Woke up early and ate the standard hotel breakfast- very pleasant wait staff and more than adequate meal. Then we were down to the beach to check out the snorkeling here. Have to admit that when we arrived and went down to the beach area, we were quite disappointed as it did not look very inviting. Lo and behold, this morning we found a whole different shore! The tide was in, hiding the piles of rocks marking safe entry spots. It was lovely with the mountains and the sky and the clouds and the blue water.
Entering in front of Reef Seen, we found a small amount of coral as we swam east, but not much after what we had seen in Amed. There were, however, multitudinous jelly fish- the little stingy kind that don't do much damage but create a nuisance. We swam around for quite some time until we eventually found a nice area of coral and fish at the extreme eastern edge of that little cove near a very old wooden boat up on pilings. Compared to Amed, the number of fish and size/variety of coral was lacking, but it was still quite lovely. Our favorite part was seeing some things we had not seen in nature in the past- sea urchins, sea anemone, sea cucumbers, and maybe even a bit of sponge. Oh, and those large purple/blue star fish which were gorgeously flamboyant. Well, HELLO!
After two and a half hours or more in the water, we were ready to dry out so came to the room, took a shower, had our lunch, and took a nap. (I know- we're kind of boring! But I figure writing it all down may give someone else 'permission' to come to Bali and just chill out without feeling as if they have to go, go, go!) About the shower- can I just say that showering in an outdoor bathroom at high noon really takes any thrill at all out of an outdoor bath? Getting a sunburn whilst washing off the sunscreen just seems counterproductive. And it's HOT out there. Back where I came from, it was no luxury to have an outdoor bathroom....
Then Hub went to arrange our trip tomorrow to Menjagen Island (spelling?) and a car to the airport on Thursday and I went to the spa for a massage. What a treat that was! Had the nicest massage I've had in my whole life - so relaxing!
Later we had dinner Taman Selini- a place near Tirta Sari that offers a nice selection of authentic Greek food. My Mediterranean dip assortment (an appetizer that I made my entree) was really good with what appeared to be homemade hot out of the oven pita bread to use with the three dips (yoghurt something, eggplant something, and hummus). Hub's grilled tuna wasn't as exciting but how exciting can grilled tuna be when you eat it 10 nights in a row??? (Ok, I exaggerate. I think it was grilled snapper a few nights.)
Walked home in the starry starry night, feeling small against the pattern of the universe and reveling in our smallness- appreciative, relaxed, happy, blessed.