Visit and Holiday in South East of Bali -- Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida; Another Hidden Paradise in Bali


Nusa Penida is the largest of three islands off the south eastern coast of Bali, the others being Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.


From the air, we can see a hole (in Nusa Penida) in a peninsula that is like a small lake. In fact, it was an underwater cave which formed by nature. The Indian Ocean's wave that hit coastal cliffs over the years making this underwater cave more bigger. It then tear down the land above it and forming into lagoon.

Totalling some 200 square kilometres, Nusa Penida is much larger than the better known Nusa Lembongan. However, tourist infrastructure is very limited here but growing fast.
Due to a lack of natural fresh water, little is grown or produced on Nusa Penida, and even some basic foodstuffs come in by boat. Visitors should therefore expect higher prices than in Bali, and not bank on any tourism-related luxury items being available for purchase here. Nusa Penida has also become an unofficial bird sanctuary for endangered Balinese and Indonesian bird species, including the critically endangered Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi). In 2004 the Friends of the National Park Foundation (FNPF) started an introduction program onto Nusa Penida of the near-extinct Bali Starling.


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Accommodation in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

Plenty, from budget fan room to luxury boutiques resort are availabe to suite any palate. We stayed at Scooby Doo bungalow at Junggut Batu village, direct facing to beautiful Lembongan bay - white sand beach mostly covered with “colorful” seaweeds during the day. The room is spacious, clean, nothing fancy, a bit aged and require minor works in the bath room. Anyway, still good value accomodation and I have no hesitate to recommend.



Diving

There's around a dozen dive center; the most popular outlets are World Diving Lembongan, Blue corner, TwoFish, Lembongan Dive center (LDC), Lembongan Scuba and few others. We chose Lembongan Dive Center (LDC) – a small dive center located next to the Scooby Doo restaurant. It is very convenience for us having the restaurant and dive center not more than 20 m from our room. Internet connection is available most of the time and reasonably good.


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