The first three weeks Chris and I had in Indonesia were very relaxing. We spent a week surfing in the Kuta area and then headed to Ubud for some Balinese culture. We could not believe how fast this time passed and were shocked when we realized that a third of our time in Indonesia had passed and we had not even started on our primary goal for our time there…scuba diving. We decided to get certified at the first possible opportunity which for our travel route was Nusa Lembongan; one of three small islands that are only an hour and a half slow boat ride off the east coast of Bali.
Here we found something a lot closer to the Bali people dream about. Crystal clear water, slow paced culture, and and cheap, cheap, cheap prices! I couldn’t believe we paid only $10 to stay right on the main beach with views of sunsets on the fishing boat filled water.
We did our PADI Open Water certification with Big Fish Diving which is one of the best decisions we made on our trip. The dive school and instructor were both really great. They put a lot of emphasis on safety and environmental protection. So I feel the experience has set us up to be safe and respectful divers.
We got trapped on the island for one extra day after our dive course was finished. It was “Devil’s Day”. A holiday specific to this island where the people pay respect to the sea. None is allowed in the water so there are no boats or people working on the seaweed farms. We crossed the bridge to the next island over to join in watching the local cock fighting. Definitely an experience not many tourists get to take part in.