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Southeastern Islands

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The '''south eastern Southeastern islands''' of [[Bali]], [[Indonesia]], are splendid for diving, surfing, exploration and just relaxing. [[Image:Sunset Beach on Nusa Lembongan.jpg‎|thumb|right|350px|Sunset Beach, Nusa Lembongan]]
==Regions==
==Understand==
[[Image:Bali_islands_region_map.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Map showing relation of the South Eastern Islands to Bali]] These three islands sit some 15 km off the south eastern southeastern coast of Bali. The Badung Strait separates the islands from Bali. All three feature white sand beaches and wonderfully crystal clear waters.
[[Nusa Lembongan]] is by far the best known by visitors and has a well developed level of tourism-related infrastructure within its eight square kilometres or so. This is a popular surfing location with three highly rated breaks, has some lovely beaches and coves and a range of accomodation accommodation to suit all budgets.
[[Nusa Ceningan]] is a tiny island where few people stay but it is easily reached via a suspension bridge from Nusa Lembongan. Has a well regarded surf break and is a fun place to explore.
==Get in==
 
[[Image:Bali-Southeastern-Islands-Region-Map.png|thumb|right|500px|Map of Bali's Southeastern Islands]]
The only realistic way (although you can charter a helicopter) to reach these islands from Bali is by boat. There are several options according to budget and speed. It is straightforward to reach Nusa Lembongan and visitors to Nusa Penida usually come via Nusa Lembongan, although direct services from Bali are available. All services involve getting your feet wet as there are no jetties to speak of. Nusa Ceningan is reached on foot or by bike via the suspension bridge that connects it and Nusa Lembongan.
===To Nusa Lembongan from [[SanurSouth Bali]] Beach, Bali:=== Services leave from Sanur Beach at the end of Jalan Hangtuah, close to the Grand From South Bali Beach Hotel. The exact departure and arrival point on this beach depends on the tide. Speedboat there are boat services take bewtween 25 and 40 minutes and the slower, cheaper ferry boats about 90 minutes. *'''Perama''',to [[http://www.peramatour.comNusa Lembongan]] a local transfers-only operator for the budget traveler, without a same day return. Rp 100,000 one way on a slow boat. Has a network of connecting bus-links departing from around Bali. Departs daily at 10.30 AM. The office of Perama in [[Sanur can be found at Warung Pojok in Jalan Hangtuah. * '''Public slow boat''', [mailto:[email protected]] departs daily at 08.00 AM ] Beach and 10Benoa Harbour.30 AM or when More information about the boat services is ready and full. They can be a bit sketchy at times and are usually very crowded. No same day return facility. The ride across is approximately 90 minutes.  *'''Public speedboat''', in the main [[mailto:[email protected]], tel: +62 361 7432344. Departs daily at 12.30, 2.30 PM and 4.00 PM and departs Nusa Lembongan at 10.30 AM, 1.00 PM, 3.00 PM. One way prices from Rp 200,000 to 240,000 depending on whether hotel transfers are required. * '''Scoot Fast Boat''' [http://www.scootcruise.com] Tel: +61 361 285522. Speedboat service to Jungut Batu for US$45.00 return including hotel transfers are included. Tickets can be purchased from the Scoot office next to Dunkin Donuts #Get in Jalan Hangtuah or from the Scoot stall on the beach near the departure point. Departs daily at 9.30 AM, 1.30 PM & 4.00 PM.  * '''Tanis Lembongan Express speedboat''' Tel: +61 361 7432344. [mailto:[email protected]], [http://www.tanisviillaas.com]. Speed boat service to and from Mushroom Bay. Return fare US$ 45.00 per person and one way US$ 27.00 person including hotel transfers. Departs daily from Sanur beach at 12 noon and 4.00 PM. ===To |Nusa Lembongan from Benoa Harbour, Bali:=== * '''BlueWater Express''' [http://www.bwsbali.com], Tel +62 813 38419911, [mailto:[email protected]]. Speedboat service which continues on to the [[Gili Islands]], [[Lombok]] thereby allowing visitors to island hop from Bali to Lombok. Departs daily at 10.00 AM.  * '''Bounty Cruises''' [http://www.balibountycruises.com/article]. Tel: +62 361 726666 . High speed catamaran service. * '''Island Explorer Cruises''' [http://www.bali-activities.com], Tel: +62 361 728088 [mailto:[email protected]]. Transfer only services or day cruise including lunch & activities. Departs daily at 9.00 AM and 10.30 AM.
===To Nusa Lembongan from [[East Bali]]===
Regular public ferry srvices services run to [[Nusa Lembongan ]] from [[Padang Bai]] and Kusamba but these are unreliable, get very crowded and have a poor safety record. Not recommended.
