50 Shades of Blue in Bali’s Nusa Lembongan

FIFTY shades of blue greet me as I skim over the clearest water I’ve ever seen.

Dark blue, light blue, turquoise, aqua, sky blue, baby blue, cobalt blue, blue-green, royal blue and ultramarine – the colours are simply breathtaking!

Myriads of colourful fish dart along the sea bed and the morning sunshine is almost blinding as rays of light bounce off the crystal-clear ocean.

I run my hand through the water and it’s deliciously cool – a welcome relief from the tropical heat and  humidity.

Jukungs (local fishing boats) bob in the breeze and smiling, friendly locals wave from shore.

Photo gallery and traditional Bali at Sari Beach

I’ve just arrived in Nusa Lembongan and I feel like I’ve arrived in my nirvana.

Far from the madding crowds of Kuta and Legian in Bali, Nusa Lembongan is a small island just a quick 30-minute speed boat ride from Sanur.

Here you can still experience a traditional way of life, watch the locals harvest seaweed, surf some of the best waves in Indonesia at breaks called Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks, snorkel and swim in the magnificent clean waters or just relax under a swaying palm tree.

According to travel website Tripadvisor, Nusa Lembongan is the second most favourite island in Asia.