I stayed in Lembongan for 2 more weeks after the Bali teacher training, and I live in Bali now. So I got to enjoy all the amazing activities that this island of Gods provides. Here I wish to share some of them with you:
1. Swimming and Diving (snorkel, scuba diving, freediving)
All yoga YTT is located right next to the beach where I swam every noon to cool myself down 😊it is a perfect spot—not wavy, not too deep. Our classmates went for swims quite often together right outside the classroom.
I’m an advanced open water diver, and did my freediving training in Amed Bali. I’ve dived in the most beautiful marine park Menjangan island in the north of Bali, in the sunken ship in Tulamben, but Lembongan and its surrounding are simply the best.
You can enjoy the crystal-clear water and play with the fishes at Crystal bay, or swim with the amazing gentle giants—manta rays, or take a look at the buddha statues underwater near Penida island, or simply enjoy the shallow waters near the mangrove… but whatever you choose, it’s going to be an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for you.
Scuba diving takes you further to see the feeding point of mantas, at a deeper place. But actually, if you are ok with waves, you can see them quite easily and close up from the distance while snorkelling or freediving as well—the price of the latter is much smaller.
If you are lucky, you can also see mola-mola. The thing to note is that one single drop of sun cream can destroy 1m2 of coral reefs. If you also care about the future of this beautiful place and the amazing marine ecosystem here, please do not wear any chemical products on your skin before going into the ocean, especially where there are coral reefs.
YTT teacher, classmate and I freediving near mangrove area to see the buddha statue
If you are scared to go in the water, or if you wish to enjoy a lazy day exploring the surrounding, then a kayak can be a great choice.
I took my 4-year-old girl to the kayak twice, enjoying the slow drifting rhythm of the kayak on the rivers among mangroves. She did all the paddling. I just closed my eyes and let the music play, then slowly fell asleep. Very rarely a kayak passed by.
The mysterious energy and sounds of insects of the mangrove is soothing and nourishing, just like an ancient lullaby.
What a great thing to do with your loved one!
3. SUP yoga—stand up paddle board
You can also choose a SUP for exploring the mangrove or the peaceful sea near there—it’s less stable than a kayak, but more challenging, therefore more fun! SUP yoga is a good thing to do too. You can test how stable and strong your poses are 😊
4. Jumping off the Blue Lagoon Cliff
For the crazier people, Ceningan—the island next to Lembongan, also offers an exciting activity:
There are 2 spots where you can jump from. One is at a restaurant. Another is at a cliff with no houses around. I chose the latter.
A story happened with that jump, which I shared with my classmates and touched a lot of them:
After saying goodbye to my lovely classmates with reluctance, I decided to do yoga by the blue lagoon cliffs which were away from the crowd.
Accidentally, I found a 10-meter cliff that I could jump off into the sea.
The jump itself was refreshing and amazing.
After jumping from the cliff and climbing up from the reef, I climbed ashore. Follow the inner guide to anther cliff.
Under the gentle seduce of the sun, I naturally took off all the clothes, enjoying the caress of the sea breeze and getting naked under the sun. I got lost in the pleasure of stretching each cell in different yoga poses.
At some point, I suddenly noticed a huge black shadow on the sea in front of me.
My first reaction was- that is impossible!
But this is obviously true. There is a manta ray ! ! !
They usually only appear at a certain point on the island of Penida, a dozen of kilometers away, and they are usually in groups.
I have never seen a huge manta ray, traveling alone so close to the sea. And seemed like it only circled in front of me, and occasionally raised its white wings, as if it’s waving goodbye to me.
The moment I saw it, I couldn’t help but crying. I can’t figure out why I was so emotional at that moment, I only know that I haven’t cried so long after I released it. I cried so long and thoroughly. It seems that many years of icebergs have melted at that moment.
Saying goodbye is what I am least good at. No matter if itis something good, orbad.
In the shaman tradition, the manta ray represents the ability to sail gracefully in the undulating emotional waters. I still remember the scene of going free diving with the manta rays in the middle of YTT with our teacher and classmates.
As soon as we entered the water, we were surrounded by a large group of giant manta rays and the jellyfish they ate. The classmates around me are afraid of death and hold my wrist tightly. They are so close to us and they swim so fast. Their whereabouts are so weird and flexible. I often have to adjust, otherwise I feel like I will hit them face to face.
Manta rays are large and heavy, they are used to living in the rough seas, but their attitude of sliding in the water is so elegant, beautiful, effortless, and gentle. Some divers will touch them, or accidentally kick them, they won’t be angry or attack at all, they will only swim away slowly.
In the days when I experienced emotional collapse, I always thought about the elegance of the manta rays. That magical feeling gave me peace.
At this moment, when I saw this manta rays from the high cliff, I only thought it was an angel sent by God to teach me to say goodbye. I suddenly felt that I was so loved. At the same time, I also feel the strong desire to express love.
I thought that love is so unreal, so difficult, but at this moment, this manta ray tells me: love is real, as true as my existence.
Every time I wonder if I am being loved, nature will give me a signal – usually an animal, to tell me that you are loved firmly. The seemingly airless love that you feel is real.
Like the manta ray in front of me now.
This epiphany of love melted the ice wall that I built inside, broke all doubts and impure things, and activated my core as strongly as the climax of making love, telling me deafeningly and tenderly:
You are loved.