Meaningful Travel Experience – Local Fishing for a Day in Bali

Amed, is an absolutely beautiful fishing and diving village, on the lesser traveled area of East Bali. To get there, you can rent a cab from Denpasar or Ubud easily.

Fishing is a big industry and it’s done in these handmade, wooden Jukung colorful wooden boats with arm-like structures on each side for stability. These almost look like an insect on water.

We wanted to understand life here from a local perspective, so we asked Sari a local fisherman/restaurant owner to join him for a day.

We met Sari at 5am on his boat before sunrise

The Bali Sea was a little rough that day, but it didn’t stop us from seeing this incredible sunrise

Sari does his work, very simply – with just a roll of fishing wire and a hook

We were looking to get Barracuda today, but the rough seas were making it challenging

But we landed a few of these smaller Pickerel

Sari pointed us to a better location to try today, maybe we will have better luck there.

But we didn’t care – we were just taking in the whole experience quietly, and loving it.

  • Sari chatted with the other fishermen – Looks like it wasn’t a good day for any of them either
  • Time to come in now, any more catches seems like a lost cause, but we were elated anyway just by just having a taste of his life’s work
  • Bye Sari! thanks for a great morning!

We loved this day! It was a perfect way to listen, watch and understand someone’s work-life, an experience we wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to do.

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About the Author Troy

Troy is an ex-TV editor and producer originally from Canada. He quit his 20+ year career to pursue a life of long-term, slow and transformative travel. Now with his wife Dorene, he helps people who want to redefine their midlife by making conscious changes at TravelLifeExperiences. He also works with travel and hospitality brands to create and share their video stories at

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