THE CONSCIOUS TRAVELLER
The Conscious Traveller
Travelling to Nusa Lembongan is a dream come true for anyone who lands on its pristine white sandy beaches. The crystal clear waters, immaculate shorelines, and vibrant culture make this destination a popular choice for all. It is important to remember that our actions can have a significant impact on the environment and local communities. Being a conscious traveller means minimising our negative impact on the places we visit.
In this article, you will learn how to help preserve the beauty of Nusa Lembongan.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES
Popular tourist destinations, such as Nusa Lembongan, face the issue of increased plastic waste. Play your part in addressing this problem by carrying a reusable water bottle and refilling it whenever necessary. Our villas come equipped with water refill stations, which are available to you free of charge. Furthermore, many of the island’s restaurants and cafes provide complimentary water refills. Using your reusable bottle instead of a plastic one will help reduce the amount of plastic waste.
AVOID SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
Nusa Lembongan faces a severe problem with single-use plastic pollution, which calls for conscious travellers to take action. Carrying a reusable shopping bag is one of the most effective ways to achieve this, as it minimizes the need for single-use plastic bags. To further reduce the use of single-use plastics such as straws and utensils, consider bringing your own on your travels.
Alternatively, you can easily find these items for sale on the island. While dining out, inform your server that you don’t want a plastic straw or utensils, and they will happily comply.
PROPER WASTE MANAGEMENT
Responsible waste management is crucial for ensuring that tourism has a positive impact on Nusa Lembongan. To play your part, utilize designated waste bins or facilities for proper disposal while exploring the island. By taking these simple yet effective steps, you can help reduce the amount of waste that harms natural habitats or ends up in landfills.
An important initiative promoting sustainable waste management on the island is the Lembongan Recycling Center. They are actively involved in sorting and separating hard waste, composting food scraps from local restaurants and cafes, and encouraging visitors to use designated rubbish bins. Collaborating with the Lembongan Recycling Center will contribute to protecting the island and promoting sustainable tourism.
BE KIND TO THE OCEAN
Snorkelling and diving are two of the most popular activities in Nusa Lembongan. Home to a vibrant ecosystem of marine life and stunning coral reef, it is important to practice responsible ocean behaviours. Avoid feeding or touching marine animals, as well as littering or leaving any trash behind. Additionally, we recommend using reef-safe sunscreen to prevent harmful chemicals from entering the water and damaging the coral. It’s crucial to remember that coral reefs are delicate and provide habitats for an array of underwater creatures.
Choose a reputable tour operator as they prioritize environmental friendliness and provide education about appropriate conduct In the ocean. Engaging in responsible practices is a way to help protect these natural treasures for years to come.
REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Reducing energy consumption is a key responsibility for conscious travellers. Take simple steps like turning off lights, air conditioning, fans, and electronics when not in use. Many accommodation in Nusa Lembongan adopt eco-friendly practices, changing towels and linen every third day to minimize environmental impact.
As a mindful tourist, you can contribute by hanging your wet pool towels in the sun to dry, allowing for reuse during your stay. Water conservation is also critical. Keep showers short as this will help make a difference in preserving this precious commodity. These small actions can greatly reduce your carbon footprint while travelling.
Respect the local culture by dressing modestly, following customs and traditions, and using pleasantries in the local language when you can. When visiting Hindu temples avoid wearing revealing clothing and opt for items that cover your shoulders and knees. A sarong loosely tied over your clothes for both men and woman is an appropriate way of showing respect when attending ceremonies or entering a temple.
Embracing the local culture during your travels is key to fostering an enriching and authentic experience. When immersing yourself in the local customs, traditions, language, and way of life, you will gain a deeper appreciation for the culture and build meaningful connections with the Lembongan community.
Becoming a mindful traveller involves making small yet significant efforts to reduce our environmental impact. It’s within our power to preserve natural wonders such as Nusa Lembongan, ensuring their beauty remains for future generations. The decision lies with each of us, and once made, adopting a sustainable lifestyle becomes effortless.