A Travellerspoint blog

April 2012

Bali

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Busy Bali is always bustling with action. When we arrived late in the night we decided Kuta would be our best bet for guest houses that would still be open. Kuta is like a nightclub district on steroids. The sensory overload was overwhelming for me and I couldn't wait to leave. We stayed only a couple of days before heading to the Gili Islands.

Eric playing volleyball on Kuta Beach
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Upon return to Bali we decided to stay in the more sophisticated, less offensive area of town called Seminyak. Although Seminyak is full of posh villas and luxury hotels it is still possible to find backpacker friendly accommodation. Bali is always busy but Seminyak is much more tolerable then Kuta.

Eric convinced me not to write Kuta off. We met another nice couple and went out for a night on the town. Kuta proved to be a good time for all. The clubs are radical and we didn't stop dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Kuta is also a great place for cheap shopping, but at the end of the day its nice to escape the chaos.

We rented a motor bike and traveled around the island. A couple hours away is a town called Ubud, also known as the spiritual capitol of Bali. We met some great people in this community of wellness. After eating delicious organic food and watching the local artisans paint, we ended the day with a rejuvenating Yoga class.

Ulawatu has beautiful beaches, temples and scenery.
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This is what happens when tourist feed the monkeys. I didn't know Monkeys could be obese!
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Temples at Tanalot
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After almost 7 months of traveling Eric and I are excited to go home and see our loved ones. Asia has treated us well and has been an enlightening experience for both of us. Until next time. Om Shanti, Shanti. Namaste my friends.

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Lombok

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We arrived in Lombok by boat from Gili Trawangan. As we drove to Singiggi the scenery was magnificent. The windy roads carved through mountains with stunning views of the coastal beaches below. We rented a proper motor bike and used Singiggi as our travel hub. We made way from there to other attractions around the island.

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This is the most impressive waterfall we have seen in Asia. It was so powerful that even when standing 20 meters away we were soaking wet.

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We packed a small bag and drove to the small, quiet village of Kuta. Kuta is very geographically diverse and is probably one of the most beautiful places I have been.

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Kuta is a surfers paradise and attracts a small amount of tourists. Unfortunately for the tourists, there are about ten local touts to every one tourist. The beaches were empty because as soon as a tourist set foot on them, they would be bombarded. Although it was difficult to have a peaceful moment on the beach, we made the best of it and got to know some of the locals.

3 pretty ladies selling sarongs -smiles are free :)
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From Lombok we traveled back to Gili Trawangan for a couple days before heading back to Bali. Busy Bali is full of thrills as we wind down the last week of our trip. Bali blog to be posted shortly.

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Gili Trawangan

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The Gili Islands are a group of island about 2 hours NE of Bali (6 hours by slow boat). Gili T is the biggest of 3 islands and is where we decided to stay. The island is beautiful with coral speckled white sand beaches stretching around it. Although the main beaches were busy, it was not hard to find a secluded beach somewhere along the coast. This is what I liked most about Gili T. Before I discovered the beauty of the untouched coast I thought Gili T would be far too busy for me. Lucky for me, serenity was but a walk away. Another nice touch is that there are no motorized vehicles on the island. Everything is transported by bicycle or horse and carriage.

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We rented bicycles and explored the island. We discovered acres and acres of beautiful lush land. Unfortunately the land is bound to be developed in coming years. Extravagant resorts seam to pop out of the wood work all over the island. Construction is booming and dirt cheap land is readily available.

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The sun was unbearably hot at times. We were never able to stay on the beach for long (tough life I know!). Most of our time was spent hanging out on the balcony and going to our evening Yoga classes. It payed to have a good room and escape the heat of the day.

We took a short boat ride to the main island of Lombok. Here we will spend some time exploring another beautiful island before heading back to Bali.

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Perhentian Islands

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Perhentian Islands

We arrived on Pulau Perhentian Kecil by boat and set our eyes on Longbeach, the most vibrantly beautiful beach I have ever seen! The tide was out and the very fine sand bar stretched for over 50 meters with a small layer of crystal clear water on the surface. The water faded from sandy white into a vibrant majestic turquoise color. It almost seamed surreal.

View from our balcony
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I had been eyeing these bananas and one day the branch just fell!
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Within a couple of days the waves and current picked up and brought with it plenty of rubbish. The beach was never the same after that. The waves were so strong they carried away many people, 2 of whom lost their lives trying to save someone. The man they were trying to save was found later that night clinging to some rocks for his life.

Longbeach
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The Island is small and there wasn't much to occupy our days. Although we enjoyed the beauty of Longbeach, the party scene was a bit too much for us. We spent most of our time on the other side of the island at Coral Bay. Coral Bay seamed to have more like minded people and better food selection. We met some fellow Canadians and made friends with the locals Malaysians. We did some wicked diving and snorkeling with the newly opened Ombok Divers and had the pleasure of swimming with a Turtle that was close to the same size as me!

A day trip to the big Island of Pulau Perhenitan Besar provided some beautiful untouched beaches to frolic around on. The atmosphere on Besar was more resort like but if you walk a few hundred meters you can find yourself in sublime seclusion.

Beach on Pulau Besar
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After spending two weeks in the Perhentians we were well out of things to do. We hopped a cheap Air Asia flight and headed back to KL on route to Bali! We will spend the tail end of our trip touring around Bali, Gili, and Lombok before heading to KL and shortly after heading back to Canada.

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