Turtles, rice fields, chocolate factory

After I swam next to a turtle, I was dying to see some more turtles. However, we were already back in Bali, so we decided to visit the turtle conservation in Serangan. I loved the place and the fact that it was just charity. We got a tour throughout the conservation, and our guide told us everything from the beginning till the end. There were even turtles who were saved from the black market, which had an amazing shell btw. All of the turtles (except the land turtles) were held in big water reserves. All of the turtles will get released as  soon as they are cured or big enough to take care of themselves in the ocean.

Eventually, our guide asked us if we wanted to release a baby turtle, and of course, I couldn’t say no. They were so cute. We got to choose our own turtle, and take it out of the reserve and put it in a little bucket. It was sad to see that they were bumping their head the entire time to the bucket, but at least they would get released soon. We drove to the beach and there we could release our babies. Mine, which I called after myself since I did not know a name that fast, was super slow and did not want to walk to the water. However, when the waves were big enough and cought the turtle, it swam a little bit closer towards the sea. After about 10 minutes little Nathalie was gone into the ocean.

After the turtle conservation we went back home and prepared for our appointment at the Spa, which was super relaxing.

The next day we planned on going to the Tegalalang rice fields and a waterfall. Sadly, when we were almost at the rice fields, it started raining. Luckily, our Uber had an umberella which we could use. The rice fields were amazing and you could really see the terraces. Also, we saw a loewak, an animal of which his poop is used to create the most expensive coffee worldwide. The animal seemed quite weird and I did not even know that it existed. We walked through the rice fields for a while and fortunately it had stopped raining.

After the rice fields,  it started raining again, so after checking the weather forecast we decided to skip the waterfall and to go to a chocolate factory. Both destinations were quite far away from each other so we hoped that the rain would still stop. When we finally got to the factory, we were quite surprised. The first animal we saw was an elephant, after that I saw a wild monkey. Eventually, there were also bears, geese and a toucan. This man led us towards the chocolate factory, which was kind of a disappointment since I expected a huge factory. In fact, the factory was just about 20 square meters. However, they did have a shop where we could taste all of their chocolate, and it was truly delicious!!

After we went to the chocolate factory we went checking out the animals. First we went to the bears, which was one baby and one bigger one. When I normally visit a zoo, the bears barely move. Consequently, here they did move a lot, which was so much fun to see. Later, we visited the elephants, they had a lot, even 2 babies. They even took out a baby and its mom for us so we could feed it and pet it. It was soo cute and it just wanted to play with you.

When we left the chocolate factory and its’ animals, there was not really enough time left to go to the waterfall. However, I still want to visit the waterfall, and I am definitely going to.

The Gilis

Life goes on in paradise 2.0, the Gili islands of Lombok.

On Friday morning we went suuuper early to the Gili islands. Since the drive to Padang Bai was about 1,5 hours and the boat trip as well, we arrived at 11 only. When arriving, I saw the brightest sea ever. It was so clear blue. I fell in love.

After getting of the boat, we had to find ourselves a cab. Or well, a horse. There were no cars or any other electronic vehicles on the island. So we went by horse to our hotel. We changed clothing, and went to the beautiful beach to chill.

On the second day of the Gilis we were planning to cycle, so that’s what we did. We cycled throughout the island and found some amazing spots. We had lunch and chilled at the beach.

Because all of the Gili islands have turtle points, we became super excited to see some turtles. This is why we went on a snorkling trip to all of the islands to spot turtles. The turtles were amazing and at a moment you could really swim with them for a couple of meters. It was incredible.

Basically all we did on the Gili islands was just chilling and checking out the island. It had such a great vibe and it truly was one of the most beautiful islands I have seen in my life.

Details: the dresses I am wearing are both from Goldust Bali, pink bikini is from Elsa and Rose and the pink bikini top with yellow bottom is from Triangl. The sport wear is from Stronger and the shorts are from Levis.

Jungle vibes

The last couple of days have been very busy for me, a friend of mine is visiting me in Bali, which is amazing. She arrived on Thursday early morning. On her first day here, I showed her Canggu beach and tried to teach her how to surf. However, I found it pretty hard this time too, due to the fact that I couldn’t stand in the water and I did not have the arm power to catch waves that well.

On the second day, we visited the Tanah Lot temple. I really loved the temple, since is was surrounded by the sea. Unfortunately, we could not get into the temple. Some say it is because there are snakes inside of it. But who knows.

The next day, we planned going to Jungle Fish, which is a beach club without beach, in the middle of the jungle. Right, of course with an infinity pool looking over the jungle. On my surprise, it was quite calm and relax over there, I expected that there would be a lot of people. Thankfully, this wasn’t the truth. This day we just chilled in the middle of the jungle. How cool is that?

About today, I went rafting in Ubud. Normally, I would not really go rafting, because I would get afraid way too fast. However, it was not scary at all. It was fun and we could see a lot of the beautiful nature of Bali.

On Friday I am going to visit the Gili Islands, and I am sooo excited!!

 

Wondering what Jungle Fish really looks like? See the pictures below:

Hotspot: Cafe Organic Bali

Yesterday I went back to Canggu, where all the healthy food cafes are located. We settled in Cafe Organic Bali, of which you might have heard. I expected the place to be a little bigger than it actually was, but that did not say that the food would not be that good.

When we found a spot, we settled down. Looking at the menu, I did not know what I wanted to order, there were so many healthy recipes. However, I was craving a smoothie bowl for days, so I choose the Acai Coco. Which was soooo delisious!! Plus they had Ice coffee so I was super happy with this cafe. The sad thing was only that they did not have the caramel for the coffee, and as anyone who knows me knows, I love sweet coffee. Well uhm, basically everything sweet.

After lunch we walked around in  Canggu, where we found a small market with local products. It was lovely. Next, we went to some other shops to end up at the beach.

When you’re looking for a healthy spot in Bali, you should really look around in Canggu.

Ku De Ta

I know I haven’t posted in a while, due to some illness. Don’t worry,  I am not dying, I just had a head ache and had the feeling of throwing up all the time. Fortunately, I am feeling a lot better and I remembered that I did not post anything about last weekend yet.

Last weekend I went to my third Beach Club, this time in Kuta, called Ku De Ta. This Beach Club was smaller than the other ones I have been here in Bali. But I liked it. It was smaller and more relaxed. They had great food over there. Besides, they have the best ice coffee of the island, I am in love. It was the salted caramel ice coffee and it was sooo good. I would come back just for the ice coffee already.

Anyway, this day was just a relaxing day and I have to say I got a great tan already!

In the upcoming few days, a friend of mine will come and visit me, and we will visit some awasome places!