Nusa Lembognan and the Nusa Penida Island

Trip Start Dec 03, 2007
Trip End Dec 07, 2008

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Just came back from the real Bali, amazingly friendly people overthere when you come around. Took a public boat from Sanur towards Nusa Lembognan. The island which is know by tourists but the locals dont rely their living on them. Their living is made here by producing sea weed for cosmetics and food purposes. The shallow water around the island is totally coverd with sea weed farms. Early in the morning, when the tide is out, the locals farm their produce. Man and woman working to get their crops harvested and put their wet sea weeds on land. There they will select the weeds suitable for gaining new crops. The rest will be dryed in the sun. All over the island you find them drying their seaweed, putting the new seaweed saplings into the ropes again and wait another 45 days before this saplings are fully grown seaweed again. This gives some amazing views around the isle, and a particulair smell which you get used to it in a couple of days.
The Island Lembognan can be hiked in about a day, very nice beaches, coastlines and a mangrove make some marvelous views. When you get up early Mount Agung can be seen clearly from this isle.
The diving here is great! No dynamite fishing was done overhere, so the corals are still intact. I have made 6 dives around these two isles with World Diving. Great diving spots, unfortunately i havent seen one of the mula mula nor a manta which also are known these divings spots regulary. What I did see was an amazing variety of collored fish, corals and a pretty sting ray. The people at the Baruna Hotel were also amazing friendly and helpfull understanding a bit more of the local religion and their culture. Although there was an internet connection at Baruna, it didnt work every time I wanted to use it.  
Later I learned that the names the personal gave were commonly used over Bali. Wyan is the first name given to the firstborn son, the second son is called madi. So when you are in Bali u will meet a lot of people withe these names givin to the lower caste.
I also met some really nice people overhere at the Baruna Accommodatoion. Wiebke from Tazmania has invited me to come over to visit her family in Australia. Ahe also learned me about the best (cheapest) ways to fly within australia. On the boat dives there was Philippe (a french diving master) with his girlfriend Ann from Sydney. Christ I met at dinner at Baruna restaurant. She is from germany who was also planning to have a look on Nusa Penida. She arranged a local charter boat and we travelled with the three of us to Nusa Penida (the bigger one of the three isles southeast of Bali).
Helly or guide on Nusa Penida and the boat driver arranged two motor bikes on the isle. The fisrt time I learned to ride a motorbike in my life! Ideal conditions to learn it on this isle, nobody will see u cant drive one.. The up and down mountain roads overfilled with little slippery stones and big holes and that with the local driving rules. When we arrived at the temple build in a large cave, my arms were pretty tired from this adventure.
Later that day, when Ira and Christ headed back to Nusa Lembognan, I hired a local with motorbike to make a trip around the island. First we went to the manta point, no manta's at this time of the day. But it was another adventure to go down the stairs here. Timbered wooden planks with gaps between them and a wild waves bursting into the coastwall beneath it. An amazing view over the beautifull coastline and some altars was the reward. Then back up again.. this was really a hell of a job. The steep steps and the warm weather made me sit down multiple times before I met my tourguide on the top again. That was the reason why he didn't come along. Then we headed over the Top of the island towards Crystal Bay for a refreshing swim. Along the way waving childeren and people smiling towards the stranger vissiting their isle. The scennery of cocconut trees and corn terasses was beautifull. After this day i felt so lucky to survived all things i took my chances at a local warung to order Nasi Goreng and a large Bintang Beer trying to kill the germs in the food with some alcohol. That did work out well after all, the next morning i took the local ferry towards Bali back again. Tomorrow im sailing to Lombok and from there further North towards the Gili Islands.
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vincent.gerven on

hi from california
What's going on here??? my little brother hanging out with girls and drinking beer??? guess there's still hope after all ;) keep smiling, cheers, vincent

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