Traveling the world with children

This is a travel blog about our family of 4 (Jesper, Line, Noah and Vitus). We have always loved to travel but in 2015 we took the big step and planned a 6,5 month trip around the world visiting Cyprus, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Australia, Hawaii, California, Mexico, Cuba and the Deep South (USA). That was a great experience and we documented it all on this travel blog.

This summer (2017) we are heading out again visiting The Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia as well as Bali and some nearby islands in Indonesia. Come a long and experience the world with us.

To find blog posts concerning a specific country just click on “Countries” in the menu and select the country – posts will be at the bottom of the page.

 

Nusa Lembongan: Roads from hell on Nusa Penida and amazing snorkeling with Manta Rays

By on August 10, 2017

 

To say that we had been nervous about the boat-trip from Gili to Lembongan would be a huge understatement. Friends of ours, traveling 2 weeks before, had disembarked on the way (at Padang Bai) because they found it too dangerous and in the previous week the boat had not sailed for 2 days due to high seas. We had come close to cancelling the whole Lembongan trip several times and we paid nervous attention to the weather forecast several days before.

Fortunately luck was on our side. Being close to full moon we did get high seas and it was definitely no pleasure ride but we were not scared and only Noah threw up on the way. Given pretty light winds we could however easily imagine how much worse it could have been and the reason people react strongly on TripAdvisor.

Right next to the “Harbor” at Lembongan there are several platforms where the day tours from Sanur dock. Complete with waterslides and everything…

Arriving at Lembongan we were shuttled to our accommodation at Nanuk’s bungalows. A nice and relaxed place with good food and friendly staff. The actual bungalow was ok but nothing fancy.

 

Nusa Penida tour

One of the main reasons for visiting Lembongan was to see Manta Rays but since Noah threw up on the boat we booked  aprivate tour of Nusa Penida on our first day instead – promising great view and a bit of trekking. That turned out to be a bad decision.

The tour was very nice to begin with and after a short 10 min. drive to the boat we were sailed to Nusa Penida.

So far so good but arriving at Nusa Penida we discovered that the roads there are the worst we have ever experienced. In some sections it took close to 45 min. to drive just 5 km and it was so bumpy that Noah threw up again despite several stops to make him feel better. To be honest it was nothing less than extraordinary that our driver managed to navigate to our first stop in a normal car without 4wd.

Our first stop was Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong. Great to get out of the car and enjoy a bit of walking and great views.

After that we drove towards Kelingking Beach. We stopped for lunch on the way and still feeling a bit sick Noah got to choose what he wanted for lunch – no restrictions. He quickly took advantage and ordered Pancakes with Ice-cream.

Arriving a Kelingking Beach we were awarded with one of the best an most scary views we have ever seen. Standing on the top there is an almost straight vertical crop of several hundred meters and the view simply takes your breath away.

Jesper and Noah wanted to try the climb down to the beach and after some debating about it being safe enough they set out. It was, however, harder than expected and with Jesper’s leg still recovering after the MTB injury they had to stop half way to Noahs disappointment.

It was, however, still a great hike and down in the bay Manta Rays could clearly be seen swimming in the crystal clear water.

After that we chose to skip the final stop at Crystal Bay and head straight back to the hotel. It took a lot longer than expected since we had to stop once every kilometer to avoid Noah being sick again. On the boat back we got a nice demonstration of why the currents are so strong in Indonesia. What was a 500 meter wide channel between the Islands on the way out had now shrunk to a 15 meter wide stream where the boat could barely sail.

Definitely a day we will remember for a long time but not something we would ever do again while the kids are small.

 

Snorkeling with Manta Rays

On our second day at Lembongan Jesper had booked a snorkeling tour to see Manta Rays and the reefs around Lembongan. Line and the boys stayed at the pool not interested in more transport sickness.

Arriving at Manta Point (right next to Broken Beach as it turned out) Jesper jumped in and immediately saw 1 then two and then tree big Mantas right in front of him. Seeing the big Rays so close for the first time is hard to explain – it is one of those things you just have to experience.

After 40 min. of snorkeling with Mantas and seeing around 7-10 up close it was time to move on to the other snorkeling spots. But to be honest it was hard to find the energy to enjoy “just another beautiful coral reef” after such an amazing experience.

Hearing about Jesper’s experience Line and the boys were naturally sorry they did not go, but with light winds and a pick-up time the next day at 12 O’clock we set out to book a private boat just to go to Manta Point the next morning.

