[Yellow Bridge; image by kura2guide]
Lembongan is an island located around 40 minutes boat ride from Bali and is quickly become one of the popular short trips to escape from the hectic of South Bali. With the hospitality style still less developed and slower pace overall, Lembongan is one place to relax and one can simply sit back and enjoy. This island offers spectacular diving site, with vivid blue water (and some turquoise colored) and constantly baked under the clear blue sky. Plenty of amazing landscape view of mountains (in Bali) overlooking the straits and the ocean to complement the rich underwater attraction.
[Lembongan Harbor; image by kura2guide]
To get around Lembongan, you can travel from Sanur with any fast boats (such as Glory Fast Boat, Nacha, Sri Rejeki, and many more) with prices around Rp 200,000 (one way). You can also book online and ask them to pick you up from your hotel with additional transfer charge. The boats are docking in Sanur (Bali) and in Jungut Batu (Lembongan), and usually well equipped with safety equipment. However, docking is done by the beachside so prepare to get slightly wet (usually up to your knee/thigh).
[Devil's Tears; image by kura2guide]
Lembongan offers spectacular panorama, the south side faces directly to the Indian ocean and with Devil’s Tears one of the prime examples. As the ocean waves crashing to the water below, it created a unique whistling sound and releases gush of moisture into the air. This gushing stream of moist is what people come to see, but warning; the area is yet to secure with fences so there is a potential danger of falling here. It is usually also hot and humid around this area, so bring plenty of water.
[Dream Beach; image by Jeda Villa Bali]
Neighboring beach of Dream Island is also an attraction with its turquoise crystal clear water, a perfect place for a short snorkel. The white sandy beach is its natural attraction. The current may be a bit strong on some of the months (especially coming to rainy season) but on dry season, it usually calms down. Many restaurants on the beachside offer cocktails and cold drinks, this place is great for sun-baking while relaxing and listening to your favorite tune or simply hear the ocean waves crashing through the nearby rocks.
[Mangrove Tour; image by kura2guide]
[Mangrove Restaurant; image by kura2guide]
Lembongan also offers mangrove activities which you can find on the north tip of the island. Here the water is much calmer than the south side and faces directly to Bali. The majestic Mount Agung stood tall while the water divides Lembongan and Bali. The activities include mangrove tour with traditional kayak boats (up to 4 persons per boat), snorkeling, and water activities such as Banana Boat and stand up paddle. Great place for kids to play on the sand or in the shallow water.
[Manta Ray; image by Ilse Reijs]
To visit Lembongan is just the tip of the iceberg. The neighboring island of Ceningan and the biggest of them all, Nusa Penida, also offers equally impressive sites both inland and underwater. Manta Ray is one of the biggest diving attraction in Penida while Ceningan offers high cliffs and breathtaking views, with pristine beaches, untouched by the spoil of tourism.