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Lake Maraetai - Otorohanga (102 km, 1.5 hour)
Rotorua - Lake Maretai (73 km, 1 hour)
After wine tasting we went on to our way to Waimoto to see the glowworms on the next day. We did an overnight stop at a really nice campsite #16 called Lake Maretai. In the evening we had a strong rainfall but on the next day we woke up with this view ☀️🌲
Rotorua - Volcanic Hills Winery
We did a wine tasting 🍷. We liked the wine - it was really nice. We also had a nice view onto Lake Rotorua cause the winery was located on a hill.
2 days ago
Rotorua - Redwoods Treewalk 🌲
This was sooo cool 🤩 & definitely worth to go! The treewalk consists of 21 suspension bridges traversing between 22 Californian coastal redwood trees 🌲 . It gave very unique view to the trees & forest from 12 m above the ground.
Treewalk quick facts🚶🏼♀️: starting height 6 m, highest point 12 m, longest bridge 37 m, length 553 m, 21 bridges, 22 platforms.
New Zealand Redwood Tree quick facts🌲: tallest living trees on earth, first tree planted in 1901, height 72 m, diameter 2 m, circumference 6.2 m, volume of wood 75.4 cubic meters: enough timber to build 3.5 houses 🏡.
Rotorua - Wai-O-Tapu
On the way to Rotorua we stopped by another active geothermal area (15 sq km) Wai-O-Tapu. Due to many geothermal conditions beneath the earth, the area has many hot springs with colourful appearance like the Champagne Pool 🍾. In addition the Lady Knox Geyser is located next to but as we heard afterwards, its a fake geyser: they make the geyser to erupt daily at 10:15am by dropping a surfactant into the opening of the vent👎🏼. We don’t like 🤫 even we were to late for the eruption as we recognized also afterwards. The lady sold us the tickets even she knows we were too late 🤬.
The yesterdays geothermal area was wayyyy better & not so crowded by Chinese people.
Taupō - Rotorua (86 km, 1 hour)
We left Taupō to Rotorua early this morning to see another geothermal area & go to a redwood forest near Rotorua.
Our campsite #14 🏕 is called Holdens Bay, cheap but nothing special. Tomorrow is planned to go for a freedom one again.
3 days ago
Taupō - Orakei Korako
We visited this highly active geothermal area that is most notable for its series of fault-stepped sinter terraces. Its one of the largest geyser field in New Zealand with up to 35 active geysers. The most famous of these is the Diamond Geyser whose unpredictable eruptions can last from a few minutes to many hours, ejecting boiling water as high as nine metres. Unfortunately we didn’t see any eruption 🙃. Nevertheless we were impressed what mother nature can achieve & maintain over years/decades 🌲🌿.
National Park - Taupō (100 km, 1.5 hours)
Weather wasn’t that good to do a hike again & we went further on to Taupō, one of the larger cities in NZL. Campsite #14 is a 5* one with hot pools 🏊🏼♀️ nearby. It was a deal via campermate ☺️ so we chose this one 😉.
4 days ago
Whakapapa - Ridge Walk Track
Since we decided not to do the crossing there are plenty of possibilities to walk through Tongariro National Park to have an amazing view on the volcanoes 🌋. We took the Ridge Walk which is a short climb through low beech forest, the track emerges into alpine shrublands with panoramic views of all three active volcanic mountains Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro 🏔🌋. Despite Tongariro National Park was the fourth national park established in the world & ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage.
The view was very nice and worth the climb - we like!
Ohingaiti - National Park (122 km, 1.5 hours)
We continued our way to the Tongariro National Park 🏔. Once there we decided not to do the crossing due to bad weather conditions & inappropriate clothing 😂. Ok, sounds more like an excuse but there is still snow on 1‘900 m so you have to wear warm clothes ❄️ & second, when you are not so passionate hiker, 8 hours are very long & challenging.
Anyway, we went for a shorter hike to a lookout where we had a nice view onto the volcanos 🌋. After that we went for the campsite & for the first time, our favorite was fully booked & we need to go for a very crappy & cheap one: campsite #13 is called Joy‘s Diary.
5 days ago
Ohingaiti - Whitecliff Boulders
These were hard to find: even google don’t know their real location🤷🏼♀️. We needed to use gravel roads & crossing sheep paddocks 🐑 to get to the carpark 🚐. The best thing despite the Boulders was the walk through the sheep paddocks 🐑.
The Whitecliffs Boulders are extremely intriguing Boulders known as cannon ball concretions made from mudstone. Some are split & some even have trees growing from the centre 🌲.
