Virgin Cocoa – TROPICAL HIDEAWAY ISLAND

cheap lasik eye surgery in houston With prices ranging from £200-£350 per night, I can safely say that on my teachers wages, we did not actually stay at Virgin Cocoa. However, we did have unlimited access to the island via this insanely long jetty… The island is stunning, full of palm trees and cute little log cabins. It has a lovely

Nunukan island resort

http://only-young-once.us/tag/maternity-photography/ After one of the most traumatic journeys, where at times, I didn’t think we would make it after being marooned on Maratua island, we finally made it! Island hosts, Suzanne and Beat met us with a friendly smile and some dragon fruit, which made everything seem a lot less stressful! It’s safe to say, our

Stranded in “paradise” on Maratua island!

When we were meticulously planning our travels around Borneo, I never imagined I’d end up writing a post about the time we were marooned on an island for the day! I think I now know where the saying “only in Indonesia” comes from… It all started at the end of our scuba diving trip. We

Scuba diving on Derawan, Kakaban and Sangalaki islands.

We spent 4 days diving with Scuba Junkie Sangalaki on Indonesian Borneo’s “Derawan islands” and I can’t even begin to express how special this area is. I love following their story on social media as they are always posting about new wildlife they have encountered; from hammerheads and oceanic mantas, to dugongs and pygmy seahorses.

That time when we stayed in an over-the-water bungalow for less than $100 per night!

My Mum and Dad have recently booked a holiday to the Maldives (so jealous!) and whilst we were admiring, and looking gob-smacked, at the outrageous prices of the over-the-water bungalows, it reminded me just how lucky we were on our recent trip to Borneo. I still can’t quite believe that we were treated to world-class,

Why planning a trip to Borneo has been our biggest challenge to date.

After much deliberation, we have finally booked our summer holiday to Borneo! Despite looking pretty small on the world map, Borneo is actually the 3rd largest island in the world, so travelling around it is not quite as easy as we’d anticipated. The island is split into Malaysian Borneo and Indonesian Borneo which makes travelling

Swimming in Kakaban island’s stingless jellyfish lake!

We weren’t only excited to go to Kakaban for the incredible diving; this island also boasts one of the world’s most unique safety stops; the stingless jellyfish lake. After battling through the rain for an hour we made it to the magnificent Kakaban island. Despite the choppy seas, our first dive here was absolutely incredible

Ko Ko Mo Resort Gili Gede

We were very excited to be heading to the Southern “secret gili islands” near South West Lombok. I absolutely loved my previous visits to the popular Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, but was keen to explore a less-travelled island. Gili Gede certainly provided this. It is the biggest of the southern Gili islands and is

Gili Gede and Gili Layar: the secret Gili islands.

Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air are all very popular destinations for visitors to Bali. However, there are more Gili islands off the coast of South West Lombok. These are currently known as the secret gili islands as they are pretty unexplored with far less accommodation available. Although the scuba diving scene is less

Sempiak Villas, Selong Belanak, Lombok

Anyone visiting Bali should definitely make the half an hour flight over to the beautiful island of Lombok. Praya (Lombok) airport is an international airport so it can easily be included at the end or start of a holiday itinerary. Selong Belanak (SW Lombok) is a beautiful beach location with the most amazing accommodation; Sempiak