Best places to visit in Helsinki and Tallinn in two days

Hello there…

I’m sure you guys are so ready to read about a country other than Iceland by now.

To tell you the truth, we were actually going to stay in Helsinki for two days before flying to Lapland, but upon arriving in Finland, our driver told us that we can actually take a cruise to Tallinn, Estonia for less than than 20 Euros. We thought why not? It is a completely new country! Hence, we visited two new countries in two days!

Helsinki, Finland’s southern capital, sits on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. The city’s urban area has a population of 1,268,296, making it by far the most populous urban area in Finland as well as the country’s most important center for politics, education, finance, culture, and research. Helsinki is located 80 kilometres North of Tallinn, Estonia, 400 km East of Stockholm, Sweden and 390 km West of Saint Petersburg, Russia. It has close historical ties with these three cities.

(PS, I really wanted to take a cruise to Russia as well, but we didn’t have the time! Perhaps in the near future….)

Helsinki, Finland

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Completed in 1868 in the Katajanokka district of Helsinki, the Uspenski Cathedral is the largest orthodox church in Western Europe. With its golden cupolas and redbrick facade, the church is one of the clearest symbols of the Russian impact on Finnish history.

The Cathedral, by Carl Ludvig Engel, rising on the northern side of the Senate Square is the stage of national and academic festive services and one of the most popular tourist sights. The church is part of Helsinki’s Empire era centre and a landmark for those arriving by sea. It has become the symbol of the whole of Helsinki. Earlier called St. Nicholas Church and Great Cathedral, the current main church of the Helsinki Diocese was completed in 1852. Sculptures of the twelve apostles guard the city from the roof of the church.

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We had lunch at a local Finnish restaurant called Savotta Restaurant. Savotta offers genuine Finnish food and atmosphere, just off the Senate Square in the heart of Helsinki. The name Savotta means a logging site.Therefore the interior decoration and dishes has got inspiration of the Finnish forests and thousands of lakes, with a dash of Finnish nostalgy from the past decades and logging traditions. Savotta’s kitchen cherishes the Finnish food tradition. We use only Finnish ingredients from the pristine forests and lakes and from carefully selected small suppliers.

In the decor of Savotta, you can see the genuine old artefacts dating back to Finnish homes and logging sites from the old days. Downstairs dining room’s hundred-year-old floor planks, as well as the old chairs and tables, have been found and brought to Savotta from all over Finland. The tableware includes old and new china of the world-renowned Finnish Arabia including of course Moomin mugs.

Tallinn, Estonia

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A two-hour plus cruise from Helsinki, Tallinn is the capital of Estonia. There are so many cruise companies that travel between Helsinki and Tallinn. You can choose between spending the day there and going back to Helsinki in the evening, or a few days there.

We spent the day exploring the old town and city centre. Did you know Tallinn is considered one of the best preserved medieval city of Northern Europe? With all the Gothic spires, winding cobblestone streets and enchanting architecture, I can see why.

Once a home to wealthy merchants settling from Germany, Denmark and beyond, Tallinn Old Town today is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, with restaurants, bars, museums and galleries bringing much life to this historical city centre.

Unlike many other capital cities in Europe, Tallinn has managed to wholly preserve its structure of medieval and Hanseatic origin. Due to its exceptionally intact 13th century city plan, the Old Town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, joining the ranks of the world’s most recognised landmarks. Here you’ll find original cobblestone streets dotted with medieval churches and grandiose merchant houses, barns and warehouses many of which date back to the Middle Ages.

It just so happened that the day we visited Tallinn, 24th February, it was a public holiday. That’s because the Republic of Estonia was celebrating 101 years of freedom. We saw soldiers and army tanks passing through. It was a grand sight!

With medieval churches nestled between modern highrises, Tallinn’s city centre is a place of fascinating contrasts. The area boasts a number of major landmarks, which are conveniently located a short stroll away from each other.

The quarters filled with glass-walled skyscrapers in the very centre of Tallinn are often playfully called Manhatten, though formally the name was Maakri – the name of one of the streets.

Maakri street is the home of some excellent cafes and it is a well-known area for the best furnishing shops in the city. Otherwise, this street is mainly dominated by banks, media houses and offices.

Hope you guys enjoy this blog post!

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Till next time….

 

Xx,

Nic

First Hotel Kopavogur Collab: Golden Circle Adventures

Hello again!