Wellington - Ohingaiti (204 km, 2.5 hours)
We left windy Welly & went our way to the North. First stop towards the Tongariro NP is Ohingaiti. There is nothing to do exept seeing the Withefalls Boulders in the forest 🌲.
Campsite #12 is Flat Hill, very small, cosy & cheap 👍🏼
6 days ago
Wellington - Scopa Italian Cuisine
We were at a really nice italian restaurant not only because of the pizzas 🍕 also the hot chocolate was rated here as one of the best - and they would became right: this place makes one of the best hot chocolates ☕️🍫 not toooo sweet just perfect - and the best you can get it in different sizes: as a shot, regular & large. I took a shot (espresso size). Cheers!
Rainy & stormy Wellington 🌧💨
What to do when the weather god is not in favor of you? First of all, take a long sleep 💤. Then go for a Brunch 🍳🥑☕️ (Floriditas) & search for indoor activities to do: 1) visit of NZL National Museum (Te Papa Tongarewa; for free), 2) go for a pool game or two... and last but not least buy tickets for the cinema 🎥🍿but before we go to
7 days ago
Picton - Wellington (103 km, 3.5 houry by ferry ⛴)
We took the ferry ⛴ to the Wellington, New Zealand‘s capital. The ride over was smooth & we took a semi-freedom campsite #11 at Wellington Waterfront. Basically its a paid carpark without any amnesties BUT its close to the city 🚶🏽♂️🚶🏼♀️. Wellington welcomed us wit rain 🌧 & wind 💨 or even storm!
Anyway, we are excited for our next destinations on the North Island: Tongario NP, Rotorua, Coromandel... and we hope to see the sun ☀️ again!
Marahau - Picton (198 km, 3 hours)
via Nelson & Queen Charlotte Drive
On our way to the North Island we stopped in Nelson, a cute little city with cafes & more cafes ☕️. It is a nice city nice for shopping & go for dinner or so but not worth to stay a night here. So we changed our booking for the ferry ⛴ to this evening.
After Nelson we hit the famous Queen Charlotte Drive from Havelock to Picton, where you usally have a great view over Marlborough Sounds⛰. As you can see, our good weather luck 🍀❌ is already over & we had to deal again with rain 🌧 & clouds ☁️.
8 days ago
Marahau - Abel Tasman NP
Oh hey - this was just a PERFECT day to hit the tracks in Abel Tasman NP 🚶🏼♀️🚶🏽♂️. Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches 🏝, sculptured granite cliffs ⛰ & its famous coast track.
We took the first aquataxi to Bark Bay in the middle of the park & walked via Cleopatra Pool back to Anchorage Bay where we got picked-up at 4 pm.
All in all, we hiked 15 km in 5 hours 🚶🏼♀️🚶🏽♂️including a lunch break.
The views were incredible & water were soooo clear 💦. We have had loads of sun☀️ , nature🌿, rain forest🌲 & beach 🏝.
9 days ago
Murchison - Marahau (143 km, 2 hours)
We woke up with relatively nice & dry weather but as soon as we were on our way up north to Marahau, the door to the Abel Tasman NP, the weather gets better and better ☁️🌥⛅️🌤☀️.
Marahau welcomed us with a cloudless sky & sun ☀️ ☺️ - finally it’s warm again!
We went for a first short walk of 1.5 hour into the NP. Tomorrow we chartered a aquataxi 🚕 to Bark Bay & we will walk all the way back to Anchorage Bay, where we will get pick-up again.
For tonight we chose a little campsite #10 called ‚The Barn‘🚐.
10 days ago
The only hour where it was not raining today - we are so lucky 🍀😂. The
The Pancake Rocks are a layered rock formation formed 30 Mio years ago from fragments below the ocean. Water pressure caused the fragments to solidify in hard and soft layers and so the layered shapes appeared. This is totally worth to stop for and go on the short loop walk 👣
Greymouth - Murchison (170 km, 2.5 hours)
After a very very stormy ⛈ & rainy ☔️ night we continued our way to Abel Tasman NP with a overnight stop in Murchison. On the way there we only stopped at the Pancake Rocks 🥞& Blow Hole, all other sites we wished to stop came with rain ☔️.
Our campsite #9 is Murchison Motorhome Park located at the river.
