Dream Beach was my favorite place in Nusa Lembongan. It wasn’t so convenient for us to go there, considering this beach is located on the south tip of the island and we were staying on the opposite side. But one morning, we made a (quite) long journey to the south, and had the best time ever.
So what did Dream Beach have that the other beaches in Nusa Lembongan didn’t?
For a start, it was well away from the port and boats. The days before, I’d always come back from the beach with my skin feeling slick and grimy, and I couldn’t figure out why until the third day when I came to a sudden revelation: it was all the fuel from the many, many boats docking along the shore. Instant turnoff, I tell you. So Dream Beach earned a point on cleanliness (no litter in sight too, another plus).
Another thing was the white and powdery sand, something not many beaches in Nusa Lembongan had. Add a nice bar and restaurant to that, and I was happy sitting there for hours with my book and camera.
Right at the entrance, there was this board warning the visitors there were no lifeguards on duty.
No lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk. Would you be surprised if I told you this was common in Indonesia? Very rarely do I get to find lifeguards at the beach (or swimming pool), but at least Dream Beach had a sign to remind the visitors. Other beaches? No such thing.
I will say that after my experience on the hell boat rides to and fro Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida, I’m a bit concerned about the safety issue for the tourism industry here. But talking about it is like opening a whole other can of worms, so I’ll save it for another time.
Back to Dream Beach…
I spent the first hour cooling down with a glass of cold juice (this place was hot!), before going down to the beach.
On the beach, there was an encounter with a yellow hermit. He was a bit of a recluse so it was hard to get a picture of his face (he wasn’t a fan of social media as well, so…).
We decided to skip the Devil’s Tears, as we’d seen similar views in Nusa Penida (besides, from the pictures it seemed like we’d had a better deal in Nusa Penida).
The way to Devil’s Tears
It was a perfect day. I spent most of the time reading, eating, drinking, and occasionally going down to the beach for dipping my toes.
If only I could do this every day…
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