Showing posts with label beaches in Indonesia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beaches in Indonesia. Show all posts

Enjoying Pulau Rinca, Komodo Dragon and Pink Beach

Kia ora!

Morena.. a very good morning from Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Here, we are now enjoying winter as June arrives. Short days with cold, windy weather are welcoming us almost everyday and as the famous meme said, winter is coming! How I long warm, tropical weather back home in Indonesia nowadays.

And looking at my photo albums, I have so many great adventures on my last visit to Indonesia, especially Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara.

As I have shared on my previous posts, I have dived in many spots here in Labuan Bajo. Feel free to check it on Diving at Labuan Bajo - Photo Album .

Right after diving at Batu Bolong site, the last dive I did, we stopped by at Rinca Island. This is one of the islands where you can get to see komodo dragons on their natural habitat as well as the pink beach. On top of my diving trip, I added Rp 500K for this additional stops. 

By the time we landed at Rinca island, we walked from the pier to the entrance gate and ticketing office. As we have foreigner visitors, we have different tickets for the locals. It was a bit confusing for us as the officials were asking for the new tariff which is quite expensive. But we all know that the new tariff was still being heavily debated at that time so at the end of the day, our tour guide negotiated and we paid in accordance with the prevailing regulations.

Happy me arriving at Rinca island, ready to make a rendezvous with komodo

Long story short, we chose the short trail and being helped by one of the local guides here. He showed us the way and told us many interesting stories and facts as well. since the very beginning when we landed in this island, I have already read the sign saying that tis is the natural habitat for the komodo and we were basically walking alongside their trails. Cool, right! But surely we have to be careful as well. 

Nevertheless, after seeing the real komodo for the first time in the Komodo museum at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah and seeing the giant lantern of komodo in Wellington lantern festival, you can imagine how excited I was to meet these magnificent creatures in their original homes.

So we went through the trail, the Loh Liang walking trails, listening attentively to our guide. I feel bad of not remembering his name! He spoke English well and patiently answered so many of our questions.

Check out these photos and you will see how cool this place is. Rest assure I took the photos from safe distance and under strict supervisor of our guide. And again, komodo dragons are magnificent creatures. 

Done enjoying the walking trails in Rinca island, we moved to the other side of the island and stopped at the pink beach. And it was totally AWESOME!

As I have seen in so many posts in various social medias, pink beack is just unique and stunningly beautiful. I enjoyed my time here although it was not that long. I was kust dipping my feet, so tempted to swim again and I was just tired from my 3-times dives. I prayed that I would go back here again soon with my hubby and the kids. 

I bet we will!

Welcome to the pink beach! Lovely isn't it?

Mini - me is super excited too

Hope we can go back soon 

So, have you visited East Nusa Tenggara, especially Labuan Bajo?
Did you visit Rinca island and manage to meet komodo dragons and have fun at the pink beach as well? 

Share your story here.

WW: Kelapa 60 Beach, Kelagian Island, Lampung, Indonesia

Kelapa 60 Beach, Kelagian Island, Lampung, Indonesia
Cheers from Kelapa 60 Beach, Kelagian Island, Lampung, Indonesia

One of the newest beach being opened in Kelagian Island, Lampung is Kelapa 60.

Kelapa means coconut and this part, as well as other side of Kelagian Island, is dotted with coconut trees. Of course with lines of white sandy beaches and shallow water, perfect for a day swim. 60 or enam puluh means sixty. I don't know why it is named that way.

Kelapa 60 Beach, Kelagian Island, Lampung, Indonesia
Don't you just love to see the water

Anyway, as we took our drone to this beautiful island, we did take some aerial photos during our lunch break on the beach. We were thinking of flying our drone in the middle of the ocean where we snorkelled but the GPS signal was not strong so we didn't want to risk it.

I am still learning to handle this gear by the way and most of the time is my hubby who is behind the 'wheel'. It is fun but it is risky and I need to lear more. Well, here are some of the photos taken during the trip. Hope you like it.

Kelapa 60 Beach, Kelagian Island, Lampung, Indonesia
It's basically us around the area

Kelapa 60 Beach, Kelagian Island, Lampung, Indonesia
this is Kelagian Lunik Island, the small one, right across our beach

Kelapa 60 Beach, Kelagian Island, Lampung, Indonesia
Kelapa 60 Beach, Kelagian Island, Lampung, Indonesia

Kelapa 60 Beach, Kelagian Island, Lampung, Indonesia
Let's go swimming

I just love this island!

