Bali and the Gilies
Trip Start Mar 06, 2012
16Trip End Jun 02, 2012
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The next morning we walked along the beach to find a place for breakfast and guess what..? By accident we stumble in this 5star resort, absolutely stunning. We have a superb breki right on the beach and after not much ado - despite being 5 star and super luxurious it only costs 40 British pounds for the 2 of us together, wouh - we booked ourselves into a most beautiful bungalow for the next 2 days/nights
The next morning - I lost complete track of time - we hired two motorbikes and made our way into the mountains to a couple of waterfalls and some hot springs. The waterfalls are hidden in some lush mountainous nature resort where we end up hiking for over two hours. and although the shower under the fall was very tempting none of us was brave enough..
After a late start with an extended breakfast, some snorkling and a last visit to the beach we hired a taxi to take us four to Ubud, the cultural centre in the Heart of Bali. The rest of today we just stroll around, with a chat here and there, a beer here and there and a lovely dinner at the end with our new friends. Day 2 in Ubud: walking is on the agenda today. The travel guide suggests a 4 hour tour through the town and the surrounding hills. And yes it turns out to be very pretty all the contrasts between city and lush greenery, rolling hills and rice paddies , modern houses and old temples etc but it was also very tiring (The temperature is always close to 40 degrees). After a lunch and a taxi ride - -safed about another 30 min walking - we get to the sacred monkey forest. because it is shady and cool its a welcome change to the earlier walk in the sun .. and its beautiful
Right, of to the Famous Gili islands. Early morning bus and speedboat and before eleven o'clock we are there. The Gili isles consist of three small islands of the west coast of Lombok : G. Trawangan, G. Meno and Gili Air. All of them are - so says the "lonely planet" - a divers paradise, very remote, scarcely populated very scenic and free of cars and pooches (dogs).
We find accommodation at "Woodstock" a very alternative, very friendly site owned and run by Karin, and old hippie from Cologne. Here the doors have no locks, the bathroom is open air (with a fence around of course) and the breakfast is brought to your veranda with a smile - great!!
SO after I suffered the last three days from a most terrible cold it is now Freya's turn and OMG can women suffer..The next morning as she wants to have a lay- in, I decide to have a scuba iver discovery day. Guess what. I liked it so much, in fact I got addicted even during my first dive that I/we diced I would extend it to a proper "open water course", which allows me to dive anywhere in the world. Such a shame that Freya is ill, but in a sense it works out well as she just needs some time to sleep it off and relax plus she tried diving before and didn't like it... which I of course can absolutely not understand... The next three days are long days full of studying, practicing skills in the pool and in the sea, above and under water. But they are also my first dives. what an amazing new world. All these creatures great and small and the feeling of complete freedom - I loved every minute of it. Anyway three days later I am the proud owner of an open water dive certificate - oceans here I come.. :-)