This morning I woke up just before 7am, and went down to check the ocean. It was calm with only light winds and looked awesome just as the sun was coming up. There was also really nice surf out at Shipwrecks, but Captain Blank met me and said we were going off Manta'ing+Snorkelling at 8am.
Having had some breakfast we left the harbour about 8am and went off for the mornings snorkelling. It took about half an hour to go round the coast of the islands to get to the same Manta spot as I had been to before. Unfortunately the sea was just too rough - too much swell and a bit of wind - to go in. After a while cruising from spot to spot looking we couldn't find any Manta. It was a shame as it was an incredible experience last time, but it cant be helped. Nothing is certain in nature spotting.
Instead we went round to Crystal Bay, where I had also been last time. We stayed there for quite a while snorkelling around the coral reef and seeing the fish etc. From here we went on to a new spot I hadn't been to before. It was also a little bay with a coral reef, but it was obviously less often used by snorkelers and more and better fish. The current was pretty strong there, so we hung onto a rope as we swam. That was Dads favourite spot I think.
From there we went to the last area where in the end only I went in the water both times. First we stopped by a glass bottom boat for tourists in deep water off a beach, which had big Giant Travalley swimming around. It was really cool swimming with them and feeding them, but also a little intimidating when they came really close.
Finally I didn't another sort of open water swim, where I drifted with the current along a cliff. This was my favourite spot of the day - a coral reef had formed at the base of the cliff and slowly slopped off for about 10m, but then all of a sudden it just drops off almost vertically into very deep water I couldn't see the bottom of. It was just like 'Finding Nemo' with the 'dropoff' at the edge of the reef. It was amazing though, as you could see the bigger fish, like more Travaley out over the cliff in the deeper water.
After this we came back to the main bay of Lembongan, this time round the top of the island and the mangroves. Having thanked Captain Blank for a great morning we headed next door, like the night before, for lunch. We were hoping to have the epic breakfast, but being too late at 11:30am, we settled for lunch instead.
Throughout and after lunch I had been watching waves breaking and a guy out at Shipwrecks, which although wasn't as good as first thing, was still breaking. I decided to go out, rather than waiting till later and missing it all together, and Mum and Dad came along too to watch/take photos from the boat.
It was a fair amount bigger than I had expected, and by far the biggest I have surfed it. The bigger ones were just draining the reef and throwing unmakeable barrels. I had a very average surf, but still had lots of fun - some of the 3-4ft medium sized ones were absolutely perfect, and there was only me and 1 other guy out!
Just as I had began to really get into it, having had 2 trips round the inside of the reef after being smashed by 6ft 5-6-7 wave sets the conditions started to deteriorate. A huge thunder storm had blown across the water from Bali, the wind picked up and it looked scary as hell. Just as the 2 of us (who was a great Brazillian guy who's name I forget) got back the lightening was right over head and torrential rain was imminent.
When we got back to the beach I just chilled with Mum and Dad for the rest of the arvo around the pool + beach etc. There was torrential rain due to the storm which lasted a few hours, then it stopped and the weather cleared up.
Later in the evening we went and had dinner at the favourite place next door again, stayed up chatting for a while then went to bed.
(Photo - View over the pool early in the morning).