Dear all of the da Trooper Bali friends,
I am back again to continue my story adventure in Lembongan Island. Please enjoy…!
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The shower room design in open air, with hanging shower rain, dressing table with mirror and washbasin, while toilet bowl is set up in the behind of the dressing desk.
We put our belonging and prepare to sightseeing and exploring the island.
First day in Lembongan Island,
By 11.23 local time, we checked in to the Bungalow, and after kept our belonging to the our rooms, we are ready to explore the island. At first, as we have planned, we will visit the mangrove forest in Jungut Batu. We ready with scooter motorbike. I and my wife riding a Yamaha Mio Soul. The clock on my Nokia phone shown 11.35 Bali time. It is a lunch time already. And most of us quiet hungry, we must find something to eat. So we are looking a “warung” or pub to having lunch, but after looking for some places around, we did not found any “warung” or pub. There is only one good restaurant with an expensive price and one small warung available, while most of others are closed due to Galungan and Lebaran day.
So after thinking and check our budget, we decided to have a “nasi goreng” at the only warung open.
After discuss among us and to keep enough time to explore, we are 7 people with 5 adults and 2 teenagers then order 5 “nasi goreng” and 2 fried noodle. We awaiting for quiet long to have our food ready. After awaiting 1 and half hour, our food are ready.
Unfortunately, the “nasi goring” not like what we expect. The rice to hard and too dry, the price also too expensive. IDR. 20,000 per plat. The taste as well not tasty and far from the delicious. Not worth for the value of money. But we have to eat something to have an energy to explore the island, which for sure will take much of our power and energy to explore and riding a motorbike.
Upon finish the food, we are ready riding a motorbike to exploring the island. We start to Jungut batu about 13.13. We ride the motorbike slowly. The speed only about 30 to 35 kilometers per hour. Quiet slow.
First thing, we will visit the mangrove forest in Jungut Batu village, about 25 minutes from Mushroom Bay. The road in dusty and the sun is very bright, quiet hot, but does not make our skin feel hot, it is because of the humidity is quiet high. We ride about 30 to 40 kilometers per hour while enjoy the view and the road and as well the village situation. A long the way to Jungut Batu, we found a lot of pub and mini restaurant which prepare some food for lunch or for coffee only. The pub are good and seem clean and homey, which I believe will make us feel comfort to has a food or just had a cup of coffee. Most of the food are seafood like a snapper or prawn, Tuna fish and lobster. We will trying the food in one of these pub if we have a time after the journey completed.
We passing many tourist who most of them are foreigner, like Switzerland, Netherland, Russian, Australian, Chinesse, Korean and a few of Japanese. Their face are so happy and enjoying the island a lot.
They also riding a motorbike to explore the island, do a water sport like snorkeling, diving and cannoing, and also surfing. But some of them with more budget, they rent a buggy electric cars, beside also ATV and a jeep. But only a few. Most of them are rode a motorbike. Beside those vehicle, those who do not like driving or riding, there is a pick up with a seat which can bringing 15 people to the journey. Usually they are from the same group from the travel agent.
In this island, not all of the beach are suitable for swim or snorkeling, as there is also a dangerous beach with the clift and in addition the rock sharp is can fall suddenly. Therefore, we must always keep our steps when sight seeing especially to the rock clift. The view are beautiful, but we must always careful to avoid our holiday turn to the bad things. Especially when we do a selfie photo’s. Always ask you’re a companion to watch your steps and remind your own to always aware of the situation.
After riding about 25 minutes, we reached the mangrove forest in the south east of the island. There also a lot of café serve young coconut fruit which we can order to drink the water to satisfying our thirsty.
A guy came to us and offer the mangrove tour by “jukung “ a traditional canoe with Yamaha motor which can accommodate up to 15 people, with the cost IDR.25.000 per pax, but minimum for 4 pax or IDR. 100.000,- for one trip.
