Where to Swim and Snorkel in Lipah

If Lipah Bay is split into thirds, the two ends to the left and right sides are fantastic for snorkeling, while the centre third (enter in front of Indah Café) is best for swimming. The reason is because the END thirds have coral reefs that start very close to the shores edge, making it too shallow for comfortable swimming. The snorkeling in these areas is wonderful, with lots of coral and different types of fish. Most days the current and ocean is calm enough for beginner swimmers. To enter the snorkeling areas, we highly recommend entering towards the center third and cutting diagonally back into the coral reef. This ensures your optimal safety and coral reef preservation.

Reef Rules

PLEASE BE AWARE! Once coral has been touched or stepped on, it dies. The briefest touch is enough to kill a fragile ecosystem which grows at a rate of 1-5cm a year.

 We warn you for your own safety. There is some marine life, such as rock fish, scorpion fish and fire coral, which can cause severe pain and/or injury when stung. Please do be vigilant at all times and take care where you are swimming.

Please apply creams and lotions at least 20 minutes before entering the water or else it can affect coral life and growth.

Do not stand on, touch, kick, break off or remove any coral. Any of these actions will kill the coral.

Please do not feed fish, touch/catch fish or chase them as this can lead to their death from shock.


Local Wild Life

Gecko and Tokay

The Tokay gecko and common house gecko is native to Asia and some Pacific Islands. The Tokay is a large gecko, reaching up to 35 centimeters in length, and is an endangered species throughout Asia due to poaching. The Tokay gecko has a very recognizable croak, it is fairly loud and sounds similar to their name.

Common house geckos are much smaller in size, growing to a maximum of 10 cm, but are similar in every other way to their larger counterparts, the Tokay gecko. Both types of gecko are not poisonous or dangerous to humans as long as they are not touched. If the geckos are distressed, they can lose their tail as a defense mechanism, or will bite the threat.

Please do not touch, catch or chase the geckos in your room. We cannot remove them as they are native to Indonesia and are found in all houses and hotels.


With a broadly cat-like appearance, civets, or Luwaks, as they are known in Indonesia, are now an endangered animal. They used to seen as pests to local farmers as they ate crops and stock, but have recently become a commodity for coffee sellers. This has led to the Luwak being trapped and force-fed coffee beans for Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world.

We are extremely lucky to have wild Luwaks living in our hotel grounds. You will sometimes hear them scratching on your roof or, if you are lucky, they can be seen climbing trees or roofs on dark nights.

We encourage their growth and living on our grounds as it gives them a safe haven to breed and somewhere protected to live. Luwaks can grow up to 71 cm (28 inches) and weigh 4.5kgs (10lb); their colouring can be black, white, grey, yellow, tan or brown.

Some people have been startled by them before, describing Luwaks as “panthers” as they leap onto high ground (trees or roof tops) when they think a predator has come for them (or in our case, guests walking to their rooms).

Village Life

Lipah Bay is still a very traditional fishing village, where the men will leave at all hours of the morning to go fishing. When they return with a good catch at 8 am, the excitement can be contagious! Sometimes a small jukung (traditional fishing boat) can come back with a thousand fish each, or a 40kg Mahi-Mahi!

You may wake up to roosters crowing, or pig squeals in the night, or occasionally, the sound of heavy waves pounding the beach. All of these sounds are the sounds of Lipah and make up the charm of staying in a traditional Balinese fishing village.

The sounds of Lipah

We understand sometimes the peace of Lipah is marred by the noise of motorbikes. The local lads have decided that modifying motorbikes is the hobby they enjoy most. If you are a motorbike enthusiast, feel free to stop in at the local bengkel (motorbike shop) and have a look at the modifications.

Early each morning, the local fishermen leave to go fishing beyond the Gili Islands, and this sometimes wakes the local livestock (chickens mainly). This means that sometimes you will hear them if you are a light sleeper. We always ask them to remember we have guests at the hotel, but we also realise that we are in their village, which still operates as a fully working fishing and farming village. We hope you will respect their home and enjoy the authentic sounds of Bali.

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