Trip research – Central America

I love the internet. It feeds my compulsiveness. I used it extensively to research my Central America trip. Pinterest Helped bring the trip to life and great to have one place to gather info and ideas… Continue reading

Nusa Cennigan

A small island you can get to over a bridge from Nusa Lemborgan. It’s not very touristed, has stunning views from the top and you can scoot round the perimeter at sea level.

Bali beckons

It’s time for more exploring – Bali is my next adventure. How did I choose Bali? My main criteria: not too far to fly from Aotearoa reasonably cheap new culture sea and beach.… Continue reading

Exploring Bali

A summary of my route, accommodation and the like. I flew in to Denpasar and came out of customs to a sea of men holding out signs with names on and calling out. I… Continue reading

Sembiran village

The road to Sembiran village is up steep hills (no such thing as a gradual gradient) and windy so I took it slowly. The village is built along the hill contours in an… Continue reading

Seaweed farming in Bali

Seaweed farming is one of the main industries on these three islands. You’ll see it along most of the coasts and it ends up mostly being used for cosmetics. The big companies are… Continue reading

Nusa Lembongan

From Nusa Penida I charted a boat for the short ride to Nusa Lembongan.  

Nusa Penida

The largest of three islands off Bali’s east coast, has very little tourist infrastructure and prices for rooms, snorkel trips and hiring snorkel gear, scooters etc are cheaper here. Once you’re away from… Continue reading


One hour’s drive inland from Amed covering 60km finds me in Sideman known for stunning views of rice paddies. I have my photocopied hand-drawn map and will explore later on. Local life The… Continue reading

Amed and around

Amed on the north coast attracts visitors for the diving and snorkeling and every building along the coast is either a homestay or other accommodation, eaterie, or dive shop. I was told by… Continue reading