Did not want to simply snorkel off the Bali coast just like any other typical tourist. Finally, we chose Nusa Penida. We could have taken the ferry service from Sanur to Nusa Penida and there are plenty of vendors happy to take you out snorkelling. However, we decided to save time and book this trip through Piyu (firstname.lastname@example.org) instead. Pick-up service brought us all the way down south to the marina where the dive shop was located. Essential gear, bottled water and lunch (simple home-made sandwiches) were provided.
Nusa Penida Boat Ride & Snorkelling (US$55.00 per pax for 4 of us all-inclusive): Life & Death
Yea, probably the only time I smiled throughout the nerve-wrecking boat ride to Nusa Penida. YY and Jack were cool. Val was holding on tight just like I did. When we boarded the boat, the life jackets were out of sight and we set off. Very soon we were in the middle of the ocean, slightly foggy, no land in sight, crew seemed a bit lost, big waves thumping the side of the boat – I insisted that they gave us our life jackets. The boat ain’t big. To the right, a mother big wave was coming and the Captain figured that it is safer to face and ride over the wave than allowing it to hit us on the side.
Think I was joking about the boat ride? See what happened to Jack. His first time out on a boat I guess.
Finally, we arrived at our snorkelling destination Crystal Bay. Jack puked here. The crew also took us to another spot near Nusa Lembongan up north. Visibility was great with live corals and lots of fish. On the whole, I felt that we overpaid for the trip. Probably better off taking the ferry service and bargaining with vendors on the spot.
Took a quick shower after coming back, we headed out to the highly recommended Mandura Spa. Value for money and pretty comfortable.
Look at our revitalized YY!
Could not decide on where to have dinner. Simply wandered down Sanur Beach and stumbled onto Wantilan Beach Restaurant. We got lucky.
Part of Griya Santrian, a boutique beach resort and spa in Sanur.
Appetizer was cute and tasted as good as it looks. Overall, the food was surprisingly good and cost around US$20-30 per pax for soup, appetizer, main with sides, drinks and one shared dish. Almost 8:00pm and we went back to rest before the 2:00am pick-up for the Mt Batur Sunrise Trek.