That was fortunately an easy task and in light winds we set out for the experience of a life-time the next morning.

Again Manta Point delivered with several Mantas swimming right next to us.

After around 30 min. the boys were starting to get cold and we headed back after a perfect morning.

Just two hours later we had checked-out and boarded the Scoot fast-boat back to Sanur.

Posted in: Indonesia - Bali

Gili Islands – relaxing and snorkeling all day long

By on August 9, 2017

When we were finally able to leave Ubud early in the morning on July 29th, we were transported to Padang Bai to take the Bluewater express boat to Gili Air. The weather forecast said no wind, but that turned out

Ubud adventures – Rafting, waterfalls, woodcarving and Monkey Forrest (and a round of food poisoning)

By on August 1, 2017

Arriving in Denpasar Bali the first thing we noticed was the humidity. It might not be much warmer than Australia but it sure felt like it. We were picked up in the airport by Nicktours and driven to our hotel

Final days in Australia – Fitzroy Island and Cars 3 in the cinema

By on July 30, 2017

The day after snorkeling at Great Barrier Reef we went to Fitzroy Island to relax on the beach, snorkel and explore. Naively we thought we could just show up at the pier and buy a ticket, but unfortunately the 9

Snorkeling at Great Barrier Reef

By on July 27, 2017

  After having changed the date for our pre-booked Great Barrier Reef day tour for the second time because of unpredictable weather, we finally went. It was quite windy, around 10 ms and waves of 1,5 meters, and the boys

Mareeba Rodeo – A real Aussie country experience

By on July 20, 2017

In the Tablelands we came across several posters for the Mareeba Rodeo. Going to local events has given us some of our best travel memories and this time it only took small change of plans to make it fit. Arriving

Aussie football, chocolate tour and hikes at Mission Beach

By on July 18, 2017

Checking the weather forecast for the 100th time it finally indicated abundant sunshine in the days ahead. Therefore we decided to go to Mission Beach as they have almost crocodile free beaches and Dunk Island (where you can go snorkeling)

Exploring the Atherton Tablelands

By on July 16, 2017

After Noah’s birthday, we decided it was time for some more adventurous stuff again. So we drove to the Atherton Tablelands – a huge and beautiful area in the mountains near Cairns. There are a lot of hairpin turns on

Visiting Sugarland Water Park and celebrating Noah’s birthday Aussie style

By on July 14, 2017

After our trip to Cape Tribulation we headed south for a few relaxing days at a 5 star caravan park and celebrating Noah’s 7th birthday. Close to the park was the Sugarland Waterpark. Not particularly big but with enough slides

Rainy days, great views and sighting the endangered Cassowary at Cairns, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation

By on July 11, 2017

Arriving in Cairns It was a clear blue sky most of the way flying from Darwin to Cairns. Well at least until the last 15 minutes when suddenly a thick layer of clouds appeared and we could no longer see

Northern Territory Adventures: Yellow Water Cruise, 3 Gorge Cruise and amazing Litchfield National Park

By on July 6, 2017

Yellow Water Cruise – Cooinda On day 3 of our Northern Territory adventure we had to get up really early to watch the sunrise on the Yellow Water Cruise at Cooinda. After a bit of hazzle getting around 160 people

First days in NT – Jabiru and Cooinda

By on June 29, 2017

At 5 am and 30 hours after leaving Aarhus we touched down in Darwin, Australia. Sometimes getting through security in Australia can take a long time, but this time we almost set a new record and just 20 minutes after

New York – wow, final stop!

By on May 3, 2016

As the final stop on our 6,5 months’ journey around the world, we decided to visit New York for 3 days, as we would need to do a stop over there anyway to catch our flight home to Denmark. Non

Fontainebleau State park – Beach, fire ant attack, alligators, Splash Park and the worst flooding since Katrina

By on April 30, 2016

Our next stop after Biloxi became Fontaine State Park, a giant park right next to a beach with great possibilities for camping, walking and just relaxing at the beach. We planned to stay for 3 nights before heading to New

Crawfish festival and Jet Ski on the river in Biloxi, Mississippi

By on April 28, 2016

Biloxi We find that events in the local communities are a great way to get a taste of the local culture. Therefore we planned to visit the Biloxi music and crawfish (krebs) festival. We found a small campground, Parker’s landing,