We stayed at Aneka Bagus for six nights. The main purpose of our trip was snorkeling and identifying reef fish. We would have stayed at Taman Sari, but we tried five different ways to get an email to them with no luck.
The grounds and room at Aneka Bagus are realy nice and the resort was peaceful. The resort fronts on Pemuteran Bay. The included breakfast was ample and delicious. Prices around Pemuteran are a bit higher than other parts of Bali and dinner at the resort restaurant was more than we expected to pay. This is more of a problem at AB, because it is truly isolated. The next nearest real restaurant is a little less than a Km walk. However, it is hotter than Hades, even at night, and the road is the main one between Singaraja and Java...very busy. You can walk on the beach, but we chose not to do this at night.
We found a simple warung across the street and about 60 meters towards Pemuteran. The lady who cooks is the mom of Ms Diah, the information officer at starship Bagus. Diah was sometimes there to interpret. We had some amazing, delicious and unbelievably cheap meals at this little warung. Be careful if you order chicken, though. We found it a cultural shock of the first water. Diah's mom makes Green Soup that was one of our greatest finds in Bali.
We were told that there was no snorkeling to speak of near AB. I discovered that if you walk onto the beach, head toward Pemuteran and make a sandy entry before the fist point, you will see some good stuff. All of Pemuteran Bay is a national park, but fishermen with nets and spears fish this reef. See my picture of Octopus Man, who dove three times so I coud get a good photo of him with a large mimic octopus on his spear. I guess he wasn't too worried about the park rangers. The fisherman didn't bother me, though. We saw two Shaggy Scorpionfish one late afternoon and a magnificent seastar. Nothing big and edible on this reef. The hotel negotiated a driver for us...100K Rp (10 USD) to the Taman Sari. We snorkeled the electric reef project in front of Taman Sari twice and saw good fish including shrimpfish and Schultze's Pipefish one afternoon.
NB: Fish watching is not as good around Pemuteran and Menjangan island (at great expense) as it is around Amed. I'm glad we went snorkeling here, but if I had to chose one, I'd go to Amed.
I liked the smaller feel of Taman Sari. If you want a big fancy (and expensive) resort with lush grounds and lots of pampered tourists, try the Matahari or Taman Sari. TS is far enough off the road that walking out for dinner wold be a bit of a problem.
The staff at Aneka Bagus was spotty. The head lady was at time a bit abrupt. The head guy would make a fantastic used car salesman in the states. His number two became known to us as "Bag of Hammers" . Ms Diah is a delight in every way, and her mom is a great cook...and kind of cute.
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