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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan October 20th 2017

We arrived in the island province of Bali and felt like we had arrived in an entirely different country, which it actually was up until 1906 when it was invaded by the Dutch. Hindu culture and design is apparent and prolific everywhere and makes everything a bit more beautiful and exotic. Hindus comprise about 90% of the population here, an extreme departure from the predominantly Muslim populations elsewhere in Indonesia. There are shrines and statutes of deities such as Vishnu, Garuda or Ganesh in front of every structure and seemed as though there were small temples on every block. Every day we watched the Balinese women engage in daily offerings to the Gods. Offerings are generally made twice daily, in the morning and late afternoon, by women in every household and business in multiple locations. The ... read more
Some owners paint eyebrows on their dogs with a dot on their head

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan September 26th 2017

Nusa Lembogan ma 2 poważne problemy. Największy z nich to śmieci. W zasadzie to są one problemem prawie całej Azji, lecz na rajskim Lemboganie szczególnie kłują w oczy i ich zbiór oraz wywóz są kwestiami zupełnie nie usankcjonowananymi. Nasz najprostsze skojarzenie to malezyjski Tioman. Raj równie utracony. Niektórzy w dość nieudolny próbują je palić. Inni wykopują doły, wypełniają je i potem zapominają zakopać. Pozostali, czyli 90 % mieszkańców wyrzucają je pare metrów od drogi. Zapominają jednak, że aby wyspa zaczęła jakoś wyglądać musieliby zaprzestać procederu jutro oraz: 1. Posprzątać, lub 2. Poczekać 400 lat. Jak znam indonezyjczyków to wybiorą opcję 2B. Nie zaprzestać i poczekać 400 lat... Drugim problemem, równie poważnym, jest brak słodkiej wody w basenie hotelowym i pod prysznicem. Wygląda na to, że po 3 dniach na Nusa Penida... read more
Obsługa portu w pocie czoła
Boarding completed.
Pokój w naszym hotelu na Lombogan.

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan February 26th 2017

Nusa Lembogonan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida are 3 islands off the east coast of Bali which are easily accessible via bots from Sanur. We decided to have 2 nights in Nusa Ceningnan which is just off Lembogonan. The boats from Sanur Rock up on the North coast and a quick 10 minute trip to the south coast where you cross a bridge (this was closed at the time we went but has just reopened). From here there are some villas up mainly the west coast. The island is very small and rural, jungley with a few activities and food places. Cliffs are the main bits facing the sea but there are a few beach points such as Secret Point and Blue Lagoon. After arriving via transport arranged by the host of Ocean Villa from Seminyak ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan January 13th 2017

Boats - prisons with a chance of drowning. Our version of a boat fitted hand in glove with that metaphor. Roughly the shape of a coffin but twice the size and fitted with a pair of ambitious outriggers ostensibly to lend some confidence that all would be fine. Despite misgivings, our sturdy vessel covered the 2 hour crossing without a hitch, unless you consider hitches such things as spinning around uncontrollably in a whirlpool and the teenage "skipper" constantly bailing out water from the bottom of the hull. This narrow strait is one of the world's less forgiving bodies of water. But you negotiate that journey and then pull into a lagoon of pinch me I'm dreaming opaque waters of contrasting hues that paint chart guys might label "my chartreuse heaven". Round that image out with ... read more
From our aperitif stop.
Tough start to the day for these chickens
Not a fan of food shots but ......

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan November 11th 2016

Nachdem irgendwie leider das Umbuchen unseres Transportes nach Nusa Lembongan doch nicht geklappt hat (später am Boot erfahren wir, dass wir für den darauffolgenden Tag gebucht waren) haben wir morgens ein bisschen Frust weil wir einfach nicht wie geplant in unserer Unterkunft abgeholt werden und letztendlich statt um 10 Uhr erst um 13 Uhr auf Nusa Lembongan ankommen. Nusa Lembongan ist eine nur 8 qkm kleine Insel im Südosten Balis, die noch nicht ganz so touristisch sein soll. Der Transfer dorthin dauert aus Ubud nur ca. eine Stunde mit dem Bus und dann noch 30 Minuten mit dem "Fast Boat" zu dem man mit seinem Gepäck durchs seichte Wasser watet, da es keine richtige Anlegestelle gibt. Gefrustet sind wir vor allem deshalb weil unsere Freunde, Lena und Tobi, morgen schon nach Deutschland abreisen und wir bedingt ... read more
Erster Abend am Dream Beach
Friedhof auf Lembongan
Aussichtspunkt mit Blick auf den Hauptort Lembongan

