Just back to NZ from Bali. There was myself , friend, and my daughter, thereafter to be referred to as I, Ms56 and Miss 18..3 females. Got good cheap flights (for Nz standards) $600.00 return via Melbourne. All went well. Our driver (4th visit) picked us up from the airport. We decided not to take any checked in luggage this time and it was a great idea. Will do again. Had a smooth dive up to Padangbai where we had two nights at Ok spa and resort. We had booked to go to the Gili Islands but it wasnt long before we were made aware of the huge waves and rough seas. Patagonia gave us the option of waiting or applying for a refund. We opted for the refund as it was still a few days til the Govt was due to lift the fastboat ban. We could have got the slow ferry but after hearing how slow it was and looking over to see the huge crowds waiting we decided to cut our loses so went on booking.com, cancelled all our accom and then decided what we would do. We enjoyed the 2 days in Padangbai..funnily enough was Miss 18s fav place. She liked that it was a small port town. Also I think the outdoor movie showing at Topi was a winner. She is movie mad!Best coffee was at Aroma Cafe. We went to the restaurant at Bloo Lagoon..cool place up a winding staircase to fantastic views. Anyway we decided to get a snorkelling fix in Amed. Driver took us up there and was nice to be back . Stayed at Sahera Hotel..Miss 18 booked it..$51 for the room, lovely pool.Good value for money.We had a day at Lipah Beach and the snorkelling was good.Usual problems with borrowed but nothing we couldnt fix with a hair tie and a clip!
Next day we decided to head to Sideman as we had never been there before . A lot of accom booked out but scored top 2 rooms at the Shantiasa Villa. It has 2 rooms upstairs , 2 down and gorgeous setting. Absolutely beautiful. Infinity pool lovely. had the best massage on a table in the garden listening to roosters. They will deliver drinks and even dinner to your balcony. We could only get a night but was still nice and decided to head to Ubud for the next 6 days...to be continued or I risk losing my audience due to excessive prattle!!!