Final Balinese day
Swimming, swimming, swimming, packing and eating.
Too soon it’s time to leave Nusa Lembongan. I’ve enjoyed it here. But sadly it feels like my holiday is over.
This is my last tropical island destination, my last diving, last sunny, sandy place before I head home.
I’m still not home for a couple of weeks, but it feels like the end.
Our ferry back to Sanur was at 1pm. So after a final lunch looking out onto the water (high tide and fierce waves crashing up onto the concrete walkway) we waved goodbye.
Again, we managed to get half price tickets to return on the fast boat – perfect! In theory just a 30 minute crossing, but by the time we registered ourselves, sailed across and collected our bags, it took well over an hour.
The drive to Kuta was supposed to take about 20minutes, but took nearly an hour, so much traffic! But after weaving through the packed, narrow streets we were dropped at our hotel. This one being really nice too!
A big garden with a pool and mini waterfall! Despite booking the cheapest room I could find, we ended up in a really fancy room which was massive and with a porch right out onto the pool! We went for a bit of a wander around.
The streets are just full of shops selling stuff for tourists. When I was in Kuta 2 years ago I really didn’t like it. I still don’t like it.
People trying to sell you stuff from every corner and grabbing your arm to drag you to their shop. Awful. Plus there are just so many people around. It also looks nothing like a remember. In the place of the small winding streets and small crafty shops, large brand new shopping centres and casinos have taken their place! And all the small shops no longer sell crafts, but have been replaced by more shops selling crude tshirts, stickers and other clothes. Not like I remember at all. But definitely not an improvement.
More swimming! Then realising it was nearly 6pm and sunset time, we quickly made our way back to the beach to watch the sunset.
Kuta beach isn’t very nice. It’s just full of people (and dogs) everywhere. Massage stands and surfboard rental stands line the back of the beach, while others roam around trying to sell massages, sarongs and anything else they can. Annoying. The sunset was nice with the water and wet sand turning orange, but it was just so busy!