Not going to lie, I'm terrible at big group outings. There is so much I'd like to see and with 5+ people, there is a lot of waiting around and everyone has different interests. However, sometimes the research and planning is not worth the time and going on a trip when everything is taken care of and your a fan of the agenda, is often times worth it.
Our coworking space in Canguu, Dojo, organized a day trip to Nusa Lembongan, an island off the southern tip of Bali. I've heard this island is filled with beautiful beaches and turquoise water. I also thought it would be a great opportunity to meet people who also work as full-time digital nomads in the coworking space.
Megan and I met the crew at Dojo around 8:00 am, Saturday morning and took an hour bus ride to Depensar, Bali's largest city so we could get on a speedboat. It happened to be pouring rain so it was a bit disappointing right out of the gate when we were sporting raincoats opposed to bikinis.
Due to the crappy weather, the ocean was a bit rough. I'm really surprised I was able to hold myself together. Another member of on our boat wasn't so lucky. :-/ I believe the total time to get to the island was around 25-30 minutes. I felt sticky and gross from the humidity and being drenched from the rain.
Our first stop was Crystal Bay for a bit of snorkeling. If you look up pictures of Crystal Bay on a sunny day, the place is breathtaking. Not that it wasn't during our time but the sun always makes the water and beach look oh so much better. I was able to get some horrible shots with my GoPro. Turns out I can't hold the thing steady to save myself. Megan, on the other hand, was able to capture quite a bit. A lot of the footage used in my montage video was shot by her... Thanks, Megan!!
We only flopped around in the water for 20 minutes before we were ready to be on land. I think many others were feeling the same because we left early and took the boat to Selambung where we were supposed to snorkel a bit more. At that point, we were all hangry so we found a restaurant/bar that overlooked the bay. Ladies and gentleman, Megan and I had bruschetta, split a cheeseburger and steakburger.... No regrets. It was heaven in my mouth. The burger had all the grease an American burger comes with. This totally backfired on me and gave me some horrible acid reflux. I literally cannot win on this island when it comes to my health.
After lunch, we rented scooters so we could explore the island. I was able to split the scooter cost with a more experienced driver because.... well I'm not great. One of our poor group members had a little bit of a fender bender. He happened to be the only one wearing a helmet and wrecked right in front of a medical clinic. The irony. HA
For the next two hours, we hopped from place to place, only staying for about 5 minutes at each location. This was painful in many ways. 1. The sun was finally out. 2. The beaches were AMAZING and the water was so so blue. 3. The more time you're on a scooter, the more likely you are to have an accident.
Dream Beach was on point! Getting there was a bit rough but the water was crystal clear, the beach pristine and the perfect waves for some epic body surfing. The cliffs surrounding the beach were also stunning. I had to soak it all up in a matter of minutes but I'd definitely recommend spending A LOT of time there!
Devil's Tear was my favorite. It's not a beach you can hang out at but the views were breathtaking. It's one of those moments where you look out, have a profound thought and then forget it as soon as the anxiety sets in from the scooter. If I could have figured out how to get down to the ocean, I would have in a heartbeat but the cliffs were high!! The picture below really doesn't do the water justice.
Our last stop was at Mahama Point, a small beach club we could all relax at for an hour. Some of the guys went surfing, others drank a beer, some jumped off the giant cement block for a bargain price of 50,000 RP ($3.76) and others (me) attempted to catch an ounce of Vitamin D. Watching the crystal blue water crash over the surfers was really relaxing and a great change of scenery from Canguu beaches.
Our time in Bali is slowly coming to a close. Heading to Phnom Penh in 5 days so I'll be doing some last minute cramming this week. Megan and I will be venturing off to Gili Islands in the morning and back to Ubud later this week. Three weeks in Bali is just not enough. I'd like to think it's possible for me to come back with loved ones for an extended period of time. Get your passports ready, people!!!
Thank you, Dojo for an amazing day trip!