Robin's Adventures

Tales of the South Pacific
A Tropical Island Adventure

Ocean Temples

We spent a delightful morning exploring two ocean temples with breathtaking locations. One temple, Pura Batu Bolong, sits atop a small rocky peninsula with a sea arch formed by the erosional forces of the waves.

Nearby, Pura Tanah Lot, which was built in the 16th century, sits on a large offshore rock that is more easily accessible during low tide. Ironically, the erosion of the rock was causing serious damage to the temple and as a result of some restorations in 1980, about a third of the rock under the temple is man-made.

More Ocean Temple

After visiting the sea temples, we strolled along the beach until we came to a sea cave that was inhabited by some very special snakes.

There is a legend that Tanah Lot Temple is protected by holy sea snakes. These snakes are black and white in color and they protect the area and its residents from evil.

There is also a man in the cave who protects the snakes from over exuberant tourists and collects a fee in return for the privilege of photographing the snakes.

Mount Agung

Mount Agung, which at about 10,000 feet above sea level is the tallest point on Bali, is a stratovolcano that is still active. The volcano last erupted in 1963.

Although the top of the mountain is often covered by clouds, we did manage to get a view of the top out of the airplane widow on our flight home.

Homeward Bound

Once again our bags were packed and we were heading to our favorite destination: home.

We greatly enjoyed exploring unique sights and different beliefs held by people of other cultures that we encountered on our journey, but in the end it is always nice to return to the familiar comforts of home... until our next adventure begins.