Would you visit this island as well? What would you do when you come here?

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The Amazing View of Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida

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Kali ini kita akan share cerita perjalanan kita menjelajahi Nusa Penida, salah satu pulau di Bali yang terkenal dengan keindahan alamnya. Walaupun memang hanya setengah hari dan kami memutuskan tidak menginap, namun banyak keseruan yang kita nikmati di pulau cantik ini! Let's start with Kelingking Beach.

So, have you been or seen Kelingking Beach before? Perhaps many of you have seen the viral pictures of this unique shape rock and cliff over a stunningly beautiful beach in many Instagram account. You can also see it on my account LOL.

During our last family trip to Bali in the beginning of December, we decided to take the tour to Nusa Penida island, operated by Idola Fast Boat and chose the full-day West side tour. We visited Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel's Billabong and Crystal Bay. We had private tour with local car and guide as well. It was lovely indeed! 

Kelingking Beach has dominated the social media posts from those visiting Nusa Penida, one of the islands in Bali Tiga Nusa or Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Its unique landscape (some say it looks like T-rex head, some say whales), incredible view, turquoise water, crashing waves and white powdery sandy beach are some of the tempting elements that have captivated people's attention. Being here myself, I have to say it's just breathtakingly AMAZING!

We went here during the pandemic. There is a blessing in disguise when you travel around during the pandemic as it is not as crowded as it used to. I know it's not good for local business but you have to admit you do enjoy having more peaceful time at the tourists' popular spot with less people. The areas are way cleaner as well and you can actually enjoy the place fully, without having to struggle to take pictures here and there just because there are too many people flocking around.

It was good that we came rather early  to the Sanur Beach and Port where we were boarding to Nusa Penida. It was not too packed, although as it got closer to the departure time we had more and more people coming. Well, for a popular spot like Nusa Penida, I guess it was quite packed even during the pandemic. I didn't how it was before the pandemic but I guess it was way busier and more crowded. Once we arrived, we went to the designated desk, got our tickets and ID cards to board the ship. Once the boat was ready, they called all the passengers of Idola Fast boat and we 'climbed' up to the boat.  We needed to take our shoes or sandals, bring our bags and climb up to the boat which was mored slightly away from the beach. Here in Sanur port, there is no jetties or floating ramp for passengers.

getting off the boat..

We took around 40 minutes trip before arriving at Nusa Penida Island. The view along the ride is lovely indeed.  At Nusa Penida Island, we get off on the jetty at the island. I guess the harbour is called Buyuk. Once we arrived, we were welcomed by Bli Gede, our private tour guide as well as our driver with his car. And our private tour began. First stop: Kelingking Beach.

the view along the way..

It took us around 45 minutes to reach Kelingking. The road was a bit rough but we saw the beauty of the island as well. When we arrived, we stopped at the parking lot which was already packed with cars. Apparently this popular spot always has its fans. And I know exacty why. The view is simply BREATHTAKING!

so what do you think about the view?

We saw the Kelingking beach way from above. To reach the beach, we have to take the stairs down. Steep stairs indeed and a bit slippery I have to say. The stairs are not that wise and everyone who wants to go down and up again take the same stairs as it's the only way. But again, as the view is magnificent, it worth all the sweat and pain I believe LOL. 

However, we were a bit worried in the first place. People did wear mask but physical distance is a bit problematic as the area is not that spacious and the stairs you use to go down and up are steep and quite small. We took turns with people so that everyone can enjoy every spot Kelingking Beach can offer. 

Again, the stairs are steep.. I don't know how many they are but they are tough for those who are not accustomed to. It's also high and you have to be careful. It is safe enough as long as you are paying attention to your steps. The place is surrounded by cliffs with nothing hindering it. That's what makes it beautiful. 

You can go down to the beach but again the set of stairs you have to take is a lot. Going down might be manageable but going up is too problematic to me LOL. So make sure you wear the most comfortable shoes and clothes.

There are many cafes and restaurant nearby with nice food & drinks as well as clean toilets. The parking lot is big but I guess it can packed during peak season. The entrance ticket is Rp 5000,- per person for locals. The fee for our trip is Rp 350.000,- per person, all inclusive the return ticket for Nusa Penida - Sanur, 4 spots, private car & guide/driver, as well as lunch. So I guess, I will have to go back with more stories about our visit to Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Crystal Bay.

Don't miss this place when you are coming to Bali!

And Nusa Penida, thank you so much for all this unforgettable trip ♥️.

