Oh, how relaxing the last two days have been. We were picked up from Kayun hostel and driven to the pier at Sanur in Bali after a quick stop at the Scoot Cruises water taxi ticket office. Our boat left at 9:30 for Nusa Lembongan, an island off the coast of Bali, about a 40 minute boat ride away. We arrived in good time and good spirits, loaded up into a crowded cart (!) with an Aussie family who we would get to know over the next few days. When we got to our place, called Star 2000 Bungalows, we thanked our lucky stars that BT had arranged such a sweet place for us to stay. The beach was right in front of our place, there was an infinity pool and great food and wifi to be had! Woo!
After a couple of hours in our beach chairs, I walked along the beachfront both ways to check it out. It’s gorgeous here! I love how the island life mixes with the tourist life so naturally – the Balinese kids all play on the beaches, the seaweed farming goes on at low tide, and fishermen walk by with huge fish that we get to eat for dinner 🙂 We did absolutely nothing our first day here, just moved from the beach chair to the pool to the ocean and back again. After some Bintangs (beers) and pizza and a bit more exploring, Chelsea and I were wiped. So we hit the sack at….wait for it…7 pm!! Well, actually we laughed and talked and hung out in the room before sleeping, but we were fully out before 8:30 pm – old ladies!! No it was actually awesome – when was the last time you got a full 12 hours of sleep?? huh? huh?
Besides we wanted to be in tip-top shape for our snorkeling trip the next day. The Aussie family we had met were aboard as well, and we got to know them as we drove around the island to check out the manta-rays, the COOLEST sea life I have ever seen besides the lil Nemo fish i saw last year in Thailand in Ko Phi Phi. They were huge and scary with these wide mouths and what looked almost like wings. I was scared but assured they wouldn’t hurt us. And absolutely no safety instructions. Hrmm.
I started to feel sick in the huge ocean waves, and as soon as I got on the rocky boat – well – I barfed like a champ. Off the side of the boat. There’s a first time for everything I guess 😦 wah. I tried to snorkel and enjoy but after the second stop i just hung out on the boat since it was less wave-y in the next few stops. It was cool to see the island but i was more concentrated on not puking again to really enjoy it. Bleh.
The afternoon got way better after that, I hired a Balinese guy to scooter me around the island so I could see what it was like. This is one of my fav things to do when I get to a new place, to get my lay of the land and see whats around. He didn’t disappoint – there was sweet beaches to check out and cool rock formations and temples in the jungle and rickety Indiana Jones-style suspension bridges to see, and even though my bum hurt from the bumpy roads, I was stoked to see and experience it all.
When I got back we did more sunning and swimming and then hit up the place next door to gawp at the Japanese tourists and eat the yummy food. We joined the Thompsons in celebrating their son’s 19th birthday (HB, Cade!!) and ate cake and compared travel stories and stories about home. We got convinced to hit up a party with them a short ride away, and off we went to Jibatu (sp?) for a sweet little beach jam, not too crazy but just the right place for a couple of beers and sandy beach fun.
And today? We are off to even tinier islands for more beach-themed fun!
- Indonesia: The Tropical Triangle – Senggigi, Indonesia (travelpod.com)
- A wavy route to Phi Phi Island (travelingjefas.wordpress.com)
- A Near-Perfect Day in Paradise (fearlessadventure.wordpress.com)