2 November 2018
Fox Glacier - Franz Josef Glacier (32 km, 30 minutes)
Probably one of our shortest drives here in New Zealand 🇳🇿. We went one village further to shop some groceries. We decided spontaneously to do the glacier valley walk in this place and not to go back to the Fox Glacier. So tonight we are sleeping in a rain forest at a very nice campsite #7 Rainforest Retreat Holiday Park 🌲
Franz Josef Glacier - Valley Walk & Climb
At Franz Josef we did two walks: first the so called Sentinel Rock Walk to the top of a little rock. This „climb“ was indicated with 10 min up - we did it in 5 or so 🤣.
The Glacier Valley Walk took us a little bit longer - 1.5 hour return. We could access the glacier to 700 m before its terminal. Seeing the glacier was not that special and we think Switzerland probably offers better sights on al glacier as we saw in August this year🇨🇭
Fox Glacier - Lake Matheson
We did the 1.5 hour walk around Lake Matheson that is is famous for its reflected views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Unfortunately, the mountains were covered by the clouds ☁️
1 November 2018
Stop 4 - Roaring Billy Falls
Again an easy walk along a track lined with tree fern, passing some fine examples of miro, matai and silver beech trees. The Roaring Billy waterfalls terminating into the Haast river are less spectacular than the incredible way through the forest 🌲🌿
Stop 3 - Thunder Creek Falls
An tall & easy accessible 96 m waterfall that is located in Mt Aspiring National Park, along HAAST Highway.
Stop 2 - Blue Pools
It was a short walk through mature beech & podocarp forest that leads to the natural crystal clear glacial water gathered from the mountains flowing into the Makarora River.
Stop 1 - Lake Hawea Lookout
This was so far the best view we had so far! See the pictures- they talk for themselves🏔☀️👍🏼
Wanaka - Fox Glacier (363 km, 6 hours w/ stops)
The first thing we did in the morning was going to see the doctor cause Susanne has an issue with her right eye since 4 days 🏥. Hope we could fix it now🍀.
After that we left Wanaka towards Haast & Fox Glacier. On the way there we did several stops 🛑 to see the incredible nature 🌲🌿🏔.
After this long day we checked in at campsite #6 Fox Glacier Top10 Holiday Park and now enjoying some sun ☀️ outside with s nice glass of wine 🍷.
31 October 2018
Wanaka - Rippon Wine Tasting
Never had a better spot for wine tasting 🍷. Nice ambience & a fantastic view over Lake Wanaka 🏔.
The winery is fully family owned & runned with in total 14 ha of land. They produce their wines fully natural & don’t add any supplements to their wines. The wines taste different to those we were used to (eg Italian or French) so we didn’t bought a bottle - even this was the intention why we went there! 😕
Wanaka - Mount Iron Track 🏔
Mount Iron is a small rocky knoll that rises nearly 250 m next to Wanaka. Its a short hike/walk up (45 min) & from the summit there is an excellent 360-degree view of Lake Wanaka & surrounded mountains🏔.
As you can see in the pictures - even the sun ☀️ is out, its pretty cold ❄️ & windy 💨, especially you sweat from the hike.
Queenstown - Wanaka (67 km, 1 hour)
This was probably our shortest drive in NZL. We cruised over a pass & had a really nice view down to Queenstown.
Here we had a little odyssey to find our home for tonight. We wanted a low-cost campsite cause we had everything we needed to stay at a non-powered site without any amneties. At the first campsite near Wanaka Susanne felt unsave cause there obviously live some homeless people permanently in their campervans so we moved on to Lake Hawea to camp at campsite #5 Lake Hawea Hotel.
30 October 2018
After dinner we went for a drink 🥃 to the „Below Zero Ice Bar“ ☃️ - below zero means here -12 degrees ❄️. Cups, sculptures, chandelier- everything is made out of ice. This was a nice experience but not a bar you stay for longer.
Positive side effect: when we left the bar, it was way warmer outside than before ❄️💨.
In the evening its getting more and more clear and finally the sun came out ☀️. We strolled through the city and went down to the lakeside and enjoyed the view 🏔.
It was planned to have a dinner at the famous Fregburger (take-away only) 🍔 BUT the queue was sooo long so we decided to go to restaurant (The World) where its also possible to sit in. The burgers here were nice 👍🏼 & spicy 🌶.
Te Anau - Queenstown (172 km, 2 hours)
When we left Te Anau it was quite ok weather but on the way to Queenstown it got worse & worse. When we arrived in Queenstown it was raining and we didn’t know if its possible to do the bungee.