This is my final blog post on my recent Iceland trip. I hope you enjoyed reading my previous posts!

Here are the links to my previous Iceland posts:

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During our last few days in Iceland, we stayed at First Hotel Kópavogur. First Hotel Reykjavik Kópavogur is located in the second largest town in Iceland, Kópavogur, only 7 km distance from Reykjavík city center. The hotel has 24/7 self-check in and is in the middle of a grown neighborhood in walking distance from restaurants and Iceland ‘s largest and most modern shopping mall.

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First Hotel Kópavogur works with tour companies providing a long list of activities, like the Northern Lights tour, Snæfellsnes tour, Golden Circle tour and many more.

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We were able to join both the Northern Lights (9900 ISK) and Golden Circle (10900ISK) tours. For the Northern lights tour, Here is how it works: Every day the company will take a look at the forecast for the evening. First, you need activity of the lights. Second, you need to have a clear sky. And last you need to get out of the city to rid of the light pollution.

If conditions are favorable, they will send guests an email. If they don’t t find any lights, you have the option of going again for free. If the tour never operates due to unfavorable weather conditions, you will get a 100% refund.

However, we were not that lucky to catch any Northern lights during our two-week stay in Iceland.

The Golden Circle tour, the most popular tourist route in the country, is an 8-hour day trip. You will explore the most visited natural nature attractions in the southern part of Iceland, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Geothermal Area, Þingvellir National Park and the volcanic crater Kerid.  This full-day tour of Iceland’s stunning Southern part is ideal for nature lovers.

Þingvellir National Park

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Þingvellir – which translates directly to ‘the fields of parliament’, became a National Park in 1930. In 2004, it was accepted as part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The number of tourists visiting Þingvellir National Park increased by 77% in ten years. Located just 45 minutes’ drive from Reykjavík, and the first stop on the Golden Circle, these numbers are only expected to increase with the rate of tourism

Iceland is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; some parts of it, such as the Westfjords and Reyjavík, are on the North American tectonic plate, while others, such as Vatnajökull glacier and the East Fjords, are on the Eurasian plate. Iceland is the only place in the world where this rift is above sea-level, and nowhere can you see the edges of both plates as clearly as in Þingvellir.

As you enter the park from Reykjavík, you descend a steep cliff into a valley. Looking upon the face of this cliff is to literally look at the edge of North America. If you drive through the park, you will ascend on the other side adjacent to another wall; this is Eurasia. The valley in between, in which Þingvellir is contained, is the rift valley.

You are welcome to walk alongside both of these plates. One of the park’s most pleasant walks takes you between the edge of the North-American plate and an old part of the wall that collapsed away; this is called the Almannagjá gorge. This path impresses the geological processes going on here upon you very clearly, and ends with a charming waterfall called Öxaráfoss. This is also one of the locations where Game of Thrones was filmed at.

The tectonic plates move apart at approximately 2.5 centimetres a year and have done for millenniums. The effects of this movement are very clear within the park. Lava fields fill the valley, from magma that welled up as the continents spread, and the whole area is littered with ravines, ripped open by centuries of earthquakes.

Earthquakes continue every day in Þingvellir, although most are far too minor to be felt. No volcano has gone off in the area in 2000 years, but they are not considered extinct. More eruptions are expected; the question is only as to when.

While visiting Þingvellir is a highly sought-after experience and is very rewarding, the number of visitors coming through the park has had a significantly negative effect on the nature. As tourism boomed, infrastructure struggled to keep up.

The moss that covers the lava rock throughout the park is incredibly delicate, and those who have not stuck to the paths during their visits have damaged much of it; it will likely take decades to recover fully. The heavy metals in coins that people have thrown into a ‘wishing well’ have seeped into the lake and are now above appropriate levels. Those staying at the campsite have been known to leave their waste behind. These are just a few of the ways tourism has damaged the park.

Visitors to Þingvellir can greatly help its survival by respecting the basic rules and leaving as little impact as possible. Ideally, Þingvellir can be a beautifully preserved place that will leave you wanting to bring the ideals of natural beauty and cultural protection back home with you.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Iceland is 10300 square kilometres and 11% of the country is covered with glaciers?

Laugarvatn

Laugarvatn is a shallow lake, about 2 km2 in size, and is located in the inlands of Árnessýsla, midway between Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir, 100 km from Reykjavík. Under its floor there are hot springs heating the lake so it is warm and suitable for bathing all year round.

