Exploring the Mangrove Forest and Water-sport Activities in Nusa Lembongan

Exploring the Mangrove Forest and Water-sport Activities in Nusa Lembongan

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Traveling to Bali is like eating peanuts. Once we start we tend to go on and on. Once we visit Bali we tend to repeat it again and again. Culture, natural attractions, traditional performances, marine activities, ritual ceremonies, culinary food, world-class accommodations, Bali has it all.

Nusa Lembongan, from fishing village to tourism hotspot

My travel activity in this story is slightly beyond the mainland of Bali. It is Nusa Lembongan, still in the Bali province, but a tiny island of around 60 km east of the Bali mainland. In the last 20 years, it became a center of marine tourism for Bali. Snorkeling, diving, seashore dinner parties, parasailing, sunset cruises, mangrove forest exploration, glass bottom boat or banana boat activities are all Nusa Lembongan has to offer.

I visited this island mid of July when I took part on a educational tour. Our main activity on this island was that we wanted to explore something new that the Bali mainland does not provide. We departed from the Benoa harbor and went on board of a Bounty cruise. It is a nice catamaran-ship which regularly services Benoa-Nusa Lembongan few times a day. Thirty minutes later after we had passed through the rough sea of Bali Strait one or two-meter high waves had significantly stirred our stomach. We all became a bit seasick really. However, our struggle on this journey had finally paid off.

A line of fine villas and hotels stand firmly on the top of the cliff, clearly visible from a distance. The long white sandy beach, clear blue salt water, tons of traditional boats and foreign tourists strolling around at the shore. When the ship slows down its speed and is ready to anchor, the feeling for diving or snorkeling becomes a constant temptation in my mind.

It is true that Bali looks more gorgeous from underwater. Snorkeling and diving in Nusa Lembongan is also more fun than I thought it was. Beneath the surface, I found a new companion; a school of fish swimming with me in the clear water. They were approaching me and seem so friendly when I feed them with a piece of bread. It seems like they are dancing around me. The next water sports activity I choose was a banana boat together with a glass bottom boat. Unfortunately, the underwater view is not so good. The coral reef is quite a mess. It died, bleached and had broken in pieces because of unfriendly fishing activity.

However, Nusa Lembongan still pays its compensation by offering its mainland tours. We tried to ride along this dried small island by bicycle. It does not take long as we find another exiting experience. The Mangrove forest tour is the perfect awnser. We try to explore the density of the mangrove forest by riding a canoe, guided by a tour leader. We strolled around the island by observing several kinds of birds which played and singed in the branched of the mangrove forest. The green atmosphere, the silence and peace makes it a perfect place for those who are tired of the bustle and hustle of the big city.

The traditional nuance in Nusa Lembongan is still preserved very well. For those who want to explore the island, they can choose a delman; a horse carriage. They can rent it in a small group of 4 to five at an affordable price. As a souvenir there are plenty of street sellers who sell handmade crafted products made by locals.

It is time to have lunch. Nusa Lembongan offers the best seafood that I ever had. Nusa Lembongan offers many culinary attractions. A vast variety of seafood is laying ready on the table; shrimps, squid, lobsters, crabs and fish in different sizes and taste. The oysters are looked good and tasteful when they are prepared by the best chef. All are made accordingly with great Indonesian taste; pretty hot really.

Looking back twenty years or more, no one will ever think that Nusa Lembongan had transformed so rapidly, from a slump with traditional fishing and camping to one of the best tourism resorts. Tourism has brought significant impact on the indigenous people and their lives. I don’t mean to exaggerate by saying that visiting Nusa Lembongan is one of the thousands places we need to see before we die.

Fifth contestant The Daily Roar 3rd Writing Contest
/// Written by Suharto, Indonesia

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  • srikandiarjunowayang srintil

    Nice picture and temptation story narrative/ Hm…..my last visit to Bali did not including this irresistablle place. Regretly ignored this really

    • jayadipraja mukiti

      you can do it again next time

  • Dwi Wahyuni

    I still remember this story as we went to this island with your group. It was an enchanted moment really and always be one of the best holiday ever. Wanna do it once more.

    • samsekmukti hanoman

      hope the writer and you will give an insight about low cost travel to Nusa Lembongan, in term of place to stay, and transportation as we will arrange backpacker traveling

      • althaf rizqullah

        Yeah me too await for this essential information

        • Suharto Suleman

          Yes there is such kind of information really. Unfortunately at the moment I have no such kind of info. sorry

        • Suharto Suleman

          do not worry, a friend of mine is backpacker traveller, I will ask him. who knows he can give more info

  • Ema Sukarelawanto

    nice place. nice article.
    I’ve been there …

    • jayadipraja mukiti

      it is indeed yes.

      • widyanana trisila

        want to prove it by myself, thanks for your recommendation

        • Suharto Suleman

          Your welcome. Please and good luck to try

  • Shafly P L PrasDake

    Very nice

    • Suharto Suleman

      It is true indeed

  • jayadipraja mukiti

    Seems so nice traveling to this place. is there any recommendation for backpager budget? cheap rented accomodation, transport and food

    • kholpenggoda iman

      I agree with you, this kind of inforrnation is the one I need for

  • maya sabara

    this article provide all temptation info before we decided to travel to this place. if everyone who has visited a bit isolated places wrote their experience like the author did, i believe that the beautiful place off the beaten track of Indonesia will be discovered soon. keep writing and tell us more about your marvelous journey.. ^^,

    • jayadipraja mukiti

      I go along with you. the article itself is just kind of temptation

      • Suharto Suleman

        please prove it, by visiting there

    • Suharto Suleman

      I try and I will. please take a chance go there and feel sensation

  • samsekmukti hanoman

    I was in this island in 1995. Reading this story and nice photos I conclude that after more than 20 years, this island has much much more developed than before. Nusa Lembongan is truly tourism hot spot than ever.

  • widyanana trisila

    interesting article and nice pict. Is it really Bali strait is rough it’s wave. I can’t stand seasick. Is there any option to go there without by the sea

    • Suharto Suleman

      unfortunately there is not option by the air. try to get sleep on the way to Nusa Lembongan he..he

  • kholpenggoda iman

    wouw…nice beach and luxurious villa and hotel. As a diving lover, I might find something annoying as there is no view of coral reef as according to this article it is in a mess. Anyway……view above surface is two thumb up

    • Suharto Suleman

      that is the fact that i feel so pity for

  • Expeditions La Curieuse

    Perfect for a watery vacation! with the article and the photos we want to stop there a few days

    • Suharto Suleman

      please. you won’t regret it to stop by there

  • hermangundul gundul

    well..this article and photo is truly irresistable. I would like to stop someday though I am not so keen on Bali as to commercial and too crowded. Anyway…..to visit this island would be unforgetable experience I guess

    • Suharto Suleman

      It is yes. bali is too commercial

  • althaf rizqullah

    it is really nice story and picture. i have to plan it to go there, but I have to save my money first as a student I have financial constraint. I need more info low cost travel budget to go to this island please

    • Suharto Suleman

      do not worry there are many options to go there with low cost budget

  • Suharto Suleman

    Mercie boku. Anyway….what does it mean in English or Indonesia language Dewi

  • Heri Santoso

    Well… very good information bro.. add my destination object when visiting Bali…

    • Suharto Suleman

      thank you my friend. I will give you insight on good tourism hotspot where you wanna go to Bali. No worries