===To Nusa Penida direct from Bali===
It is possible to take regular public ferries to Nusa Penida direct from [[Sanur]], Kusamba or [[Padang Bai]] in east [[East Bali ]], but this is difficult, the . The services are very sketchy, sometimes over-loaded and cannot be recommended for safety reasons of safety.
===Boat Charterscharters===You are able to charter speedboats to get into either Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida from [[Sanur]] or [[Padang Bai]]. Expect to pay about Rp 1,000,000 each way. Contact the speedboat operators listed above or make enquiries in person at the relevant point of departure one day in advance.
==Get around==
[[Image:Nusa Penida 02.jpg|thumb|350px|right|The rugged, untamed beauty of the limestone cliffs on the south coast of Nusa Penida]]
 
'''Renting a motorcycle''' is a practical option and widely available on [[Nusa Lembongan]]. Expect to pay between Rp 70,000 and 100,000 per day. [[Nusa Lembongan]] and [[Nusa Ceningan]] lend themselves very well to walking. Bicycles are also a good option and can be rented at many outlets on [[Nusa Lembongan]]. Keen cyclists may like to bring their own mountain bike in with them.
===Getting between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida===
'''Public boats''' depart daily at 6.00 AM 6AM close to the suspension bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan and run to Toyapakeh or Buyuk Harbour near Sampalan in northern Nusa Penida. There are also services from the Jungut Batu area of Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida. All of these can be a little 'worrying' at times and are often very crowded.
'''Charter boats''' are available, departing from and arriving at the same area as the public boats. If you are staying on Nusa Lembongan, ask at your hotel. If not, go to the shoreline close to the suspension bridge or to the beach at Jungut Batu and ask around amongst the boatmen. Rates certainly vary but expect to pay around Rp 300,000 one way.
==See==
[[Image:Sunset Beach on Nusa Lembongan.jpg‎|thumb|right|300px|Sunset Beach, Nusa Lembongan]]
 
'''Sunset over Bali'''. Any west facing spot will do the trick but amongst the best are Jungut Batu beach on [[Nusa Lembongan]], the ridge of high ground which runs the length of Nusa Ceningan and the highest point of [[Nusa Penida]], Puncak Mundi.
The 'hidden' '''white sand beaches''' and coves of [[Image:Nua_Ceningan_Sunset.jpg|thumb|right|350px|Sunset viewed from Nusa LembonganCeningan]]. Dream Beach and Sunset Beach in the south west are especially recommended. You can easily spend a whole day at either as they both have small beach-side restaurants. Neither beach is suitable for swimming though. The headland of '''Devil's Tear''' separates these two beaches and it a great spot to see the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean.
'''Marine LifeSunsets over Bali'''. The islands are surrounded by very clean, crystal clear waters and are noted for scuba divingnot to be missed. There Any west-facing spot will do the trick but amongst the best are several dive operators based along the shore in Jungut Batu beach on Nusa [[Nusa Lembongan]]. If you are not a diver, there are excellent snorkelling spots including Mushroom Bay and the northern mangroves on [[ridge of high ground which runs the length of Nusa Lembongan]] Ceningan and Crystal Bay on the highest point of [[Nusa Penida]], Puncak Mundi. On a good day, the reflection on the ocean combines with the sun dropping magically behind Bali to create a truly breathtaking scene.
[[Nusa Lembongan]] hosts several really attractive and unspoit hidden '''Spectacular cliffs of Nusa Penidawhite sand beaches'''and coves. The Dream Beach and Sunset Beach in the south west are especially recommended. You can easily spend a whole southern coast of [[Nusa Penida]] has high white limestone cliffs which will simply take your breath awayday at either as they both have small beach-side restaurants. Even by the standards of Nusa Penida, the southern quarter Neither beach is remote and inaccessiblesuitable for swimming though. The roads are difficult headland of '''Devil's Tear''' separates these two beaches and in places distinctly hairy. But once you get there it will all seem worthwhile. Try anywhere along is a great spot to see the crashing waves of the south coast between Pendem and BatumadegIndian Ocean.
The whole southern coast of [[Nusa Penida]] has '''Seaweed farmingspectacular, high white limestone cliffs'''which will simply take your breath away. Areas around all three islands farm seaweed which Even by the standards of Nusa Penida, the southern quarter is mostly destined for the north Asian cosmetics marketremote and inaccessible. The best place to see this roads are difficult and in action places distinctly hairy. But once you get there it will all seem worthwhile. Try anywhere along the south coast between Pendem and Batumadeg. '''Goa Karang Sari''' is a large limestone cave on the estuarine channel between east coast of [[Nusa LembonganPenida]] about 4 kilometres north of Suana village. Find a local to help guide you and bring a flashlight. There are some impressive stalactites and other typical limestone formations. The entrance is a stiff climb from the road level. Of great religious and Nusa Ceningancultural significance.