But we made it: Pascal did his bungee today (that was btw his birthday present from Susanne). With its 134 m the Nevis Bungee is the highest one in NZL. It was suuuper windy 💨 & he was really lucky that it was possible to jump anyway. The following people had to wait until it calms down.
We chose AJ Hackett Bungee: a very well organized company & we were able to do both activities watching each other.
We checked in to our campsite #4, the Queenstown Holiday Park Creeksyde.
29 October 2018
Te Anau / Doubtful Sounds
We did a day trip to one of New Zealand’s UNESCO World Heritages - the Fiordland National Park where Doubtful Sounds is part of & discovered in 1770. The National Park covers 10% of New Zealand‘s landmass. Its one of the wettest places on earth with 200 days a year of rain delivering around 7 meters of water from above ☔️. As you can see in the pictures: we had one of those 165 lucky days🌤!
The mountains surrounding Doubtful Sounds are covered by a rainforest🌲 🌿 & the ocean hosts seals, penguins🐧 & dolphins 🐬 - but we were unlucky & didn’t see any of them 🙁.
Doubtful Sounds is only accessibly by crossing Lake Manapouri & Wilmot Pass, the most expensive street in NZL (2$/cm) 🚧 and the only street that is not connected to another road, built to access/build-up the Manapouri power station.
You see, we got a lot of historic information besides enjoying untouched nature 🌊🌲🌿
28 October 2018
Nugget Point - Te Anau (230 km, 3 hours)
The third part of todays drive to Te Anau took us along endless green fields with thousands of sheeps & baby lambs 🐑. Looked like that NZL might have more sheep than citizens 🤔
What we also learned today that we should not underestimate the distances to drive because NZL roads are different - either in terms of condition 🚧or the scenery🏔🌲.
When we arrived in Te Anau the weather was quite friendly & not rainy anymore that gives us hope for tomorrow day trip to Doubtful Sounds 🛥.
Campsite #3 was the Te Anau Kiwi Lakefront Holiday Park 🚐, the best one so far.
Dunedin- Nugget Point
Nugget Point is located more south the coast & it took us 2 hours to get there (110 km). At the end you can see two things: the lighthouse & rocky islets in the ocean(The Nuggets).
Dunedin - Baldwin Street
Before we left Dunedin we went to see the steepest street in the world. Baldwin Street is about 350 m long where the last 70 m has a slope of 35%.
27 October 2018
Mount Cook - Dunedin via Moeraki Boulders
On the last third to Dunedin we stopped at Moeraki which is famous for its boulders: spherical stones scattered across a beach. Each boulder weighs several tonnes & is up to two metres high.Scientists explain the boulders as calcite concretions formed about 65 million years ago. According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago.
When in Dunedin we did some final shopping for the campervan & went to our campsite #2 Aaron Lodge Holiday Park.
In total we drove around 320 km.
Lake Pukaki - Mount Cook 🏔
We woke up early to be in time for the sunset at Aoraki - the village close to Mt Cook 🏔. The morning drive to the village along Lake Pukaki was adventurous: 60 km one-way & rabbits 🐰 always crossing the road: almost 2-times we hunted for our dinner 🍽
Unfortunately the sunset was not there but we took the chance for a non-crowded walk to a viewpoint.
The Kea Point Track leads to a platform where we enjoyed the views of Mount Sefton (3’157 m), the Mueller Lake and Mount Cook (3’754 m) 🏔🌲. We were so lucky 🍀 with the weather so no clouds ☁️ hiding Mt Cook which is very common.
After this nice morning walk (1.5 hours) we continued our journey to Dunedin via Twizel. The road to Twizel leads along beautiful Lake Pukaki.
26 October 2018
Campsite #1 - Lake Pukaki
Its a free (wild) campsite 🏕 sharing with other tourists.
We cooked & re-arranged everything in our van before enjoying the sunset from the inside w/ a Phase 10 game 😆
Btw - it‘s f#%! cold❄️
Tomorrow we buy some more blankets & a hot-water bottle 🔥
Lake Tekapo - Lake Pukaki
Next stop was Lake Pukaki which covers an area of 178.7 square km. The glacial feed to the lake give the distinctive blue colour, created by glacial flour, the extremely finely ground rock particles from the glaciers. Same here - stunning view to Mount Cook 🏔.
Christchurch - Lake Tekapo
We drove 227 km along a very beautiful scenary to Lake Tekapo, a turquoise lake. The lake has a size of 83 square km and offers a stunning view towards Mount Cook🏔.
