The famous Gili Water Swing

gili water swing

I'll be honest, i already saw a couple of water swing pictures swinging through instagram before i saw this Gili water swing on the Gili Trawangan Island. Nevertheless it is something fascinating, a swing placed in the middle of the ocean. This one was placed right in front of the hotel we were staying. Someone had the idea of building such a water swing and now there are a handful of swings on the island or in the sea, however you want to call it. During the daytime the swing is often occupied by people shooting pictures and making selfies. The first time i had the chance to get on it, i tried to swing. first attempt failed. One of the two swings was hanging a bit lower than the other one. with the lower one i had no chance to swing because it was too hard to get enough velocity to swing out of the water. It depends on the tide, when it's high, it gets more difficult, when low, easier. The second try on the other swing was successful. i gained height once the swing came out of the water. Trust me, that was fun!

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How to get to the Gili Water Swing?

As i mentioned there are couple of water swings on Gili Trawangan. I think there are already some in Bali as well. Just do your research. Get on the island, stroll along the beach. You can actually get around the island easy in one day. If you see a water swing out in the water and nobody is having a shooting on it. Go swing the shh out of you.

 

gili trawangan water swing

this stage is called "the posing", while shooting pictures or thinking about a strategy.

Where to stay?

Of course in the Pinkcoco Hotel, it is not right in the center of Gili Trawangan but they have a restaurant, a popular bar and bicycles for rent. The beach is sandy and in the water a bit rocky but depending on the tide there are some good areas to go on a swim. And of course there is a hotel pool if you prefer to avoid the salt.

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water swing

This is the moment moving out of the water, use this momentum.

What is special about the Gili Water Swing?

Instead of lying the whole day on your beach chair and burn your skin while reading a bad book, move your body an feel like a child again. You will experience that it takes a bit more energy to swing while the water is breaking your speed. But once you get that velocity and height, the water splashes up when touch down, that's an amazing feeling. Getting sweaty? no problem, just drop in the ocean and feel like newborn. it is amazing trust me.

gili trawangan swing

This stage is called "sky high". feel the realease of dopamine.

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

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The PinkCoco Hotel

pinkcoco hotel

It was a bit of a struggle to get to Gili Trawangan but we made it to the Pink Coco Hotel finally. Read about our struggles to get on this Island here. It was not really a surprize but as we arrived we realized that the whole hotel is in Pink. Okay the name already betrays it but to see it in real life was cool. Passports, Check-in, welcome drink, short instruction and we were ready to drop our bags in the hotel room. Guess what, the room all in pink as well. It was on the first floor with a nice balcony with a view on the Pink Coco Hotel pool. First impression... Pink 🙂

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How to get to the PinkCoco Hotel?

First of all you need to get to Gili Trawangan which is an Island. This is one of three islands located between Bali and Lombok, Indonesia. On the Islands are no motors allowed so either you get on a coach, walk or you get around with a bicycle. And it can be pretty difficult to ride to the hotel with bags on a bike. So the only options are to walk or get on a coach. It's about 22 minutes to walk from the port to the Pinkcoco Hotel. First we decided to get on a coach but the prices were really high, 100 Indonesian rupiah as i remember. It is affordable compared to other tourist destinations but compared to Indonesia the price is pretty high. So we decided to walk. After the first steps with the luggage, the bad roads, the burning sun on our neck, we decided to pay the price nevertheless.

After trying to negotiate the price we hopped on the coach.

Where to stay?

Of course in the Pinkcoco Hotel, it is not right in the center of Gili Trawangan but they have a restaurant, a popular bar and bicycles for rent. The beach is sandy and in the water a bit rocky but depending on the tide there are some good areas to go on a swim. And of course there is a hotel pool if you prefer to avoid the salt.

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coach gili trawangan

A coach on a rainy day transporting tourists.

What is special about the Pinkcoco Hotel?

Of course it is all pink, the building, the interior, the restaurant, slippers and the towels as well. That somehow a special experience to live couple of days in a pink world. The Pinkcoco hotel has its own bar which is crowded in the evenings. people come to enjoy the sunset because it sets right in front of the bar with a fantastic view on the sea.

