With the disappointment of East Timor fresh in our minds we decided to treat ourselves. Unheard of for us we actually researched where to go and pre-booked a 3 day stay at World Diving on Nusa Lembongan one of 3 islands just off the South East coast of Bali. We were picked up at 9:00am and ushered onto the top of a speed boat that took us in style to our chosen destination. 45 minuets later we had arrived and the joys of pre-booking continued when we jumped on the back of a private truck to our room. World diving provided us with a air-conditioned beach front room with adjoining pool and a hearty breakfast every morning. After a quick check in with the dive centre that afternoon we wandered around the streets, enjoyed lunch on the beach and relaxed in the pool.
On the eve of the moro we were introduced to our Indonesian dive master and our fellow 2 divers. We boarded the dive boat and headed straight to Manta Bay, the bay lived up to its reputation and soon we were surrounded by Manta Rays. As we were pushed back and forth by the force of the current against the rocks these majestic creatures circled in, around and over us. Although smaller in size than those in Komodo we had a far more up close and personal experience and managed to spend most of the dive with them. We even saw a few other types of rays and a bamboo shark. Next stop Crystal Bay for a spot of lunch followed by the second dive. This time we were in search of the famed Sun fish and the joys of the amazing visibility that gave this bay its name. Unfortunately it wasn't the right time of year to sea the sun fish but we did explore a beautiful and vibrate reef system full of fish and corals all the colours of the rainbow. Another great days diving.
As the island was only 12km around we decided to hire mopeds to explore it. We started along the beach road to the north of the island which is littered with seaweed farms. The farmers harvest the seaweed and export it to be used in cosmetics. When we approached the far end of the island we came to a dead end at the mangrove forest where we jumped in a small boat for a tour through the mangroves and out into the seaweed farms. Back on the bikes we continued around the island passing all the local houses and farms before stopping at Dream Beach for lunch and a quick dip in the tumultuous sea. Later passing Mushroom Bay we couldn't resist stopping for a quick drink in this beautiful harbour. Last stop was Panorama Point perched atop the highest point of the island, offered views of the beach we called home and beyond into the blue with Bali just visible on the horizon. That night we sat watching the sunset whilst enjoying the locals very well executed attempt at Mexican. Up early the next morning we smashed the 7 minute work out and jumped back on the bikes to Panorama Point for a quick picture before returning to World Diving for breakfast and a pick up to the boat back to Sanur. Nusa Lembongan an awesome little island which we were sad to leave but ever onwards the traveller goes…