I was going to write a post about how Ubud is not the paradise many people claim it to be (too much traffic! too many tourists!). Then I decided it would be better to share our photos from Nusa Penida, an island not far off the coast of Bali which is pretty heavenly.
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Here’s a beach, and yes, the water really is that colour.
Inland, the island is almost completely empty, with just a few tiny villages and one-lane roads.
Sadly just as we got there, Stephen was struck with dengue fever. Luckily, we loved our resort, Namaste, and were happy to just stay put.
We even made a few friends while we were there.
After Penida, we made the short trip to Lembongan. It was far more touristy, but also beautiful. Sadly, by then we were both sick, so we only stayed one night before heading back to the doctors of Ubud.