September 14, 2003

Nusa Lembongan

I'm moving tomorrow to Nusa Lembongan. It is a very small island about 1 to 3 hours from Sanur (well you never know...), just north of Nusa Penida which itself is between Bali and Lombok. Ok it does not say much to you but it is supposed to be very nice .

Sanur is far from being busy as is obviously the whole country. Talking with locals it appears that they are very much suffering from the bombing (was it last year ?). I'm very much inclined to believe them as the hassle is constant as a tourist.

If you walk on the streets, you have all the taxis and bemos klaxonning over and over to attract your attention. Drivers seating on the side of the road (any side) are screaming over you: 'transport ? transport ?'. Restaurant staff are trying to get you in every time you walk in. As are doing the shopkeepers.

If you go on the beach you are kindly invited to visit every shop, and do every Balinese massage..assuming you did not stop over to someone proposing you some jetski, parasailing, glass-boat, paddle-boat or whatever activity...

You guessed it, this is a bit touristy. This place must be crazy when it's packed !

Posted by stephane at September 14, 2003 11:42 AM

Hi Stephane

if you are diving the dive sites in the north, a good place to go is Amed. You can dive Tulamben, Amed and the north eastern sites. I dived with John of Eco-Dive as he offered the best rates. He has some home stays too. The contact:

Jemeluk Beach, Amed, Abang, Karangasem 80852 - Bali

I was charged US40 for 2 tank dive to Tulamben, with full rental equipment. I am sure u can do better with your bargaining skills

The Tulamben walls used to be great, till some silt run-off ruined the top part (say till 15m). The wreck is always wonderful though. You must see the pigmy seahorses.....

Posted by: Eric Han on September 15, 2003 10:05 AM

Thanks for the tips, Eric. For now, I'm chasing the Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish) and try to use the camera with what remains of my brain cells...

Posted by: stephane on September 16, 2003 11:03 AM