25 October 2018
„Look at this beauty - it‘s your home for the next weeks“ 🚐
With this words the girl from the car rental handed over our camper. We took it over with 277’401 km - let‘s see how many we add!
Bye Bye Bali ☀️🌴 🇲🇨
5 weeks in Bali got us like: approx. 30 hours in cars 🚕 & 14 hours on a boat 🛥, 18 dives 🐢🐠, 5 waterfalls 💦, 1 hike⛰, 20 hours in the gym 🏋🏼♀️ & 25 hours at the beach👙 🏝, 7 sunsets 🌅 & 1 sunrise 🌄, 2 rainy days ☔️, 12L to fuel our scooters ⛽️, cruised 200 km around Canggu 🛵, 10 laundries👕 & 2 illnesses💊, 9 books read 📚, 28-times Phase10 played 🃏 aaaand around 46‘000‘000 IDR💰.
Thank you Bali - we had a blast! ☀️🌴🌊
Now we are at the airport & waiting for our flight to Christchurch, New Zealand 🇳🇿
and last but not least: loss of our AMC Swiss Army Knife at the security check 😭😭😭
22 October 2018
21 October 2018
Our last Day Trip
...took us to the Sekumpul Waterfall that is rated as the most scenic waterfall in Bali. The waterfall is a cluster of 6-7 narrow cascades with a height of 100 m & come form the centrepiece of a lush green bamboo forested valley.
Getting down there requires effort with paths comprising dirt tracks, 365 stairs & crossings over streams.
The trek was fun too & we took a refreshing swim in one of the pools. Going back up was again not funny for our guide cause we were too fast for her.
20 October 2018
Today was the first day of rain ☔️ but only in the morning, for 10 minutes. Not that long but quite enough to destroy our plans to go to the 9 am Crossfit class...
We hanged out for the rest of the day at Finns Beach Club to have food 🍔🍕🥗, beers 🍺, cocktails🍹 & a tan ☀️
19 October 2018
Back „home“ in Canggu, the boys went for a ride to Tanah Lot a traditional Hindu temple.
Tanah Lot means "Land in the Sea" in the Balinese language. The temple sits on a large off-shore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.
While the boys went for sightseeing, Susanne was doing girls stuff and went for a manicure & pedicure 💅🏻
18 October 2018
Komodo National Park from above captured at the flight back to Bali.
17 October 2018
After two dices we went on the Komodo Dragon Trek & luckily saw a few of those giant lizards🦎.
It is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a length of 3 m & weighing up to 70 kg 🦎.
This was a nice but hot treck through the Loh Buaya Komodo National Park on Rica Island.
Day 2 in Komodo National Park
This day started delayed cause the boats didn’t got clearance for going out due to the jumpy ocean 🌊
In the end we were the only boat who got cleared cause we have a speedboat 🚤
First dive was at Sabayor Kecil, second at Tengah/Pengah Kecil. Both sites were with more or less bad visibility but very nice coral reefs.
We dove two times through a narrow coral reef that was soooo beautiful 🦀🐡🐙🦑🐠🐢
16 October 2018
Day 1 in Komodo National Park
Yesterday we flew to Labuan Bajo the Mekka for all divers🐠🐢🦈 Today was day 1/2 for diving in the legendary national park. The park includes 3 larger islands & 26 smaller ones, with a total area of 1’733 square km (603 square km of it land). The national park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard.
Today we went to 3 dive sites: Police Corner, Batu Bolong & Makassar aka Manta Point🐢🐠🐟🦈🦀🐡 and yes, we were lucky and saw 2 big Manta Rays w/ a disc diameter of approx 4 m. This does sound not that big but when you are on the same level like them - they ARE such beautiful giants!
14 October 2018
Bali sunsets are the best ❤️🌴🌊☀️
13 October 2018
Birthday treatments 🎊🎁🎈at La Brisa w/ ocean-front day bed 🍹🎶🌊☀️🌴
12 October 2018
Night Trip to climb Mount Batur
We were picked-up by Jony at Thursday night around 1.30 am to made our way to Mount Batur.
Mount Batur (1‘717m) is an active volcano located north west of Mount Agung. The first eruption was in 1804 & the most recent in 2000.
