Believe me, 43ft looks a long way down from the top…
Cycling round Nusa Lembangon and Nusa Cengingan – two islands off the east coast of Bali – is a great adventure. Starting off at Jungut Batu and circling the circumferences you’ll come across remote mangrove swamps, hidden villages and the bluest water you’ve ever seen at the aptly named, Blue Lagoon. What makes this rugged coastline even more spectacular is that you can jump off a 43ft high cliff and live to tell the tale.
My cleanest landing…
Blue Lagoon is located at the western tip of Nusa Ceningan, a tiny island connected to Nusa Lembongan by a wooden suspension bridge. Rumours abound that the bridge is frequently down but you just have to go and check for yourself. Scooter rental from Jungut Batu village on Lembongan is a mere $7 dollars for the day (no license required), or if you’re a gluten for punishment like myself you can hire a mountain bike and cycle the entire two islands for $2. It’s one of the best cycles I’ve done though and well worth it. (Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.)
DO NOT, under any circumstances, attempt the jump if the ladder is not down or you are screwed. A few Indonesian guys will come sometime after midday and lower the ladder into the sea. They will also make you sign a waiver of responsibility and charge you $5 for three jumps. When jumping don’t go wacky. Land like a pencil: arms straight to your sides, legs together. You don’t want to lose a testicle. Seriously! Even a low jump of 20ft will have the body hit the water at 40 km/h. This is twice that so be careful.
The current is pretty strong. Once you jump don’t fight it and let it carry you towards the ladder.
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