Thursday, April 21, 2016

Candidasa snorkeling

Monday 18th April

We booked the boats again this morning for a few hours snorkeling in the popular spots south of Candidasa : Jepun and the Blue Lagoon. Jepun was only about 25 mins away by boat with the Blue Lagoon just a short distance from there.
On the way we checked out the beautiful and exclusive (and isolated) Amenkila and Alila Manggis resorts (from a distance) but didn't really feel too envious.

The snorkeling was just great this morning. I used a life vest for the first time and finally found my snorkeling mojo!! I felt relaxed and able to just immerse myself in the experience without feeling anxious about getting too far away from the boat. The coral was not in a good state in these two sites but the variety of fish was just amazing - and the water was very clean! We all really enjoyed our two hours in the water at both sites.

We were very ready for lunch when we got back. We made a return visit to Puri Pandan Cafe for our farewell lunch with the Fischers which turned out to be a good choice today with an ocean front, shady table available and a beautiful sea breeze. We loved our time together and the beautiful Pandan Nasi Campur and ikan (fish) dishes and their wonderful hand made ice creams and black rice pudding.

 The Fischers left at around 4.00pm with Eddy, ready for the drive to Denpasar airport and then back to Australia. It was another goodbye to dear friends who's company has made this such a special holiday - and one we'll never forget.

We took it easy for a few hours until Judy arrived at the door all excited with a very late announcement, that it was hers and Jurgen's 29th wedding anniversary (oops almost forgot!). We used the remaining 10 minutes of Happy Hour to ensure we drank their health with the hotel's 3 for the price of 2 Mojito cocktail offer.

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