Earth Day 2017: Environmental & Climate Literacy
Earth Day: April 22nd
Earth Day 2017 falls on the same date every year. For the past 45 years April 22nd commemorates the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, a day dedicated to public consciousness about air and water pollution was born. A symbolic day driven by hopes to force issues of environmental protection onto the U.S. national political agenda.
The tremendous efforts of the first Earth Day resulted in the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.
“2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. In honor of this milestone, Earth Day Network is launching an ambitious set of goals to shape the future of 21st century environmentalism.” (earth day.org)
The theme for Earth Day 2016 was Trees for the Earth. On the date an ambitious goal was set. Plant one tree for every person on the planet, a total of 7.8 billion trees, by Earth Day 2020.
Earth Day 2017: Environmental & Climate Literacy
April 22nd, 2017 is dedicated to launching a 3 year commitment to ensure that every student graduates high school as an environmental and climate literate citizen. This commitment is part of the Earth Day Network’s campaign launch for global environmental and climate literacy by Earth Day 2020. As the effects of climate change are a global issue, global education is the key to change.
The Earth Day Network aims to get as much support as possible while teaming up with a large collaborative network of nonprofits, government organizations and business leaders.
“Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.” (http://www.earthday.org/earthday/)
You can participate this year by gathering your school or community together for a Teach-In literacy program offered by the Earth Day Network or any other environmental education program near you.
Earth Day at Ceningan Resort
Ceningan Resort is committed to sharing environmental information with those around us in order to increase literacy. We offer guests facts on the health and protection of our surrounding ocean and mangrove forest. We take the necessary steps to show our care and encourage others to do the same.
Our eco-friendly, green resort is part of our commitment to minimize impact of environmental degradation. We are proud of the steps that we have currently taken to reduce consumption and waste. As part of our Earth Day inspired plans we aim to continue taking steps to reduce our usage and create an even greener resort for future generations of guests. Not only that, we hope to inspire other neighbouring businesses and resorts to follow suite. Putting into action and sharing our passion and commitment to change is our Earth Day 2017 goal.
Together, let’s embrace the power of change towards a cleaner, greener world. Take inspiration from this years’ Earth Day and start by learning how you can contribute to creating a better future for our uniquely magnificent planet.
Visit earth day.org to learn more.
Bali Day Of Silence – 28th March 2017 (Saka Year 1939)
Bali is known for its amazing colourful ceremonies and unique celebrations. One that stands out is our annual New Year Celebration, or as we call it here Nyepi Day. Nyepi Day 2017 – Bali Day Of Silence – 28th March 2017 (Saka Year 1939). There is truly nothing like it anywhere else on the planet.
Bali’s celebrates the Saka New Year as the Bali Day of Silence, the quietest day of the year, when all of the island’s inhabitants abide by the strict rules set for this special occasion. During Nyelpi day, all routine activities come to a complete halt: Roads all over Bali are void of any traffic, nobody steps outside of their homes, the airport is closed and no flights are arriving or departing, and no one can therefore check in our out of any hotels.
Most Balinese and visitors regard it as a much-anticipated occasion. Some people prefer escaping Bali due to restrictions that surround this special day. However we feel that Nyepi is worth experiencing at least once in a lifetime.
A Unique Way to Celebrate New Year
This unique day of silence marks the turn of the Saka calendar of western Indian origin, one among the many calendars assimilated by Indonesia’s diverse cultures, and among two jointly used in Bali. The Saka is 78 years behind the Gregorian calendar, and follows a lunar sequence. Nyepi follows after a new moon.
Village meeting halls also known as ‘banjar’ and streets feature papier-mâché figures called ogoh-ogoh, built throughout the weeks leading up to Nyepi. Groups design and build their mythical figures with amazing details and shaped and then mount them on bamboo framework to be transported during the upcoming parade. These artistic creations are offshoots of the celebration since its dawning in the early 80s, which stayed on to become an inseparable element in the island-wide celebration that is Nyepi Eve.
