Food for Lembongan Families Stage 2

Food for Lembongan Families

Thanks to your donations we have completed stage 2 with delivery of fresh vegetables, tempeh & tofu (made locally in Lembongan) to 200 elderly and families with young children.

  • These packages have been gratefully received and your generosity has reached so many in the Lembongan community with 800 families receiving packages from stage 1 & 2 distributions.






The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented situation for everyone.

As a guest it is understandable you may have concerns about what practices we have in place and how we can continue to keep us all safe during these extraordinary times.

There are a number of practical steps we can all take to help manage the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during your stay.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian government has established the below protocols to adhere to.

Should you feel unwell or require medical assistance during your stay on Lembongan please contact East Medical Centre, located in Mushroom Bay, Open 24 hours – Whats App +62 813 3955 5515.



Boat Boarding in Bali:
  • Provide Rapid Test certificate (effective for 14 days from test). To be shown to COVID team in Sanur.
Arrival to Lembongan:
  • Staff will be wearing masks and will greet you with joined hand symbol ( hands in prayer) opposed to shaking hands.
  • Staff will sanitise their hands prior to handling luggage.
Arrival at your Accommodation:
  • Temperature test will be conducted, if your temperature exceeds 37.3 degrees you will not be able to check in and requested to seek medical assistance.
  • Guest to wash / sanitise hands at the entrance to the property.
During your stay:
  • Sanitise hands whenever leaving and arriving back to property.
  • Staff will practice physical distancing within the property and wear masks when interacting with guests.
  • If you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, please advise staff immediately. They will assist you to East Medical Centre ( Whats App +62 813 3955 5515)
  • The property will be disinfected daily. Please put away personal belongings during housekeeping times.
  • If you plan to have visitors to the property, please advise the staff and be aware they will be required to adhere to all check in hygiene protocols.
  • While outside the property, in public areas around the island, please ensure masks are worn. If you do not have one please advise the staff and they will assist in providing one for you.
Departure from Villa:
  • Guest must have current Rapid Test certificate (valid for 14 days).Provide Rapid Test certificate (effective for 14 days from test). To be shown to COVID team in Sanur.
Food for Lembongan Families

The Gift of Giving – Together we made a difference

In mid April this year it was becoming more and more apparent that it was not COVID-19 the virus, but the economic impact that is the greatest threat to the people of Bali & Lembongan. We felt compelled to rally our community of loyal Lembongan lovers to help assist families on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. With tourism and the local economy being brought to a stand still due to COVID-19, the locals have been severely impacted with wide spread loss of jobs & income.  The Lembongan Traveller partnered with Island Protect & Bali Children Foundation to launch the Food For Lembongan Families fundraiser campaign aimed to help as many families as possible.

It has been incredibly humbling to see the generosity of people, considering that no-one has been untouched by COVID-19, people have been digging deep during these difficult to support the Lembongan community. The Lembongan Traveller’s team of staff on the ground in Lembongan have co-ordinated the logistics and distribution, meeting with both Kepala Desa in Lembongan and Jungut Batu villages to ensure we reach the people who are in most need.

T H A N K  Y O U  to everyone who donated & supported our Food For Lembongan Families fundraiser.  Thanks to your generosity we toppled our initial target of $5000 and with the $14,000+ funds raised so far have been able to reach 600 families with packages.

which include – 10kg bag rice, noodles, eggs, oil & cloth masks.  The masks were made by woman in Bali and the supplies were purchased from over 20 different warungs on Lembongan.  Packages were delivered this week to families across 10 Banjars on Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan and included migrant/ non-local workers who do not have the support of family networks.

The locals have sent so many messages of  gratitude.  Together we made a difference and these photos are a true reminder of the gift of giving.  From our Lembongan family to yours THANK YOU again.

PS We are still accepting donations and will continue to deliver packages as funds are available.


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UPDATES – Food for Lembongan Families

As the owners of The Lembongan Traveller we felt compelled to rally our community of loyal supporters to help assist the families on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. We asked and you have responded with an overwhelming amount of support.  THANK YOU to everyone who has donated, showed support and sent messages.

