After snorkling and scuba diving at the Togian islands in Sulawesi we thought it wouldn't get any better. Until we swam with Manta rays, the largest of all rays. They are not dangerous, but it is quite freaky when they suddenly turn and gracefully fly your direction at amazing speed with their gigantic fins. They are found only 15 minutes by boat from the beach of Nusa Lembongan as the area is a so called reef-side "cleaning station" to let cleaner wrasse remove small parasites from their skin and gill cavities.
We found total relaxation at Nusa Lembungan. A local showed us a great selection of very affordable accommodation and we got our own house on stilts with an outdoor shower and a swimmingpool right at the beach. What more does one want! Well, the privilage of swimming with manta rays, very exhilarating!
What better way to explore the island of Bali than by scooter. It allowed us to get off the main roads into the woods and on top of the mountains. Thanks to a local friend we found relaxing and special places to stay. We even spent some nights in a traditional 'Lumbung' (ricehouse), which was traditionally used for storing 'beras' (rice) and is just big enough for two people.