Kevin Gordon shares these classic snaps, taken over two trips to Lembongan in 1976 and 1979, when one had to organize the trip all by oneself.
[Edit: whoops, I forgot one classic photo of the accommodations, which I add to the photos now]
Kevin says: “Unloading the bemo at Sanur before looking for a local with a boat. Note a young Wayan Suwenda with back to camera.”
Ah, the classic bemo. The original Surf Transport. These days, you can’t even hardly find a parking spot on that street.
Kevin: “Unloaded at Sanur, negotiating with a local fisherman to take us to the island.”
A lot of people don’t know that before the Hotel Bali Beach (now the Grand Bali Beach) was built in the 60s, the north end of the Sanur lagoon was a black sand beach that extended a good ways towards Tanjung Sari. White White coral sand was trucked in and dumped in front of the hotel. Later, the finger breakwater with the helipad was built to prevent the black sand shoreline drift sand.
Kevin: “on board a shabby little outrigger with a small outboard & ripped sails heading to the island. Note back of Wayan Suwenda’s head in foreground and the blonde girl in the background who was Wayan’s friend named Suzie from memory.”
(They would later marry)
Kevin: “Lembongan paradise – speaks for itself. Shipwreck is to the right of the photo.”
And note the lack of seaweed farms!
Kevin: “Lembongan accommodation & locals – the grass huts that we slept under for 4 days while watched 24 hours a day by the intrigued locals & their prize chickens.”
Ah, yes, the early traveling surfer was the source of much entertainment, amusement, and bafflement to many outer island locals (the Balinese were used to bules from long ago). Now the traveling surfer is standard fare, maybe worth a hustle and con, but is no longer top billing for village entertainment.
Kevin, on this shot overlooking Playgrounds from the bare limestone cliff now covered with villas,
“Lembongan low tide blues – no swell on low tide, but later that day on high tide it rose to 6-8 ft right handers off the shipwreck.”
Kevin: “Passing the time on low tide – well you gotta keep yourself amused somehow.”
Thanks, Kevin. I’m sure these are stirring a lot of memories and nostalgia.