We arrived at the parking lot around 3 am where our guide welcomed us. He gave some instructions & told us that we need around 2 hours to hike up. We told him that we accept the challenge 💪🏼 & we will do it in 1 hour 30 minutes - he didn’t took it that serious🙄. After a few minutes of walking he asked if we need a break - we declined. We did so with the following 2 stops & he suddenly realized that we take it serious. After an hour or so, the guide needed a break cause we were too fast 🏃🏼♀️🏃🏽♂️🏃🏽♂️: mission accomplished 🎯. We reached the top in 1 hour 26 minutes where it was freezing cold 🌬❄️. At the end, we were honored by an amazing sunrise overlooking the other volcano Mount Agung 🌄
10 October 2018
After having lunch in Ubud, Pascal & Michi went to the Monkey Forest 🐒 to have fun with those friendly monkeys 🐒
The Monkey Forest is a sanctuary for Balinese long tailed Monkey. There are around 749 monkeys living in this sanctuary, divided in 6 groups. Where monkeys are, there are also trees 🌳: the forest hosts 186 species of trees in 12.5 hectares.
While the boys have been on traces of our ancestors, Susanne went on a window shopping tour through Ubud 🛍
With a drive of 2 min 🚕 (probably the shortest we will ever do) we changed the location & went to the famous Tegalalang Rice Terrace.
They are famous for their stunning view & they are so well maintained. The layers of dense green foliage creates an amazing pattern on the side of the hill, almost like a big, green, layer-cake 🍰. The rice fields can be easily explored & enjoyed by a variety of tracks.
We decided to enjoy the view w/ a coke 🥤 & water💧 from a restaurant cause it was too hot to go on a trekking tour☀️☀️☀️
Day Trip to the Ubud area
Today we went to the center of Bali, the Ubud area.
There are a lot of things to do e.g. going on a giant „super extreme swing“ overlooking rice fields.
In the end, the super-duper extreme swing was not that super-duper as we expected it is but nevertheless it was fun!
9 October 2018
Beach Day & Surf 🤙🏼
We went for a beach day 🏝☀️ & surf 🏄🏻 🏄🏼♀️
Michi was sooo excited to go surfing, so he asked Susanne every 10 min when they go... At 4pm they jumped in & catched some baby-waves 🌊🤙🏼
8 October 2018
Look who's coming over here!
Michi arrived this evening & got picked-up by our driver Jony!
He was so tired 😴 so he slept aaaaall the way to Canggu.
7 October 2018
You are wondering what we are doing the whole f*#% day?!
Surprise, surprise but we are getting up early - around 7.30 am. Then we prepare breakfast by ourselves. This looks all day the same: oats, granola, milk & different fruits 🍎🍌🍍🥝🥥. After eating our granola bowl we come to the hard part of the day: relaxing, tanning ☀️, reading a book 📚, playing cards, go for a swim 🏊🏼♀️, to the beach 🏝...
We have our lunch or 2nd breakfast around 2 pm & always trying to find new fancy cafés in Canggu Paradise.
CrossFit is also part of it: we joined CrossFit Wanderlust - 1’000 square meters of pure fun. Either we go at around 11 am for a open gym session or we join the class at 4.30 pm. We usually go every day - our „rest days“ are those when we go & explore the island. Having the morning CrossFit session, we go for the sunset 🌅 & a beer and eat dinner around 7 pm.
You see we have a „hard life“ - but actually we won’t change or miss this as time passes sooo fast every day! Cheers 🎉
6 October 2018
All in all, this was a very loooong day starting at 06:30 in the morning, followed by waiting at the harbor for 1.5 hours to get to the fast boat🛥. After a 45 minutes cruise we reached a platform in the ocean where we got a shuttle boat 🚤 to Nusa Penida. The schedule was so tight so we haven’t had any lunch 🍴. Luckily we brought some protein bars 🍫 with us that saved our life.
Means, the organization was bad but we were rewarded with an amazing scenery. We would go again, maybe with spending a night on the island 🛌.
Last but not least we stopped by at Crystal Bay for relax, beer🍺 & coconut 🥥
The bay is best known as one of Nusa Penida’s famous snorkelling & dive sites.
The boat went back at 3 pm so we had no time for snorkeling.
Second Stop was Angels Billabong & Broken Beach 🏝
Angels Billabong is a crystal clear tide pool cascades into the ocean 🌊 that was closed for swimming - unfortunately🤷🏼♀️
Broken Beach (Pasih Uug) is an incredible little cove & scenic coastal formation. The highlight of the cove & the reason it is called Broken Beach is due to the archway that wraps around the bay allowing water to flow in and out from the ocean.
What a beauty!
Day Trip to Nusa Penida
We started early in the morning to get to the harbour 🛥 & the boat to Nusa Penida 🏝. Once there we had some slight difficulties to find our driver 🚕.