WW: Sunrise Walk and Nusa Dharma Island, Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia

Sunrise at Nusa Dua Beach, Bali
Sunrise at Sofitel Nusa Dua Bali

Waking up early in the morning to catch the sunrise and walk to Nusa Dharma Island, a near by island connected to Nusa Dua Beach, is quite an experience. 

Morning stroll at Nusa Dua Beach, Bali
strolling the beach in the morning

Morning stroll at Nusa Dua Beach, Bali

Morning stroll at Nusa Dua Beach, Bali

Morning stroll at Nusa Dua Beach, Bali

I woke up early for subuh prayer and this time, I directly went to the beach, right behind the Sofitel Nusa Dua where we stayed, to see the lovely sunrise. It was a bit clousy yet we managed to enjoy the beauty of it. We also decided to continue strolling the beach to have a little jogging. At the end of Nusa Dua beach, you will find Nusa Dharma Island, a small and clean island with temple on it. 

Nusa Dharma Island, Nusa Dua Bali
Welcome to Nusa Dharma Island

It was very peaceful in the morning as you listened to the sound of the chirping birds and the crashing waves. The sea surrounding the island is clean and inviting, although the waves were big.
Nusa Dharma Island, Nusa Dua Bali

Nusa Dharma Island, Nusa Dua Bali
do you see the birds on top of the trees?

Nusa Dharma Island, Nusa Dua Bali

The temple is quite big and looks peaceful as well. We can only see it from outside as the temple can only be entered by those who are going to pray. I am always fascinated by the temples being erected and tended here in Bali. So elaborated and artistic at the same time. There are a few statues as well with some offerings on the table, which makes Bali famous for being religiously unique and solemn.

Nusa Dharma Island, Nusa Dua Bali

Nusa Dharma Island, Nusa Dua Bali

Nusa Dharma Island, Nusa Dua Bali

Nusa Dharma Island, Nusa Dua Bali

I have made a video as well about my sunrise walk and morning beach stroll at Nusa Dua and Nusa Dharma Island in Bali. Feel free to watch it on my YouTube channel. 

So what do you think about the Nusa Dua Beach and Nusa Dharma Island? Will you stroll around the area as well? 

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WW: Klara Beach, Lampung

How I miss going to the beach!

Now that we are implementing social distancing and independent isolation in the attempt of curbing Corona virus outbreak, we took the liberty to stay at home and try to be as productive as can be. For traveling lovers like us, it is quite painful to stay at home for quite some times. But for the benefit of our very own health and safety, as well as others, we dutifully stay at home and implement distance learning as well as work from home.

Nevertheless, with the extra time we have, I try to manage the photos and videos I have.
most of them are coming from our trip in 2018 and 2019. Even before that!
One of them is our trip to Klara Beach in Lampung
Klara is actually an abbreviation in bahasa Indonesia, that is Klapa Rapat.
Literally klapa means coconut (tree) and rapat  means close. So, basically it's the beach where the coconut trees are planted close to one another.

We went here during the weekday and  that is why the beach was empty.
It was just us and we definitely enjoyed it.
My kids and my niece as well as my mom who joined us had so much fun swimming on the deserted beach.

Here are some pictures taken around this place and I sincerely hope we can go back here again soon.

The traditional jetty

Clear blue sky!

the 'floaters' :p

My happy Nadine..

view from the humble shack provided

So, that's our last visit to Klara Beach, Lampung.
Hope this Corona Virus will soon be gone so that we can revisit this lovely beach.
Here's the map for its exact location.

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snorkeling in Lampung
Let's go snorkeling

What a week we had!

After the Election Day, we had some days off for Easter Break!
So off we went to Lampung, again, to enjoy its endless beauty and for sure to meet our family.

tegal mas island
Welcome to Tegal Mas

This time, we went to Sari Ringgung beach and headed straight to its snorkelling spot, Ringgung and Tegal Mas, around 2o minutes ride by boat. My kids were super excited and we went there with my sister and brother-in-law as well as their kids and my niece.

My son Bo enjoying snorkelling at Tegal Mas island
We had 2 snorkelling sessions and enjoyed our yummy lunch at Tegal Perak, an isolated beach behind Tegal Mas Island. We took tons of picture, went free diving and had ton of fun for sure.
Will certainly share more photos and videos from our fun time here and I sincerely hope you can visit this lovely place as well!

Bo and his cousin, Abin.

We certainly had so much fun
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