During a holiday in Bali, a short getaway from the mainland with the whole family could be the perfect little outing. Off the southeast coast of Bali there are three islets that flock together: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The biggest of all is Nusa Penida, famous amongst divers for its mesmerising underwater beauty and different dive sites.
In between is Nusa Ceningan, which used to be a very dormant island but has now begun developing into a tourist destination. The most famous island, one that offers various tourism facilities, is Nusa Lembongan. To get there, there are several daily schedules by boat from Sanur. However, to make thing easier, there are several activity operators who organize daily trips to Nusa Lembongan. And one of them is Marine Walk.
Marine Walk transfers their guests with a charter boat from the beach in front of Grand Bali Beach Hotel in Sanur directly to their pontoon that floats on the north of Nusa Lembongan. Here at the pontoon, guests have a great range of activities they can choose from, but the most fascinating is the “Marine Walk” itself. Firstly, the Dive Master gives a short briefing before wearing the equipment.
Once we’re equipped, we get ready at the ladder that goes down to the seabed. When the water is around our shoulders, one staff helps us to put on the tempered glass helmet. With our heads inside the helmet, we can breath freely as air is pumped down into it, much like old deep sea diving suits! As we continue further down to the bottom of the sea, we only have to equalise our ears under the pressure and watch the Dive Master closely. When we reach the seabed, we can walk on the sand and embrace the beauty of the colourful fish and coral reefs around.
Back on the pontoon, the upper deck is the best place to savour a bit of sunshine. While the adults love to get lazy on sun-beds and loungers, kids are enjoying the thrilling experience of sliding down a slide that splash straight into the sea. Not wet enough for you? Marine Walk has also provided a special area equipped for those wanting to snorkel. Finally, what’s more fun during a family day out than a ride on the Banana Boat? Take the kids out for a thrilling jaunt on this doddery dinghy for lots of laughs; wilder manoeuvres or slow fun rides can be requested to the boat driver.
Whilst the pontoon is a lot fun, Marine Walk also has a newly built site on Nusa Lembongan for the landlubbers. The new, two-storey Samada Beach Club is lovely reprieve after a day of excitement. Here, you can savour the Indonesian Cuisine buffet lunch whilst looking out over the sparkling turquoise sea, framed with a long stretch of white sand beach.
After your lunch break, there are several activities that you can do, such as chilling at the pool, playing beach volleyball, kayaking, and a village tour; joining the village tour gives you the chance to see how the locals live on the island, as well as seeing the main points of interest Nusa Lembongan has to offer. For those who want to be a little more adventurous, ask the staff for a rented scooter and explore the island on your own. There are several beautiful spots on the island, such as the mangrove forest, the hilltop where we can admire the scenery of Jungut Batu village nestled between ocean and jungle, and the famous yellow bridge connecting Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
However, don’t miss the boat back to Sanur that departs at 2pm. Anyway, if one day is not enough, you can always extend your visit. Explore more, so the whole family can go home with more memories of their exciting island getaway in Bali.
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