This month over on Instagram, I’m doing a challenge over on my Instagram stories! To celebrate the upcoming release of the Ryan Rupert Sequel, we’re reminiscing on book one with a 20 day tag challenge.
Book one (Stuck On Vacation With Ryan Rupert) was all about Aubany and Ryan’s adventure on Nula Island. So in a series of polls and choose-your-own-adventure questions, you get to visit Nula Island and experience it too!
(See the tag below and come join us on Instagram!)
To pair with this tag, I wanted to do a post about some things you can do on a tropical island! (Ideally, with a copy of Ryan Rupert in your hand for those relaxing down periods you spend in a hammock by the beach).
1) Visit The Beaches
I know this one sounds a little obvious, but as someone who has lived near many popular beaches my whole life, let me tell you a few things about them:
- Not all beaches are made equal. Some sands are rougher than others, and some aren’t made of sand at all!
- Beaches look different at different times of the day. You don’t want to miss those sunrise and sunset snaps for your Instagram stories, but don’t forget there are also beautiful, blue hues to see during the day too.
- Beaches vary in popularity. Some are more secluded, while on others you can expect to see sandcastles being made, or even the occasional wedding.
It’s worth checking out multiple beaches, at at multiple times of the day!
On Nula Island, there are a number of beaches Ryan and Aubany end up at. You can check out this guide to Nula Island to learn more about each location (or just, you know, read the book and experience the cute moments for yourself).
2) Sample The Local Food
When in hot weather, best to enjoy a delicious tropical drink and eat to your heart’s content.
Even if you’re not big on seafood (like me), you’ll likely still find a resturant or cafe where you can enjoy some different local cuisine. Trying new food is one of the best parts of travelling, in my opinion!
There are a number of resturants on Nula Island that Aubany visits, whether it be with her friends or through a bickering dare with Ryan.
3) Enjoy Water Activities
I’m not big on the ocean myself, but there’s lots you can do with it.
If you’re not snorkelling for fish and coral, you can be windsurfing or jetskiing, enjoying a luxurious boat cruise, or even island hopping and keeping your eyes open for native wildlife (such as whales, dolphins, baby sharks and fish).
Aubany isn’t big on the ocean either, but she does brave a kayak and go snorkelling. Though… some of her water activities weren’t without consequence.
4) Do A Local Bushwalk Or Hike
There’s bound to be some walking tracks around that lead to waterfalls, lookouts or secret beaches. Just remember to be sensible, find out everything you need to know from a tourist desk (such as the length of the walk), and be prepared with plenty of food, drink and first aid (just in case).
On Nula Island, there is a volcano hike with a stunning view at the top (as well as a cafe), which Aubany reluctantly joins Ryan doing.
5) Explore The Towns And Villages
One of my favourite things to do when travelling is simply walk around. I don’t need a schedule set with activities. I want to immerse myself in the culture and imagine what it’s like to live in other places. So if you’ve never lived in a tourist destination, one of the best things you can do is stroll around the shops and find the locals’ best kept secrets.
Nula Island is home to many residents, all of which live in the small village on the island where numerous shops and spas are located.