Off the southeast coast of Bali, separated from it by a strait, are the islands of Bali – a real paradise for experienced divers, hiking and cycling enthusiasts and lovers of natural beauty.
The 8 square kilometer island, located on the virtual border between Asia and Australia, 12 kilometers from Bali, is becoming increasingly popular as a place for a quiet and relaxing holiday and relaxation on land, as well as diving and surfing on the water. See educationvv.com for education and training in Indonesia.
How to get there
You can get to the island by boat or boat; arrival options depend on your budget and desired speed. The boats depart from Sanur Beach, the journey will last from forty minutes to an hour and a half and cost you 500,000 IDR. For about the same price and the same length, the journey can be made from Benoa Marina. You can also sail to the island from the neighboring island of Nusa Penida.
The island is best explored on foot, as the whole island can be circumnavigated in two hours. You can rent a bike (for 50,000 IDR per day), or a motorcycle (70,000 IDR per day). Boats ply between the beaches of the island; a walk along the coast will cost about 60,000 IDR per trip.
Beaches and attractions
In the northwest of Lembongan, Jungut Batu Beach is surrounded by many cheap hotels and eateries – a traditional gathering place for surfers of the island. The beach is covered with white sand. To the south are Dream Beach and Sunset Beach. The terrain here is rocky, and the limestone of the rocks is dotted with caves. The underwater world of the island is amazing, here you can see sharks, turtles, shells and algae of fantastic shapes and colors. Diving in these places is more suitable for experienced athletes – the local currents are treacherous and unpredictable. Among other water activities, Nusa Lembogan offers parasailing, water skiing, banana boats and kayaks.
In addition to the beaches, the island has mango forests, whose mysterious world can be explored while traveling by boat, the majestic Devil’s Tear rock, spectacular sunsets.
Of the man-made attractions on the island, it is worth seeing a large and ancient Hindu temple, a seaweed farm (which is imported by manufacturers of expensive cosmetics) and a walk along the suspension bridge connecting Nusa Lembongan with the neighboring island of Nusa Cheningan.
Nusa Penida is the largest of the three islands on the east coast of Bali, with an area of 200 square kilometers. However, the tourist infrastructure is practically not developed here. Due to the lack of own sources of drinking water, most food is brought to the island from Bali, so the prices for everything here are quite high. The island, due to its relative untouched by civilization, has become an unofficial sanctuary for many species of birds, including endangered ones.
How to get there
You can get to the island by boats from Sansur and Benoa or from the island of Nusa Lembongan. It is most convenient to move around the island on a motorcycle (rent costs 60,000 IDR per day).
Beaches, diving and attractions
Penida has many quiet secluded sandy beaches to the north and northwest. The south and southeast of the island is characterized by high coastal cliffs with karst formations and limestone caves.
The peculiarities of the current off the coast of Nusa Penida make sharks, giant horse mackerels and the rare mola-mola fish rise from the depths to the upper layers of the ocean. More than twenty dive sites around the island hide magnificent coral reefs with underwater grottoes, concentrations of ball fish, populations of giant tortoises.
Nusa Penida’s main dive site is Crystal Bay. This is one of the few places in the world where you can see the mola-mola fish or “sunfish” – up to three meters long and weighing up to two tons.
Land attractions of the island are represented by the huge limestone caves of Goa Karangsari on the east coast, in which stalactites and other bizarre limestone formations grow; the temple of Pura Penetaran Dalem, to which pilgrimages are made from all over Bali; the highest point of the island Punkak Mundi (521 meters above sea level), the Sebalah waterfall, which is especially impressive during the rainy season.
The tiny island, located in the middle of the Bali island chain, attracts surfers and scuba divers, as well as lovers of colorful sunsets. There are many paths on the island for walkers, there is a bungalow where you can stay for the night.