This FOOD FOR LEMBONGAN FAMILIES fundraiser is aimed to reach as many families as possible by supplying rice, noodles and oil which makes up an integral part of their daily staples.  We will keep the fundraiser open so people can continue to make donations.


Below are updates regarding the campaign, also posted on the fundraiser platform.

From our family to yours we say THANK YOU xx

UPDATE – 12 MAY 2020

We are on our way to getting your generous support to the Lembongan locals. We have ordered 1000 cloth masks ( made in Bali) and are co-ordinating the logistics to arrange 600+ food packages for families, consisting of 10kg bag of rice, noodles, eggs and oil. The plan is to have things in place for an end of May / early June distribution. Thank you again for opening your hearts and digging deep for the Lembongan community.


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UPDATE – 8 MAY 2020

We continue to receive ongoing support and incredible generosity from the wider Lembongan community, which is giving us the means to be able to reach so many families with food packages.  We are currently in talks with our key partners, including ; Bali Children Foundation, Island Protect, Head of  the Village in Jungut Batu and Lembongan  ( which includes Ceningan) to  finalise the distribution process,  purchases, logistics and timeframes.  As we have more details we post further updates.  Please be assured ALL funds donated will be used towards supporting the local Lembongan community. Together we are making a difference.  Take care and Happy Mothers Day to all our Island loving mummas. Tania & TLT Team xx


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UPDATE – 01 MAY 2020

Hi All, WOW a lot happens in a couple days!! Thanks to your generosity we have surpassed our latest target of $10,000 and are currently on $11,500 (hence the reset of the target to $15,000). This is truly incredible and well beyond any of our expectations. With the current tally we will be able to reach over 550 families with food packages. Please know we are in daily contact with our team and friends in Lembongan and they are so grateful for the out-pouring of support. As there are plans from another fundraiser to do handouts in the week ahead, it has been decided that we wait to do distribution later in May / June, this has been a decision made as a group with consultation with locals and Bali Children Foundation. The road ahead without tourism on Lembongan is going to be hard for them all, we feel it is best to manage the support we can give so it is spread out, rather then given immediately. Thanks again from our family to yours, take care and stay well. TLT Team


Food for Lembongan Families

UPDATE – 28 APR 2020

THANK YOU & huge virtual hugs to everyone who has donated. These are difficult times for everyone, but you have all shown so much support and spirit with your generosity towards the Lembongan community – we are truly humbled and blessed. We have just tipped our second target of $7500 and on our way now to $10,000.
We understand you have trusted us with your donations and for the money to be spent well. We can confirm:
– 100% of the money raised will go to buying food supplies, no admin fees from us or Bali Children Foundation
– we will be buying food supplies locally on Lembongan across a range of outlets on the island
– we will be including residents from other islands who live permanently on Lembongan as part of the distribution
– distributions will be include both Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan residents
– funds raised are held with Bali Children Foundation and they will be administering payments of supplies on receipt of invoices via bank transfers
Thank you again from us at TLT and local Lembongan community. Regards Tania & Mal


Food for Lembongan Families

UPDATE – 27 APR 2020

AMAZING, so many more donations over night and we have reached our initial target of $5000. THANK YOU to you ALL it has been an incredible team effort and our hearts are bursting. We can not thank you enough as this will enable us to help so many Lembongan families. However, we are not going to stop here, we have decided to raise the target to $7500, lets keep sharing the campaign and encourage family and friends to donate. Every little bit counts and together we can make a BIG difference – AU$12 will buy a family 10kg of rice. Sending love to you all, TLT Team


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UPDATE – 26 APR 2020

WOW we are nearly at $4000, an amazing achievement and another massive thank you to all, especially those you have donated in the last 24 hour ( since our last update). Please keep sharing with family and friends so we can reach our target. Enjoy your Sunday, take care and stay well. TLT Team