Before the Silence
Before ‘the silence’, highlight rituals essentially start three days prior to Nyepi, with colourful processions known as the Melasti pilgrimages. Pilgrims from various village temples all over Bali convey heirlooms on long walks towards the coastlines where elaborate purification ceremonies take place. It is one of the best times to capture on camera the iconic Balinese processions in motion, as parasols, banners and small effigies offer a cultural spectacle.
Then on Saka New Year’s Eve, it is all blaring noise and merriment. Every Balinese household starts the evening with blessings at the family temple and continues with a ritual called the pengrupukan where each member participates in ‘chasing away’ malevolent forces, known as bhuta kala, from their compounds – hitting pots and pans or any other loud instruments along with a fiery bamboo torch. These ‘spirits’ are later manifested as the ogoh-ogoh to be paraded in the streets. As the street parades ensue, bamboo cannons and occasional firecrackers fill the air with flames and smoke. The Nyepi Eve parade usually starts after sunset.
When the Whole of Bali Shuts Down
However on Nyepi Day, complete calmness takes over the island. The Balinese Hindus follow a ritual called the Catur Brata Penyepian , roughly the ‘Four Nyepi Prohibitions’. These include amati geni or ‘no fire’, amati lelungan or ‘no travel’, amati karya ‘no activity’, and amati lelanguan ‘no entertainment’.
Some consider it a time for total relaxation and contemplation, for others, a chance for Mother Nature to ‘reboot’ herself after 364 days of human pestering. No lights are turned on at night – total darkness and seclusion goes along with this new moon island-wide, from 06:00am to 06:00am.
No motor vehicles whatsoever are allowed on the streets, except ambulances and police patrols and emergencies. As a hotel guest, you are confined to your hotel premises, but free to continue to enjoy the hotel facilities as usual (On Ceningan and Lembonga, electricity is tuned off and no power is available for 24 hours. Traditional community watch patrols or pecalang enforce the rules of Nyepi, patrolling the streets by day and night in shifts.
Ngembak Geni, the day after Nyepi
On the day after Nyepi, referred to as ‘Ngembak Geni’, head down to the village of Sesetan in southern Denpasar for the omed-omedan, roughly known as the ‘festival of smooches’. This is a much-localized event, pertaining only to Sesetan’s Banjar Kaja community. Youths take to the street as water is splashed and sprayed by villagers, and the highlight being two throngs of boys and girls, in a tug-of-war-like scene. Successive pairs in the middle are pushed to a smooch with each shove and push.
Nyepi 2017 and Ceningan Resort
Ceningan resort will be closed for Nyepi. We take advantage of this special annual holiday to spend quality time with our families.
Since the Nusa Penida district shuts down the power grid which mean no AC, no running water, no refrigeration, we feel it is best for our potential guests to seek alternative locations better suited for the to enjoy.
Check Out and Check In Time around Nyepi.
- If you are planning to stay with us before Nyepi, please note that our Check Out on March 27th will be at 10am.
- Check in post Nyepi resume at 1pm on March 29th.
Nyepi 2018 and Beyond
Don’t worry if you missed out on this year’s. Plan ahead for next year’s Saka New Year 1940, on March 17, 2018.
Other Balinese holidays to keep in mind!
We are happy to announce the grand opening of the Ceningan Yoga Shala. To celebrate this new addition to Ceningan Resort, we are offering FREE YOGA in January.
Ceningan Yoga Shala, is located inside the peaceful, serene setting of Ceningan Resort.
Our Shala is a lovely outdoor-air space overlooking the peaceful ocean channel and harnessing the gentle breeze flowing from it. Though you are welcome to bring your own mat, we do provide studio-quality mats, blocks, straps and bolsters for use during yoga sessions.
FREE Yoga in January
Starting January 21 until January 31, our full-time E-RYT 500 (Asana, Meditation, Pranayama) & Certified Critical Alignment Yoga Therapist will run FREE Yoga session each day (See the schedule below). This will give you a chance to experience our programs first hand and meet the team.
