3 March 2014
As it was our last full day on the island we wanted to experience all of our favorite activities just one more time. Also since it was my mom’s birthday and we couldn’t be with her in Yosemite we had to make sure we enjoyed the day to the fullest to celebrate her as well!
With an inspiration while watching yesterday’s sunrise, we decided to wake up even earlier, 4:30am to be exact for some early morning star gazing. While it was painful to hear to the sound of the alarm so early once we got outside it was well worth the effort. With clear skies we had the perfect setting for star gazing.
As we sat on the beach, you could see so many shooting stars and as the sun began to rise, the deep reds along with the starry skies made for some seriously stunning views. The irony of the day also occurred just as the sun began to rise, the camera battery died. So we walked the short 60 meters or so back to our room to plug in the battery. I decided to take the time for a 20 minute nap just to get the battery charged while Adam took out the point and shoot to snap away. While a little more than an hour until sunrise, there was no harm in my quick nap!
Quickly woken but the sound of the alarm once again I was up and walking down to the water as the reds and oranges shown thru the palm trees on my short stroll. But this time we were joined by a few locals out looking for fish in the low tide. As they carefully navigated the shores looking for a fresh catch for the day’s meal, the sun rise began changing the sky from reds to pinks to yellows.
It was then back to bed for another nap before we made it out to enjoying another delicious breakfast. We have truly become very spoiled with the meals at Damai. The breakfast here, with every bite homemade and the lovely views of the palms and ocean it doesn’t get much better.
Shortly after, again every meal here requires a good amount of lingering; it was off to yoga to really wake up the body. The scenic shoreline walk and sitting in the outdoor studio really make you wonder why more people don’t just get up and travel!
Not to rush thru the day to quickly and overexert ourselves, we did some lounging on our front porch before grabbing our snorkel gear. Once in the water we headed out toward the shoreline drop off check out some of the spots where we had found the best coral. With some strong currents once again, but perfectly clear waters, we saw so many varieties of fish and of course all of the bright colors of the corals.
With all the swimming we had worked up an appetite so we made our way back to shore for lunch. Not too far done the road we found a great lunch spot with some very good curries. This time though, I didn’t feel like working up a sweat eating the very hot curry (as in steaming/temperature) in the 90+ heat as I was already doing a enough sweating there was no need to warm up even more!
Somehow the day was just going by quickly as it was now time for my new favorite activity paddle boarding. With the late day sun and strong currents the waters somehow became even more transparent and it was like we were snorkeling as we paddled over the water. Although today was the strongest current we had all week so our normal relatively quick and easy paddle up the coast was one hell of a work out and we did even make it to the northern point of the island. But it was very nice to drift south with the current and watch all the fish, especially the little guys that like to jump out of the water out of the blue.
Now that is was after 5 it was time to clean up and make our way out to happy hour and watch the sunset. As we were getting ready out to the east on Lombok the skies were just getting darker and darker. So before we left our room, I made sure to grab the umbrella as it is now a proven fact from our travels that when we carry an umbrella it does not rain. But leave it at home and you will get caught in a downpour. As the clouds covered most of our Western facing view we didn’t mind too much as we had our tasty rum, lime and honey cocktails in hand behind us we had a great lighting show. So while we didn’t see too much of the sunset, we did see plenty of cool lightning bolts. Since we were the only ones that braved decided to head out in the evening we used the empty chairs as a tripod to try to capture the storm. And true to form, every time you would see a bolt/multiple bolts the camera was in the midst of processing the dark sky. We even ordered a second drink to stay around and try to capture some great photos. But alas we only captured a glimpse of one bolt. And thanks to me carrying that umbrella the rain stayed away from Gili Air (you’re welcome fellow tourist).
And the day could not be complete without a delicious meal and a Bintang. So we found a table at Zip Bar and Restaurant to once again enjoying the perfectly prepared whole grilled black snapper with chili sauce and a nice cold Bintang.
A very successful day of enjoying paradise indeed!
Today’s Travel: Walking around Gili Air, snorkeling and paddling from the south to the north (with a bit of the west side) end of the east side of the island
Accommodations: Damai Homestay