Nusa Penida is like Nusa Lembongan 4 years ago: no one speaks proper English, 1/3 of the roads are „ok“ developed - the rest are very bumpy & narrow roads. So going around there takes time🕖 and thus, we focused on the Western part of the island.
First stop was famous Kelingking Beach with its stunning view. There are two storys behind the name: 1) the cliff formation is reminiscent of a Tyrannosaurus Rex head, hence its nickname „T-Rex Bay“. 2) Kelingking translates into English meaning Pinkie a term referencing the smallest finger on the hand - like a pinkie promise. Select the one you like most😉
There are no more wards needed: we were overwhelmed once more what mother nature can achieve😍. Due to lack of time we did not hike down the 400 m cliffside.
5 October 2018
What a beautiful tree! 🌳
4 October 2018
Day Trip to a special place
We visited Beji Guwang, a hidden canyon. It is a rugged & deep rocky gorge along a section of the Oos River between Ubud and Sanur. Even our driver Jony didn‘t know this place, so it was for both of us a surprise how this turns out.
When we arrived, there were only a few people, so this place was definitely not on everyones list. The entrance fee requires to hire a guide which turns out to be necessary. However in the beginning we never thought that this would one of our best tours🥇
So we were asked to put on our swim cloth and only to carry flip flops with us. Then we started climbing rocks 🧗🏼♀️ & wade through water 💦 to explore this amazing canyon. Finally we swam deep into one canyon that had an amazing lighting ✨
This was an unique experience we highly recommend to do when you visit Bali 👍🏼
Our trip - our adventure
First, we went to a waterfall called Tegenungan in the Ubud area. This place was a litte bit crowded even we were there at 9 am.
Actually the waterfall has less water 💧. Nevertheless he is quite strong & it‘s forbidden 🚫 to swim unterneath. When its rainy season the water is everywhere and you cannot go down.
2 October 2018
Pascal is back! 😀
Being two days separated, Pascal came back yesterday evening.
Of course he passed his Advanced Open Water Cert & is now allowed to dive deeeep 🐢🐠🐟🐬🦈🐳 no more „bubble-maker“ anymore🤣
But now it’s all about pool & tanning w/ a crossfit session later that day. 31 degrees brought also Susanne to the pool for a quick refreshment 🏊🏼♀️
30 September 2018
Mornings in Canggu w/o Pascal
crossfit 🏋🏼♀️ - protein shakes 🥛 - blueberry smoothie bowl & a book 📚 @ Motion Cafe aka Brunch: Breakfast & Lunch 🍴
aaand of course our room mate „Stummelschwanz“ 🐱: she is always welcoming & accompanying us w/ a noisy *miau* (it‘s a bummer that i couldn’t post videos)
29 September 2018
The best way to observe a fish, is to become a fish - Jacques Yves Cousteau
We followed this quote & went diving today.
After 20(!) years of completing his Open Water Cert Pascal started his a course to get an Adv Open Water Diver 💳 - in preparation for our upcoming get-away to the Komodo NP 🐚🐢🐟🐬🐠🦈🐊. Susanne accompanied him by his first tryout after years for two dives.
The dive spot is called Blue Lagoon located next to Padangbai in East Bali 🛶⚓️. This spot was not thaaaat exciting - we both already saw better ones - but the main issue was to get comfortable again 💦/to become a 🐠 before heading to Komodo. However, we saw cuttlefish, turtle 🐢, eal, boxfish, lionfish...and others 🐟🐠.
A kind of a surprise was the low temperature of the water: at 12/18m depth it was around 23 degrees which is actually cold❄️. Susanne was freezing during the first dive so she got a second wetsuit for the following dive. Pascal stays for 2 nights in Padangbai & Susanne went back to Canggu.
27 September 2018
We don‘t wanna miss out the possibility to introduce you to our driver of our last (and probably future) tours: Jony from Canggu🚕
He is a really nice guy with excellent local knowledge and tips & always up for a joke.
A selfie at the end is a must 🤳
Last but not least we visited the UNESCO World Heritage Jatiluwih.
These stunning rice terrace covers a surface of 32 square kilometers in around 1‘000 m above sea level to provide optimal conditions for the growth of rice 🍚.
We had luck with the weather (usually it rains in this area) & so we went for a stroll through the rice fields & had the possibility to get nice photos 📸
The third stop on our tour was a hindu temple built in a lake (actually surrounded w/ no water💧 ): Pura Ulun Danu Batran.
We think this temple was more impressive to the Asian visitors than to us.
