Visiting Nusa Lembongan is almost like a vacation from your Bali vacation. Even though I’ve seen an increase in the number of tourists on the island over the recent years, it’s still a calm and peaceful oasis compared to most parts of Bali. One of my favorite things to do is to relax at one of the stunning warungs up by the Mangrove Forest. It’s almost like I shouldn’t write about this place, cause’ I want to keep it a secret.
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Okay, I might be exaggerating a little bit, it’s not really a secret as I see photos from the area all over social media. But on every occasion, we’ve visited one of the warungs, both in high and low season, we’ve had it all to ourselves. Anyways, they deserve all the business they can get, so I’ll try to tempt you to make the trip.
The Mangrove Forest is located north on the island with only one bumpy road leading to it. And when I say bumpy, I mean more potholes and sand than actual road! It doesn’t look too bad in the photo but trust me it isn’t easy to navigate. Usually, I rent a bicycle because of the scenic route and to get a bit of exercise, but since we were living a bit further away this time we opted for a scooter.
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Once there arrange with one of the locals to take you on a little 20-25 minute boat trip through the Mangrove Forest. There are signs throughout with names of the different species and sometimes you can see brightly colored fish and corals. It’s not the most exciting thing to do, but super relaxing early in the morning and you support the locals. A lot of the warungs also offer water sports like stand up paddle boarding, canoeing and snorkeling.
My absolute favorite of all the warungs is Warung Agung Beach Cafe. They’ve really put in a lot of effort when decorating this place, it’s a beachy boho haven. Think corals, seashells, pink flowers and driftwood, all set in a tranquil picture perfect location. They turned two old turquoise boats into a seating area, all decked out with a seashell chandelier and cushions to sit on. I want my backyard to look like that or even my house.
Have some delicious sate and a fresh coconut and soak up some sun on the beach loungers. The best time to visit is on high tide, so you can actually swim and enjoy the water. We usually spend a half day up there, having lunch, some snacks and a couple of drinks each. It usually comes out to around 100k Rp / 63 nok / $8, which is what you pay for a single cocktail at one of the hotspots like The Deck. So don’t miss out on this place if you’re ever on the island.
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