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Unfortunately, vacations are not limitless. It’s always a fine line between seeing “all the things” and finding time to relax. When you add a destination that is halfway around the world, you feel like you’d better see what you can. Although we did spend five days in Ubud, we did take some side trips in Indonesia. They offered some unique views into other parts of this highly diverse country. The first one was two days in Nusa Ceningan.

This small island, located just south of Bali, is quiet and beachy. Accessible only by scooter, it’s best known for a wicked surf break and a Blue Lagoon. It, and the two islands on either side, are also home to many tropical fish, several coral reefs, and beautiful sunsets. Many guesthouses rent out scooters and run fishing and snorkeling tours as well.

The Blue Lagoon

Where to Stay

We checked into The Dafish, our guesthouse for two nights. It was cute and had all our basic needs covered for a reasonable price. The staff and owners were very friendly and made us delicious food. Our nightly rate also included transport to and from the Yellow Bridge that separates it from Nusa Lembongan, where the ferries drop passengers off.

The morning view from our porch

Where to Play

We came out to the island to do some snorkeling with WiFish Dive. While the waves were too choppy to swim with the manta rays, we did have an incredible time. We were dropped off at two different spots, had a great lunch, and enjoyed our time looking at so many fish and coral. The wetsuits seemed like overkill for 72 degree water, but they were great for blocking the sun and tiny jellyfish stings!

We didn’t end up buying an underwater camera, but the views from the top were also stunning. I couldn’t get enough of the blue and turquoise waves.

After a great day on the water and some salt water showers (which doesn’t feel that refreshing), we headed to Le Pirate Beach Club. When we arrived by ferry, we saw the most amazing sunset full of colors I’ve never seen before. Since I was too busy hanging on during my first scooter ride, I wasn’t able to capture it. On our second night I was determined to see it and had the proper cocktail in hand. The “Jeremy Ginger” is spiced rum, ginger roots, fresh mint, and ginger ale.

The sunset was obscured by clouds, but it was still a nice view of the light disappearing into the ocean.

We also had dinner at Le Pirate Beach Club. The tuna steak with rice, veggies, and traditional sambal were delicious.

While we couldn’t see the ocean from our guesthouse, The Palms Ceningan Hotel was a short walk down a narrow dirt road. We walked down there on our last morning and had fresh juices (watermelon pictured) and watched the waves crash.

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