“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” Wyland. Today, while the autumn pacific northwest sun shone I made my way, soulstrolling, along the pebbly shore of Richmond Beach, and was reminded of the day my husband and I spent playing in the waves of the ocean off of Nusa Lembongan.
What a magically delightful day. Nusa Lembongan is an island located southeast of Bali, Indonesia. To get there you need to take a boat or ferry from Sanur. We were staying in Ubud so hired a driver to take us to the Rocky fast boat ticket booth along the beach area in Sanur. They were kind, efficient, fast and a good value. As a tourist you have lots of options in terms of how to get to Sanur. This one came highly recommended by our villa manager, Made – Villa Kolibri Saudara.
It was an overcast morning with a slight drizzle as we arrived in Sanur. We had some time before our boat departure so went in search of coffee. Soulstrolling along the beach front we came across Infinity Coffee Sanur. Best macchiatto in Bali and awesome morning view.
From there we met back at the Rocky office and headed over to the beach front on Sanur to board the boat. You have to walk through the warm ocean water to board the boat so make sure you’ve got flip flops or sandals that you can throw into the bucket before boarding. The misty clouds lifted and sunshine lit the top deck of the boat as we headed to Nusa Lembongan.
Nusa Lembongan is a fairly small island with narrow windy roads. You either need to rent a scooter or hire someone else to get you around. My husband, Dave, had made reservations for us at Sandy Bay Beach Club. To get there he negotiated with a driver after we got off the boat. Tip: negotiating prices on transport, clothing, etc. is a necessary skill in Bali. Soon we were seated in a small car and off we went.
Crashing blue surf, white sand, coral rocks, and a stunning outdoor beach restaurant with an infinity pool greeted us as we turned the corner and walked in. Amazing. I hadn’t realized it was going to be this beautiful. There were comfortable tables and chairs and poolside lounge chairs for guests. 2 available lounge chairs called our names and we flopped down onto them – savoring the smell of the ocean, the warmth of the sun, and the natural beauty surrounding us. They had an incredible menu with all kinds of food choices. Super delicious. We took out our kindles, ordered Bintangs and soaked it all in.
My mind flipped in and out of my book, it didn’t capture my attention fully. I found my heart swelling with gratitude as I watched the ocean waves crash on the reef. The sun, warm air and smell of the surf formed firework bursts of thankfulness in my soul. I can close my eyes even now and remember.
There are lots of other beaches and sites on Nusa Lembongan. I could have stayed for days. Eventually we made ourselves leave the comfort of the Beach Club (the surf and coral reef are too dangerous to swim) and walked over to view Devils Tear, and from there for a swim at Dream Beach. ( Nusa Lembongan travel tips)
I love swimming in the ocean. Big waves, salt water, hot sun, warm white sand beneath my toes = happy soul and heart. We dove in and out of waves, read our kindles on the warm sand and people watched.
We had the driver’s phone number from earlier so gave him a call and he kindly picked us up at Dream Beach and dropped us back at the boat launch in time to catch our boat back to Sanur.
Thanks Nusa Lembongan for a lovely day. “Put yourself in the way of beauty.” Cheryl Strayed