Free Yoga in January Class Descriptions
Rise n Shine
Gracefully awaken with a flow yoga class designed to balance mind and body through gentle postures (asana), controlled breathing (pranayama) and meditation. Start your day the best way possible by improving circulation and heart rate, boosting metabolism, building energy and increasing awareness. A multilevel class suitable for beginners to advanced.
A class focused on semi-active postures aimed at opening the body, balancing energy and boosting immune functions. It targets connective tissues such as ligaments, bones and joints. As these tissues require time to respond to exercise the practice is based on long durations of anywhere from 1-15 minutes in the postures. It offers lengthening and a deep stretch that is the perfect compliment to dynamic activities that contract muscles. The slow nature of the practice provides time to improve breath and thought awareness as well as increase relaxation. Suitable for almost all levels of students.
A yoga class designed to focus on body movements that flow in accordance to the breath. A steady but relaxed pace allows you to build energy and take time to notice more subtle aspects like the effects of the breath. Find steadiness, relaxation and mindfulness through this guided practice. The gentle nature of this class makes it suitable for students of all levels.
Yoga 4 Divers
A dry land yoga class designed specifically for divers. Improve and maintain the physical and mental capabilities necessary to enhance your overall dive experience. A combination of postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation that help build physical strength as well as improve flexibility, lung capacity, self awareness and provide a greater sense of calmness and relaxation.
Regular Yoga Schedule and Retreats
Starting February 1st, our regular schedule will take effects.
Please visit CeninganYogaShala.com form more information.
Drop-in rate per session 100,000Rp *Yoga Cards available, contact us for more details*
Call us +62 821 45855934, info@CeninganYogaShala.com, or follow us on FACEBOOK for more information.
Ceningan Yoga Shala at the Ceningan Resort, Nusa Ceningan, Bali.
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2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
Ceningan Resort and Ceningan Divers are committed develop and maintain Sustainable Tourism practices. This has been apparent through our various initiatives since our opening in 2015. That it be through our educational programs with our guests and divers, or our ongoing effort to make our resort facilities 100% eco and sustainable.
We aim to work closely with the local community, other businesses, our team and guests to ensure that our footprint on this small 7 square kilometres island has as little impact on the environment, the community and its future generations.
Whenever possible, we choose environmentally-friendly solutions. We buy from local suppliers and producers. We promote the 3 Rs principles “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle”.
We are a lifetime member of The International Ecotourism Society. We follow the Principle of Ecotourism as part of our mission and business plan.
In 2015, we completely eliminated the use of plastic at our resort for single serving items such as water bottles, toiletry kits, or straws for drinks. Our guests have access to our “free flow” water station and can refill their reusable water bottles free of charge. In November 2016, we completely redesign our bio septic system to better manage the human waste and reduce water usage at our resort. We perform a complete maintenance of our systems, bungalows and redid all of our roofs and added new energy saving materiel to help reduce our electricity consumption and impact on the local power grid.
Throughout 2017, we will host a series of events, educational programs, as well as special offers for our guests. Our aim is to promote eco-friendly, sustainable solutions, conduct reef and dive site clean ups, or local cleanups with the school and community to help keep the island beautiful. Each month we will post new information, tricks, tools and update on our sustainable projects and programs.
THINK Globally ACT locally!
Our 2017 Sustainability Project is to create a recycling program and facilities for Nusa Ceningan. We are currently in the process of working with other local businesses and the community to establish a garbage and recycling collection system for the island. We hope to have an action plan in place by the end of the 1st quarter of 2017 with an operating facility by the end of the second quarter.
We will post more on this project later in February.
In the words of Margaret Mead. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better world. This is the major goal of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 that will start in a few days.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute effectively to the SDGs.
“This is a unique opportunity to build a more responsible and committed tourism sector that can capitalize its immense potential in terms of economic prosperity, social inclusion, peace and understanding, cultural and environmental preservation” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
Accounting for 7% of worldwide exports, one in eleven jobs and 10% of the world’s GDP, the tourism sector if well managed can foster inclusive economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets.