The famous waterswing (there are severals on the island) is in the front of the bar and a lot of tourists come just to snap a picture on this swing. when we were enjoying our coconut at the bar there were people standing in line to get such a photo... probably for instagram. 😉

drone gili trawangan

A droneshot to see the Pinkcoco Hotel from a birds perspective

water swing gili trawangan

This is me, having fun on the famous waterswing.

pinkcoco bicycle

Even the bicycles are pink

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

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Restaurants in Canggu

canggu surfing

Canggu is the absolute hipster town of Bali. Custom bikes, tattoos, surf, yoga and of course hip cafes, restaurants and bars. This is what we experienced a week long and we loved it!

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How to get to Canggu?

Canggu is situated in the southern part of Bali, close to the better known city "Seminyak". Bali has its own airport in Denpansar which is 40 min car drive away from Canggu. Book a hotel close to the beach or park your scooter at the beach parking. Just google for “Canggu” you won't miss it.

deus ex machina

a fancy custom bike made by Deus Ex Machina

Where to stay?

We stayed at a hotel close to the Old Man's Beach which we highly recommend 

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This little Bed & Breakfast is an absolute dream and really a realxing oasis. Super kind staff we felt like were family. I also filmed a seperate vlog about this amazing place

What is special there?

The most amazing things are the Canggu Restaurants! A lot of healthy and tasty dishes served in restaurants and cafes with fancy interiors. The nightlife is great and if you still able do wake up for the early swell after partying you'll be surfing on some of Bali's most amazing waves.

hotel canggu

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Bingin Beach

surfing bingin beach

Before arriving at our Hotel in the region of Uluwatu we never heard of Bingin Beach before. Apparently the Bingin Beach turned out to be the nearest beach of our hotel. So we jumped into the swimming outfit on the first morning to explore this Beach.

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How to get to the Bingin Beach?

Bingin Beach is situated in the southern part of Bali, the region of Uluwatu. Bali has its own airport in Denpansar which is 35 min car drive away from Bingin Beach. Book a hotel close to the beach or park your scooter at the beach parking. Just google for “bingin beach parking”. From the parking should be street signs leading to the beach. The way leads through unconventional narrow streets through the buildings in front of the beach. sometimes the way seems to be wrong but trust the signs your on the right track.

bingin beach

Where to stay?

We stayed at a hotel close to the Bingin Beach which we can’t recommend because of some issues we had whilest our stay so i’d recommend you a place right at the beach.

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How much does it cost?

The access to the Beach is free. Perhaps you have to pay for the parking which mostly costs around 10/20 Indonesian Rupiah. The Hotels are in different price ranges from cheap to super expansive.

What is special there?

The time i was there, Bingin Beach was nearly empty. Behind the beach is a hill covered with hotels and restaurants. Sitting in one of those Cafes, sipping a smoothie and watching the surfers conquer the waves is an amazing experience. It is probably not the most preffered beach for swimmers as there is a stoney ground and the waves are so good for surfing because of the reef under the water.

Kelly's Warung

Kelly's Warung, my recommendation for a good eat and delicious smoothie whit a fantastic seaview.

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Europe Roadtrip

roadtrip europe breakdown

This is Pascalcito standing in front of the broken car whilst our Europe Roadtrip.

The Breakdown

My buddy Pascalcito and me had a great Idea. Our plan was to go on a Europe Roadtrip from Zürich to Barcelona. Visit a handful of cities on the way and then along the coast through Cannes, Nice, and Monaco.

Excited for this adventure we hit the road early in the morning. After driving a couple of hundred meters the engine started to make strange noises. Suddenly Pascalcito couldn’t speed up the car anymore, so we took the next exit. On the first traffic light we stopped white smoke appeared in front of us, puffing right out of the bonnet! Was this the end of our Europe Roadtrip?

We couldn't wish for a better start. We called the breakdown service. After a short investigation we had the bad news: the engine is bust.

