Journey to Lovina and Gitgit Waterfall!
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November 22nd, 2007 – by: niki1013
I should have seen it coming yesterday, loss of appetite (I had just put it down to the fact that we had been stuffing ourselves stupid with food for the last 3 days).
This morning I was sick. I was seriously worried as today was the day we were traveling to Lovina - a 5 hour bus ride apparently. I took some drugs and hoped for the best.
Things turned out ok! An hour into the trip I was feeling good. The scenery and the mountains were spectacular and was worth the trip it's self. Pak Nyoman, our driver, took us to a market which was a lot nicer and a lot less crowded than the one in Ubud. We also visited a temple situated at the edge of a beautiful blue lake on the top of one of the mountains.
We then visited Gitgit Waterfall which was a spring fed waterfall, 40m high. A guide took us down, he was excellent and showed us trees growing a variety of fruits and spices along the way. First we swam where the main waterfall was. It was only waist height but it was difficult to get too far under the waterfall as the water was pounding down so hard. Our guide took some great photos of us in the waterfall. We then swam a little further down the river where the water was cool and amazingly refreshing! It was a really fantastic swim!
Afterwards we climbed the many stairs back to the car park and felt obligated to buy a sarong from the stall belonging to our guide's wife along the way. She ripped us off so badly, I wont say how much we paid, its too embarrassing.
We made it to Lovina around 2pm which was pretty good. We had several people trying to sell us accommodation (including our driver) however we wanted to check out two places from our lonely planet guide, it had served us well so far.
First we checked our Nirwana Cottages, we were not particularly impressed. I had ocean views from a bungalow in mind. That was exactly what we got after checking out Sea Breeze Cabins, right on the beach at the end of Jalan Bina Ria in Kalibukbuk, Lovina. Our bungalow is fantastic! Very nicely decorated with air conditioning (first time this trip!). The view from the verandah is awesome and looks directly out over the pool set amongst a garden and out to the ocean. As soon as we arrived we jumped in the pool where we remained for nearly 2.5 hours.
Currently I am sitting at the Sea Breeze Cafe. We have just finished our meals. I had death by garlic grilled tuna which good, but a bit oily (not much good for my sick stomach). The sunset is very pretty. Hopefully my stomach holds out and I can have some bintangs later.
*2 Hours Later* Bintang appears to be helping my stomach! The sun has set and we are still sitting at the candle lit cafe listening to the waves crash in the background. I don't think I have ever been so relaxed in my life!
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