Day 14 : We checked into Kaen Apartments for only 3 hours. We barely get 2 hours sleep when our guide woke us up at 1:30am. We did almost 3 hours drive to the base camp, where we had a quick breakfast and started climbing the Mount Batur. It was very cold and humid once we arrived on top we have to wait till sunrise, but unfortunately the sky wasn’t clear so we couldn’t see anything (cf below picture). It was another big sunrise failure for me (remember the one I had in Hawaii 3 years ago)… Anyway, as our guide said it’s mostly like that, you have to be very lucky to have a crystal clear sky, it happens around 5/6 times a month. In the afternoon we checked into our last hotel Zin, which was beyond my expectation!! We went for lunch at Moana followed by our last – 60 mins full body massage – keratin, hair treatment – manicure/pedicure and full body waxing (so much needed at this point of the trip)! For our last evening we had a very good dinner with view at Ji and party for a bit next door with French songs and good crowd, but we didn’t stay long as we wanted to enjoy our last day there the day after.
Day 15 : Our last day started with an early breakfast at our hotel, few hours by the pool and a late lunch at organic café. We did some last minute shopping and sadly left for the airport. Our driver was the same that pick us up at the airport when we arrived, he was very surprised by our town and how joyful we looked. He was very happy to see that we absolutely LOVE Indonesia and we were so sad to leave and right before we left him, he said: ”It’s not a goodbye but a see you later”. I can’t wait to go back to Indonesia, it was my best travel so far, landscape, food, beaches and most of it PEOPLE. I never met as many nice people in my entire life.
Day 9 : I have literally 0 pictures of that day as we spent half of it in a spa getting several treatments and the other half eating and tanning by the pool… Here is one photo of our daily watermelon juices.
Day 10 : We woke up at 4am and took a boat for a tour.
First stop was Padar Island, we walked all the way up, took few pictures and walked
back down. We had 1h to spend on the island which was quick but enough to enjoy
The second stop was the Pink beach, one of the
most beautiful beach I have ever seen!! As you can notice on the pictures,
the sand was proper pink and clean, the sea was so blue that it looked like a pool!
Third stop was Komodo park, everyone went to the National park to see the
Komodo dragons, I didn’t go inside because I am afraid of them. I barely saw
one running on the beach from the boat and was literally terrorized! I was
curious Seems like everyone was disappointed about the visit as most of the
dragons were asleep.
Last stop was on our way back at Manta point for a
very quick swim with the manta rays.
We finished our trip completely exhausted and went once again to our usual ”
Happy Banana” restaurant for dinner.
Day 7 : The plan was to travel back to Bali and take a flight to Labuan Bajo but nothing went as planned because of a sea ”storm”. We took a tiny boat from Gili Meno to Gili T then a Bigger boat from Gili T to Lombok. Once there we figure it out with the owner of the boat company that we wouldn’t be on time in Bali and will miss our flight for sure. He helped us book a new flight with a local airline from Lombok to Flores and help us to find a cab to cross the island (2h30 drive) and go to the airport. Even if we completely lost our flight tickets from Bali and were super stressed we managed to arrive is our amazing hotel 1 hour earlier than initially planned… We checked in at Ayana at 3pm and didn’t do anything much for the rest of the day. The hotel was stunning and just walking around, go to the beach, to the pool and hang out to our bedroom felt great. We finish our crazy day with sunset cocktails and a seafood barbecue on the beach.
Day 8: Was all about food and rest by the pool. We had dinner at the very famous restaurant ”Happy banana” where you can find very good sushi and poke bowl.
Day 5 : We woke up at 5am, check out our hotel and went for a tour with our driver/friend. We first went to Kelingking beach, the weather wasn’t amazing, but it was still very hot. The sea was crazy and make us nervous for our boat transfer later on… We then stopped by Broken beach before heading to the harbour. We left Nusa Penida, took a fast boat to Gili T and a small one to Gili Meno. We checked into our hotel and chill by the pool for the rest of the day.
Day 6 : We rented a boat to see the underwater statues and it was a big fail. It was proper crowded. My advise is to go as early as you can to avoid people.