In search of hid­den morn­ings

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WHEN LIV­ING A REL­A­TIVELY STA­BLE LIFE IN AN AD­VANCED CITY DIDN’T GIVE MARTIN TIRTA SAT­IS­FAC­TION, HE SEARCHED AND FOUND THAT THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE SIM­PLY WAIT­ING AROUND TO BE DIS­COV­ERED

to travel to a part of In­done­sia at least once a month, fall­ing deeper in love with its great­est nat­u­ral al­lures on ev­ery trip.

In 2010, Martin made a rather lu­di­crous de­ci­sion to move to Bali, af­ter find­ing out that many for­eign tourists were start­ing to skip Bali be­cause of its over­ex­posed sta­tus. His goal was to go fur­ther, higher, and deeper than the other com­mon tourist spots, and in­tro­duce his find­ings to those who were in­ter­ested to learn and ex­plore more. Crazy, maybe; be­cause apart from the very cool agenda, Martin didn’t ac­tu­ally have a plan in terms of how and where to start. So he just be­gan to search for the is­land’s hid­den places, ar­eas where no tourist ever reached. Since the south­ern part of the is­land is prac­ti­cally burnt out with ho­tels, restau­rants, and cafes, Martin roamed the rest – the north, east, and west – and found out about as­ton­ish­ing places such as Sekumpul Water­falls or Aling Aling Water­falls, all the while study­ing about how tourism works in Bali.

Based on that learn­ing and ex­plor­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, in 2013 Martin fi­nally started NEWBali – the NEW stands for North, East, West. Martin and his team will take you trekking through rice fields, div­ing down a wa­ter­fall, climb­ing a rocky cliff, swim­ming in the wa­ter of a pris­tine un­touched beach, or take you on a sun­rise pack­age that’s doesn’t in­volve driv­ing up to Kin­ta­mani at 3am like most tour op­er­a­tors do. Other than guar­an­tee­ing you a hid­den gem you’ve never heard be­fore, they also in­ten­tion­ally con­struct their tours in­tri­cately dif­fer­ent than the rest, mak­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence not only cap­ti­vat­ing but also in­cred­i­bly rare – some­thing that some­how feels like a lux­ury when you’ve tried ev­ery­thing else in south­ern Bali. It’s not all about business and travel for Martin and NEWBali, though. He also ex­pects those un­char­tered ter­ri­to­ries will get the at­ten­tion they de­serve via so­cial me­dia posts or travel blogs, which in time will make more peo­ple come and even­tu­ally con­trib­ute to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Clearly three years aren’t enough to open up paths to Bali’s most hid­den se­crets, but many peo­ple have started to

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