Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

On Saturday, we decided we’d go to Turtle Island.

We took a glass-bottomed boat from Tanjung Benoa which took about 20 minutes – although I’m pretty sure we could have gone by car too.

We couldn’t see many fish when the boat stopped as the water wasn’t clear at all that day.


It took about 15 minutes to get to Turtle Island.


We all got to touch a turtle.


And hold a baby turtle.


The group behind us were Chinese (not again!). One of us overheard them ask their guide whether turtles bite people. ‘Only Chinese people,’ he replied!

Our guide showed us how they raised the turtles. He said turtles of similar ages were kept together in the same space – if they had them all in one big aquarium, the larger ones would eat the smaller ones.


He also showed us albino turtles.


Apart from turtles, they had several other animals.


Some kind of eagle.


The giant lizard looked dead but we did see it move when the guide prodded it with a stick.


More bats!


V loved the puppies.


At the end of our tour we were led to the restaurant/cafe but none of us wanted anything – much to their disappointment. On our way out we were asked to donate 5000 rupiah ($0.50) per person to the conservation centre. I think we were there for just under an hour.

It’s a good thing to do if you have a spare couple of hours, but it might be better going in the morning – I think the water might be clearer so you have more chance of seeing fish in a glass-bottomed boat. And it’s not as hot as it is in the

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