Algae fields in the Jungut Batu cove. Nusa Lembogan, Bali. July 2008.

Lembongan, seaweed and waves

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation made from a post originally written in French. My apologies for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have been generated during the process. If you are reading French, click on the French flag below to access the original and correct text: 

Four days already, I'm in Nusa Lembongan, a small island southeast of Bali. Atmosphere very peaceful, as I like, here again ...

Algae growers

There are some surfers and divers to cross the Strait from Sanur in Bali. But we are not in a very tourist area, far from it.

The locals are algae growers. The cove of the village of Jungut Batu, protected by the reef or rumbling waves, is actually made of seaweed fields, which form a dark mosaic under the turquoise blue water.

Sunset over Jungut Batu Bay. Nusa Lembogan, Bali. July 2008.
Sunset over Jungut Batu Bay. (Nusa Lembogan, Bali, July 2008.)

Algae fields in the Jungut Batu cove. Nusa Lembogan, Bali. July 2008.

Cultivators of seaweed in Jungut Batu. Nusa Lembongan, Bali. July 2008.

On the sand, between the bungalows that welcome tourists, the seaweed dries, giving off an indefinable smell, a little acrid.

We get used to it very quickly. The women carry from the shore to the beach large baskets filled with red or green algae, poised on their heads.

Dream Beach

Dream Beach. Nusa Lembongan, Bali. July 2008.That's why I like this island: the beaches aren't really tourist beaches. Those who only come here for the pleasures of swimming and sunbathing are a bit disappointed.

Me, I do not care, since I am always in the water with the dives, and I take the sun to warm me on the boat.

The most practicable beaches for beaches pleasures are Mushroom Beach and Dream Beach. As well as the pretty Crystal Bay on the neighboring island of Nusa Penida.

I have a crush on Dream Beach (opposite), with its rocks, its rolls off, its white sand and its small temple.

The tears of the Devil

Next door there is a place called Devil's Tears, the Tears of the Devil. It is a portion of cliff shredded by the sea.

The stone is sharp, transformed into rocky lace by the surf. There are large holes, some filled with water, others forming corridors where the big waves come from the sea.

The water is reflected in height, with strong spray. It's impressive, a little scary. We feel at the end of the world, on these cliffs plunging into the stormy water.

Devil's Tears, near Dream Beach. Nusa Lembongan, Bali. July 2008.

Reunion with a family of friends

My arrival at Lembongan Island was easy. Some friends, Philippe and Corinne (whom some will recognize), were already there, with their children, Clementine and Maxime. They took care of booking me a room at Ketut Losmen.

The guy came to get me on a motorcycle, so I just had to put my bags and join the family, part of the dive at Mushroom Bay.

Nice afternoon, followed by an aperitif and a little food together in the evening, facing the sea, as we had planned!

In Jungut Batu, with Corinne and Philippe, and their two children, Clementine and Maxime. Nusa Lembongan, Bali, July 2008.

Intense dive

I dive every day, with the excellent center World Diving (which I recommend in passing), hoping to approach the famous molas-molas, the moonfish. Lembongan is one of the few places where you can observe them.

Today, no luck... My palanque is the only one who hasn't met them. The other groups of divers came back on the boat excited, and with good reason. They all crossed paths with several molas-molas. I'm green!

The dives here are pretty physical. I solved the problem of cold by wearing my shorti under the 5mm lent by the center, which allows me to better withstand the temperature variations in water, from 22 ° C to 27 ° C, on average.

The other parameter is the currents, often very powerful, unpredictable, changing ... Fortunately, our dive-masters thoroughly know the vagaries of the sea here.

Crystal Bay. Nusa Penida, Bali, July 2008.

Today, probably because of the full moon, the swell and currents were particularly strong. I didn't take a single picture underwater, that's to say! It was impossible to hang on to the reef to immortalize a bug.

The only thing to do, in these conditions, is to take off with the underwater "wind", hoping that the drift dive will cross the path of a few molas-molas ...

Come on, I believe it. The moonfish will be here tomorrow!!!! Maybe they'll be...

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008