Tuesday 9 October
Pemuteran was lovely. Quiet, but lovely. We had a lovely little bungalow with a dive school right on the beach for the princely sum of £10 a night. We were up early to breakfast and sort out kit (because apparently I can do that now) then climbed aboard our vessel for the day...with our fellow dive buddies. It was about an hour to the dive site - mejangan island - which was a very beautiful coral wall. Aside from our shiny short wearing captain our boat mates included a snorkeling German couple (there are Germans everywhere!) and a very strange Chinese family (mum, dad, son, daughter) who were capturing EVERYTHING on video. They were also wearing beautiful swim burkas (the parents in life jackets too) and clearly had no idea what they were doing. One of the local guides had to take himself away to regain composure and we all stifled the giggles. Once in the water they were no more graceful. There were limbs everywhere and her mask was completely fogged up for most of the dive.
I don't want to upset you too much, but I've had a bit of a cough for the last week and I couldn't equalise my ears on the second dive so retreated to the boats sun deck and promptly fell asleep. My snow white days will be over in no time. Still enjoyable though!
Everything up north is much cheaper and we enjoyed delicious meals right next to our bungalow for less than one main meal in Kuta. We did try exploring the town, but there really wasn't one, so settled for drinks on the beach for sunset and had a successful FaceTime home.
Tomorrow we've booked a driver for the day to take us south again...the scenic route!