Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Medewi, Bali---waves

I am staying at a place near Medewi, on the west side of Bali. The village life here feels like a blast from the past (maybe how Kuta beach was 40 years ago) Its paradise for me: surfing, durian, laid back village life with cows and chickens all around the beaches, plenty of delicious ripe fruits (mango, papaya, pineaple, snakefruit, avocado, oranges, watermenlon, green melon, bananas) available at the market and beachfront Warung (Gede's place).

My homestay (KIDING homestay, no sign though) is with a family that has a few rooms attatched to their living arrangements. I get to observe their daily life from my wooden chair out front my room. The children at this home are crawling around in the dirt, sand, or grass under the coconut trees, no need for diapers.Today the home maker was shredding coconut for coconut curry. Yesterday they all shared durian with me. The father is building another two rooms out back and his boys are helping out. The cost is 30,000 rupiahs/night (aprox $3). I am renting a surfboard for 30,000/day ($3/day). The 19year old boy at this home is taking me to the nearby beach breaks for uncrowded delightful surfing, and getting me durian.

I am spending my mornings surfing, then eating fruit on the beach. Mid day reading and resting in hamock on beach Or taking a nap in my bed with my fan on me. Hanging out with the cows (some cows allow you to pet them).
Evenings surfing on a neverending beach break with endless views of coconut trees and rice fields.
The water is about 85degrees! I've never felt warmer water then here.

I am planning on staying around here for a couple weeks.

to get here?:
easiest.....Hire a drive to get here is about 300,000 ($30) rupiah.....
A cheaper way To get here, you can take a bemo, or a bus from Denpasar bus station. Bus to MEDEWI approx $50,000rupiah ($5).

When the bus drops you off on the main road, walk down towards the beach. Look for "Medewi Beach Cottages" (i am not staying here, this is a more upscale and costs 150,000 rupiahs/ night. ITs easy to find...My homestay is appox 100meters before Medewi Beach Cottages, across from the little soccor (football) field. NO sign here, just ask around for "DD", the guy that eats lots of durian.

IF you are thirsty for some fruit smoootihes, head to Gede's Place, near "Medewi Beach Cottages", on the beach front...they have all types of Ripe fruit to buy or to have them make smoothies for you!


durianrider said...

i shared this on the forum. you should post it on various forums so more people can hear of your adventures and get inspired..

just think of the possiblities...

parsley said...

Dear darrick,

I enjoy your blog and find it inspiring. I would love to do what you do! In fact, I plan on doing it.

My husband and I currently live in Eugene, OR, where i am finishing up a spanish major. We are getting rid of everything except what we can carry on our backs and leaving to travel in April. I would love to email you some questions I have about how you travel and some tips.
My email is I am also on 30bananasaday.

Vagabonding RawVEGAN said...

HI Lindsay,
please email me through 30bananas anytime!

you the man! enjoy your training....when you want to meet up?

Mel V said...

Aaawwww! That sounds great. I am just a little bit envious. Do you know of any eco / raw community in Bali?
Peace, Mel

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freelee said...

Nice Darrick :)

$3 a night?!?! That is really fantastic, cheaper than KP, Thailand even. It's great that you can get REAL fruit smoothies there too, i've found it so hard in Aussieland to get 100% fruit (without sweeteners etc). Fruit sounds AMAZING! Anyway really enjoyed your blog, please keep blogging X

Patty said...

I've only been to Bali once but my time there was amazing. Hope you're having a fantastic time there, it's a truly amazing place.

Kristof said...

Hey darrick! Nice post, looks like you're living the life of kings there in Bali. I'm planning a trip to bali myself in May and the place you're staying at sounds awesome. I guess there's probably no way to book it beforehand and I'll just have to try my luck when I get there? Enjoy the rest of your stay there!



Cindy said...

Keep the blog posts coming. You make me almost want to be there.