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan October 24th 2016

Geo: -8.68711, 115.441One year later and we're back in Indonesia!It felt like we hadn't left and that it was only yesterday that we were getting married and on our honeymoon.Although this year we decided to explore Nusa Lembongan and Lombok.We had heard some good things about Nusa Lembongan and we were looking forward to diving with the manta rays.Our first night was in Sanur then a quick boat ride to the island. Nusa Lembongan is a nice small island with quite a few things to see and do such as diving, snorkelling, kayaking the mangroves, chilling on the beach and enjoying the stunning views of the blue waters facing Bali. It can all bee seen in one day by hiring a scooter. We stayed there for some time and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately we didn't get ... read more
Sunrise Sanur
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Sunrise Sanur

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan May 31st 2015

Fear, and our approach and response to it, is a funny thing. We all experience fear as a natural human emotion and instinct; it is an inbuilt survival mechanism to help us avoid danger. But what we fear, our reasons and responses and the impact this has on our lives varies greatly. I began this blog talking about mental health and so I shall continue through the medium of my ventures. I have recently come to understand that I suffer from anxiety. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK and comes in many forms; generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic attacks and phobias to name the big hitters.... read more
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Mr Dimitri and I

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan March 12th 2015

After our marathon travel weekend to Darwin, Australia, and a quick overnight stop in Bali, we are once again in new unexplored territory on the Balinese island of Nusa Lembongen, just a half hour boat ride off the south eastern coast of Bali. And it feels good to be here. Newcomers visiting Bali for the first time will most likely migrate to the more renowned Bukit Peninsula, home of the world famous Ulawatu surf destination, and equally famous Kuta beach resort area, both of which are very developed and very busy. Nusa Lembongen provides a wonderful alternative, is relatively near, and is basically a polar opposite - quiet and laid back, with a variety of options for accommodations from budget to luxury spread out along its beautiful coastline. Nusa Lembongen has at least four good surfing ... read more
Catching a Wave
Dropping the Wave
Another Day, Another Elusive Wave

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan July 26th 2014

To Seminyak we went, with great expectations of better beaches and relax time. Well the first expectation was met, the beach was wide and the sand was beautiful and the waves were awesome. On friday late afternoon the boys and I walked to the beach and sat and enjoyed listening to the surf pound, the waves had to have been 6-8 feet high. It was fantastic! Kid friendly no, but just wonderful to listen too. (Gerson opted to study, something about a big test coming up...) Side note, I bought a Sarong so now I have a skirt/beach blanket/temple attire for the trip. I hate bargaining so I probably spent more then I should have. Anyways back to topic. Seminyak had great beaches, however it is a super busy town. 10 years ago i would have ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan April 25th 2014

Being already at Sanur, it made perfect sense to take the quick 1h boat ride eastwards to the island of Nusa Lembongan, the smallest of a cluster of three that lies just offshore. This was where LP promised lay "the Bali that people imagine, but never really find". Before that though was a matter a boarding the slowboat. Because of an absence of proper piers at Sanur beach, the slowboat berthes slightly offshore in waist-high waters. So getting on is a matter of timing your approach in between the approaching and receding waves. Despite the crew's best intentions of assistance, I failed miserably at this test and boarded with soaking wet shorts. That wouldn't ruin my stay at Lembongan though. It's not nearly as quiet or remote as an old edition of LP might have led ... read more
Lembongan Seaweed Farms
The Unusual Coarse and Elongated Sand of Lembongan Beach
Slowboat to Lembongan




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