“Laugar” means places of wash. “Vatn” means water. The locals go there to shower, wash their clothes, cook and even bake breads. That’s right, people actually bake their breads in the ground because it is so heated by the hot springs!

Efstidalur Dairy Farm

In Efstidalur you will get a unique and different experience. Right in the middle of the Golden Circle, you get a glance of the farm life in Iceland. This family farm has opened up for tourists and offers a variety of products straight from the farm, such as the famous ice cream, skyr and feta cheese.

The farm is known for its home-made ice cream and it shows by the long queue of customers. Efstidalur  farm produces its own ice cream from the milk of the cows at the farm. You can actually watch the  cows in the barn while enjoying your ice cream since the restaurant is in the same building as the barn.

Geysir

Strokkur is, arguably, the country’s most famous hot spring, shooting vast jets of boiling water from 20 metres (65 feet) up to 40 metres (130 feet) high. Don’t worry about missing this incredible spectacle of nature, as Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes; just make sure to have your camera ready.  It sprouts hot water as high as 30 meters into the air! I managed to take 3 videos of the beautiful eruption.

Gullfoss Waterfall

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The iconic Gullfoss Waterfall is famed for its scale and beauty. Gullfoss Iceland is one of the country’s signature waterfalls and it is no surprise to see why! In Icelandic, Gull means Golden and Foss means falls/waterfall.

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Gullfoss Waterfall is unique because you view the falls from above and it appears that the Iceland waterfall is actually going underground! It is a very interesting perspective making Gullfoss one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. If this is one of the first waterfalls you see in Iceland, you will certainly remember it because it is one of the only waterfalls in Iceland with such a unique formation.

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Hope you guys enjoyed reading my very last blog post for Iceland!

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Xx,

Nic

Enjoying the beauty of Hofsos, Iceland

Hello again!

As promised in my previous post, I’ll be sharing with you my week in Hofsós.

I gotta say, during my two weeks of exploring Iceland, this part of t he journey was really a week of relaxing and rewinding. We barely did anything other than going out to shoot during the day and trying to catch the Northern Lights at night. When you’re exploring Iceland, you have to include the chasing of Northern Lights.

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Hofsos is a quiet town, with only about 200 locals. It is one of the oldest trading ports in Northern Iceland dating back to the 16th century. The tiny village Hofsós in the Northern Region in Iceland was a rather busy trading post in the 17th and 18th century, but despite the merchant activities this small village did not develop into a larger village or a town in the 20th century. In summer, this town comes alive with tourists, hikers and locals who have summer homes there.

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Hofsos is so picturesque, with so many amazing areas to shoot amazing photos. Everyday looks different because of the weather. Some days the town has a more gloomy, dramatic look to it, thanks to the snow. Other days, when the sun is out, it is like a winter wonderland.

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We visited a famous thermal bath in Hofsos. The Hofsós swimming pool is quite simply magnificent. It is designed by the same architect responsible for the famous Blue Lagoon. It may not be Olympic size, but because it has been built into the hillside above the sea, the views over to Drangey are breathtaking. Come rain or shine, the vista from the pool is a combination of marvelous different shades of blue; the clear blue color of the swimming pool itself, the green blue sea, the dark blue of the islands and mountains in the distance, and finally the blueness of the sky on a clear day.

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 was a gift to the town by two heiresses who live in the area – of the Hagkaup and BYKO fortunes, respectively. Rather than building private pools at their own residences they decided to finance the construction of a pool in the town, for everyone to enjoy. The Hofsós swimming pool is not strictly an infinity pool, but the impression you get as you swim in the geothermal waters is that you’re right next to the sea’s edge. Definitely worth a visit.

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So, if you’re exploring Iceland, make sure to visit this quaint little town.

Stay tuned for my last Iceland blog post next week…

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Xx,

Nic

Nupan Deluxe Collab: Why Iceland is a good place to explore

Hello again,

Have you ever wanted to explore Iceland, visit the beautiful land of ice? Well I’ll be sharing with you some tips that I’ve learnt during my two-week stay there.

Nupan Deluxe

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For the first four days of our trip, we stayed at Nupan Deluxe , which is located about a 5-minute drive from the KEF airport! Very convenient! However, if you’re not renting a car, taking a taxi from the airport is super costly. Yes, even for just 5 minutes! It cost around SGD 50 to get to Nupan.

