then put on a very tight cast
from my foot to my upper thigh,
and told me to come back at another time.
I myself, being familiar to the limitations
of the health care service here,
and after being advised from fellow expats,
I started seeking other opinions.
Note By this time, my leg was extremely swollen,
causing a lot of discomfort and causing lack of sleep.
There are expats with injuries that do opt to have surgery here,
but in some cases, stories of improper healing
and then needing to re-do an operation
to re-fix the damage is heard of.
Consider your options carefully.
I sent my diagnosis to contacts overseas,
and we also seeked a second opinion
from another local, orthopedic doctor.
Now here’s another tip to take into consideration:
many doctors in Bali work with several
health care facilities or have their own private office.
We were recommended to Dr.Bramantya
who happened to also be
a part time doctor at BIMC and at Sanglah.
Instead of making an appointment with him at BIMC,
where the charge would have been $150,
we went to where he does consultations
between 7-8 pm for 200,000 rp
at the less equipped hospital:
RS Dharma Yadnya
Jl. WR. Supratman No 256
His contact is:
Tel. 0361-244 330
There he reviewed my x-rays
and suggested that we do additional CT scans
to review the damage done to my tibia.
Since the hospital where we visited him,
does not have the equipment for this,
we needed to visit him the following day at Sanglah.
There a CT scan was performed.
It was suggested to us that we seek
outside medical assistance for an operation.
The consultation ran around 450,000 Rp,
and the CT scan was about $100-$150.
Now…most expats living in Bali,
would automatically consider going to Singapore.
With a recent trip to Singapore,
I was reminded how expensive Singapore can be.
(…and remember, I didn’t have insurance.)
I already had the experience
of visiting Bangkok for my yearly medical check ups.
So, Bangkok became my choice.
Next was finding a way to get there.
Via Thai Air we were finding rates from $400-$800 R/T
and via AirAsia we were finding prices of 1,600,000 O/W.
So Air Asia we flew!
Now comes the flying out part.
Bali is definitely not on the top of the list
of being wheelchair accessible.
And eventhough my mother
had gone to the airport the day before,
to reserve a wheel chair for me,
when we arrived, nothing was immediately available.
My mother needed to leave me stationed
on one of the benches at the entrance of the airport,
while she went in to the Air Asia counter
to request a wheel chair.
The wheel chairs provided at the airport,
are a bit run down,
but one has to do with what is offered.
From there on,
a wheelchair assistant was offered to us,
which ran pretty smoothly.
We were taken up an elevator,
directly to immigration,
and wheeled through any lines.
We were first to board on the plane,
which allowed me to find comfortable seating.
(I needed 3 seats to stretch out on,
since my cast was so long)
During my 4 hour + flight,
I read an article in the
Air Asia in-flight magazine,
from a passenger praising the
wheel chair assistance provided by Air Asia.
I became hopeful!
Until I got to Bangkok……
Chapter 2: Getting an operation in Bangkok
When staying & eating at the warungs
you may risk getting the runs,
if you don’t have intestines made of steel,
since they don’t always use the cleanest of ingredients.
You may catch some parasites.
Check the bathrooms where you eat.
If they are clean,
it may be possible that the kitchen is too.
If you do get the runs,
one way to resolve the problems is:
Eat a handful of uncooked brown rice
in the morning on an empty stomach.
Well cleaned of course.
With bottled water.
If you don’t get brown rice,
then do white.
This coats the intestine and
makes it difficult for the parasites
to cling on to your intestines.
Then around 4 in the afternoon,
eat a handful of roasted green pumpkin seeds.
Roasted by yourself of course.
Do not add oil or anything.
Now, if all of this is too complicated,
buy a product that has been put on the market
precise for this problem, called Colloidal Silver.
You can buy the stuff at:
Dijon in Kuta
Bali Deli in Seminyak
Bali Buddha in Canggu
Zuula’s on Dyana Pura
and well, not sure where else.
If your first arrival to surf
at Uluwatu happens to be at high tide,
be aware that there is a very large reef
surrounding the whole of Uluwatu.
The best way to understand
and see the coral reef,
if to see it at low tide.
I have included some pictures
of these treacherous reefs,
to indicate the size.
If you’re surfing at Ulu’s for the first time,
use extra caution.
Click on more photos
at the upper right hand side,
to see images of the coral reef
at different surf spots.
As of December 1st, 2007
the warungs at Dreamland are
to be dismantle to make way for
the new ’17 Hole’ real estate project.
Bye Bye to the Dreamland
that once upon a time
was a beach visited by only a few,
where surfers chased that perfect wave,
a Dreamland that offered cheap rooms to stay,
where only a few would come and spend their day.
Fortunate are those,
that were able to live the experience
what was once considered a dream.
Bye Bye Dreamland!
Dreamland beach Too tempting for developers
Dreamland to become New Kuta Beach
Another new feature at Dreamland
since the new construction commenced,
is the water tube that they have installed
from the constructed area into the sea.
Some surfers say that it altered the swell.
It definately did not pretty the beach.
The monkeys at Uluwatu Temple are very dangerous. In fact, they are trained to steal valuable things such as eyeglasses, camera pouch, earing, etc... (they won't steal your hat or sarong or scarf, because they're cheap) from tourist when they are busy taking picture. After you lost your thing, in my case, eyeglasses, suddenly the old man behind said "chuu!!!" and throw a bag of food to the monkey. The monkey drop my eyeglasses and grab the food. The old man climb the wall to pick the eyeglasses for me but not found, and pretending to look around the cliff, sound like they were thrown away down to the cliff. In fact, the monkey just drop my eyeglasses right near to the wall. (All these were for making you very worried and incresing price for the picking!) Finally he found it and bring it back to me in badly shape. That damn creature bite my eyeglasses and scratch the lens. I was very angry and even outraged when he beg for money. DO NOT HAND THEM ANY PENNY! They are trained the monkeys to do this dirty tricks and when they found their victim, they signaled the monkey to do the job. This was confirmed by local peoples and my friend who experienced the same.
If you get into the temple and saw old man, old women or any suspicious guys, stay away from them! They are family and work together. And be very careful at the monkeys, try not to go on the left side (when enter the temple), there are a lot of them on that side and for sure the dirty guy always sits there!