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My friend Matt had already been in Indonesia a few days and thru emails told me to join him on Lembongan, an island off the coast of Bali. Indonesia is a country made up of hundreds of islands with some of the more famous ones being Bali, Java and Sumatra. My plans were just to stay around Bali. With Indonesia being my last country as a backpacker (before being a TEACHER!) I did not want much more than beaches, scuba diving and fun. I flew into the Bali airport, negotiated a taxi ride to a fast boat ferry dock out to Lembongan and within 2 hours of landing, I was on the island. Matt told me the name of the cheap hotel he was staying at, I found it on the tiny island, talked to the staff, mostly through body language what room was the white boy staying in. I passed out in the chair outside Matt's room and the next thing I know, Matt is waking me up. Lembongan is a very small island with surfing tourism and day trips from Bali being the main industry. Strangely enough, collecting seaweed is the 2nd biggest, so in low tide the shallows are covered with locals harvesting seaweed. One of the reasons I came to Bali was to learn to surf because it is world famous for its breaks. However, the 2 main surf spots were named Shipwreck and Laceration, not what I needed. These two waves broke over a coral reef, so one slipup and get ready for a mouthful of coral and a missing tooth, not what I wanted. Instead, I had 2 great scuba dives and a snorkel trip. There are strong currents along Lembongan so on the snorkel trip, I floated for about an hour, not having to kick at all. Another day, I rented a motorbike and drove around the island and on everyroad possible in about 3 hours, small island. It was great to meet up with Matt and be with someone else again. We left Lembongan after about 5 days and headed to another dive spot on the main island of Bali. I took the fast boat ferry onto Lembongan but for my trip out, we talked to locals about the cheapest way off and what we found was definitely local. Everyday a boat comes to Lembongan delivering fresh vegetables and everyday it leaves empty, with room for passengers. I took the vegetable boat back to Bali, with a blue tarp for a sail and a 5hp engine, very slow but it is hard for me to complain when I am sailing on crystal clear blue waters in Indonesia.

Posted by pmyerson 22:09 Archived in Indonesia

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