The International Year will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:
- Inclusive and sustainable economic growth;
- Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction;
- Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change;
- Cultural values, diversity and heritage; and
- Mutual understanding, peace and security.
*We will update you at the end of January on how we hope to address each of the 5 key areas in our 2017 action plan.*
The presentation of the International Year will take place in Madrid on 18 January 2017 on the occasion of the Spanish Tourism Fair, FITUR.
UNWTO invites all partners to join the celebrations by sharing their activities and initiatives to advance sustainable tourism for development at www.tourism4development2017.org
The Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet:
We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.
We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.
We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.
We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.
We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.
The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realised. If we realize our ambitions across the full extent of the Agenda, the lives of all will be profoundly improved and our world will be transformed for the better.
ABOUT WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION (UNWTO)
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism”s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development. UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world. UNWTO”s membership includes 156 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 400 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. For more information visit www.unwto.org.
Nusa Lembongan Eco Resort
Ceningan Resort is proud to announce that we are now a lifetime member of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES). We are one of the few Nusa Lembongan Eco Resort. We offer eco-friendly facilities. We participate in outreach programs promoting sustainable and environmental friendly practices.
Our team continues to actively engage in various educational and cleaning programs to ensure that we limit our footprint on the local environment. We work on increasing awareness and the importance of social responsibilities within our local community.
About Pt Nusa Ceningan Resort
Ceningan Resort is located 500 meters on the left side of the yellow bridge in the pristine mangroves of Nusa Ceningan. Our coconut trees and mangrove sanctuary with private jetty is an oasis for everyone seeking an alternative to the busy hustle of Bali and Nusa Lembongan. A truly unique Balinese experience. On site you will find the Mangrove Restaurant, the Ceningan Shisha Lounge, the Jetty Bar, and our Dive Centre. We are a Green Star Award, Eco-Friendly, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort. We offer land-based activities and water sports for both divers and non diving guests.
About The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
TIES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990, TIES has been in the forefront of the development of ecotourism, providing guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, research and publications. TIES’ global network of ecotourism professionals and travelers is leading the efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, protection of bio-cultural diversity, and sustainable community development.
Through membership services, industry outreach and educational programs, TIES is committed to helping organizations, communities and individuals promote and practice the principles of ecotourism. TIES currently has members in more than 90 countries, representing various professional fields and industry segments including: academics, consultants, conservation professionals and organizations, governments, architects, tour operators, lodge owners and managers, general development experts, and ecotourists.
The International Ecotourism Society: www.ecotourism.org
Explore Nusa Paradise with Ceningan Divers
Ceningan Divers is the Premiere PADI 5* Dive Resort on Nusa Ceningan. Our experience team of local and international PADI Instructors has been happily diving in Bali and the Nusa Penida area since 1996. We are very proud of our 100% safety record.
We are located a seashell throw away from Nusa Lembongan, only 500 meters on the left side of the yellow bridge in the pristine mangroves of Nusa Ceningan. We are a Green Star Award, Eco-Friendly, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, we offer water sports activities for both divers and non diving guests.
Sixteen reasons to dive with Ceningan Divers:
- PADI 5 Star Dive Resort
- Experienced team with more than 20 years safety record
- Multilingual local and International Dive Team: We speak Bahasa, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian.
- PADI Courses from Beginner to Divemaster and GoPRO Internships
- Discover Scuba Diving Experience Program with pool and ocean dives.
- Daily diving trips to world-class dive sites around Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida
- Mola Mola (Sunfish) and Manta Ray dives
- Maximum Diver : Instructor ratio – Beginner diver program 2:1 and certified 4:1
- Snorkelling trips for non divers
- Two custom-made dive boats equipped with safety equipment, oxygen, and marine radios.
- Our dive guides are equipped with waterproof Nautilus GPS marina radio
- Aqualung Partner Centre – New rental equipment maintained by certified technician
- 100% Project AWARE Centre
- Green Star Award Eco Resort
- Insurance options
- Dive & Stay packages with Ceningan Resort
Ceningan Divers is your best choice for all your water sports needs from Nusa Ceningan!
