NUSA LEMBONGAN ISLAND
Fast becoming one of Bali's favourite places to escape to, Nusa Lembongan is one of a trio of islands located just 23 kilometres off Bali's southeast coast, a one-hour boat cruise from Benoa Harbour or a 30-minute fast boat ride from Sanur Beach.
This island paradise is a world away from the hectic pace of Bali. There are no hawkers, no hassle and no traffic. The atmosphere is laidback and relaxed, the scenery is gorgeous, and the island’s white sand beaches are fringed by a beautiful reef, which has been declared a marine park. Activities range from watersports, fishing, kayaking and cycling to exploring the mangrove forest in a dugout canoe, or visiting an underground cave house. The crystal clear water provides some superb surf breaks and makes for excellent scuba diving with one of the island’s many PADI dive operators. Alternatively, you can snorkel from offshore pontoons. You can also observe the labour-intensive seaweed farming in the shallow, nutrient-rich waters. Here, within a patchwork of underwater, bamboo-fenced plots, the local people cultivate, harvest and export seaweed for use in cosmetics, food stabilisers and medicines.