Nupan has 11 rooms and 6 toilets. Staying there felt like home away from home. I was pleasantly surprised how clean it was!

There are a number of restaurants, like Fernando’s and Malai Thai, just a five-minute walk from Nupan.

Explore Reykjavik

Exploring Iceland isn’t complete without a visit to Reykjavik. Reykjavik is known as Iceland’s largest town and the air is so fresh and clean. Exploring Reykjavik gives a sense of coziness and leaves the impression of minimalism.

A stunning backdrop pronounces Iceland’s picturesque capital: on one side of town stand rows of prim coloured rooftops outlined by a silvery, duck-and –swan filed lake. On the other, city streets slope down to the wind-capped bay of Faxaflói and a pair of quiet, bright–green islands.

Hallgriímskirkja

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The grey tower of Hallgrímskirkja defines the Reykjavik skyline in a most impressive way. At 245 feet high, this is Iceland’s tallest building and the city’s most prominent landmark. You can see the church from a good 25km away. The church’s design has become a symbol of Reykjavik in its own right: an ancient theme that honours a past hero by invoking nature with modernism.

The bold structure honours Hallgrímur Petursson, the country’s famous post-Reformation reverend and a man who authored so many classical Islandic hymns. It is the most well-known work of Gudjon Samúelsson, Iceland’s state architect who designed so many buildings in what is now a telltale Reykjavik style. The church is built to mimic the crystallised columns of basalt formed by cooling lava.

Sun Voyager

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This gleaming steel structure was created by Icelandic sculptor Jon Gunnar Arnason and is located on Reykjavik’s waterfront. It is an ode to the sun, symbolizing light and hope.

Because of the beautiful setting and spectacular nature of the Sun Voyager, it has become one of the most popular attractions in Reykjavik.

 Blue Lagoon (15.989 ISK)

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Known as Bláa Lónid, it is a popular place when  exploring Iceland.

Ethereal blue waters from this manmade hot spring.

The bottom is covered with white silica mud, the result of a natural process of re-condensation. The silica does wonders for your skin, which is why everyone’s fighting over the the little boxes and buckets to get a fistful of their own.

South shore adventure (10.499 ISK)

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This tour takes you along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country’s most scenic regions, as far as Vík, a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs.

South Iceland is special for that it is one of the flattest regions on the island. Because of that, most of all grain farming in Iceland is done there. The high mountains to the north, shield the area from the harshest winds from the north.

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Among the stops on this tour are at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is part of the Seljandsá river, which has its origins in Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes Seljalandsfoss so famous and interesting is that you can walk behind it.

Skógafoss, another famous Icelandic waterfall, is the starting point of the Fimmvörðuháls walk over to Þórsmörk. The waterfall was also used in the films Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

The perfectly straight waterfall drops a good 60m over the green cliff after tumbling all the way down from the glacier above.

Awe-inspiring and humbling!

It is believed that the first farmer, Thrasi Thórolfsson, who lived there, hid a chest of gold behind the falls.

We also stoped at Reynisfjara black sand beach, with the Reynisdrangar rock formations and columnar basalt. It is one of the most spectacular beaches in Iceland but can be dangerous. The wind is so strong that you can feel yourself being pulled away.

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Additionally, we stopped by Sólheimajökull and walked up to a small lake which has formed in front of the retreating glacier.

South Shore Adventure is the perfect way for nature lovers to explore Iceland!
Stay tuned for part 2, which will be out next week!
In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram here!

Xx,

Nic

Kuala Lumpur 5-day Guide: all you need to know

How to get to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore: 

here are two ways to get from Singapore to KL, either bus or plane. Of course taking a plane will be faster by it’ll cost more. Buses are cheaper but there is always the case of jam at the immigration and causeways. It took me 10 hours to reach KL, compared to the usual 5-6 hours. I quite enjoyed the long bus ride I must say. But hey, to each his or her own. There are so many bus options like Billion Stars Express, Star Mart Express, First Coach, etc. Personally, my First Coach is my fave! You can get coach tickets for as cheap as $16!

If you’re not like me, and hate the long bus ride but is willing to pay a bit more, there are also so many airlines like Scoot, Singapore Airlines, etc, that fly to KL.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur: 

There are so many options in terms of where to stay in KL. You’ve got upmarket hotels like Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur and InterContinental Kuala Lumpur.

However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can look for cheaper hotels like SS City Hotel Kuala Lumpur or Hotel Sunbeam Palm. There are some pretty good and affordable AirBnbs that you can look at as well.

