Nusa Lembongan

Trip Start Nov 18, 2002
Trip End Ongoing

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Oka Bungalow Number 7

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

We left Sanur and took the fast speed boat from Sanur beach (40mins on a good day) to Nusa Lembogan.  We bought an open return ticket for about $40.  We realise that there were cheaper options but we wanted to get there today not next week!  Neither of us can be good on the sea either so the sooner we get there the better.  And we are so called Flashpackers after all!
The boat rolled up on the beach and one is immediately hit with the pungent smell of drying sea weed.  Yes this island is famous for it.  All along the coast line as far as the eye can see there are piles and piles of the stuff laid out on sheets drying in the sun.  Extracts are used as food additives for making products such as ice cream.  Mmm?
Martin left me with the backpacks while it was his turn to check out the range of accommodation.  He found us a lovely newly built detached glass and wooden bungalow with fantastic views of the coast line, bay and surfing areas.  The people at 'Oka No 7 Bungalows' were great hosts and for $25 a night including breakfast, for a beautiful huge bungalow with 4 poster bed and the all important A/C it was defiantly worth it.
At breakfast and from World Diving Cafe we would watch the hard-core surfers on the 3 main breaks on the reef, all aptly named.  From north to south are Shipwreck, Lacerations, and Playground.  Like the Lonely Planet says 'it's definitely not for beginners, and can be dangerous even for experts!  We were quite happy watching them from the shore with our binoculors thank you.
One of the main reasons for coming here was to scuba dive.  We hadn't been diving since Thailand 2 years ago and we were itching to get back in the ocean.   We went and had a chat with the owners of World Diving.  Sue and John the owners(originally from U.K) were great.  They filled us in on the dive sites and what to hopefully expect to see.  We signed up and went for our first dive the next day.  Wow! its was great being back in the water BUT it was freezing.  Yes Princess here likes it hot hot hot!! And it was very chhhhillllllly at 22 degrees it was unusually cold for that time of year but according to Sue and John there was a full moon on it's way churning up the sea and thus making it cold.  And beacuse of the Lombok Strait between us and Bali it meant that the sea stayed coolish all the time anyway, great! What we saw was OK, lots of little fish and some nice coral formations but the visibility was not good at under 10 mtrs.  We decided to only do one dive that day.  The next day we went out again and this time it was 26 degrees which was better than yesterday.  A gentle drift dive, the visibility was still poor because of the full moon etc so we decided to make that our last dive and maybe return back here after our trip around Indonesia.  There is an excellent Manta Ray dive sight.  With all our past dives it's a creature we still haven't seen and with the visibility being so poor it would be just our luck we didn't get to see them.  So we didn't go.
If you go to Nusa Lembogan for diving then go with Sue and John at World Diving.  It was a very professional dive school with very friendly staff.  We would have stayed with them in their accommodation but it was full.  One dive was $35 but got cheaper the more dives you did.
The Lonely Planet says the 'islands roads are steep for cyclists and walkers.'  That was more than enough to persuade us to hire a motor scooter for our last day.  We met one french guy on our way round who had hired a bike and he was exhausted after 2 hours and had hardly got anywhere!!  He envied us on our scooter, funnily enough we didn't think the same of him!
There is a rickety narrow suspension bridge crossing the lagoon between Nusa Lembogan and Nusa Ceningan.  Only one scooter at a time was allowed on it.  Well to start with it was only wide enough for one small scooter never mind Martin's knees sticking outwards like a circus clown riding a child's bike!  We laughed and wobbled our way across.  With a few wooden planks missing it felt like something out of an Indiana Jones film!  It was worth crossing as once we had made our way up up up the rough tracks (ahh poor scooter) we were rewarded with great views of the lime-stone cliffs on the adjacent island of Nusa Penida.
It cost us $10 dollars including fuel to hire the scooter which was a bit steep compared to renting in the rest of Indonesia but for us it was worth it especially when we remember that poor french guy on his bike!!
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