Food for Lembongan Families

UPDATE – 24 APR 2020

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated, in less than 24 hours you have help raised over $3000. We are so grateful for your support and for those who have shared the campaign friends and family. The Lembongan community are blessed to be surrounded by such a caring and generous wider community (YOU) who have selflessly dug deep in these difficult times. Be assured your donations will go a LONG way to helping Lembongan families. Thanks again and take care. Tania, Mal & TLT Team


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As the owners of The Lembongan Traveller we feel compelled to rally our community of loyal supporters to help assist the families on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan and have created the Food for Lembongan Families fundraiser. With tourism and the local economy being brought to a stand still due to COVID-19, the locals have been severely impacted with wide spread loss of jobs & income.  The campaign is aimed to reach as many families as possible by supplying rice and oil which makes up an integral part of their daily staples. GIVE NOW

We understand that COVID-19 has touched everyone and we are all facing extremely difficult times, but if you can give any small amount from your family it will go a long way to helping a Lembongan family.  All donations are greatly appreciated.

We have partnered with Bali Children Foundation, who we successfully worked with to administer the money we raised after the Yellow Bridge collapse to the affected families and into the community via their environmental and educational programs.

Our team of staff based on the ground in Lembongan have helped us formulate this program, will administer the purchasing of supplies and oversee the distribution process.

We thank you all in advance, on behalf of the people of Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan for support the Food for Lembongan Families fundraiser… they can not wait to welcome you back to their island home once travel can resume.

Donations can be made via PayPal or Credit Credit card via the campaign link below, or  please email us on for either IDR or AUD bank account details and your donation will be added to the campaign as an offline contribution.



Credit photo ; @saltywings

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How is COVID-19 impacting Lembongan locals?

How is COVID-19 impacting Lembongan locals?

COVID-19 is impacting everyone, no one is untouched, it is testing us all and the stresses of uncertainty, loss of work and how this will impact us into the future is difficult to process.  The people of Lembongan are no different, here is a personal account from our staff ( Nomi – Social Media Manager, Titis – Reservations Manager, Triana – Logistics Manager) and their perspective of the impact of COVID-19 on the people of Lembongan.  Their resilience, determination and Hindu faith give them hope and a path forward to tackling adversity.


“COVID-19 is the biggest plague of its impact for Nusa Lembongan because 80% local people lost their jobs and income.

Due to COVID-19 ceremony numbers have been restricted, only the head of ceremony, offering maker, and limited number people are allowed to attend. Prior to all ceremonies, the temple is sprayed with disinfectant. Normally we have ceremonies all day starting 8am until 6pm, now as a result of COVID-19 they can only happen from 8am-10am. The Bali government has asked us us to pray from home, all weddings and blessings cannot proceed.

Everything has changed here, normally the roads are busy with cars & scooters, and now it’s very quiet. Normally the streets are busy until night around 11pm but now by 8pm it is very quiet. 85% restaurants & meal houses are closed, almost 95% hotels closed too. Only small warungs or grocery stores remain open for food and other essential items that we need.

All boats are closed, except for the transportation of food to the island.

It has touched everyone; company man, captains of boats and small business owners have no job or income at the moment.  We feel lucky that our island is surrounded by the ocean, so we can go fishing, spearfishing and net fishing. Those who have gardens and crops will use these fruit and vegetables for cooking at home.  We are have started planting gardens and will take all vegetables & fruits that we have there to cook in our home. Now we all trying to plant spices, spinach etc in our gardens at home.

COVID-19 now means that Balinese women, who were usually busy with work and used to buy pre-made offerings and also take away meals are now home and will make offerings, do the cooking and cleaning for the household.  It has changed how we are currenty accustom to living.

We feel this is going to have a huge effect on our economy, much more than Mount Agung eruption in 2018 and the Bali Bombings 1 & 2.  However, we can also see a positive from this, there is reduced pollution, we are forced to become more thrifty, our life is cleaner & simpler, and families are now spending a lot more time together at home.

We are very thankful to government who have offered to help us with 25 kg of rice / families.  You may ask “why only rice?”, because we have ocean and garden to get fish and vegetables.