Insta-worthy spots in Kuala Lumpur:

Thean Hou temple: The first insta-worthy spot to make it to my Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide is Thean Hou Temple! Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. Southwest of the city, it is a popular tourist attraction and is located along Jalan Klang Lama. Overlooking the Federal highway, the six-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven.

Dedicated to Tian Hou, a goddess said to protect fishermen, the temple is also a shrine where many come to worship Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, it is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city.

Thean Hou Temple’s structural design represents a successful combination of contemporary architectural style and traditional designs with intricate embellishments and ornate carvings and murals. The front entrance has a multi-arched gateway with red pillars, to symbolize prosperity and good fortune.

You can often see both devotees and visitors burning joss sticks, kneeling in prayer and placing offerings at the feet of the statues. During Chinese festivals such as Vesak Day and Mooncake festival, thousands of devotees frequent the temple.

It is also a popular wedding venue among KL’s Chinese locals and even conducts fortune telling readings as well as traditional Chinese exercise and martial arts activities such as Qigong, tai-chi and wushu classes.

Batu caves: Now this second place is the insta-famous Batu Caves. Why is it on my Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide? Well, it is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, and is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it.

Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus. Cathedral Cave – the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves – houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100-metre-high arched ceiling. At the foot of Batu Hill are two other cave temples – the Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave – which houses numerous Hindu statues and paintings.

Masjid Wilayah Persekutan: Known as “Mosque in a garden”, Masjid Wilayah Persekutan was built in 1995 and completed in 2000.

It is surrounded by artificial lake and three layers of garden. First layer is forest garden. Second layer is palm garden. Third layer is herb and flower garden. ⠀

Masjid Wilayah Persekutan cost around 255 million ringgit to build and is about 47 000 square metre.

It is also one of the few mosques in KL that provides free tours. It was built for 3 purposes: worship for Muslims, a school and for holding banquets.

Including the outdoor grounds, the mosque can hold up to 17,000 worshippers at one time. People tend to come early to pray as not everyone can fit inside the air-conditioned dome, and many are forced to pray outside. The mosque consists of four floors and is home to a school, library, and, of course, the impressive prayer hall.

Each architectural aspect of the religious structure has taken on many different styles from the most noteworthy of mosques from around the world. The Islamic designs throughout the religious structure are arguably some of the most stunning of all the mosques in the city, with motifs and architecture hailing from Iran, Morocco, Turkey, and more.

The hall is adorned with awe-worthy Islamic designs and features, including the magnificent mehrab. It is here visitors will find semi-precious stones actually embedded into the carved marble and was done so by descendants of the same artisans who built the famous Taj Mahal in India.

The turquoise blue colour of the dome is typical of mosques in Iran. The marble floor resembles those found in India. The cool verandas are lined with Moroccan inspired archways, with a spacious courtyard featuring the main arch: one of the mosques most memorable attributes.

Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan was built this way in hopes of being inclusive of mosques found around the world. In doing so, visitors will be able to connect with the structure on a deeper level and feel at home while partaking in prayer, regardless of where they come from.

Where to eat:

There are so many amazingly good food in KL, but I’m gonna share with you my top 3 in this Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide!

Prosperity Bowl: I came here for the chicken rice but fell in love with the Char Siew! It was so soft and juicy!

Address: No. 19, Jalan SS 2/30, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
03-7866 0979

Moon Kee Fish Head and Seafood Noodles: Omg, the deep fried Garoupa had me drooling! I wasn’t sure I would like it, but after one bite, I was hooked! And the soup had a tinge of alcohol in it! I can see why it was packed when we arrived!

Address: 48, Jalan 19/13, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
03-7954 1518

Oriental Cravings: A meal at Oriental Cravings isn’t complete until you’ve tried the Roast Pork Curry Laksa! I visit this restaurant almost every time I’m in KL!

Address: 359, Ground Floor, Rainforest, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

 

Xx,

Nic

Explore Nusa Ceningan In A Day: The Highlights

Nusa Ceningan is the smallest, nestled between Lembongan and Penida. While it’s not nearly as popular as Nusa Lembongan, it’s quieter and has less traffic.

You can take travel by motorbike from Lembongan to Ceningan via the famous yellow bridge.

It’s pretty easy to explore the highlights of Nusa Ceningan within a day! Some of the popular places include the famous The Sand Nusa Ceningan, the Blue Lagoon and Mahana Point Jump Cliff.

