Nusa Lembongan finally offered the peaceful sanctuary I was looking for. Just a short boat trip away from the hustle and bustle of Bali's mainland, Lembongan feels like what Bali must have once been like: untouched, overgrown, rural and incredibly peaceful. It was fairly uncrowded and some parts of the island felt almost undiscovered (which they of course aren't, but one can pretend right). The waves were super consistent and playful and every now and then we snuck in a surf with only three others out. I both surfed and read excessively and snapped some of these pics in between.
I have little to say about this time in Bingin, other than that I enjoyed the landscape, the food and scooting about much more than the overcrowded surf. You should definitely stay at Mertasari Bingin and have your portrait painted by Eggman (he works at Mertasari) or at the very least buy a painting from him. They are beautiful and he sells them for a pittance.