We believe we can get through this together, as we have previously with the Bali Bombings, we keep supporting each other, we are grateful each day, take care of our health and pray for this to end soon.”

Written by Nomi, Titis & Triana

OGOH-OGOH 2020, Nusa Lembongan

Ogoh-ogoh 2020, Nusa Lembongan

This morning the Balinese government announced that due to COVID-19 and the risks involved of having large gatherings that Ogoh Ogoh parades will be cancelled.  This decision is in the best interest for the health and safety of everyone in Bali and Lembongan. However, it comes with an emotional cost to the Hindu people who consider the Ogoh Ogoh “New Years Eve” parades as one of the most significant celebrations on their calendar.

We write this blog with particular respect and thoughts for everyone who has contributed to this year’s Ogoh Ogoh.  One of our staff members has been heavily involved with her Banjar Ogoh Ogoh preparations, which began 3 months ago, involved endless hours and also considerable financial contributions by everyone within the Banjar community.

The preparations have included making of the enormous paper mâché monsters, practicing & preparing gamelan music & dances to accompany the Ogoh Ogoh, plus designing and producing T-shirts for the parade participants to wear.

They were notified of an emergency meeting at midnight last night to be held at 10am today, when the decision to cancel the parades was announced.  It was with mixed emotions and a heavy heart that she then had to pass on the news to her team which is proudly made of up of a large number of teenagers who have gathered after school everyday and into the evening to work on the preparations.

They have for now wrapped the Ogoh Ogoh in plastic and hoping they can be retained and used for next year.

She is an extremely wise young lady, and as a Hindu, holds great pride for her religious beliefs and the significance of the Ogoh Ogoh parade. For these reasons we wanted to share her thoughts with you as it has been an emotional day for her as COVID-19 continues its impact across the globe, no-one is untouched by it.

In her words, ” I understand it has to be cancelled to stop the spread of COVID-19, I am so grateful that when I told all the teenagers in our Banjar they too were so understanding.  We need to look after the health of our family and friends”.

The Ogoh Ogoh parades are a truly immersive experience, symbolising evil creatures and are demonstrative to scare off the evil spirits prior to the start of the  New Year.  Ogoh Ogoh are large giant monster dolls, made by the local younger generation of Banjar members, carried on bamboo platforms.   They are shaken, loud music & drums are played,  young children walk in front of the large paper mâché creatures holding torches / candles, women follow performing dances and men playing loud drums & cymbals.  The parade ends with bonfires when these laboriously designed monsters are set a light and fall to ashes,  the final act of purification before heralding in the New Year  (Nyepi) the next day.



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Nusa Lembongan – COVID-19

To our valued travellers, colleagues and Lembongan family 

 We would like to address the current COVID-19 situation, although it is hard to keep up at the rapid pace it is evolving.  We extend our support & prayers to all who have been impacted by the virus. 

We are here to assist all our valued TLT customers with their holiday plans, and understand the concern and uncertainty surrounding travelling at the moment.   Our team are working tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for our guests and will continue to be available 7 days a week via phone or email.   

We support the measures being taken by countries with  travel bans, self-isolation, social distancing and encouraging healthy hygiene practices.   If we are ALL diligent the sooner our travelling community will be back on its feet and in the air. 

When things do settle, PLEASE put Nusa Lembongan on your list, our Lembongan family, who rely on tourism for their livelihoods, are feeling the brunt of COVID-19.  Their open arms & warm hearts are ready to welcome you back island side as soon as the new “normal” is set and we can once again enjoy travelling to Bali and beyond.

Thank you for support and loyalty, it is this, which will enable small businesses like TLT to get through this wild ride.

Stay well, take care of each other & give kindness.

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Nusa Lembongan by @eveisescapades



We recently caught up with Evie Nairn (@eveisescapades) and found out why she keeps coming back to Nusa Lembongan, her island highlights and top tips. Take a read for some great holiday inspiration, and be sure to follow her travels on instagram, she is a fellow ocean lover and has a very special skill of capturing it in all its beauty. 


