Bali and the Gili islands

I think the signs below perfectly sum up our 2,5 weeks on Bali and the Gili Islands: surfing, beach, yoga, snorkling, food…yeah these weren’t the most adventurous weeks of our journey, but most certainly the most relaxed! ;)

First stop: Uluwatu, otherwise know as surf heaven! Great beaches, perfect waves, (healthy) food on the (hidden) beaches…Our favorites were Green Bowl Beach (tiny white beach with its own cave) and Karma Beach (luxurious lagoon). 

Next stop: Ubud. Although the city is purely focused on tourists, it still has its charm. We were nevertheless happy to have a hotel just outside Ubud, in between the rice terraces…nice and quiet! (Inang Villa, highly recommended!) From there, we did a cooking class (I know from a certain ex-colleague of mine (yes I mean you James) that Indonesian food is amazing! Had to give it a try!), paid a visit to the nearby temples, monkey forrest, rice terraces and did a sunrise hike up a volcano (where we couldn’t see anything, because of the clouds :P).
Monkeys, temples and rice terraces:

Some snaps of our (surprisingly successful) cooking class: lots of coconut, lots of peanuts and lots of lovely fresh ingredients!

The view from the top of the volcano:

Next stop: Gili Meno, one of the famous Gili Islands (just next to Lombok). Lots of yoga, paddle boarding (well…we tried ;)) and snorkling (with nemos and sea turtles!!).

And last but not least: Frank had surf lessons! Not sure if he ever wants to do it again, but hey, he tried ;) 

We had an amazing time and will need to come back some day to see more of this beautiful country! Thank you Indonesia!