A break in paradise on the island of Nusa Lembongan in Bali

A break in paradise on the island of Nusa Lembongan in Bali

That’s the feeling I had when I left Nusa Lembongan … I had just spent three days in paradise. This small island of just 8km2 off South Bali is a real treasure. We come here to swim in its incredible blue turquoise waters, surf, dive or snorkel. After a month of traveling in Indonesia with Lucie ( Voyages and Vagabondages ), we wanted to ask ourselves a few days in peace on dream beaches and we chose our destination.

We arrive at Nusa Lembongan by boat from Sanur. The crossing lasts a little more than 30 minutes with a speed boat (approx 150.000 IDR, or about 10 EUR). Attention, it shakes a little, I prefer to warn for those who have seasickness … And better to provide flip flops or sandals for the ride because you have to put your feet in the water (to the knees) to go up to edge. We dock at Jungutbatu, on the main beach facing Bali. This is where we booked our hotel, the Krisna Home Stay , a small family run hotel with clean and comfortable rooms, hot water and air conditioning (approx. IDR 200.000 per night, around EUR 15).

We leave immediately to discover the sublime beaches of Nusa Lembongan. I have rarely seen a blue water so pure and beautiful. It’s almost unreal. The island is not big, so you can walk, along beaches or trails on the cliffs. For those who prefer, it is of course possible to rent scooters. From the first day, we discover our favorite bar for a drink facing the sea: the Blue Corner Bar. Very photogenic with umbrellas and poufs of all colors, we will come back there every day. This is the best place to enjoy the sunset, with good music and a good cocktail. It is also a diving club (with good reputation) for those who want to do on the island

The next day, we leave to discover the neighboring island, even smaller, Nusa Ceningan. During our stay there, the two islands were connected by a small yellow bridge, only accessible for pedestrians and scooters, and that did not make us feel good anyway, so it was shaking under our feet. He unfortunately broke the day after we left, killing nine people and dozens wounded. There was a problem of overload following a religious ceremony that day. This tragic event reminds us that Indonesia’s transport infrastructure, whether roads or bridges, is often in poor condition. This is something to keep in mind when traveling to this country, although unfortunately there is not much you can do about it. Since,

On Nusa Ceningan, we went to see Secret Beach, on the other side of the island. The beach is sublime, however, to swim is average, because there are big waves and lots of rocks. To get refreshed, it is better to swim in the pool of the resort which borders the beach. It is accessible to foreign guests of the hotel if one consumes. On the other hand, it’s better to just have a drink and go eat somewhere else, because we found it expensive and really bad.

The other magical place on Nusa Ceningan is the Blue Lagoon. You can not swim there, because it’s on the edge of a cliff, but the view is amazing! Again a turquoise blue of unreal transparency.

In addition to tourism, both islands live from seaweed cultivation. You can see algae parks in the water when you walk around. At low tide, fishermen come harvest the seaweed in large baskets. They let them dry in the sun along the roads.