How many times have you visited Lembongan? 

I have been to Lembongan a total of four times, once with a friend, once solo and twice with my husband. 


Why do you keep coming back to Lembongan? 

Lembongan combines so many of my favourite things, amazing beaches, good food and drink, plenty of ocean activities (surfing, snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding) and is also really accessible as it’s only a 30 minute boat ride away from Bali and a quick three hour flight from my hometown in Western Australia. I also really enjoy that your time here can be as relaxed or as action packed as you like and that Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida are super close, so that you have plenty of options to go exploring! 


What’s your ideal day on Lembongan consist of? 

I actually love getting up at sunrise and going for a walk or taking a yoga class at one of the lovely yoga studios on the island. This would be followed up by a delicious brekky, Ginger and Jamu and Green Garden are two of our favourite brekky spots! After this, normally a trip back to our accommodation to jump in the pool and get ready for the day before hopping on our scooter and going beach and bar hoping around Lembongan and Ceningan. My favourite way to spend the afternoon is always at a beach side bar with a pool and luckily, there are plenty to choose from! From here, I normally love to head around to The Deck, which is my favourite place to spend happy hour, watch the sunset and grab something delicious to eat for dinner! 

Being a keen photographer, I normally also spend a lot of the day stopping around every bend taking photos! It’s a really photogenic place and changes so much throughout the day, providing ample opportunity for some really unique and lovely snaps. 


Where on Lembongan do you prefer to stay? 

I really love being around the Mushroom / Secret Beach area and within walking distance to eateries like Thai Pantry and The Deck. The views around this area are so spectacular and the best place to watch the sunset!


You recently stayed at the new Beach Tonic, tell us a little about this new villa…. 

Okay this was undoubtably the best place that we have ever stayed! The villa was so spacious and stunning, it had incredible views and an amazing beachy vibe throughout, really bringing the beauty of the island inside! It had such an amazing, homely feel and felt so sad to leave! 


Your top tip for people considering a Lembongan holiday? 

DO IT!! Also, give yourself plenty of time as whilst the island is a great weekender, there is also so much to see; so if you can, stay a while and give yourself the opportunity to enjoy everything that the island has to offer.


Words and photos thanks to @evieescapades


Nyepi Day


Nyepi Day, falls on 25th March this year, a day of silence, celebrating the start of the Hindu new year, for the Balinese this is a time to reflect on the year past and plan for the year ahead.


The Melasti Ceremony is a purification ritual usually held a few days before Nyepi Day. This takes place on the beach, is a colourful spectacle where people bring offerings and pray to cleanse their bodies and earth of bad spirits.

On the eve of Nyepi, villages and communities gather with their Ogoh Ogoh ( large paper mache sculptures) and parade through the streets which end with them ceremoniously being burnt, symbolizing purification.

Nyepi Day itself is a spiritual day reserved for self reflection, observed from 6 a.m on 25th March until 6 a.m. on 26th March,  with anything that may interfere with that purpose being restricted. The main restrictions are no power, no working, no entertainment, no travelling (people stay at home) and, for some, no eating.

Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents and tourists are not exempt from the restrictions.  We ask all visitors to Lembongan during Nyepi Day to respect these traditions and to remain within their accommodation confines. Whilst some hotels on Bali receive special permission to use limited power, it is far stricter on Nusa Lembongan with many places closing or operating without power and minimum or no staff for the day.  It is advised you check with your accommodation to find out their policies surrounding this special day.

We trust all visitors will be mindful and respectful of Nyepi Day and the importance it plays in the Hindu culture.


Please note no boats will be operating on 25th March 2020 and a revised schedule for 24th March as follows.  Normal boat schedules resume on 26th March.


Serangan : 10.00am and 12.00pm // Lembongan : 9.00am and 11.00am


Sanur : 9.15am and 2.00pm // Lembongan : 8.00am and 12.30pm


Sanur : 9.15am, 10.00am and 1.00pm // Lembongan : 8.30am and 11.30am