'''Goa Karang SariSeaweed farming''' (''Karangsari'' or ''Karangsari Cave''). This large limestone cave on the east coast of [[Nusa Penida]] about 4 kilometres north of Suana village. Find is a local to help guide you well-established micro industry here and bring a flashlight. Some impressive stalactites areas around all three islands are planted and other typical limestone formationsharvested. The entrance seaweed is a stiff climb from mostly destined for the road levelnorth Asian cosmetics market. Of great religious The best place to see this in action is the estuarine channel between [[Nusa Lembongan]] and cultural significanceNusa Ceningan.
==Do==
[[Image:Nusa_penida_dive_mapNusa Penida]] is best known as a world class '''diving''' destination.jpg‎|thumb|right|300px|Map The rich waters around the three islands support no less than 247 species of coral, 562 species of fish and Green and Olive Ridley Turtles. Many dive operators based in [[Bali]] and neighbouring [[Nusa Lembongan]] offer specific dive trips to Nusa Penida Dive Sites. Special attractions include fabulous, huge Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish) in season and large Manta Rays year round. Mola Mola are migratory fish and most likely from July to October although sightings are reported all year round. There is diving available here for beginners but most of the dives require a decent level of experience. If you are not a diver, there are excellent '''snorkelling''' spots including Mushroom Bay and the northern mangroves on [[Nusa Lembongan]]and Crystal Bay on [[Nusa Penida]].
'''Dive.''' [[Nusa PenidaLembongan]] is best well known as a world class diving '''surfing''' destinationand there are three breaks here: Playgrounds, Shipwrecks and Lacerations. All three lie off the east coast and there is a thriving surf scene in Jungut Batu. The rich waters around waves are good if sometimes a little crowded. There is also a break of the three islands support no less than 247 species south coast of coral, 562 species of fish and Green and Olive Ridley TurtlesNusa Ceningan known as the Ceningan Break.
Many dive operators based in Bali [[Image:Nusa_Lembongan_Mangroves_and_Jukung_Boat.jpg|thumb|right|350px|Mangroves and neighbouring a Jukung Boat, Nusa Lembongan offer specific dive trips to Nusa Penida. Special attractions include fabulous Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish) in season and large Manta Rays year round. Mola Mola are migratory fish and most likely from July to October although sightings are reported all year round. There is diving available here for beginners but most of the dives require a decent level of experience.]]
'''Surf'''. [[Nusa Lembongan]] is well known as a surf destination and there are three breaks here: Playgrounds, Shipwrecks and Lacerations. All three lie off the east coast and there is a thriving surf scene in Jungut Batu. The waves are good if sometimes a little crowded. There is also a break of the south coast of Nusa Ceningan known as the Ceningan Break.[[Image:Nusa_Lembongan_Mangroves_and_Jukung_Boat.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Mangroves and a Jukung Boat, Nusa Lembongan]]substantial '''Explore the mangrovesmangrove forest'''. There is a substantial mangrove forest around the north coast of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan totalling some 210 hectares. This is best explored in a traditional outrigger boat called a ''jukung'' which can be hired with a captain on the day. This combines well with some snorkelling which is good just offshore from the mangroves.
==Eat==
[[Nusa Lembongan]] offers a choice of eating options restaurants ranging from streetside push carts serving local noodles and soup to fine dining in an elegant resort. Locally caught seafood is especially recommended and you will not be short of options in the Jungut Batu and Mushroom Bay areas.
Options are much thinner on the ground in [[Nusa Penida]] with a few lcoal local warungs on the north coast and very little elsewhere.
==Drink==
Jungut Batu has a well established surf scene and there are a few waterfront bars there worth checking out. Expect very cold beer, Australian sports and lots of surfie talk. A small but growing monthly full moon party takes place on the beach north of Jungut batu (Blue Corner Beach) in Lembongan.
==Stay safeSleep==Virtually all of the accommodation is on [[Nusa Lembongan]] with just a handful of very simple homestays on [[Nusa Penida]] and one solitary bed and breakfast on Nusa Ceningan. This tends to be budget and the lower end of the mid-range category, but there are a few luxury options and more scheduled to appear soon.
==Get out==
* Direct speedboat transfer to the [[Gili Islands]], [[Lombok]] is an interesting option.
* Back to [[Sanur]] in [[Bali]].
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