Every once in a while a fun excursion in a beautiful tropical setting is NEEDED.
So when my friend Jade and I happened to be in Bali at the same time this past November, we decided to look for something special to treat ourselves to.
Bali is beautiful, but sadly the beaches aren’t always the nicest, especially the ones in the tourist hot spots. So sometimes it’s nice to get away and explore some of the beautiful waters that can be found in the neighboring islands.
On the day of the trip, we arrived around 8am at WakaSailing’s private marina (called Waka Marina) at Benoa Harbour. We were greeted with fresh juice, a boarding pass, a map of the route we were about to embark on, and even a couple anti-nausea pills just in case you easily get seasick, like me. (I took the first one right before we set sail, and it ended up saving me!)
Soon we boarded the catamaran and were given some light refreshments, including tea, coffee, fruit, and croissants. After some safety instructions from the crew, we set sail!
For most of the ride, we chose to sit on the netting at the front of the catamaran. If you choose to do this, be prepared to get wet! (On a particularly big splash that soaked us, we were given towels, which was so nice of them).
The trip to get to Nusa Lembongan takes about 1:5 hours as it’s a relaxing cruise (very different to the fast paced speed boats you can get from Sanur) and definitely a much more pleasant, relaxing experience.
Once we got close to Nusa Lembongan, we were transferred to a smaller boat, and we were given the option to either go snorkeling or scuba diving at Jungut Batu reef, or go straight to shore.
We decided to opt for snorkeling – and were so happy with our choice! The coral was beautiful, expansive, and teeming with a lot of brightly colored fish. Plus the water was so refreshing to dive into.
After about an hour of snorkeling, the boat took us to the main shore of Jungut Batu Beach, to WakaBeachClub.
After a bountiful buffet-style lunch, with which I was happily surprised with plenty of delicious vegetarian options, we had the choice of relaxing at the beach club, or exploring the sights of the island.
Usually I’m all for exploring new places, but that day we were pretty tired, and the beach and infinity pool were calling our names.
After a few hours amazing hours of relaxing and taking some photos, it was (sadly) time to get back on the boat, to set sail again back to Bali. We arrived back at Benoa Harbour around 5:30pm.
Thanks to the super attentive and friendly WakaSailing crew, and staff at WakaBeachClub, we had a pretty incredible day trip to Nusa Lembongan.
The catamaran was comfortable and not over-crowded, the beach club was beautiful and well taken care of, and the food was delicious. All in all, it was a memorable experience, one for the books, and I have to say we got some amazing photos – which I now treasure!
WakaSailing operates every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can book a trip directly from their site, right here: https://wakahotelsandresorts.com/wakasailing/day-trip