Blue Lagoon: Nusa Ceningan

When I first caught sight of the Blue Lagoon, I couldn’t believe my eyes at just how turquoise coloured the water was.

After a bumpy ride on the roads of Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan (seriously, these roads are next level when it comes to bumpiness!), and a ride over the narrowest and most rickety suspension bridge on a scooter, we had finally made it to the Blue Lagoon.

As you arrive on your scooter/bike, you’ll most likely see a fair few scooters parked on the left hand side of the road in one area. I’d recommend grabbing yourself a park in this same spot, and taking it by foot from there.

Just ten or so metres from where you’re parked, you’ll be treated with views from one side of the Blue Lagoon. Here you’ll be able to look out towards the opening of the lagoon and on the left hand side, you should be able to spot the roof of a little hut which is where the unofficial cliff jumping takes place.

To get to the cliff jumping site, you’ll have to walk around in a not so obvious path around the lagoon. Be very careful whilst you’re doing this as it can get pretty close to the edge of the cliff at times!

Views from the cliff jumping site are just as spectacular, and you’ll be looking back at where you were first standing – this time, towards the ‘closed mouth’ of the lagoon.

It was pretty quiet on the day we visited the Blue Lagoon – there were literally four other people at the cliff jumping site, so we were lucky to enjoy the beauty of the lagoon almost all to ourselves! We had heard that the cliff jumping site had been ‘closed’ for a few days as someone had injured themselves a few days beforehand. Having said that, there were no signs of it being closed, and nothing to stop people from jumping off at their own risk!

Despite what the “sign” says, there were no cold drinks to be found here

An abandoned shack at the Blue Lagoon. I believe this is where the cold drinks would have been sold.

An abandoned shack at the Blue Lagoon. I believe this is where the cold drinks would have been sold

While the Blue Lagoon is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, there is unfortunately a down side to it: the garbage. It’s not an uncommon sight to see garbage and plastic bottles sitting on the ground in Bali (and often in piles being burnt), and it’s got to be one of the most (if not the most) unfortunate things I’ve found about Bali. Not only does burning garbage/plastic have a huge impact on the environment, but it’s also taking away the beauty from what is considered an island paradise.

There are a few businesses trying to do their bit in reducing the garbage and plastic in Bali which is great to see however, I feel like there is a long way to go with the infrastructure of garbage disposal and recycling in Bali (or Indonesia as a whole) before we start seeing more impact.

If you’re visiting Bali, try and get on board with saying no to plastic wherever you can – straws are a great place to start, and if you can – purchase a reusable water bottle and fill it up wherever you can. Bali Eco Deli in Jungut Batu offer free refills for customers with their own bottles.

A not so pretty sight of the Blue Lagoon. Unfortunately, plastic bottles and rubbish in general scatted around Bali is not an unfamiliar sight.

A not so pretty sight of the Blue Lagoon. Unfortunately, seeing plastic bottles and rubbish in general scattered around Bali is not unfamiliar