Called a taxi and headed to the airport in Geneva. As you might know taxi prices in Switzerland are tremendous. We payed 230 US dollars to get from our break down location to the airport, which already is probably more expensive than flying directly to Barcelona.

Anyways, the only car left was a spacious family-van. We loaded the van with our luggage and went back on the road with no plans at all.

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Annecy

After an hour drive we stopped in a city called Annecy. This lovely little town is situated close to Geneva right by the lake “Lac d’Annecy” named after the city. after a turbulent start we slowed down and strolled through the beautiful old town. Cobblestone streets leading along old facades with wooden balconies stocked with flowers.

lake annecy

annecy old town

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annecy things to see

annecy castle

Nîmes

After four hours of driving we stopped in Nîmes, a city in the south of France. We were on the hunt for a restaurant to have dinner. After a good pizza prosciutto we explored the roman old town with its monuments and the impressive Arena.

nîmes things to see

nîmes old town

nimes france

Montpellier

The first city we really took our time to explore it for a few days because we were surprised by it’s pleasant atmosphere in the streets, delicious restaurants and fantastic architecture.

montpellier things to see

brunch montpellier breakfast

university montpellier

montpellier old town

Arc de Triomphe montpellier

Girona

We made it over the spanish borders and dove right into a catalonian city called Girona. There is a river flowing through the city, crossed by several bridges and accompanied by colorful houses stacked on each other right besides the river. We tried to get up the city murals where you have a breathtaking view on the roofs of Girona.

 

girona things to see

girona old town

girona city wall

Calella de Palafrugell

Last but not least we had a stop in this lovely little town. Sunbathing in the bay of Calella, having a typical spanish paella and simply enjoying the goodlife.

 

 

 

callela de palafrugell

paella spain

calella de palafrugell beach

calella de palafrugell boat

WE MADE IT

A week of driving, exploring and having amazing meals, we made it to Barcelona. We were super excited to explore the city, parked the rental car and checked in to the hotel. more to come…

I hope you enjoyed this adventure with us on the road to Barcelona. The moral of the story is that even if we plan things properly, it can go wrong, nevertheless it's important to keep your cool. There is always a way and sometimes spontaneity can surprise you with great things in life.

Here is the video of our time spend in Barcelona:

Sailing the Whitsunday Islands

sailing the whitsunday islands

We left Sydney and landed in Prosperpine Airport, from there we drove to the port of Airlie Beach. Dropped most of the luggage at the port in a local tourist office (costs only a few bucks) and went to the meeting point we've been given via mail. By the meeting point a lot of other sailors where waiting to enter the sea and sailing the Whitsunday Islands.

A short instruction and we were on the catamaran. Left our carry-on baggage in our cabin. And enjoyed a beautifully prepared fruit plate.

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The catamaran and the crew

On board where besides us: three couples, the captain and a cook. We had a double bed cabin with an own small bathroom, a combination of toilet, sink and shower in one small room. After showering everything was wet. In the room we had a small sideboard to place the luggage on, a bullseye window right above the sea level and a window in the floor which enabled to see what's in the water, that was awesome.

whitsunday islands sailing tour

sailing the whitsunday islands

What its like sailing the Whitsunday Islands

But most of the time we spent on top deck of the catamaran to feel the wind blowing, water splashing up and enjoy the view while sailing the whitsunday islands. Sometime the sea gets rough and the catamaran starts to wingle up and down. Sometimes you see a fly fish jumping out of the water and flying! over the surface. Sometimes you see a turtle gasping for oxygen.

And this is the most beautiful view i've ever experienced. The view on Whithaven Beach. Different depths of the water created this mix of shades of blue.

catamaran tour whitsundays

sunset catamaran

snorkeling turtle great barrier reef

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Bondi Beach and the Icebergs Pool

bondi beach icebergs

There are many options to go on day trips from Sydney. One of them is the day trip to Bondi Beach. This is the place where the famous Australian series called Bondi Beach Rescue was filmed. And as the name of the Series reveal it: Bondi has a famous Beach but the sea can get ruff there. It is easy to reach Bondi Beach with the bus. from the bus station we walked couple of minutes and arrived at the Bondi Beach Icebergs Pool.

