As my teacher training finished I directly met up with Leon who was surfing nearby the whole time.
Happily reunited in Paradise we decided to take a little Bali get-away. Bali is certainly a get-away in itself but did you know Indonesia consist of somewhat 13.500 islands? I discovered this and other interesting facts last time we visited this amazing country and both me and Leon are keen to see more. This lil get-away though not being the most adventurous one we could plan in Indonesia but very convenient for a romantic weekend in the name of yoga & surfing: Nusa Lembongan.
Nusa Lembongan Island
This small island known as a great spot for surfing, snorkeling, diving & beaching is one out of 3 islands located of the coast of Sanur, the family friendly beachtown in south East Bali. First thing I read as I started my "research" (quick google search kind of research) was that boats never fully reach the dock but passengers have to give up their shoes (you get them back, no worries), tie up long skirts and enter from knee level water. So authentic and cute =)
Getting to Nusa Lembongan
We spent one night in a home-stay in Sanur which seems like a lovely spot I'd love to come back to. The following day, knowing the approximate ferry departure times, we rocked up and bought tickets from a guy at Sanur "harbor" 3 min before departure, we even got the price down a bit. The trip to Nusa Lembongan is approx 30 min with the official carriers and there's around 3 departures daily by each carrier - many Sanur street vendors who sell day trips etc have the updated time plans.
I believe there's 2 official companies on the route: Rockys and Glory - last mentioned which we went with. It's normal to buy round trip tickets (with open return) for 550 RP/person - we got ours for 900/2 round trip tickets. Alternatively there's a local boat for around 100RP but I'm not sure how it works and how comfortable you'll find the ride. If interested ask around at Sanur Harbour, people are so nice here!
Nusa Lembonggan is packed with nice & cute home-stays and home-stay resorts on and off the beach - you can book your preferred choice online or just rock up as we did. The island is so small that all spots on beach or main street is within 10-15 minutes walking from boat drop off.
There's 2 places for yoga here: The yoga Shack inside Secret Gardens (between beach and Main Street) and there's Serenity Yoga also very central. Both places you rock up and pay the teacher after the class (approx. 100 RP/drop in class).
From Nusa Lembonggan to Nusa Ceningan
After a fine day in Nusa Lembongan and meeting up with Lucy from my Yoga Teacher Training we decided to move on to find calmer areas. The main parts of the little island is much more busy and developed than I was expecting and I felt that our little tranquil get-away paradise was elsewhere to be found. Lucy's friend Caroline who lives on the Island and runs Tigerlillys Boutique Hotel knew what we were looking for an recommended us to move to the tiny sister island Nusa Ceningan. Only 10 minutes scooter ride away across the only in-land access point: a very narrow and somewhat questionable bridge. It's a popular destination for a ride around but far less people actually stay here which impacts the whole vibe of the place.
I absolutely loved it. Nusa Ceningan is much more un-exploited, un-inhabited and the few accommodation options here are amazing. Most of them a bit upscale and in high season I would suggest to book in advance.
We stayed at Jenny's place - a wonderful villa with huts and most amazing sea view opened by an Australian woman by the same name. Apart from Jenny's I can recommend the next door venue Palms, Secret points Huts and Echo Resort La Baia. If you don't care about staying with a front-row ocean view try Da Fish which is lovely and a bit more budget friendly. All spots we saw have pool!
After a long and amazing weekend we left The Nusas Sunday afternoon. I'm heading back to Denmark for an impulsive family reunion and Leon's continuing his surf-exploration in Infonesia until I return later this month.
So long beautiful Indo <3