Checking into my water cottage room, suspended over water, I immediately spied a wide-angle panorama of the enclosed bay – luxuriantly spectacular. The stacked ellipses illumed a neon lime-green from afar on the beachfront, as conspicuously as the pair wading beneath cottage verandas with placid paddlework – the allure of commandeering a kayak was unavoidable.
I certainly didn’t resist one of the best modes of exploring Apulit Island; spared of directional dictation along designated footpaths, I would chart my own route around the shore, between gentle strokes and intensive-workout paces, all by myself – though at times I’d wish I brought a co-pilot to manoeuvre the two-seater vessel.
And as I ferried to shore, I surveyed fellow guests having a go at paddle boarding and peddling boats – amongst the various non-motorised water sports on offer.
Back on land, harness on waist, I clambered up the boulders to reach one of the island’s summits; having had the full eyrie view of the coast, it was time to make the descent – via rappelling down a jagged rock face, another featured activity at Apulit Resort.
Then there were the hike-in-the-dark caving experiences, when low tide exposed naturally occurring tunnels accessible on foot and begging for a glimpse inside with torchlight, yet still presenting a challenge of navigating through loose-grained terrain and narrow corridors.