April 17, 2015 Crystal Phuong 0 Comments

In my previous blog post, I mentioned that I did some crazy activities that I thought I would never do in my life when I was in Bali. These activities made my Bali adventure to be one of the most memorable trips I've ever had. If my boyfriend hadn't mentioned, I would not have realized my travel routine typically involved only shopping, dining, and sightseeing. I had missed so many fun things I could have done when I traveled like mountain climbing, snorkeling, kayaking, etc... He encouraged me to do something different this time, so I did.

Being the greedy person I am when It comes to achieving my goals, I wanted to cross as many items off my bucket list as I could. All at once, if it's possible. On the third day in Bali, we decided to do water activities that included snorkeling, aquanauts, surfing, and parasailing.
We sailed away from Bali to Nusa Lembongan Island with the Bali Hai Cruise team on Aristocat- Bali Hai Cruises' Luxury Sailing Catamaran.  It was almost an hour sailing on the ocean to the pristine Lembongan Bay.

The long boat ride made me nervous and impatient. But when I saw what greeted us at the destination, the uneasy, restless feeling I had earlier, completely went away. There was only an overwhelming excitement left, I couldn't wait to see what Bali had to offer.

Can you imagine yourself living in a place like this? I can.

Listening to the waves crash into the rocks was the most therapeutic thing ever.

The water was so clear that I could even see my toes down there.

As I only had a few hours at the bay, with so many activities I wanted to do, I didn't want to waste any minutes. We first started with a submarine tour to admire the beauty underwater. It was my first-time watching coral reefs up close; it's so surreal.

Then, I went parasailing. I was so eager and so scared at the same time. But learning from my first New York trip experience, I shouldn't let fear stop me from doing what I want. I closed my eyes, counted to 10, and before I opened my eyes, I was already up there. 

360 degree of Bali in a bird's eye view. I was flying and I was screaming. I wish I could bring a camera to capture all these precious moments, but I wasn't allowed to do so.

It was only 20 minutes flying without wings, but that was the best 20 minutes I've ever had. Words can't describe how I felt. It was a mixture of worriness, fulfillment, happiness, and wildness.

One activity after another. We took a small boat and went for aquanauts. Again, I was nervous when listening to the safety instruction from our tour guide, but when I immersed into a marine world, no more fear existed. It was amazing to be surrounded by many tropical fishes while watching vibrant coral reefs and walking in the ocean. I went from flying up in the sky to walking in the ocean within an hour, just like that.  

After Aquanauts, we dediced to cancel snorkeling because we already saw everything we wanted, even ten times better. If you are looking for some fun activities in Bali, I highly recommend that you put aquanauts on your list. You won't regret it, I guarantee!

If the tour guide didn't remind me of time, I could do it all day long. I'm the type of person when I want to do something; I'll go all the way. It includes having fun. That's why my boyfriend didn't seem to be surprised when he heard me saying "I want to go surfing". Five minutes later, I hired an instructor and hit the beach. It was my very first time surfing. I fell quite a number of times and repeated the process approximately 100 times. It was unfortunate that my instructor could only speak a little English, like "OK", "Again" and "Up" (lolz). I learned it all by myself, through many times of falling. I figured that surfing is somehow similar to dancing. It's all about closed knees, relaxed shoulders, centered bodyweight, and stable balancing. Twenty minutes later, I started to know what surfing feels like.  

It was extremely fun! 

The last day in Bali, I came back to my feminine self and spent time by the beach watching the sunset. Seminyak was breathtaking at dusk with a cotton candy sky, the sound of waves crashing, and the feeling of strong winds from the ocean. Even the toughest heart will melt at places like this. 

I'm still trying to recover from a post-holiday syndrome. As much as I want to get all the work done, it's impossible to look at these photos and not want to come back again very soon. 

Thank you so much for reading! If you are going to travel to Bali, I hope you will have a wonderful holiday like I did.