The Sand 

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The Sand Ceningan is setting the scene with cool island vibes and its own take on beach-side lounging.  Located on the waterfront of Nusa Ceningan, this latest hot spot has been inspired by a local who loves a good time and knows how to share his passion for life with others.

Laze on lounges, dip in the crystal clear waters, hang out on the canoe hammock or sip cocktails on the swings…. there is no better place to get into holiday mode.

Open for all day dining, stay for the day or come at sunset as the sun kisses the ocean and your plan your next day in paradise.

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Blue Lagoon

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The Nusa Ceningan Blue Lagoon is a rocky cove of the brightest blue water I’ve ever seen! I was amazed by the beautiful colour of the water and this amazing little cove.

Did you know you can cliff jump at Nusa Ceningan Blue Lagoon? Fellow adrenaline-junkies, this is for you!! There are relatively safe jumps from heights of 4m, 6m, 8m and 13.5m. To get out of the water once you are in you will swim to your right back towards the coast and clamber up the cliffs when you find a gap in the waves. If the swell looks too big maybe save the jump for another day as you don’t want to get stuck unable to get out. Make sure you assess the conditions thoroughly before jumping here as getting out can be dangerous.

*PS, I wasn’t that brave to do a cliff jump! Plus it was high tide.

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Mahana Point Jump Cliff

Another highlight of Nusa Ceningan? Mahana Point Jump Cliff! It is another great spot on the Nusa Islands for cliff jump and surfing. Unlike Nusa Ceningan Blue Lagoon, at Mahana Point Jump Cliff, there is better access with ladders installed at the cliffs.

 A small bar sits on the point overlooking the surf break and has a 10m and 5m platform to jump off. However, you have to pay per jump. It’s 25000 rupiah (SGD 2.50) for the 5m jump and 50,000 rupiah (SGD 5) for the 10m jump.

Mahana Point Jump Cliff is a pretty cool place to spend the rest of your day there, relaxing, having some drinks and finger food and watch the epic sunset!

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Xx,

Nic

Nusa Lembongan: All You Need To Know

Nusa Lembongan is around 8km square in size, surrounded by the clearest turquoise water imaginable, and is the most popularly travelled of the three islands. It is connected to its neighbouring island of Nusa Ceningan by a yellow bridge that was actually rebuilt after tragically collapsing in October 2016. You can definitely include Nusa Ceningan in your Nusa Lembongan day trip.

Some beaches in Nusa Lembongan are populated by boats, others are teeming with coral and marine life. Others still remain deserted. There is only a population of 5000 on this island, which hardly requires a transport system of any kind so visitors have to rely on renting a bike or car, to travel around.

Nusa Lembongan is actually the first Nusa islands that became popular with tourists. The island provides a perfect balance between raw beauty, relaxation and adventure.

Between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, I would say the hotels at Lembongan are much nicer. In terms of sightseeing however, I think Nusa Penida has a higher advantage.

So, are you planning a trip to Nusa Lembongan? Or hope to visit the island one day? Do not fret, this blog post will give you all the information you need to know for your Nusa Lembongan day trip!

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Getting to Nusa Lembongan is easy! You can take the ferry from Sanur straight to the island. A mere 45 minutes ferry ride and you will arrive in paradise! Another way is you can spend some time in Nusa Penida and then take a 15-minute boat ride over. As mentioned in my previous post on Nusa Penida, there are many ferry companies that provide trips from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida. Just make sure to book your tickets in advance. For the boat ride from Penida to Lembongan, you don’t actually need to get a ticket in advance. Once you arrive at the harbour, you can actually just purchase your ticket from the staff there.

A Nusa Lembongan day trip isn’t complete without visiting the famous Devil’s Tears! As one of the most popular spots on the island, Devil’s Tears is a can’t miss! This amazing place features some of the most intense waves ever! You’ll get to witness the raw and unforgiving power of mother nature as the enormous waves continuously hit the cove, creating a massive ocean explosion and mist. What an mesmerising sight to see! This is one place you cannot miss out during your Nusa Lemobongan day trip!!

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After spending a hot morning at Devil’s Tears, you can relax at 3 Monkeys Pool & Bar, and enjoy a drink by the pool. If you’re a fan of shisha like me, this bar is the only place in Nusa Lembongan that sells it!

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Xx,

Nic