Sometimes you just stumble upon something that's so great that the memories of it sends chills down your spine. Lembongan does that for me.
Part 1 left off at a shady hostel in Kuta. I woke up at 5, grabbed my things and began my journey towards Nusa Lembongan.
So I got on this boat, went to an island and changed to a tiny boat with two Swedish girls and some guy. The water was so clear as we sailed across the ocean and I felt so enthusiastic and nervous at the same time. I had no idea what adventures lied ahead of me.
I'd say Lembongan is a hidden pearl of Bali. Everyone's been to Ubud, the Gilli islands and Kuta but have you ever heard of Lembongan?
Lembongan (or Nusa Lembongan) is a small island east of Bali. With a size of 8km², you can rent a scoter and easily drive around the whole island in one day, which I did. The island is populated by Lembonganese villagers. They are Hindu, speak Balinese and most of them were amazingly kind and welcoming, not to get tips but just genuinely nice. In contrast to Kuta, I felt safe here. The prices are about the same as Kuta, meaning very cheap compared to Sweden, Australia or other western countries.
There are few cars on the Island. The only trucks are used to transport tourists from the boats to their housing. People use motorbikes to get around the island and I can see why. Some "roads" were just paths that even I had a hard time handling. Try driving down a muddy, slippery, rocky hill on a scoter. On top of that my breaks didn't work that well haha but what is life without some action?
On the right you have my lovely scoter.
Scuba diving, the main reason I went to Nusa Lembongan in the first place. The water here is so clear and you can see manta rays and turtles among other things. Warning for divers language:
I had two dives at 18 meters with a 30 meter visibility at Ped and SD (name of dive sites). The current was quite strong so we just drifted along the reef, I didn't even have to move. I met a turtle and watched it eat for several minutes. I always get so excited about turtles, I could watch them for hours. Other things we saw: Manta shrimp, Lion fish, Nudie Branch, Moray (muräna på svenska), Clown trigger fish, Clown fish, Angel Fish, Eel and much more. The company I went with was Scuba center asia, founded by Kim and Bastiaan, two lovely Dutch divers.
Unfortunately, my camera decided it wanted to dive with me and it hasn't worked since. I'm working on getting a new one but damn they're expensive.
Naturale guest house
One of the best parts about Lembongan was my guest house. They really went out of their ways to make me happy. I rented a scoter there, they helped me book the scuba diving, tried to dry my camera, drove me places. Seriously it was amazing! Even though the homestay was pretty basic the positive vibes made up for the lack of a pool for example. It was cheap as well. I highly recommend to stay here. If you do, ask for Secret Beach which is the one in the above photos. Who needs a pool when you can have a beach all to yourself?
Sunset at Sunset beach/Sandy bay
Temples in the middle of nowhere between Mushroom Beach and Lembongan village
You can take a mangrove tour on the north side of the island, which I did. I had a lovely guide that showed me all the trees and stuff. I didn't see any snakes but a lot of crabs and some fish.
Honestly, this island stole my heart and I'd love to return over and over again. If you're going to Bali, go to Lembongan.
The people: ★★★★★
Naturale Guest House: ★★★★★
Scuba diving: ★★★★★
Mangrove tour: ★★★ (not a lot of action, still nice)
Overall Bali: ★★★★