BALI AND LOMBOK
Bali is just crazy. It's a huge culture shock when you arrive for the first time. But it doesn't take long for it to feel like home. The majority of the people in Bali are practicing Hindu's and are just so peaceful, welcoming and friendly. Everywhere you go there are small offerings from the locals to the Hindu gods. Made from bamboo leaves and flowers, they can contain anything from sweets, to money, even cigarettes. The burning incense floods the air with beautiful, myserious scents. The whole vibe on the island is just great, even though it's full to the brim with tourists from all over the world it's just dreamy.
Perfect, crystal clear seas with ruler edged waves in abundance. Long, hot nights with spectacular sunsets, you just can't not feel happy and at peace in Bali. That said, the traffic is another story, it's just insane. We got chatting to this Aussie dude and he said: "There are rules, but no one knows what they are!". There are no lanes or lines. It's just one big road with people going left, right, up, down and anyway they can to get where they need to be.
In the first year we just stayed in Bali, and surfed some of the legendary waves on the Bukit Penninsula like Bingin, Uluwatu, Dreamlands, Balanagan, Impossibles and also ventured further out to Balian and the small island of Nusa Lembongan just off Bali. The waves are long, fast, hollow and shallow and there were certainly times when we were out of our depth. Apart from a few cuts and scrapes we survived and knew we had to return the following summer and do some more exploring.