27.10.2015 - 03.11.2015 33 °C
Arambol is a really chilled out place. It is very under-developed and therefore has a really low key vibe. The accommodation is all based around a long stretch of beach and most places are either huts or apartment-style hotels with balconies.
We are staying right near the beach, about 100m to the waters edge. We have a large balcony that we relax on each day. There are lots of cafes around, some on the actual sand of the beach and others just set back. The water is the perfect temperature and there have been some days where we have had fairly decent surf for Ev to partake in one of his favourite things - body surfing.
Wandering along the cliffs we found another beach which was more secluded than Arambol Beach, mostly because it is difficult to access when it is high tide as you need to climb over rocks that are being smashed by waves or climb high into the grassy cliffs then back down again. We chose the rock and wave option. On the way back however we made the unwise decision to climb the cliffs into the grassy hills where we were trudging along and encountered a snake! We were terrified. The poor cat that was playing chaperone was never to be seen again. We believe that the cat may have been taken by the snake. Lucky for us a guide was walking up with some paragliding clients and walked us to the nearest clearing and allowed us to follow him back down through the grasses. I fell over on the way down and cut my knee. Yes, the cliff option was very unwise indeed.
We spend each day between the beach, markets, cafes and our balcony. This lifestyle is so beautiful. We both feel so relaxed and absolutely love this place.
We have been here for a week now and today we hired a scooter and rode along the coast to check out some more beaches to stay at next. We found a little patch of paradise about 3km down the road. It is called Mandrem and we have organised to stay in these cute little beach huts right on the beach for three nights.