Nusa Ceningan: the Atlantic coast in Asia

Nusa Ceningan, neighbour of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida is a tiny island off the East coast of southern Bali. The wild sea at Blue Lagoon, the sharp rocks, the high cliffs and the bushes and pins make me think of the Atlantic coast in Europe.
Green Young Coconut © Cliffs of Nusa Ceningan

Green Young Coconut © Cliffs of Nusa Ceningan

Even the smell of the vegetation. It could be a reduced version of the Cliffs of Moher in Irleland together with the high lands of the Galician coast in Spain. 
Green Young Coconut © The white foam seems snow

Green Young Coconut © The white foam seems snow

The people in Nusa Ceningan has been working for years on the seaweed farming industry.
You will easily notice that there are like grass blankets lying on the floor.
These are the seaweed drying under the sun and you can ask some local people about the whole process.
Green Young Coconut © Colecting seaweeds

Green Young Coconut © Colecting seaweeds

There is a nice bumpy main path (which I would not call main street yet) that offers really awesome views. On the right side your eyes will always find the sea, between the houses and vegetation. On the left side there are palm trees (that reminds you that you are in a tropical place, of course, not in the Atlantic coast).

Green Young Coconut © Path

Green Young Coconut © Path

We also stopped on this side to visit a school of gamelan which is the orchestra of instruments in Indonesia and there were many cute kids playing and learning.

Despite its proximity to Bali the nature in Nusa Ceningan is very different and it’s a great surprise to find a peculiar atmosphere, still very calm. Recently and since a small amount of tourism arrived there, some families also own homestays and restaurants or local warungs.

Green Young Coconut © Coconut and views at Le Pirate

Green Young Coconut © Coconut and views at Le Pirate

The prices are higher than in Bali, not far from the well-known Le Pirate there is a small familiar place with only a few seats that serves a good soto ayam, a traditional Indonesian soup with chicken, noodles and lime.

To get to Nusa Ceningan you must cross a yellow bridge that separates the land of Nusa Lembongan with Nusa Ceningan. It is a great plan to a day-trip. You can get to the other side of the bridge walking, cycling or by motorbike which can be a funny experience.

Green Young Coconut © Bridge that separates the islands

Green Young Coconut © Bridge that separates the islands

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