Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A great new Nusa Lembongan map for free

Visitors to Nusa Lembongan have for some time been lamenting the lack of a decent map of the island. I am pleased to report that NLP have put that right and produced a superb new Nusa Lembongan map which is available free to anyone who wants it.

The map accurately and clearly shows places of interest, accomodation, restaurants and the road & lane network on the island. A great initiative and one which will be warmly welcomed by all visitors to Nusa Lembongan.

Nusa Lembongan Map
To receive a complimentary copy of the Nusa Lembongan map as a high-resolution, print-quality PDF, please send an email to NLP here.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Visitors to Nusa Lembongan doing their bit to save sea turtles

There are few people out there who would not be aware of the threats posed to the various species of marine turtle which grace our oceans in different corners of the world. I am very pleased to report that Nusa Lembongan is participating in a program to help address these threats.

Sunset Beach, Nusa Lembongan - turtle release locationSunset Beach in Nusa Lembongan - a location for releasing baby turtles to the Indian Ocean

Bail Hai Cruises is running an adopt a turtle cruise programme whereby visitors release a baby Olive Ridley Turtle to the ocean on the Nusa Lembongan. These turtles have been hatched in a supervised facility in neighbouring Bali from eggs collected from beaches in west Bali where scavenging from dogs and other disturbance provide very real threat. All revenue generated from the release programme goes towards:

two baby turtles released on Nusa Lembongani. incentivising local villagers in Bali to report incidents of laying turtles so that the eggs can be taken away from areas of danger into the supervised hatchery

ii. education of schoolchildren in Bali about the importance of marine conservation and the role of turtles in that

iii. the administration and improvement of the hatchery

iv. the collection of data for research into turtle populations

This weekend I was lucky enough to witness the release of 15 or so baby turtles on my very favourite Sunset Beach on Nusa Lembongan. Each of the tiny youngsters made it successfully to the ocean and it was great to see the interest from all the participating visitors and the children in particular.

Clearly this is a very worthy programme and one which we would urge all visitors to island to participate in. For just US$10 you can adopt and release a baby turtle. There may be other participants in the scheme but I can certainly recommend Bali Hai Cruises from everything I witnessed this weekend. According to the supervisor they are running multiple release cruises at the moment and more details are available on the Bali Hai Cruises website.

baby turtle released on Nusa Lembongan