Tag Archive | beach

Surfing at Kuta Beach, Indonesia

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Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, is extremely touristy and crowded. The beach is teeming with locals and tourists, who are relaxing on the beach or most likely surfing.

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When we arrived at Kuta beach, we immediately decided to take a surfing lesson. Our surfing instructor taught us the basics of surfing and handed us both a surfboard.

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So, with my surfboard in hand, I walked into the water not knowing how this experience would turn out. I had no idea if I would like surfing, but I had to try. I was in the water for an hour, before I decided I was done with surfing.

Let me say it loud and clear, surfing is hard, extremely hard. It was exhausting for me to even stand on my surfboard in order to ride the waves. At one point, the wave, which was at least a 1.5 meters high, totally took me under. For a short moment, which actually felt really long and slow to me, I was struggling to surface after being hit by my surfboard in the head. It was scary.

Instead of feeling frustrated with trying to surf, I decided to exchange my surfboard for a bodyboard. In no time, I was riding the waves and having an awesome time. It was so much easier and a lot more fun with the bodyboard.

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From this experience, I learned that surfing isn’t for me. However, I do still have a deep appreciation and admiration for all those surfers, who can ride the waves so gracefully.

Jet Skiing and More in Ko Samui, Thailand

Once Jason and I started living abroad, Thailand was the first country we visited during our vacation period. I had always had a deep desire to travel to Thailand. I had heard Thailand was amazing and so exotic with beautiful beaches. It sounded like paradise. During our initial visit to Thailand we stayed in Bangkok for a few days, and then took a one hour flight to Ko Samui.

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Ko Samui was our first real beach experience and it was wonderful. The sand was soft and the water was great for swimming.

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It was at Ko Samui, we did jet skiing for the first time! Driving the jet ski in the deep waters away from the shore, was thrilling. I must admit however, the ride was also very bumpy and a bit scary for me. But, I survived our very first water sports adventure in Thailand!

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In the evening, tables were set up on the beach for dinner. Having a candlelit dinner and hearing the sounds of the ocean, on a warm summer evening was so romantic and relaxing.

For me, Thailand was and continues to be a slice of paradise! It definitely is one my favorite countries in the world.

Parasailing in Borcay, Philippines

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The beauty of traveling is you never know what unplanned adventures you may have an opportunity to experience. We never really thought about parasailing until we were in Borcay, Philippines. This touristy beach destination had various outdoor activities including parasailing set up for the adventurous. Soaring high in the sky while being harnessed to a parasail, which would be towed by a speeding motorboat, sounded awesome. We were thrilled.

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After being fastened into our harnesses, we slowly drifted up into the sky. Eventually we were high above the waters, having a bird’s eye view of Borcay. I have to admit we were both expecting to experience an adrenaline rush. Instead we had a calm and relaxing ride. Not all adventures turn out to be as you expect. Although the views from above were beautiful, parasailing was not too exciting for us. If you are looking for an adrenaline pumping activity, parasailing would not be high on my recommendation list.

Incredible Sand Sculptures at Fulong Beach, Taiwan

Every year since 2008, the Fulong Sand Sculpture Art Festival has been held at Fulong beach in Taiwan. According to the World Sand Sculpting Association, this 3km stretch of golden sand has highly adhesive qualities, which make it the best beach in Taiwan for sand sculpting.

In Canada, I had seen a handful of ice sculptures before. However, this was the first time I had visited an exhibition of sand sculptures. I had always been impressed by the ice sculptures I had seen back in Canada, but upon seeing the sand sculptures I was overly impressed. The details and creativity of each display were incredible. I couldn’t believe the artists had succeeded in creating such beautifully stunning sculptures out of sand!

It was a delight to spend the afternoon strolling along the beach and simply admiring all the fantastic sand sculptures. Below, I have photos of some of my favorite sand sculptures. I would highly recommend this festival if you happen to be in Taiwan during May/June.

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A Slice of Paradise: Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands

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The Perhentian Islands near Malaysia’s northeast coast are a slice of heavenly paradise. These are photos of long beach on Perhentian Kecil, the smaller of the two Perhentian islands. Long beach was mostly popular among the backpacking crowd due to the cheap accommodations and nightlife. The sand was soft, and the water was turquoise blue with excellent visibility. The water was perfect for swimming.

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This is the bungalow we rented during our stay at the beach. Although the accommodations were not luxurious, the location was excellent. We were literally on the beach. During our stay here, we encountered this monitor lizard that occasionally would crawl under our bungalow. As of now, Long beach at Perhentian Kecil has been our favorite beach in Malaysia.

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