6 Things to Do in Nusa Lembongan Besides Wandering Between the Sands and the Waves
Most people traveling to Nusa Lembongan want to see its beautiful beaches. There’s nothing wrong with it. However, you should know that Nusa Lembongan has more things to explore and enjoy besides wandering between the sands and the waves:
Exploring The Mangrove Forest
It is always nice to go to mangrove forest, especially when it is dense and has platforms so we don’t have to walk on muddy track. But, unlike any other mangrove forests open for public, Nusa Lembongan’s is a little bit old school since you need to go there by boat.
The boat’s gonna take you to the turquoise shoal before turning to the dense, surrealistic mangrove forest. To be able to shoot the best pictures, go to the mangrove forest when the weather is sunny. Rule of thumb: before renting one of the boats, ask the price beforehand.
Going to Seaweed Farm
Around the satellite islands of Bali—Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan—there are a lot of seaweed farmers. Going to one of these islands on the right season will give you the opportunity to see the harvesting and the processing of seaweed before being sold in the market.
It is easy to spot a seaweed farm. All you have to do is looking for lines floating on the ocean, usually near fishermen’s villages or settlements. If you’re a good talker, you might even be allowed by the farmers to take part in harvesting the seaweed.
Walking Around Leisurely
It is hard to find a nice place to walk around these days. The cities have been too crowded that the noises along the streets become too unbearable, even though there are pedestrians on each side of the roads.
Since there aren’t too many motor vehicles on the island, Nusa Lembongan is a great avenue to walk around. You can walk around nonchalantly to relax your mind.
Visiting Some of The Balinese Temples
Though the design is rather identical with the puras in the mainland, the Balinese temples in Nusa Lembongan are quite different. Most of the temples in Nusa Lembongan are made of limestone since they are located on a relatively small island where there is more limestone than the igneous rocks.
Most of the temples in Nusa Lembongan are accented with white which is the natural color of limestone. Among less than a dozen temples in Nusa Lembongan, Pura Dalem Desa Pekraman Lembongan is the most recommended to visit.
Admiring the Shallow Estuarine Channel
Perhaps, the shallow estuarine channel between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan is one of the narrowest straits you’ll ever encounter in your entire life. The channel is more like an artifical infinity pool than an actual ocean.
To get to the channel, you only have to do an 11-minute drive from Jungut Batu harbor to the southern part of Nusa Lembongan. Insider’s tips: Don’t forget to check your petrol meter; you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere without any petrol left in your tank.
Crossing the Suspension Bridge
Since Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan is only separated a hundred-meter away by a shallow estuarine channel, it is actually possible to swim your way from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan. But worry not, there is a suspension bridge connecting the islands.
Most of the parts of the hanging bridge is painted yellow, except for the floor and several wires. You’ll never forget the sensation when you’re crossing it, especially when it is your first suspension bridge. Don’t ever think to cliff-jump from it (I know it’s tempting), because, first, it is not a cliff and, secondly, the water is so shallow that you can see the fish and reefs from the bridge.
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