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Nusa Lembongan  

by on Thursday, 2 March 20063 Comments | 10,243 views

Nusa (Island) Lembongan is a friendly, peaceful island only 14 miles south east of Benoa Harbour, Bali. Just 4.5 km long and 2.5 km wide and 50 m high at its highest point. Life is very relaxing on Nusa Lembongan there are spectacular views, crystal clear water, the sound of the surf, gentle breezes, little traffic, no hawkers and no stress on this island. It is one of three islands in the group, the others being Nusa Penida and Ceningan.

Climate
There are two seasons, the Rainy season from November to March, the Dry season from April to October. The islands are quite dry averaging only about 1000 mm of rain annually. The average temperature only varies from 28°C to 30° C. But the humidity increases markedly during the wet season.

Ancient Traditions
The villagers still live very traditionally, 99% of them being Hindu, their lives are centred around their beliefs. Offerings are made to appease the spirits and bring good health and prosperity to the family. Each day small offerings are placed on shrines, temples and outside houses and shops. If you are lucky enough to be at the island when there is a festival or ceremony the beautifully dressed villagers will be seen making their way to the temples. Women carry colourful displays of food, fruit and flowers on their heads. The men still take part in cock fighting as a blood sacrifice on Nusa Lembongan. Your respect on their special occasions would be appreciated.

Black Magic
These islands were used as a jail during the Balinese Kingdom. Black magic was practised by the islanders for many years and the island is still known for its mystical practices. Ancient navigation charts of the islands were marked with a skull and crossbones as a waming to mariners not to land.

Text from Island Explorer Cruises

Dream Beach - Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan

Editor’s Note
See map of Nusa Lembongan.

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  • 3 Comments »

    • Don Bennett said:

      You can take an easy day cruise ( Bali Hai Cruises) from Benoa harbor ( east of airport towards Sanur ), to the bay and snorkel, swim, or visit the village. Or stay at the reasonable Coconut Beach Resort ( under 50 US dollars for A/C villa )
      The Lembongan Marine park has a sandy bottom and is great for beginners. If you are serious about diving, there are 12 dive sites of various difficulties available. Read the travel guide: Lonely Planet ” Diving and Snorkeling, Bali and Lombok “

    • flyff money said:

      Great article. Thanks for the great resource.

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