After a quiet Christmas Day, we packed up the car on a family road trip to North Bali via the mountains. This was our first visit to Pemuteran with Finley mainly as it is a bit of a trek at almost four hours from Ubud. We took the long way from Ubud via Bedugal and past the very windy road towards GitGit Waterfalls on to Singaraja and Lovina to North West Bali. It took us almost four hours door to door and arrived at our resort just before dinner time. We were very happy to get into our joglo-style little room for three nights. We headed straight to the beach for dinner.
We spent a well-deserved few days swimming and snorkelling in the reefs at the Taman Sari resort in Pemuteran.
I was so proud of the popster, who at 5 years old went snorkelling and swam with Duncan out to the ‘little houses in the ocean’.
The bio-rock at Pemuteran is incredible. We saw clown fish, angel fish, parrot fish and even a sea snake (yep, the most venemous snake on the planet) in the shallows. I literally put my mask on, started swimming and the first thing I found was a sea snake. Is that a sign? Considering we had just found a 5 foot snake in our garden on Christmas Day, this holiday season seems to be all about the snake! The great thing about the reef here is that it is easy to go snorkelling with kids because the beach is so accessible and you can walk straight from your hotel to the beach.
So Finley has now spent the last three Christmases here in Bali. She said to both Duncan and I over dinner, “please can we have Christmas somewhere cold next year,”.
We drove back to Ubud via Banjar Hot Springs and up through the very scary road up to Munduk through the mountains (almost like driving through the clouds) and down to Lake Bayar. Spectacular views but at sometimes very nail-biting especially when passing other cars who are clearly unfazed by the sharp drops!