Just for the record: make a photo in front of temple ✅
In about 15 min we finished our visit there & moved on to the final destination of the day...
The second waterfall we‘ve seen today is called Banyumala, far in the north of Bali.
We hiked up/down to this impressive twin waterfall & took a refreshing swim 🏊♂️
Day-Trip to the North
We hiked to a wooooonderful & hidden waterfall called Leke Leke💦
This place was just magical: the light, the tiny waterfall & the silence.
Believe it or not: we‘ve been there w/o any other people.
24 September 2018
After late lunch we went on to the highlight of the day visiting the Uluwatu Temple for sunset 🌅 The sunset was very nice but we didn’t watch it to the very end cause Susanne got afraid of the monkeys 🐒 once she saw them fighting and jumping around & stealing smartphones.
Sidenote: Uluwatu has very aggressive monkeys 🐒 so it is not allowed to wear any sunglasses or other removable things. Nevertheless the monkeys find other things to steal so one tourist lost his iPhone.
Our driver took us for a late lunch to Single Fin close to surfers paradise Uluwatu Beach where we enjoyed the afternoon with some nice food 🍔 & beers 🍻 overlooking the ocean🌊
Next stop was Dreamland Beach 🏝 The name says it: a very nice beach w/ crystal clear water & high waves🌊
Day-Trip to the Sounth
We hired a driver for one day and he took us to the South of Bali, to the „Bubble“.
First we stopped at the hidden beach Tegal Wangi for a short visit. Unfortunately swim was not allowed there.
23 September 2018
22 September 2018
First sunset spotted! 🌅
We went out for a sundowner at FINNs beach club. The club was enormously crowded. Anyway we enjoyed the sunset with a cold beer 🍺 in one hand & with nice music in our ears
21 September 2018
The helmets from the scooter rental are way too big and of course disgusting🤢so we decided to buy new ones. They cost around 20 CHF what we thought is a good investment into our safety: safety first!
Cause of a sunburned Susanne we stayed today in the villa which turns out to be better cause Pascal got sick later the day🤢💊 anyway we chilled and read books, drawn mandalas & played Phase10 where Pascal has waaayyy more luck 🍀 than Susanne.
20 September 2018
First smoothies in! 🍹
Those who have wondered 🤔: no - we did not stopped Crossfit 🏋🏼♀️
In the following weeks, we are happy to share with you a few workouts from Crossfit Wanderlust
19 September 2018
Sundowner at La Brisa, a fancy pirate beach bar🍹🍸 💀
Surviving Balis crazy traffic 🛵🚗🏍🚕🚙🚙🛵🛵
Indonesian Traffic „Rules“
- first come, first drive
- go with the flow
- the road is anywhere that wheels have traction
- a tap of the horn can mean anything: “I’m passing you” “don’t back up yet” “I’m gonna run this red light, please don’t hit me” “whassup bro?”
Want to share the delicious breakfast for Susanne from todays‘ morning 😍 (Gypsy Café)
...and yes, she ate it all by herself
18 September 2018
Arrival & Settling 🛬🏡
After waiting 45 min (!!) for our backpacks🎒 & a 1h ride to Canggu we finally arrived in Bali 🇲🇨. Once we settled in our appartment, we rented two scooter, explored the near neighborhood & went for fooooood! 🥗
Luckily, this time Canggu nearly looks the same to Susanne, except the new parking lot including parking fees at Batu Bolong🤷🏼♀️. So its not allowed anymore to park in front of the shops/restaurants/cafés.
The food was as usual aaaawsome 😍 or it might was the huge appetite we had 😉 - just joking: Betelnut Café is an excellent address for eating bowles of any kind.
Later the day, we went to the AMO spa & Pascal got a new haircut 💇🏽♂️. Susanne has her appointment on Thursday 4pm 💇🏼♀️.
Now we move on to a sundowner & dinner 🐠🦐🦑
This is how we live...
for the next 5 weeks or so 👙🌴🌊☀️
We have found this hidden gem on AirBnB: Villa Botani
Managed by Laurence. The Villa has two rooms & a pool (obviously) & is located in a quiet street next to the center of Canggu
17 September 2018
In-flight moment... 🛫
Singapore Airlines A380 50D+E Eco 💺
Bali we are coming...!🇲🇨
16 September 2018
We are ready to go!
We have put together all our stuff. Surprisingly it all fit in our backpacks 💄👙👕👗👟 But guess who has the bigger backpack?! 🎒
Wrong! Pascal has 10L more space available!!!😆