We heard that the big touristy towns on south Bali were a little too much of a party scene so we decided to try the quieter Nusa Lembongan, a smaller island just off the coast of Southeast Bali. Getting a reservation was not easy, but we secured a place that was associated with a dive shop so that we could do some diving. We checked into our quaint bungalow which had a giant circular bed (no it didn't rotate) and an outside bathroom/shower.
The courtyard was well landscaped and very serene.
Unfortunately the couple that owned the dive shop and bungalows were going on vacation themselves so we had to dive with one of the other dive shops on the island.
Local island life was centered around seaweed farming and religious celebrations. Indonesians seem to have temples large and small everywhere and little offerings always seem to be underfoot.
The pace was slow, maybe a little too slow. The rain we thought we were getting away from followed us south and our beach time was reduced to just 2 days. There were some beautiful spots and we rented a moto for the day to check out the island.
We came across this sign which we took a mental note of and it hit us that we were in "Ring of Fire" country. Our hearts go out to the families who are struggling with volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis at this moment.
Amber dove once without me (I wanted to give my poorly ear more time to heal) and got to see a Mola Mola which is a giant sunfish. People come to this island just to see one of these elusive big fish.
We had a nice view of the mountains on Bali, when the clouds cooperated.
We relaxed a lot, got a little bit of beach time, and tried Indonesian cuisine. We then made our way to the cultural capital of Bali: Ubud.