While on Nusa Lembongan, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the working seaweed farms on the south of the island at Laguna Bay.

Seaweed Farm Nusa Lembongan Bali

Seaweed can only be cultivated in low tide, taking 15-30 days to grow depending on the type.

In defined plots marked by rope, seaweed strands are tied together in bunches and strung in lines.

Seaweed Farm Nusa Lembongan Bali

Seaweed Affixed to Rope

When they are ready for harvest, they are picked in shallow water and taken up to land.

Seaweed Farm Nusa Lembongan Bali

Seaweed Farm Nusa Lembongan Bali

Then the seaweed is sorted & laid out in the sun to dry before being exported to Japan and China for processing as food additives or in cosmetics.

Seaweed Farm Nusa Lembongan Bali

Seaweed Farm Nusa Lembongan Bali

Yellow Seaweed Nusa Lembongan Bali

Witnessing this little known agricultural industry is a fascinating insight into local island life.

For a guide on everything you need to know about visiting the island, see our post Nusa Lembongan: Three Days in Bali’s Island Paradise

The seaweed farms were one of our highlights from the whole of Indonesia and photographing the experience was a true delight – we hope you enjoy the photos:

Seaweed Farming, Nusa Lembongan

Seaweed Farming on Nusa Lembongan

Outer seaweed farm plots

Seaweed Farm Nusa Lembongan Bali

Seaweed Farm Nusa Lembongan Bali

*** The Final Word: An unforgettable experience & photographers delight *** 

Have you seen anything like this before?

5 Shovels

Super easy DIY travel around city centres

Entrance fee: free

How to get there: walk, motorbike, bicycle

Visited in October 2015