I got up early this morning to take some photos of the fishing boats on their way out to sea and then went back to join the others for some pancakes in the hotel restaurant. Then, while the girls played with the Turkish kids, I packed our bags for the last time. Just before midday, we checked out and left our bags at reception then headed down the road to what had by now become known as the crispy duck restaurant for some lunch.
After we had eaten, we returned to the resort to kill some time. The girls and I went for a swim but as we couldn't find Kate's costume, she had to stay dry. At about 4pm our car arrived and we drove back to Denpasar, spotting lots of macaques at various spots beside the road on the way – we won't be sad to not see them again for a while.
We arrived at the airport at about 6.30pm but as our flight wasn't until after midnight, we couldn't check in yet, so we made a rather dispiriting tour of the various food outlets before eventually choosing one, where we had a pretty dispiriting meal of meat pies and fried rice, in the process using up the last of our meagre cash reserves.
Finally, after we had sat around waiting for a bit longer while a 'security desk' was opened up, we were allowed to check our bags in and go through proper security. We still had a while to wait until our flight, however, which we spent amusing ourselves with the antics of our fellow tourists, an alarming number of whom kept arriving at the adjacent gate just before their flight – only to discover that the gate had been changed, sending them into a blind panic.
We also watched with some bemusement as some Air Asia staff started setting things up for a grand opening – it turns out that ours was the inaugural Denpasar to Sydney flight, an occasion that was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, some photo ops and a free cupcake for the passengers. And then we filed onto the plane and flew to our final destination...