Day 9 – Nusa Lembongan
Today, we are finally exploring somewhere new. Last year when we visited Bali we went to Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud. This year, since we are on our honeymoon we decided to travel a bit further out and visit all the islands near Bali. To start we are visiting Nusa Lembongan.
We were originally going to book our island boat tickets online, but after reading a couple of TripAdvisor posts we discovered it may be cheaper to book them in Kuta, so decided to wait. They were definitely right as well, we visited a Tourist Information booth in Kuta and managed to get tickets to Nusa Lembongan, Lombok, Gilli T and back to Sanur (Bali) including hotel transfer for 3 million IDR / £170, instead of the original £300 which is the price we would have paid online.
This morning we had to be up relatively early to get our transfers from Kuta to Sanur. We were hoping to get some nice breakfast again from the yummy place we went yesterday but unfortunately, it was shut until 9:30am, so we ended up back at McDonald’s for another ‘amazing’ breakfast.
The boat company service we are using is Scoot, who seem to pretty reliable – so far anyway. They turned up today around 10am to take us through to Sanur for our boat ride. Altogether, it took around three hours to get to our next hotel on Nusa Lembongan.
We are staying at The Palm Grove Villas, which is absolutely beautiful. Each of the villas is done out amazingly, with a big comfy bed and lovely wooden interior. The staff are also amazing, very helpful and caring. When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted with nice cool towels and lovely cold orange juice. I’ve also got a massage booked for tomorrow morning, I’m super excited as I’ve never had a Balinese massage before!!
After settling in for half hour, we decided to head out and explore. The island is quite large and the only transportation available is scooters and golf buggys. We weren’t planning on renting scooters at all at first but decided to give it a go since the roads are very quiet and it’s very cheap, around 400,000 IDR/£23 for two days. The locals make riding the scooters seem so easy, even the tourists do as well. After an hour of driving around, we are both comfortable with the scooter and excited for exploring some more tomorrow.
For the few hours that we’ve been here, we’ve managed to do quite a lot of exploring. The first place we headed to was The Yellow Bridge which connects the two islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The locals love to whizz across it, but we took it a bit more gently since it’s our first time using a scooter.
Then we headed down the road to find a spot of lunch, we ended up discovering a place called Warung Seabreeze, which was very well priced. We expected to pay nearly £10 a meal over here on the islands but we actually only spent around 120 IDR/£6.50 for us both, which is only a little more than Kuta – but the food is a lot better than Kuta. The cooks obviously take more care over their food here!
To finish off the afternoons exploring we headed over to The Devil’s Tears to watch the sunset, and the waves crash against the rocks. It’s quite hard to find with Google Maps takes you to a beach club close to The Devil’s Tears, but not close enough. To actually get to the correct area you have to follow signs to Dream Beach. You can then park up your scooter and wander across the rocky cliffs, to watch the sunset perfectly in front of you. From there you can just about see Denpasar.
We’ve just come back to our lovely Villa to freshen up then go back out and find somewhere for dinner. As always, thank you for reading.