One of the most unforgettable days of my life!

Trip Start Dec 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 31, 2011

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Friends of National Parks Foundation

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Last night we had met Nyoman, a principal of a local school.  He had kindly invited us to visit his school.  So when Nicolette zoomed off with Wayan (one of the men who worked at FNPF) for a day's tour on his motorbike, Alex and I went to find Nyoman's school. 
About halfway to the school we were stopped by a shop owner who invited us in for a cup of coffee and chat.  He was really lovely and introduced us to his wife and little boy.  After a short chat we continued onto the school. 
Arriving after about 2 hours of walking we found school had just finished.  We found Nyoman who showed us around his really lovely school, showing us trophies of achievements by pupils and some stunning art work and wood carvings. 
Nyoman asked what we had planned for the rest of the day and as we had nothing planned he suggested giving us a tour of the island - amazing!  So we had lunch at a local warung opposite his house while we waited for his son who would be helping with our tour.  Lunch was so delicious!!!  We weren't hungry (because we had only eaten breakfast 3 hours ago!) but we polished all the food on our plates!  Then Nyoman's son, Gede, arrived and off we went. 
Our first stop was Guyangan Waterfall.  We arrived on the side of a cliff near a water pump facility.  Our knee-knocking, vertigo-testing climb down to the waterfall (I am not sure on the exact height but I would hazard a guess at maybe a 30 story building???) was done on maintenance ladders!  At some points our ladders hung out, off the cliff with nothing below us but the huge crashing waves of the powerful ocean!  At other points the ladder stopped and we were climbing over pipes with no rails or protection from falling...(my knee's are knocking now and I am writing this 4 months after the fact!  LOL)!  But taking it VERY slowly we were treated to one of the most amazing views I have ever seen.  It was breathtaking and the photo's do little justice to just how truly awesome it was.  The cliffs of the island dropping into the ocean with the unbelievably blue waves crashing up the walls with such power...this was a slice of heaven that we knew very few foreign eyes had had the privileged of indulging in.  Our guides were fabulously patient with us and although we were climbing a rather dangerous path down I felt safe having them with us.  Arriving at the bottom, drenched from the midday sun we were treated to a splash in a pool of cool water.  We took loads of photo's and just sighed a lot.  It is moments like that that I think change a persons soul forever.  Then, unfortunately, it was time to climb...and climb...and climb...and C L I M B!!!  Down was scary but up was E X H A U S T I N G!!!  Oh lordy!  I had to keep taking a break to rest because being dizzy and loosing your footing on a cliff like that could end rather...flatly!  When we got to the top the funny thing was I suddenly wanted to go back!  So it was worth every fear and exhausted breath - phenomenal! 
Then we went onto Alas Saab Temple where Nyoman had earlier seen monkey's which he wanted to show us.  Unfortunately they weren't there when we arrived.  We got appropriately dressed for the temple in our sarongs and sashes, shoulders covered, and went in to explore.  The temple is surrounded by lush, green forest and had the most incredible energy.  We quietly walked around, taking a few photo's and just enjoying the moment.
Then we were whisked (especially me, on the back of Gede's bike LOL) to Pasih Uug or Broken Beach.  This again was so incredibly special!  After a rather bumpy ride on seriously rocky terrain (at points I was sure I would be flung into the bushes but my driver was very good and looked after me, just laughing at my fits of panic and the odd screaming!) we arrived onto of this cliff and I was speechless.  You could see out for miles over a brilliantly blue Bali sea, with the sun shining and the green hills behind us...WOW.  Nyoman explained the reason the for the name 'Broken Beach' and we walked over the ledge where beneath a piece of the cliff had crumbled into the ocean, letting the sea rush in.  There is no easy way onto this beach, apart from maybe ab-sailing which presumably hasn't been done on this remote island.  So it was incredible to think that the beach below remains untouched by human feet.  So special!  Then we saw manta rays!  AMAZING!  I have never seen one before and there were so many of them.  They really are incredible creatures, birds of the ocean.  We watched them for a while and just soaked up all the beauty surrounding us.  I remember thinking that area of broken beach would be perfect for a camping trip...paradise camping.  :) 
Then it was off to Crystal Bay to watch the sunset.  It took us quite a long time to get to the beach and it was great just watching the world of Nusa Penida go by on the back of the bike.  There is definitely no comparison to the freedom of sight-seeing on the back of a bike as opposed to a car.  I mean obviously weather is not always so permitting and safety is an issue but with Gede I felt very safe and the weather was incredible!  Arriving at Crystal Bay was the perfect ending to the most incredible day!  We spent the last hours of day light sitting on this magical beach watching families packing up their days fun and heading home against the back-drop of the setting sun.  *sigh*  Crystal Bay was apparently given its name because the sand of the beach looks like there are crystals glistening in it and having been there I can honestly agree that this beach is a precious gem on Nusa Penida worth visiting.
Our journey back in the dark was a good time to reflect on how much beauty we had been lucky enough to witness that day.  Unforgettable.
When we got back to FNPF we were met by Nicolette who also had an adventurous day.  We all fell asleep with ease after an exhausting adventure filled day!


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