Book Your Dive or Snorkelling Trip Today!
- Diving: $49USD Per Dive. ***Includes Aqualung dive gear, 5mm long wetsuit, tank, weights, safety gear, marine park fees, guide fees, towel, snacks, tea/coffee/water***
- Snorkelling: $49USD Per trip. *** Includes all snorkelling gear, safety gear, marine park fees, towel, snacks, tea/coffee/water***
- PADI Discover Scuba Diver: $79USD
- PADI Scuba Diver Course: $299USD
- PADI Open Water Course: $399USD
- PADI Advanced Open Water Course: $349USD
- PADI Rescue Diver Course: $349USD
- Contact us for our full list of Specialty Diver Courses and PADI GoPRO Internships.
Phone: +62 82145855934 or +62 82184115524
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Nusa Ceningan and Lembongan Travel Guide
There are many land and water sport activities to explore while staying on the sister islands.
This guide is meant to provide some inspiration of what you can do while enjoying your stay with us at Ceningan Resort.
The climate of Nusa Ceningan is similar to neighbouring ‘mainland’ Bali but it is noticeably drier here, particularly in the period of May to September. January and February are the height of the rainy season (still a magical time to visit).
The locals are Hindu and visitors will notice little or no difference from the prevailing culture on the Bali mainland. Balinese is the most common language of communication between local residents, with Bahasa Indonesia a distant second. The Balinese spoken here is a distinct dialect, and sharp-eared linguists would certainly notice this. English is widely understood and spoken, often with an Australian accent!
Bali offers world-class diving and diversified dive sites that will meet the needs of both new and experienced divers.
Ceningan Divers based on Nusa Ceningan focus on diving around the islands of Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. Located nearly 25kms from east Bali, this area is part of the Coral Triangle and known for it’s world-class diving with Manta Rays and Mola Mola (during season – July to October). Ask our staff for more details about diving or read this article about diving around the sister islands.
Non-divers should not feel left out, as good snorkeling is available close to the shore at various spots around the island. The waters around Nusa Ceningan are crystal clear, hosting colourful coral and sea creatures, making it an ideal location for snorkeling and for any other water sport activities. Ask our staff for more details about snorkeling trips.
There are three main breaks, all off the top half of the west coast, with another less well known just to the southwest off Nusa Ceningan. Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks are all close offshore and reached via an energetic paddle from the beach, or in a more leisurely fashion, by a local boat (perahu) which can be chartered from the nearest beach.
The waves around these islands are amazing, however it’s best to surf at medium to high tide. Be very careful when surfing here, with names like lacerations, shipwreck and razor, it’s not hard to grasp that you are entering treatcherous waters! Read our surf guide for more information.
Sightseeing and land activities
Until recently, the great majority of locals on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan were involved in seaweed farming. One of the best places to view the farms is on the south-west side of Nusa Ceningan. Here there are cliffs lining the beach so you can see the farms from above.
Alternatively, you will see a lot of seaweed being dried in front of homes at the northern end of Nusa Lembongan.
Seaweed farming is a labour intensive industry and the price the locals receive from the large Asian market is quite variable.
As part of a tour of the mangrove in the north-west corner of Nusa Lembongan, you can sail over the seaweed farms. This is dependent on tide conditions, but if it is low tide in the afternoon you can take a close look at how the seaweed is grown and harvested.
Mangrove forest tour
Large parts of the north and most of the west coast of Nusa Lembongan are covered by mangrove forests. You can go for a short tour through the mangrove and the adjacent seaweed farms in a flat bottomed boat. Perhaps the Lembongan version of a gondolier as the ‘driver’ uses a long pole to push the boat along and steer it through the narrow channels.
Boat trips can be organised at our resort or you can make your own way there and organise on the spot. A 30 to 40 minute trip costs between 50,000 and 100,000 rupiah per boat, 2 to 3 persons, depending upon your negotiation skills.
It is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon and can be followed up with a cool drink at one of the many warungs.
