At the start of Setember, Rich and I finally jetted off on our Honeymoon
So excited at the airport, look how happy Rich is (he wasn’t very well, man flu)
We wanted to see as much as poss so we were only going to stay 2/3 days in each place. First stop, Balangan Beach. This was a proper surf beach, big waves, in fact they were huge! We didnt fancy our chances with jet lagged and trying to surf. So just soaked up the sun and watched the surfers;)
Next stop Nusa Lembongan, an island just off the south coast of Bali
So many different beaches and places to see, so we rented a bike and drove around…..I say “we”, what I meant was Rich drove and I sat on the back in a bikini working on my tan. I tried to drive it around a car park but fell off…..Rich said it would be a while until I could hit the roads
Maybe safer just on a swing..
Rich just loves having his photo taken! Mushroom Bay was beautiful though
Happy camper, our boat to the Gili Islands
On the Gili Islands (3 islands just off the coast of Lombok), they don’t allow motorised vehicles, only bikes and horse and cart. Poor horses must be so hot
Gili Trawangan was the first island we stopped at. This rememinded me of Koh Phangan in Thailand, proper party/backpacker island. So obvs we had cocktails in coconuts in a swimming pool
Then went on a bike ride around the whole island (I was better on these bikes than motor bikes)
Stopped off to do some yoga in the sunset, as you do
Then found this mega chilled out bar with hammocks and watched the sunset
Tried to do that photo that everyone does (beautiful sausage fingers)
My favourite place to eat the whole time we were away, a crazy street market with the best food, and so cheap too
Then we headed over to the tranquil Gili Air after all that excitement. It really was stunning here
Trekking around trying to find some accom
We like to stay in cheap places when we travel, but thought we would splash out for 3 nights and get a posh place with a pool to do our honeymoon bit
Rich’s birthday, he wanted to go snorkelling. I just liked dressing up in the room and taking pics!
So peaceful on Gili Air
Another amazing sunset after a long walk around the island
Next we caught a boat to the main island of Lombok. Had breakfast on the drive up to the mountains/jungle
Trekked through the jungle to this amazing waterfall. I had a swim as the water is supposed to heal you of all troubles…it was bloody cold, but sure it will be worth it!
Had to walk through these pitch black water tunnels to get out, a rat ran over my foot, but it was very exciting!
Off to Ubud, thought id pretend to be the captain
The Monkey Forest in Ubud is honestly the craziest place ever. Those monkeys aren’t shy! One tried to steal my handbag but Rich rescued me. He is trained in Monkey Martial Arts
I had heard so much about this amazing bike ride you can do in Ubud through the little villages and rice paddies, signed up and had a quick tea stop on the way up. Even drank coffee made from cat poo, was actually very tasty!
And stopped for breakfast with an amazing view of a volcano
Mid bike ride we stopped off at a temple. They gave us these lovely skirts to wear. Rich was so happy with his. Finally, his and hers clothes!
More holy/healing water, but there was lots of people so didn’t really want to jump in there and splashing around
They had made lots of offerings for the Gods out of cakes and pretty things. It made me really hungry for cake
Back to the bike ride. Was so beautiful just cursing through paddie fields
Just so pretty, I felt at one with the world!!!!
At the end of the 22k bike ride. Yes it was 90% downhill, but that 10% uphill was killer
So we definitely had to have a foot massage and reflexology to chill out
Next place was Kuta. We had heard such bad things about Kuta, but heard the waves we perfect for learning on. And they didn’t disappoint. I dont know much about waves, but they felt like they were good ones. It was my first time on a hard board too, not a big foam beginner thing (like Rich hahaha!!). It was way more difficult but I loved it
Then more yoag in the sunset
And more sunset pics. The beach at Kuta was way busier at sunset than during the day!
We actually stayed in Jimberan and day tripped over to Kuta, way more mellow and chilled….haha we are losers now
Corn on the beach, always a winner
And just your regular local band serenading you as your eating dinner
Some Balinese dancers, dancing
Sneaked in to a lush pool for our last day. This is a picture of Rich floating
See you later Bali!!!! We had such an amazing time, so many adventures and stories to tell. Couldn’t include them all on my blog as we would be here all night. Not so stoked to go back to the UK, but it means that winter is on its way and snowboarding is just around the corner. So its happy times ahead:)