This small island, half and hour away from Bali coast, is a little piece of heaven on earth. We enjoyed our 3 days stay overthere.
Caroline really wanted to get there to dive with the Manta Ray and moon fish (or Mola-Mola in Bahasar). She came here 3 years ago and she was quite keen and happy to come back with myself this time.
Although, after 5 days at Gili Island, we were not sure if it was worth going there as we were leaving four days later to go to Sulawesi. Coming to Nusa Lembongan involved as well some travel (bus and boat). Finally, we gave a shoot, we went and we don’t regret at all.
Local people are quite nice, life less expensive and less tourists then at Gili Island. I would say this is a good alternative to Gili Island which may end up like Kuta in a few years (crowded and noisy).
Just arrived and we have found already an accommodation (Kenta Homestay).The owners are driving us on their scooters to different dive shops so we can book our dives for the next days. We will finally choose a small and friendly dive centre owned by locals and where the dive master doesn’t have groups larger than 4 divers.
We plan 4 dives over two days including the famous “Manta Point” where we should see Mantas.
The divemaster picked us up at 6am the next morning for our two first dives.
We are doing two drift dives in a pristine water at 30degrees. We were able to spot thousand of fishes and corals.. Tortules and barracudas are there too
The north is surrounded by a coral reef therefore its water are shallow, warm and calm. While the south part is open to waves (some nice ones to surf), the water is colder and there is little beaches between the cliffs.
We continue our exploration.
We stop at one of these “expensive” hotels to enjoy the sunset set in their pool during the happy hours. Happy hours meant free access to the pool and one cocktail free for one purchased.. Although the purchase price had increased…
We go dinner at Maria Bamboe, on the other side of the island following the advise of our german neighbours at Kenta home stay. For 6.5 dollars for both of us, we ate quite well.
The next day, it is Caroline D day. We go diving with the mantas. It is only the 5 of us as we cannot spot any other boats. Which is much better. Indeed, the more boats coming to the spot, the less chance you have to find mantas.
We arrived at the first spot, and can already see one. We were ready to jump into the water but the divemaster stopped us. The manta is gone scared by the line of the fisherman sitting on the cliff just above us.
We are leaving to the second spot where we can spot again a manta. Lucky us… This time we jump straight into the water quite quickly before the divemaster stops us… Caroline and I are the first divers in the water. The visibility is quite poor as it rained the night before and the cliffs got washed.
We can see the manta and Caroline starts to follow it. It is so big but looks so majestic in the water. At the same time the two others divers are getting into the water and I am trying to follow caroline. Suddenly I can see something on my left side with a fin on the top part of the body… hum…but I can quickly see there is another fin at the bottom.. A Mola-Mola. I try to catch up Caroline to let her know but she is too far and the moon fish is going away probably scared by all of us. The Manta is gone too. That’s it for the day.
We won’t see any other mantas or moon fish during our second dives. Shame…
We are leaving the island on the afternoon so we can catch up, on time, our morning flight to Sulawesi which is our second major stop.
Caroline and Jacques