Ceningan Resort is located in the pristine mangroves of Nusa Ceningan, you can hire one of our SUP (stand up paddle board) and cruise down the channel. Ask our staff for more details about mangrove tours.
Motorbikes and bicycles
If you want to explore the islands of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan it’s best you rent a motorbike or if you are ready to take on the extra workout you can rent a bicycle as well. Ask our staff for more details about bike/motorbike rental.
These are excellent islands for walking and keen visitors should not hesitate to just head off and explore the myriad tracks that criss-cross the islands.
Yellow suspension bridge
The yellow suspension bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan allows visitors to easily access each island. The narrow bridge allows access by foot, bicycle or motor bike: it is unsuitable for cars.
Zipline in Nusa Ceningan
The newly built Ceningan Zipline is located near Ceningan Point. (more details coming soon)
Cliff jumping in Nusa Ceningan
The Blue Lagoon Cliff Jump is about 14m high and you can find it just behind and to the left of Ceningan Point.
The Mahana Point Cliff Jump is about 15m high and situated behind Secret Point Beach.
*Recently several people have been injured (broken legs and spinal injuries) while jumping off the cliff at low tide, we strongly recommend caution or even best to avoid this activity!
You may be able to catch a cock fight, look out for a crowd of local men! This generates a lot of excitement on this tiny island.
Gala Gala Underground House
Gala-gala was built by Made Byasa, a farmer, priest and Mangku Dalang (puppet shadow performer). Due to his profession as a Dalang, he got inspired by one of Mahabharata episode, “Wana Parwa”; the twelve years in exile in the forest. In the story Pandawas decided to build a cave, Gala-gala, to protect his family from Korawas who wanted to find and kill all of Pandawas’s family. The underground house is dug into the rock and covers an area of five hundred square meters. Built using nothing more than a hammer and chisel. He started the project in 1961 and finished in 1976.
A wonderful secluded beach with powdery, white sand, located on the south coast of Nusa Lembongan. From the west coast, head southeast towards Lembongan Village, turn west, and then look for the sign leading south to Dream Beach. Be very careful about entering the water here as the rip currents can be fierce. Only the strongest swimmers should consider this and even then, avoid the eastern end of the beach.
Sandy Bay (Sunset Beach)
A small but spectacular beach with white sand and crashing waves, located to the north of Dream Beach, and easiest to reach via the same route. At low tide a cave is exposed in the low limestone cliff at the eastern side of the bay. Approach carefully and make sure you are not cut off from the beach by a rising tide. All-in-all, this is a great laid back spot.
Located between Playground’s surf break and Mushroom Bay. From this beach you have a good view of Bali and Mount Agung. Swimming is good only at high tide.
Is a wonderful beach with a view of Mount Agung, white sand and mangrove trees, Jungut Batu village is located at the end of the beach.
Is the place where most boats arrive in Nusa Lembongan. It can be a good spot to hang and dip in the ocean, on the north east of mushroom beach is a hard to access secluded beach.
Is found by walking either a few minutes north from Dream Beach or south from Sunset Beach. A rocky outcrop on the south western coast. Spectacular crashing waves and water plumes.
Exploring the temples
Puncak Sari Temple
Located in Lembongan Village (just north of Lembongan Village on the main route back to Jungut Batu). It is the largest and grandest Hindu temple on the island. Enjoy an amazing view of the Indian Ocean, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan.
Pura Dalem Temple
An elegant, whitewashed temple between the villages of Lembongan and Jungut Batu.
This temple has three parts with one of the worshipping areas perched right on the sand. Not far away on the north-west road in a quieter area is Empu Aji Temple.
Pura Ulun Danu Temple
Pura Ulun Danu of Nusa Ceningan is a temple that is dedicated to Dewi Batari Ulun Danu, goddess of the lakes and rivers. This temple is situated on the western part of Nusa Ceningan. This Ulun Danu temple is also known as ‘the Temple of the Cave’, as it is built on a hill, sitting on top of a holy cave, the Goa Raja or “King’s Cave”. Placed on a concrete platform in this temple sits a small ship flanked by the statues of Dewa Baruna, god of the seas, and Dewi Ayu Mas Segara, goddess of the Southern Seas – in Java commonly known as Lörö Kidul.
