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Extraordinary Lembongan Island Indonesia

Nusa Lembongan SurfNusa Lembongan or Lembongan Island is located just southeast of Bali, Indonesia in the Indian Ocean. It is accessible by speedboat from Sanur, Bali in about 30 minutes. The tiny island is surrounded by coral reefs, blindingly white sand beaches and sheer limestone cliffs. I rented a motorcycle and probably could have circumnavigated the whole island in less than an hour but around every turn the scenery just begged to be admired and photographed.

Lembongan’s economy is largely tourism based but many of the residents make their living from seaweed farming. The islands 5,000 or so residents are used to visitors and seem un-jaded, genuinely welcoming and understanding of the fact that they live in a special place and people are going to want to come and see it.Seaweed Farmers on Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia Seaweed Farmers on Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Accommodation on Lembongan runs the gamut from cheap backpackery guest houses to over the top upscale luxury. I splurged and stayed in a place on the high side of mid-range for about $60 a night. For this I got a simple room with an outdoor Balinese style outdoor bathroom, stunning views of the Indian Ocean and full use of the infinity pool. The hotel had a great mix of International clientele, a good restaurant and music on the sound system that just begs you to stay, relax and have another cocktail.

Infinity Pool at Dream Beach Bungalows

I had only booked two nights on Lembongan and there was no room at the inn after that. It is a brilliant place and I know I will be back.

This video was taken about 100 meters from Dream Beach at a place called “Devil’s Tear”.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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