The Bondi Beach Icebergs Pool

This Pool is an iconic construction which is a part of Bondi. It is a pool built right by the sea and when the tide is high, as it was when we where there, the waves clash against the pool corner and wash the swimmers with salty water. Its was so fascinating to observe how the waves splashed up against the Bondi Beach Icebergs poolcorner!

From the Bondi Beach Icebergs Pool starts the “Bondi to Coogee Walk”. It's a coastal walk known a tourist attraction and its really a beautiful path to explore, you’ll love

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Surf Bondi Beach

 

Bondi Beach is a well known surf spot. With the high tide and the decent size of the waves i rent a surfboard and tried to catch some wave. it was pretty hard to ride the waves because the current was strong and the lineup crowded. Neverthless it was fun to practice!

bondi beach to coogee

bondi beach surf

Icebergs Pool Bondi Beach

 

What i realized

"This world has more to offer than we can explore in a lifetime.", so what are you waiting for? go out there and explore this beautiful planet.

australia

Shell Beach in Australia

shell beach australia

Removed the electricity cable, the battery was full. Packed the camping chairs and left the caravan park in Geraldton. We were on the road for 3 hours and 45 minutes until we arrived Shell Beach Australia. On our way to the Shell Beach and the Shark bay area we drove a long time into the Outback. That means you better depart with a full gas tank. hours of driving without passing any town or roadhouse.

Shell Beach Australia and its beauty

If you expect to see a beach like the copacabana in Rio you’re wrong. The Shell Beach is a beach in the middle of nowhere. As we arrived there was just another couple with a campervan leaving the place. Then we had the whole beach for ourselves. There are no food stands or beach chair vendors. It’s a beach out of dead shells as far as the eye can see. Shining bright in its pure beauty.

Walk on water

It might depend on the tide but at the time we visited the Shell Beach Australia the water was just knee deep in the first hundred meters in to the sea. This made it possible to run in the water which felt like running on the water! a great experience trust me. Keep in mind the water is extremely salty because the Shark Bay keps most of the water in the bay and the sun dries it out, what stays is the salt.

Shell Beach Shark Bay

From Perth to Exmouth

We rent a campervan from Apollo in Perth and went on a Western Australia Road Trip. After a short instruction we dropped our luggage in the back of the campervan, the tank was filled and we were ready to go. I was used to drive on the right side of the road so i had to get used to the left side driving in Australia. First we bought provisions and then we started this epic Western Australia Road Trip!

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The Route

 

1. Pinnacles Desert - Video 

2. Shell Beach - Video 

3. Monkey Mia Paradise - Video

 4. Monkey Mia wild dolphin - Video

 5. Eagle Bluff scenic lookout - Video

 6. Coral Bay hidden Cliff - Video

 7. Exmouth and the Cape Range National Park - Video

 8. Quobba Blowhole - Video

9. Kalbarri Nationalpark - Video

10. Sandy Cape sand dunes  - Video

11. Jurien Bay - Video

12. Hillarys Boat Harbour - Video

Kupu Kupu Resort in Ko Phangan

Kupu Kupu Resort in Ko Phangan, Thailand

We rent a bungalow right by the beach. From the bedroom you see directly trough the wondow front along your private pool area to the beach. There are cheaper bungalows by the pool but i recommend to take one right by the beach. The beach is deserted and you'll have it for your own. A perfect spot to relax.

A piece of paradise on the Island
Resort Website

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach in Whitsunday Islands near Airlie Beach, Australia

Whitehaven Beach is located on the Whitsunday Islands. We sailed for three days and two nights around those Islands. If you don't struggle getting seasick i recommend to take more time exploring these beautiful islands. But you can even get in a one-day trip to the Whitehaven Beach. You have different pricing options from huge partyclippers to romantic private catamarans. Choose whatever fits you best.

Depending the tide, Whitehaven Beach looks different and appears as a piece of art, created by nature. The different depths  by the sandbank creates colorful shades of blue. A viewpoint on the island lets you observe the changing spectacle.