Goa Raja Cave Temple
The Goa Raja Cave also houses a small temple and it can be reached via a narrow staircase which is hewn out of the rocks, descending to the entrance of the cave. The Goa Raja cave, considered to be very holy, in general can only be visited by priests. In very rare cases westerners are permitted to enter the holy cave.
Jungut Batu is Lembongan Island second and smallest village. World famous surfbreaks are located in front of Jungut Batu. Breaks such as “Shipwrecks” and “Lacerations” have lured surfers to the area for over 30 years
The main population centre of the island is Lembongan Village in the southern interior and it is here that you will find the homes of many traditional island families.
Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan Surf Breaks.
With a growing reputation as world-class diving and surfing destinations, Nusa Lembongan and its twin sister Nusa Ceningan have become must see islands for experienced surfers and divers from around the world.
Off the Beaten Path Surfing Destination
The quiet, friendly and laid-back islands are reminiscent of how Bali was decades ago. With an unsatiable urge to travel off the beaten path and explore new destinations, adventure seekers started to migrate towards these twin islands at the turn of the millenia.
The waves around these islands are amazing, however it’s best to surf at medium to high tide. Be very careful when surfing here, with names like lacerations, shipwreck and razor, it’s not hard to grasp that you are entering treatcherous waters! A good thing to remember: if it’s crowded, go surf!
The breaks are usually packed at prime tide times, with 20-30 surfers out. Surfers tend to look out for each other and would normally spot and assist anyone in trouble. When in doubt, make friends with the locals! Otherwise, it’s probably best to just head over to Ceningan Resort’s lounge, have a few drinks and play some rounds of your fav board games!
For the experienced surfers wanting to test their skills, here’s a summary of the local breaks:
Playgrounds (left and right hander)
Nestled below cliffs offering good SE trade protection, this is the most surfer-friendly spot on Lembongan. It’s an easier paddle, being closer to shore, continues to break at lower tides, is a little bit deeper and offers more wall to work as opposed to the flat out barrels nearby. The lefts are better with a few lip-bashing opportunities along a tapered wall, while the rights may pitch slightly, but fade quickly. Constant current to paddle against and the whole area is surrounded by a flotilla of cruisers, pontoons and leisure craft catering for the daily influx of Bali tourists.
Lacerations (left and right hander)
Hard core right with excellent, wide open tube time on offer as the tide floods the sharp, shallow reef. It’s a pitching, air-drop entry from the peak into a straight barrel section then a further sucky bowl as it approaches the channel marked by floating mooring lines that litter the bay. Not easy, not long and not empty but it’s more challenging than neighbours Shipwrecks and Playgrounds. Occasionally the lefts are makeable and there are a few more, hollow, ridiculously shallow sections of reef nearby.
Shipwrecks (right hander)
Iconic Nusa Lembongan break marked by a rusting ship bow on long exposed reef platform. Non-existent at low tide, it starts breaking on the push to mid and sets start rearing up out of nowhere, peeling fast with a high, tight envelope and open shoulder. Gets packed with surfers of all standards so snagging one and avoiding the scratchers is part of the deal. Getting the tide just right is the trick – mid on springs, higher on neaps. Watch out for scrap metal on the reef and seaweed sticks.
Razor (left hander)
Next to Shipwrecks, this long left hander is easy to spot from the shore as it is always breaking and is bigger than other spots. Choos your wave carefully as some of the sets close out. This is best for experienced surfers as there are many seaweed sticks.
Ceningan (left hander)
Off the SW tip of the barely populated Ceningan island is a lefthander that lines up rolling walls with a nice steep pocket and predictable sections. Some protection from the trades but it can get messy with currents and deepwater channel affecting the swell. Good small swell, low tide option when Lembongan isn’t working, it gets powerful and sketchy when the swell jumps. Best accessed by boat, although there is a few ways down the cave-pocked cliffs, but it’s only sometimes crowded. Locals say it is sharky.