29 October 2012

Bali - Nusa Lembongan

The 30-minute trip to Nusa Lembongan, a small island off Bali, could be an exhilarating ride or simply a nauseating one.
One thing for sure, it will not be a smooth ride as the speedboat has to struggle against the rough waves and battering wind.

The slight fear you may feel during the ride evaporates quickly when the boat approaches the shore at Jungut Batu. The vast expanse of blue sky and the clear, green ocean, bestow any visitors with that sense of liberating freedom.

Simple home stays could easily be found along the narrow alleys in Jungut Batu village. Rates range in accordance with the available facilities and the view offered by the room’s windows. A villa next to the mangrove forest will cost Rp 600,000 per night, while a simple room with a fan will set you back Rp 100,000 per night. But a room is the most insignificant part of the trip to this island. After all, why brave the rough ocean only to get a good nap? Moreover, one must stay awake as long as humanly possible to absorb all the natural beauty this island has to offer.

Rent a motorbike for Rp 50,000 per day, fill up its tank, one liter of gasoline costs Rp 11,000 here, and ride freely to explore the remote parts of this quiet haven. No helmet required, nor provided, and the traffic police are usually very friendly in this part of Bali.
The island has many attractive things; seaweed farms, thick mangrove forests waiting to be explored by jukung wooden boats, warm sandy beaches with crystal clear water for snorkeling, as well as imposing cliffs facing a wide ocean and some of Bali’s best diving sites. A bright yellow suspension bridge connects Lembongan with the much smaller Ceningan, which provides the perfect excuse to stay longer, much longer.

A round-trip, depending of your choice, local or speedboat, cost between Rp 200.000 and Rp 700.000.

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