Don’t forget about the tides!

* Versiunea in romana mai jos.

Every time when We go on a vacation We try to plan the excursion such that We go to a beach. If is possible. In July in Tokyo it was … we were at the beach in Onjuku, but I couldn’t get in the water because the ocean was very cold, the wind was very strong and big waves only good for surfing. It was not possible in January in Amsterdam …

onjuku beach in japan

In Bali I remember how difficult it was for us to choose between Nusa Dua and Sanur. Finally, after reading thousands of reviews and impressions, We chose Sanur. It is also true that you should try Balinese spa.

On the day on which we “moved” from Ubud to Sanur we arrived at the hotel in the evening after 6 pm when it was dark in Bali, tired and a little hungry :). However, the first thing I did was go to see the beach. I carefully walked through the sun loungers because there was a dim light from the nearby terraces and I headed for the water. And I walked like that 30 to 40 meters. I already thought it was one of the widest beaches I’ve ever seen. I continued to step on the wet sand. After another several tens of meters I panicked: ok, I got to the beach but where’s the water? Where is the ocean ??? And at that moment an idea struck me: it’s reflux !!! I went back to the hotel room and started reading about low tide and high tide 😂

sanur beach in bali

In Sanur the tide involves four daily phases (two high tides and two low tides) at an interval of about 6 hours. The average difference in the water level between the two phases is 1 – 1.5 meters. At the low tide the water retreats to the ocean about 100 – 150 meters which is not quite pleasant

But in Sanur the impact of the tide is not so big … as elsewhere. In Zanzibar, for example, during the low tide, the water withdraws up to 4 meters deep, widening the beach by up to 2 km, giving you the opportunity to take a walk up to the coral reef. But beware of sea bows!

So, in order not to reach the long-awaited beach and to be disappointed, schedule your activities according to .. low tide and high tide!

Nu uitati de flux si reflux!

De fiecare data cand mergem intr-o vacanta incercam sa programam excursia astfel incat sa mergem si la o plaja. Asta daca este posibil. In luna iulie Tokyo a fost… am mers la plaja in Onjuku, dar nu am putut intra in apa pentru ca oceanul era foarte rece, vantul era foarte puternic iar valurile foarte mari numai bune pentru surf. In ianuarie in Amsterdam nu a fost posibil…

In Bali imi amintesc cat de greu ne-a fost sa alegem intre Nusa Dua si Sanur. Intr-un final, dupa ce am citit mii de recenzii si de impresii, am ales Sanur. In ziua in care “ne-am mutat” din Ubud in Sanur am ajuns la hotel seara dupa ora 18.00 cand se intuneca in Bali, rupti de oboseala si un pic infometati 🙂 Cu toate astea, primul lucru pe care eu l-am facut a fost sa merg sa vad plaja. Am pasit cu atentie printre sezlonguri pentru ca era o lumina slaba de la terasele din apropiere si m-am indreptat spre apa. Si am mers asa vreo 30 – 40 de metri. Deja ma gandeam ca este una dintre cele mai late plaje pe care le-am vazut. Am continuat sa inaintez calcand pe nisipul umed. Dupa inca cateva zeci de metri m-am panicat: ok, am ajuns la plaja dar unde-I apa? Unde este oceanul??? Si in momentul ala m-a strafulgerat o idee: e reflux!!! M-am intors in camera de hotel si am inceput sa citesc… despre flux si reflux

In Sanur mareea presupune patru faze zilnice (doua fluxuri si doua refluxuri) la un interval de aproximativ 6 ore. Diferenta medie a nivelului apei intre cele doua faze este de 1.5 – 2 metri. La reflux apa se retrage vreo 100 de metri ceea ce nu este tocmai placut. Dar in Sanur impactul fluxului si refluxului nu este chiar rasa de mare… ca in alte parti. In Zanzibar, de exemplu, in timpul refluxului, apa se retrage până la 4 metri adâncime, lărgind plaja cu până la 2 km, oferindu-ti posibilitatea sa faci o plimbare până la bariera de corali. Atentie insa la aricii de mare!

Asa ca, pentru a nu ajunge la plaja mult visata si a fi dezamagiti, programati-va activitatile in functie de .. flux si reflux!

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