The following day we had a taxi booked early to take us to the closest town, Bedugul, for a Perama bus to Sanur. From Sanur we got a boat to Nusa Lembongan – a small island off the south east coast of Bali. The boat was a fast speedboat and it was pretty terrifying! There were no life jackets on board and one passenger had bad seasickness as the sea was really rough and we were going so fast and dropping off high waves. Never again! It was so nice to see some beaches after beginning our trip in the hills of Bali, and on the first evening we got a spectacular sunset from the beach bar of our hotel.
For the next couple of days, we rented a scooter and drove round the island, stopping for some grilled fish at beachside warungs for lunch or dinner. There were thunderstorms at night, but we had really amazing weather in Nusa Lembongan. Two days in a row we drove to Dream Beach which was stunning, and to our amazement – deserted! The sea was too rough to swim in properly but the waves were good fun in the shallow. We really loved the relaxed vibe in Nusa Lembongan, and everyone was extremely friendly! The staff at Rama garden retreat were great, knew everyone by name and were always chatting to us about our day or our plans. They also did loads of healthy smoothies and shakes – and gluten free pancakes!
On our last day we decided to get a surfing lesson, which was my first ever surfing experience, but Dan already had some experience surfing back home. The lesson was really thorough and it was such good fun – just extremely tiring!! Falling off your board; being tumbled about by a huge wave; coming up for air and being hit by another wave – then having to paddle back over to start again gets quite tiring! But it’s addictive and when you’re standing up on the wave looking at the beach it’s amazing. Of which Dan managed a fair bit more than me!