We bargaining the price and finally we deal with IDR.150.000,- for 7 of us. So we are get in to the “jukung” and the guy pull the jukung to the deep water and start the engine to sailing to the sea and turn to the mangrove forest ahead.
There is a canal route in the deep of the mangrove forest which use as a route of the tour. Come inside the forest, we can enjoy the green of the mangrove with many small bird singing up the trees. According to Mr. Wayan the guy who bringing us to the forest, there is a few kind of the birds live in the mangrove forest. They eat the plankton around the forest and be a part of the ecosystem of the live in the forest and in the end will kept the mangrove forest sustainable. And we must keep going the forest sustainable by not damaging the forest, not hunt the birds, not cutting the mangrove for whatever reason. Once the mangrove forest damages, the sea water will hit the seaside and will abrasive and slowly the island will be destroyed step by step and in the end, the human who live in, will also in trouble.
We follow the canal of the forest around. It is about 25 acres, but we could not entering to al of the forest as the canal are only limited, surrounded. The canals are naturally made. It is not people made, but by the Gods hands.
We passed by some “jukung” from opposite as they do the mangrove tour earlier than us, Many domestic tourist are also visit. From their language and slang, I can guess they are from Jakarta and Surabaya. Most of them are a young people girl and a boy. They in a small group consists of 4 to 9 people, what like ours.
“Ufffpp….!” I am quiet surprising, there are 6 cannos came from our opposite. They are a Japanese with the guide. They talking quite loud and almost shouting. I talk with their guide and ask, why they ride canno to the forest. Their guide explain that they are not follow his advise, as they are play canno since early in the morning. They follow the canal back to the beach while talking each other in loud, even almost shouting.
We almost complete the tour and reached the end of the canal, where we must turn and back track to the beach. The tour completed about an hour.
We reach the beach by 15.21 local time and spent our time to seat and enjoy the young coconut fruit while talking about the tour we just has, and watching the people who come and out in the beach. The café quiet busy by the Chinese guests group. They use almost all of the seat to eat the snack and the drink of young coconut and some of them also drank the beers.
And we ready to explore the Ceningan Island, which located not so far. Ceningan island is a very small island with about 25 acres of wide. The main island of Lembongan and Ceningan Island combine by the yellow bridge which can be passing by only one motorbike in the same time and must queing one by one.
From mangrove in Jungut Batu, we riding a motorbike about 15 minutes and we can see the yellow bridge which is about 300 meters long crossing the sea which no water. The sea sand only. The sea is use to drying the sewage. There are a lot of the people drying a sewage.
I tried to know what is the sewage for and get inform that the sewage will export to overseas, usually to Japan for the based of the medicine or make up.
We queing a while and get the turn to crossing the bridge. I am quiet worry as my motorbike feel not balance and many time I must use my foot to balancing the motorbike, while my wife shouting as she wore will fall down. Finally we crossing the bridge successfully and reach the Ceningan Island. We continue riding to the end of the road in the east of the island, where we can found the shelter for a farmer who collecting the sewage from the sea and prepare it for drying. We asking to the old women how and where we can found the Blue Lagoon Clift Jump, as my daughter wants to see those popular and famous point.
We then follow the direction we got from those old women. The road to the that point very bumpy and dusty. Of course, all of the island is dusty as the water very difficult in this island.
After passing bumpy dusty road, finally by 15.14 we reach the point at . And yes, the point call the Blue Lagoon Jump Clift because of the sea water in blue color and like a big lagoon and in the left side there is clift seem to jump to the sea. And in the middle there is a rock like atoll with long seem like a laying giant crocodile.
We explore the Blue Lagoon Point and take some picture in some location. We spent our time about 2 hours in Blue Lagoon Jump Clift. Please enjoy the picture.
As the time run so fast and the sun also start going down to the west horizon, by 16.03 we decided back to the Dream Beach our bungalow in Dream Beach and get shower to refresh our body and soul. We back to our accommodation by 16.15.
To be continued