Friend: ‘We’re going surfing at Watu Karung, it’s a dangerous break on a shallow reef, but you should come.’
Me, sceptical: ’Okay, I won’t be able to surf a reef break but I guess there are no waves here anyhow. Maybe I can snorkel.’
An hour’s motorbike ride through hilly farmlands later I can’t seem to find my breath. No one mentioned the beach! Pristine sand, a few painted fishing boats, limestone cliffs and royal blue waters great us. In addition there’s a woman selling Pecel (veggies and rice in a peanut sauce) and Fresh Coconut sweetened with palm sugar under a tree nearby. Most of my jealousy over the surfers melts, the incredible fishes under the royal blue help too.
– Sara Barnes