November 5, 2010

port of benoa, bali

after a long crossing with little wind from timor we arrived in one of the most known islands in the world: bali. this place has a reputation of being one of the most beautiful and diverse tourist spots in asia. we were told that bali alone attracts 7 million visitors from around the world each year. this number added to the 4 million already living in an island of 140 km from east to west and 80 km from north to south makes for the worse traffic we have ever seen. there are thousands of motorbikes. we ventured out in rented scooters and cars with no accidents or traffic tickets; which is something very uncommon judging from the comments of other cruisers. we moored inside benoa harbor across bali marina. their employees were very nice to us and rented their scooters while they were at work. In the harbor area there was not much to see other than the many offices that we were required to visit to clear us and the boat in. after the navy one must go to quarentenne, then customs, immigration and finally the harbor master. They all have different schedules and you need to get signatures from all officers. Once this is done we were cleared in and ready to venture out into this great island.

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