Sunset on Jungut Batu beach. Nusa Lembogan, Bali. July 2008.

Tropical Melancholy in Nusa Lembongan

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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Yes, I'm in a melancholy mood tonight. I leave Nusa Lembongan to return to Kuta, Bali, tomorrow. The return is approaching.

(This article is actually posted with 24 hours late, small worries of internet connection since Lembongan ...)

Ultimate Sunset on Jungut Batu Beach

Sunset on Jungut Batu beach. Nusa Lembogan, Bali. July 2008.I console myself with a beautiful sunset on the bay of Jungut Batu.

I walk the beach, between kids playing kite or football. The indefatigable seaweed farmers of Nusa Lembongan continue their comings and goings until dusk, laden with their big baskets of sea grass stuffed with water.

The horizon has cleared. Tonight we even see the volcanoes of Bali.

I will miss her, this beach ...

And then the smells of morning and evening incense, at the hour of offerings. And then the gecko's chuckle in the middle of the night. And the strange arrangement of the stars in the immense sky, and the Moon, which here takes the form of a boat and not a crescent when it decreases. (Sigh…)

The beach of Jungut Batu, in Nusa Lembogan. Bali's volcanoes emerge from clouds on the horizon. July 2008.

Mola-mola (again)

I was spoiled again today, question dives.

Made is my dive-master for my last day and he is good at finding the big beasts appreciated by divers. He and I are the only ones on the boat who have managed to say hello to a mola mola, !!!

Mola-mola or moonfish, in Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida. Bali, July 2008.

We will still have to wait about forty minutes under water, before we can see him.

But in the meantime, we have plenty to keep us busy: anemone shrimp here, ribbon eels there, and even a small snake hunting in the corals.

Knitted-striped snake. Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida. Bali. July 2008.

And then, when the bubbles of other divers move away, when the last palanquées begin to rise, we, we remain.

Suspended in the blue, balanced by the surf, we wait at the end of the reef, quietly.

Made turns suddenly to me, widens his eyes, makes me the famous gesture that he and the other dive-masters love to do at the time of the group photos ...

The big moonfish suddenly rises out of the blue fog, completes its flight, just for us, propelled by its powerful fins. Then go back, a little fast, where he comes from.

But still... What a nice gift for my last splash at Crystal Bay!

Walk in Nusa Ceningan

The bridge connecting the islands of Lembogan and Ceningan. Bali, July 2008.Yesterday, I overcame my siestal mood after diving to go for a ride on a motorcycle on Nusa Ceningan, the neighboring island, which is joined by a yellow scrap bridge.

The bridge is narrow, you have to give way.

We roll on wooden slats that make a funny noise under the wheels of the bike. There are even some missing, but it goes ...

On the other side, superb view of the strait, surveyed by seaweed growers at low tide. In the distance, the waves roar.

I go to the tip of Ceningan, to admire the sea.

It really does the backs here, as in the song. There are cliffs on this side of the island that make you dizzy ...

We see huge waves breaking from the sea. And it's always spectacular to watch the back of the wave swell, disproportionately, until it crashes on the rock.

The cliffs of Nusa Ceningan. Bali, July 2008.

In a bays called Blue Bay, not far from there, the water takes translucent colors and bubbles with great crash, surrounded by impassable cliffs.

Blue Bay. Nusa Ceningan, Bali, July 2008.

Along the small road that runs along the strait between the two islands, kids play guides for the pale passing faces. "Beautiful view, this way! "And they don't forget to ask for their "tip" after the pictures of the panorama...

Bah. I'm ready to play. They know the best points of view. And the two kids who escort me are nice like anything. The elder is doing quite well in English. He says he wants to continue studying languages.

The strait between Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan changes appearance from one tide to another. It's splendid…

The strait between Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan at low tide. Bali, July 2008.

View at high tide, from Nusa Lembongan, on the strait that separates it from the neighboring island, Nusa Ceningan. Bali, July 2008.

I finish the evening facing the sea and the sky roses, with a tasty balinese curry sprinkles of a Bintang at Linda's.

No more dives, no more sunsets on Jungut Batu. She is tenacious, this melancholy before departure ... ????

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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    I know, it's always hard to leave when we're so good on vacation!
    Good return, good very long trip !!!!
    See you soon
    Jackie 😉

  2. Oh ...... Do not depress my beloved Corinne !!!! You will return ....
    And as they say so well previously:

    In short, like every time, yes, the return is difficult, I know ... ..but you go back the head full of beautiful images, and then, you saw mola-mola !!!!
    On our side, tomorrow is our last day in Folegandros and we go to Milos which will be the last island of our journey .........

    We kiss you very hard.
    Courage for the return trip, and keep as long as possible all these beautiful images ......
    Tender kisses, sweet thoughts ... ..

    Greg and Helen.

  3. Hello,
    Sublime! It's too much of an urge Especially when here we managed to get the sun the other day between 10:12 and 11:16.
    Your images are fabulous, sometimes peaceful and soothing, sometimes agitated.
    I go to Pondicherry in August, as usual.
    Enjoy again and again until the end of the trip.

  4. @ Jackie:
    Thank you for this beautiful positive thought! I will keep it in mind during the long hours of flight that await me ...

    @ Helene and Greg:
    Let's not exaggerate, it's not the depression. Just a vague languor, tinged with melancholy. A kind of sweet tropical spleen... As always, at the end of the trip. I would stay one more month, actually! 😀
    I kiss you too, enjoy Milos. See you soon!

    @ Nono:
    Cuckoo Xmas, it makes me very happy to discover your little comment! I think it's a little bit that worries me in the idea of the return: to find a gray sky not very stimulating for the morale, and temperatures less clementes. I wish you a very good trip to Pondicherry.
    Full of kisses.

  5. I will soon have the opportunity to tell you by name but this trip to Bali and Sulawesi was a permanent delight. And very regularly thanks to your advice and your infinite knowledge of these islands. You have been our remote guide. Many thanks. And now, to us to be won by the nostalgia of the countdown of the last moments before the departure ...

  6. Hallo Corinne,
    ich finde Ihre Fotos und Reiseberichte sehr gut! Die Berichte sind kurz, information and details.
    Bei den Fotos bekommt man immer schnell Fernweh. Werde in kürze erst wieder ein paar Wochen in Spanien / Costa Blanca breast. Im November geht es dann wieder nach Manado / Nordsulawesi zum Tauchen. Bin schon auf Ihre nächsten Fotoberichte gespannt!
    Liebe Grüße, salam manis, Walter 🙂

  7. Ah souvenir, souvenir.... I left there last May, a Beuchat panoramic mask in the depths of the waters of Nusa Lembongan 😕

  8. Small smiling thought for you from Nusa Lembongan where we just had dinner by chance at Linda ˋ s bungalows, and where I read your article back at our accommodation ... The seafood basket was good and the bintang fresh 🙂 As usual you interest divers as well as non divers like us, thank you!