Indonesia is full of islands everywhere and I decided to explore a few more of them. As Bali is a place that is full of tourists I longed to see something different. Lucky for me it was not so far to travel.
Just south east of Bali there are the Islands Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. Lembongan and Ceningan are connected by a small bridge and are easily discovered by bicycle or motorbike in a day or two. These islands are the most visited by tourists. Penida is the largest of the three islands and much less explored and the tourist infrastructure is not so developed. This island is mentioned as “a wild, rugged and largely untamed island which offers plenty to those with an adventurous spirit”.
Rugged nature and friendly locals
After a few day in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, which was nice islands but not much special really, I was exited to go to Nusa Penida. And I was not disappointed. This is truly a different island worth a visit. Another benefit was that I on the boat from Bali met a travel companion for the Nusa Penida trip and after travelling alone this was a nice change. And we had a great time. After almost three full days of driving around with motorbikes (good practice for me!) and seeing amazingly beautiful nature we both agreed that we could have spent even some more days on the island. I just loved to feel free on the bike, watch the beautiful landscape and to meet all the smiles from the locals who are still quite curious and excited when they meet someone from a country far away. This is how I like it.
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net forever.”
/Jacques Yves Cousteau