Christmas well spend
22.12.2012 - 28.12.2012
Our target destination for Christmas was Lembongan, a small island with 7000 people east of Bali. We had chosen this destination, to have something more quiet and peaceful than Bali (already traffic jam on the way from the airport) for Christmas and have picked the right spot. We could use the 6 days here to have a break from our usual travel speed of 2 nights per accomodation, which we really enjoyed.
The trip from Bali takes about 90 min. or just 30 min. by speedboat. Therevare almost no cars on the island, mainly scooters and some bicycles and the only sealed road is relatively narrow. Beach bars and restaurants in the two villages Jungutbatu and Lembongan are inviting you to eat or have a drink with views on Bali, which we have welcomed regularly.
The island is hinduistic like Bali and people also speak Balinese. So far there is no ATM, but that is supposedto change. This, however, leads to money exchangers offering to pay out IDR against credit card for a few percent commission. The main income of the island, besides the developing tourism is still the harvesting of seaweed.
Lembongan is definitely worth visiting, no matter if you come for diving, snorkeling, surfing or just relaxing.
The time here on Lembongan marks the end of our great time in South-East Asia, because from now on we have 5 months Australia and New Zealand ahead of us. We are looking forward to that, but are also aware that we need to adapt to new mentalities and travel styles.
More photos for this article as usual on my travel blog.