My girlfriend and I have just spent 5 nights staying at Secret Garden Bungalows also diving with Big Fish Diving. We were only planning to stay for 3 nights but ended up staying for 5. It was really hard to leave and we're looking to maybe return at the end of our trip. The bungalows are set around a lovely little pool in a beautiful garden about 50m from the beach behind a little local seaweed farming community. There are always staff (all from Nusa Lembongan) on hand to help with whatever you need and they are always more than happy to help providing service with a smile. The rooms are cleaned everyday (unless you leave out your 'do not disturb' sign) and are spacious with oversized beds, a hammock across the porch and an open-air bathroom which is quite a novetly. Breakfast is not included but the rooms are a great value for money and the breakfast menu is also cheap with a selection of fresh fruit, jaffles and pancakes the staff will serve to your porch as you start your day.There are yoga classes with Emily everyday in the yoga shack where at the moment (i'm not sure if it's an ongoing project) there are really interesting free talks on marine life and manta rays a couple of nights a week by two very knowledgable conservationists who are currently working on the island. I honestly couldn't find a fault with Secret Garden Bungalows as a place to stay when visiting Nusa Lembongan and can't recommend it enough. Whether we return to stay here at the end of our trip or not, we will certainly be making our way back to this little gem again in the future.
We did 6 dives with Big fish Diving (the dive operation at Secret Garden Bungalows) over the 5 days we stayed. Each day they do a 2 dive trip leaving early or late morning depending on the diving conditions which means you get back to the island with enough time to do something with your afternoon or just relax by the pool or snooze in your hammock. We had heard a few stories of severe currents in Nusa Lembongan and, as my girlfriend was fresh out of her open water training, I was a little worried but I made our divemaster, Oli, aware of this on the evening before our first dive and she made every effort to ensure she received an easy introduction into her first ocean dives, buddying up with my girlfriend herself for the first 4 dives and making sure she was confortable with every dive. The dive operation here is very professional with decent equipment, sensible daily dive site selection (for when the currents were strong), a decent lunch and plenty of water. Unfortunately we saw no big fish as the mola mola were hiding in the deep and the mantas' playground was no go due to a big swell which was a little disappointing but the marine life here is great, the reefs are huge and healthy and there were tons of fish at every site we dived so I really couldn't complain. Visability never seemed to drop below 20m and the water temperature averaged around 27 degrees. The guys will kit you out with a 3/5mm wetsuit, boots and a hood if you get cold as it can drop down to around 21 degrees which isn't all bad as we were told the colder temperatures bring the mola mola up from the depths. As with the bungalows, I highly recommend diving with Big Fish Diving. Oli, Jacqui, Mark and the crew are all great to dive with, have a great knowledge of all the dive sites and have plenty of time and patience for divers of all levels and make you feel really welcome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As its name suggests, The Secret Garden is the perfect hideaway for those wanting to really relax and make the most of their time on Nusa Lembongan. Set amidst a beautiful tropical garden, with palm trees, mangoes and frangipani creating cool shaded areas, the bungalows offer great value budget accommodation, only 50m from the beach.Our nine fan cooled rooms are clean and spacious and have unique semi-outdoor bathrooms. Both double and twin rooms are available and each has its own veranda out front.In the garden there is large swimming pool complete with sun loungers and shady areas. Spend the afternoon in a hammock or chatting with friends, or ask our local staff for tourist information and take a ride around the island. Twice weekly Marine Talks in the Yoga Shack hosted by the resident Manta Rays researchers. Also situated within the Secret Garden Bungalows are Big Fish Diving and The Yoga Shack Lembongan, offering daily fun diving, scuba courses as well as daily yoga classes. The Secret Garden can be found in Jungutbatu village. From the beach we are 50m directly inland from Pondok Baruna and from the main road, find us just behind the black temple. Please note we only take direct bookings from our guests. No agents. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Secret Garden Bungalows Hotel Nusa Lembongan