The Gili Islands

A two hour ferry ride away from the madness and traffic that is Bali lie some of the most beautiful small islands that we have ever come across. Rising gently out of the sea these three small sandy islands Gili Air, Meno and T are almost completely flat and sit just off the coast of…

Diving in Flores

With the staggering beauty of Batu Bolong or the exhilarating drift of Manta Point, we found that by far our favourite diving of South East Asia so far was in and around the Komodo national park. We dived with Blue Marlin divers who had an amazingly equipped speed boat and some of the friendliest instructors…

Seeing dragons

The journey to Komodo national park is usually only made for one very specific reason. That reason is to see Komodo dragons. These cold blooded Giants are probably the closest thing to dinosaurs that we have left on the planet – and as they live in one very small place if you would like to…

Cooking with Maria – A Balinese masterclass

After traveling for a month and a half in South East Asia something we had found ourselves missing enormously was being able to cook for ourselves. It’s not something you really think about before you go away but eating out every day really does get tiring – exciting as it is to try different kinds…

Yogyakarta – the Water Palace and Kraton

Marked out on most tourist maps of Yogyakarta is the Kraton and the temptingly titled Water Palace. The descriptions boast the area to be a walled city within a city, housing many historical areas of interest and administrative buildings. Excited by the sound of this we made our way over to the Kraton, which, as…

Making friends and seeing some cool sights in Matram

After an incredible week on the Gili Islands we found ourselves in Mataram, the capital of Lombok. This was a place we had planned to spending roughly two nights and then to move on. These plans however got a little ruined by a fever I picked up which left us stuck there while I recovered….

Surfing in Kuta!

Something that we had to try while staying in Bali was surfing! We were saying near the famous Kuta beach for a few days and it would have been rude to not grab a board and try to catch a wave! However, neither of us knew how to surf… I had actually been a little…

Diving in Bali, the USS Liberty

Since gaining our PADI advanced open water advanced open water certifications we have been keen to dive in as many places as possible! One of our favourite locations so far has been the USS Liberty just off Bali, a WW2 battleship sunk by a Japanese torpedo the Liberty has sat at the bottom of the…

public busses in Java – amazing chaos!

Getting around in Central Java can be interesting – really quite interesting! We were staying in Yogyakarta and wanted to make the short hop over to Borobudur to see the temple and stay a night or two in the town. Having asked around we found out that there were tours and taxis that went for…

Indonesian food, our top 5

After a month of gorging ourselves in Thailand and Malaysia we moved on to Indonesia an were excited to see what was on offer! Here are our top 5 favourites; Nasi Goering A mix of fried rice and vegetables combined with a fried egg on top makes the perfect breakfast food in this part of…

Snorkelling around Gili Meno

Sicnce gaining our open water and advanced open water PADI’s we have developed a great love of being in the water and exploring underneath it! Unfortunately, Scuba diving is not a cheap hobby, however, if you have a snorkel, some flippers and some advice on where to find a good reef then snorkelling can be…