January 28th to 30th: We flew from Aqaba to Athens, spent the night in Athens, and flew to Denpasar the next day. In Denpasar, we sent home all our warm clothes, got sunburned shoulders, and ate some street food before passing out.
January 31st: We were up early to catch a fast ferry to Gili Air, a small island off the NW coast of Lombok.
We treated ourselves to a beach front bungalow and got right to work on relaxing.
February 1st to 6th: We had originally planned on spending 3 days on Gili Air. We thought we would get bored because it’s so small (it takes less than 2 hours to walk around the whole island). Turns out we adapted to “boredom” quickly and easily! We ended up switching hotels and extending our stay to a week on this tiny island. We spent our days swimming, reading, walking, and drinking fresh juice.
February 7th: We took a fast boat to Nusa Penida, an island off the east coast of Bali. It was only 2km from the landing to our guesthouse so we walked like idiots. It was so hot and humid! When we arrived, with sweat running down everything, we learned that we had booked a fan room instead of an AC room. Les has a memory of fan rooms “being quite cool”. I think his memory is failing. IT WAS SO HOT! We have since agreed that fan rooms are okay…..but not cool.
February 8th: After reading up on the best way to get around Nusa Penida, we opted for a tour of the west side of the island. The roads are very narrow and at times steep, gravelly, and/or potholed. Having someone familiar with the roads drive us around was amazing. It meant we didn’t have to stress and we were able to fully enjoy the views. Ketut picked us up at 8:30am and took us to four locations: Peguyangan waterfall, Kelingking Beach viewpoint, Angel’s Billabong & Broken Beach, and Crystal Bay Beach.
Our next stop was the Kelingking Beach viewpoint. It is a popular Instagram photo-op that looks like T-Rex. The colours were amazing! It was slightly overcast and starting to drizzle a bit but still, the colours were so vibrant!
Our third stop of the day was Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach. There were lots of tourists here as well, but there was the space to accommodate the crowds.
Our last stop was Crystal Bay Beach. We bobbed around in the water for a bit and then watched the comings and goings (it’s quite a busy beach).
February 9th: We had a slow day. I had a decent migraine so we kept it low key. We rented a scooter and went for pizza.
Next, we head to Ubud!