Our first morning at Jeeva Beloam, we were woken up with sunrise peeking into our Beruga. Morning lights softly illuminate the room. It was glorious…peaceful…and just plain beautiful.
The generator set went off somewhere in the middle of the night and we were fully prepared for this so we opened the sliding door and let the cool ocean wind blew right into our Beruga. We were quite lucky we came in December where it’s officially the rainy season.
No rushing, we took our time enjoying our first morning away together.
We decided to go and check out the beach.
It was a great decision to pack my tripod – now if only I did get that monopod for the cell phone – anyway, we had a great time taking pictures by the beach. Sands between our toes, the crashing waves…
It was just beautiful and to share it with the man I love? Precious!
After a delicious breakfast, we decided to go kayaking and snorkeling. You will have to tell the beach camp hosts so they can prepare everything for you. They even packed soft drinks and mineral water in a cooler box so we won’t get thirsty.
Mind you, I’m not very good at snorkeling – no, I royally suck at it – when I went to Krakatoa I managed to drink more water than breathing properly underwater. So yeah, I was nervous about it and a bit worried to look silly in front of the man that I love.
We climbed up on the back of the Camp’s small hooded pick-up truck and one of the guys sit with us. I forgot his name, but he was very friendly. The ride was bumpy.
A few minutes to what they called Tangsi Beach – better known now as Pink Beach. Yes, pink and the sand really looks quite pink because of the red corals fragments washes off to the beach. It was gorgeous!
Watch our bumpy short ride below.
We choose the two seaters kayak. I haven’t kayaked in years and this is the first time I’ll get on a tandem kayak! So my heart was pounding slightly nervous. No! My heart was beating like crazy. Did I say I was nervous?
Rachman – one of the beach camp’s hosts – came with us. He kayaks well ahead of us.
Dan knows that I’m not a very good snorkeler yet he assured me he will be there with me, that I will be fine. That he won’t push me, I just need to get comfortable with the breathing through the mouth idea. That he will follow my lead and we would just go at the pace I am comfortable with.
We got to a small island and Rachman went back to get us bottled waters.
We tried to snorkel a little and I was getting more confident when I forgot and suddenly tried to breathe through my nose and of course I panicked. Sigh. After several attempts, I decided I’ll brave myself and hold Dan’s hand as he took me a little further…a little deeper. And my heart froze.
Seeing those beautiful fishes just took my breath away. Literally! I loved it, but the panic came back. I snorted some salt water again.
We spent hours there. I had to force Dan to go ahead and snorkel alone to the deeper parts while I rest on the small island collecting some shells and got some tanned.
On our way back, I was more confident on the kayak. It was so much fun!
Too much fun that Dan got some pretty bad sunburn! While I just got dark. Poor Dan was really red around his back and legs.
We went to a different spot the next day. They call it Semangkuk Beach. It’s not too far off the Pink Beach. We used the kayak again to get there.
It was such a big disappointment for us. Why? Because it was filthy dirty! Yes, the white sand secluded beach looks pretty but the floating garbage?! Plus the corals were pretty much dead. Really a sad situation that we both regretted, seeing how people use the ocean as a big garbage can is just very disturbing.
Learning to snorkel there was such a disappointment too. The dead corals scratched my thighs and legs. We got stings by marine stingers that left us pretty itchy. Didn’t take us long before we made our way back to the beach to catch some sun and headed back to the beach camp.
On our third day, we decided to just practice by the beach in front of our Berugas. The waves were a little bigger, pushing sand all over the place. It was harder for me to learn to snorkel. I almost give up. I’m a fish who can’t snorkel! Joy…NOT!
By the fourth day, we decided to just rest and didn’t go snorkeling.
On our last day at the beach camp, we decided to return to the first spot. The little island off the Pink Beach.
While Dan thinks I did better this time, I still was a bit disappointed that I would start panicking after a few minutes and had to come up for air. What the heck is wrong with me?! Gah!
Dan came up with a brilliant idea to allow me to explore the deeper part of the ocean. He got on our kayak while I held on to the back of it. This time, I took off the snorkel’s breathing tube and just use the goggles and flippers. It was brilliant! I grew more confidence even went down for a dive several times while holding my breath and just take all the magical underwater world in pure amazement. Now, I understand why people get hooked on diving! It really is magical.
Through this, I learned to trust my partner, even when I was scared and nervous. Knowing he will never leave me there was a comforting thing. Our little snorkeling trip taught me that we are pretty damn awesome as a team. To know we both can be both outdoorsy is really fun.
Jeeva Beloam also provided other activities such as tracking – which, unfortunately, we couldn’t do due to the weather as it was raining every afternoon while we were there. Here’s a list of activities provided by them.
Thank you Jeeva Beloam for taking good care of us for 5 days!
Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp
Jalan Pantai Beloam, Tanjung Ringgit, Sekaroh, Jerowaru East Lombok – Indonesia
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