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.
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.
Pelaksanaan Nusa Penida Festival 2014 lalu memberi dampak cukup besar untuk menggairahkan kunjungan wisatawan. Sejumlah pelaku wisata juga mengklaim adanya peningkatan tersebut. Perhelatan festival dinilai mampu mendobrak kebuntuan promosi wisata yang selama ini dianggap setengah hati. Potensi keindahan akan sangat sulit berkembang jika tidak dikenalkan kepada publik.
“Saya minta Festival Nusa Penida 2015 mempunyai target yang jelas. Sehingga mampu memberikan output danoutcome yang jelas pula bagi masyarakat,” ujar Bupati Klungkung pada rapat koordinasi di kantor bupati, Rabu (8/7).
“Kunjungan wisatawan ke Nusa Penida tidak mungkin sebanyak sekarang khususnya di Nusa Gede, bila tidak ada festival 2014,” imbuhnya.
Mantas had become rare here in the last few weeks although Manta Point is one of the most famous dive sites in Indonesia due to its natural density of Mantas
We are glad to announce that they have come back today, and more than ever! A HUGE Manta has now appeared in the crowded bunch, Take a break and enjoy the sight! (Picture, Jimie Wu) This new one must be 4m large and at least 3m long!
To put the lid on this wonderful day, we came across two mysterious big dark shapes. What a surprise when we got closer : Two magnificients Mola molas!! Showing such a great beginning of the mola mola season ! We couldn’t expect any better…