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Pondok Baruna is a guesthouse run by Lembongan Island diving pioneers, World Diving. It consists of 4 seafront rooms beside the dive shop on the beach and 2 little complexes inland. One is just 2 minutes walk from the beach where a series of garden rooms are dotted around a pool and poolside cafe. The second is a 10 minute walk to where a series of 8 spacious rooms are arranged around a swimming pool set in a coconut grove near the beach. For many, staying with World Diving in some of Lembongan's most affordable holiday accommodation is a great combination.
Rooms: 18 Diving in: Bali - Penida Island and Nusa Lembongan Dive type: Boat dives Divers: Max. 34
While most of the resorts in this part of Lembongan are on the hillside overlooking the bay, Pondok Baruna is located midway along the beach. You will therefore be staying alongside the local people who harvest seaweed as their children fly kites and run along the sand. World Diving is a long-established Bali dive centre with a good reputation and a selection of beachfront rooms, a Garden rooms complex and a Frangipani room complex. The swimming pool in the Garden room complex is used for both training and relaxing, breakfast is taken in the poolside cafe and Pondok Baruna also operate a restaurant a few minutes stroll away on the road that runs parallel to the beach.
There is nothing fancy about Pondok Baruna, but there are a number of points of interest. The Seaview rooms, while simple, are the only beachfront rooms in the area. The Garden rooms and Frangipani rooms are both well designed and in a pleasant setting. All guests can enjoy free internet usage. Being a guest at Pondok Baruna means staying with the same people you dive in Bali with and, if you are on a tight budget, it makes a great option for your stay on Lembongan.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, tax, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 12 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Optional extras:
Extra day and night dives, diving computer and insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks, taxes. Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
If you are a single person it is compulsory to pay in advance for a single supplement. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Optional extras:
How to get there:
Pondok Baruna Guesthouse is located on Jungut Batu Beach at Nusa Lembongan. The island is a 2.5 hour boat ride from the mainland tourist centres of Bali. Transfers can be arranged and paid on arrival. For more information see our Bali travel information section.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
To experience all the best diving that Bali has to offer, and to avoid long and arduous daily road transfers, we recommend that you book a combination of resorts in Bali, to include the Tulamben area and Padang Bai to dive the east coast, Lembongan Island to dive Nusa Penida, and Pemuteran to dive the north west coast.
Pondok Baruna has 3 room types: Seaview rooms, Garden rooms and Frangipani rooms. The 4 Seaview rooms are older and smaller and therefore are priced below the 6 Garden rooms. The Frangipani rooms are the newest and most luxurious option.
The Seaview rooms are all double bed and are the only accommodation right on the beach and are located beside the dive centre. The twin and double bed Garden rooms are in a little complex a minute or so inland where you will also find the swimming pool and poolside cafe. The twin and double bed Frangipani rooms are spacious and stylish and built around their own delightful swimming pool. While all have ensuite bathrooms, the Seaview rooms are fan cooled whereas Garden rooms and Frangipani rooms have air conditioning.
All accommodation features:
Air conditioning (Frangipani or Garden) or fan (Seaview)
Staying at Pondok Baruna means you will be right next to World Diving's PADI 5-star dive centre, the first and still the best PADI centre on Lembongan. 2 Bali dives per day are standard as the tides determine boat departures. The first dive is at 9:00 am approximately, with the second one around 11:30 am.
The dive boat features:
17m triple 40 HP engine large boat
Open and shaded areas
Entry and exit ladders
Oxygen and first aid kit
Maximum of 34 guests per trip on multiple dive boats. Dive guides are always on hand to help. Soft drinks, tea, coffee, rice parcel, fruit and biscuits are provided.
There are 18 different sites at these islands and the boat visits all of them. Boat journey time is 5-15 minutes for Nusa Lembongan's spots, and 30-90 minutes for the Nusa Penida dive sites, returning around 4 hours later. These are some of the best places to dive in Bali.
You can expect a high level of safety and service on board World Diving's large tunkung dive boat. Smaller 7m fibreglass speedboats are available for those who wish to dive privately and with their own divemaster.
The diving centre features rinse tanks, fresh water showers, toilet, additional oxygen and first aid.
Pondok Baruna is not a hotel nor should you expect hotel facilities. Instead you can savour the simplicity of an uncrowded pool, proximity to the beach and to the local village. Staying here is not about finding a sauna, gym or TV room but more about strolling around the area sampling what Bali was like decades ago or chilling out by the pool and soaking up the sun's rays. You can also hire a scooter and visit the mangrove area or the other beaches and bays of Lembongan.
Guesthouse facilities include: Restaurant with bar - Poolside snack bar - Swimming pool - Lounge in restaurant - Communal area with sofas & library - Free of charge internet - Laundry service - Cellphone for guest use - Safety deposit facility in reception - Baby sitting and cots - Scooter hire
Location: Br. Kaja, Jungut Batu Beach, Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia
Pondok Baruna Restaurant, on the roadside a few minutes stroll from the guesthouse, serves lunch and dinner focusing mostly on Indonesian favourites.
The menu includes:
Various Balinese, Chinese and Italian dishes
Vegan & vegetarian dishes
Complimentary breakfast is served at the poolside snack bar and consists of toast or croissant, eggs, tea or coffee, fruit or fruit juice. The snack bar is open all day and serves jaffles, sandwiches and burgers.
Restaurant sample dishes: Fish fillet in Balinese spices and wrapped in a banana leaf, Mixed Tofu and egg burger with french fries and salad.
The closest re-compression chamber is Rumah Sakit Sanglah (Denpasar Public Hospital), approximately 2.5 hours evacuation time from Lembongan. While diving insurance is not mandatory we advise guests to have their own dive insurance policy - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation.
1 divemaster is provided for every 4 scuba divers. The dive boats have Emox (maximum 1 hour usage) onboard and more oxygen is available back at the centre. All DMs are trained oxygen providers.
Divers are required to have logged at least 50 dives to be able to visit Blue Corner due to the strong currents.
There is a clinic and small hospital in Jungutbatu Village, 200m from the guesthouse which is staffed by Indonesian doctors.
There is a safety deposit box in reception. The nearest police station is 200m from the guesthouse.
"First rate service. Friendly and professional set up. Great dive masters (we saw a Mola Mola - out of season). They did ecerything possible to oblidge our every request including providing free scooter transport after we'd packed up after the dives and were needing to get back to our hotel (which was a very hot 20 minutes walk away). Food on the boat was yummy too." - Deborah Scholem, Australia, 30 April 2013 ...
"I loved how well they were involved with the local conservation group who were a gold mine of information about the region." - Libby Ryan, Australia, 26 April 2013 ...