Lembongan & Seaweed Farming - Chef Cynthia Louise
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A Tiny Island That Offered Balinese People A New Beginning

In this out-of-the-kitchen story, I’m taking you to a tiny island in Indonesia called Lembongan, a place that gave Balinese people an opportunity to go back to seaweed farming and start their new lives.

Lembongan used to be a quick getaway from Bali. It’s beaches were crowded with tourists  before but these days it look completely different. You can see only locals wading through the water and harvesting seaweed.

The coronavirus pandemic didn’t skip Indonesia, so it’s not very certain when tourists will return to Bali and this is what made a lot of Balinese people come back to Lembongan and return to seaweed farming.

In Lembongan Lies An Opportunity

Lembongan looked quite different from how I remembered it from the pre-covid times. I had the opportunity to talk to a group of people who came back to the island and decided to start their new lives here.

Some of them used to be hotel managers and when their livelihood became uncertain, they saw an opportunity in coming back to their home island. 

Adapting to the new way of life was not necessarily difficult because most of the locals already had the needed skills to do seaweed farming. They learnt these skills as kids while helping out their parents.


It’s quite extraordinary to think how uncertain everything around us is and the ability to adapt and accept change is the key to turning the odds into our favour.

What amazed me even more is observing both young and elders wading through the waters of Lembongan and proving that life never stops.

As we were leaving the island, I could still see hard-working farmers carrying baskets laden with seaweed and keeping the old industry of seaweed farming alive.

If you’d like to learn more about my surroundings and places in Bali, head to my YouTube channel or blog for more stories. 


With love from my kitchen to yours,

Chef Cynthia Louise xx

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About the Author

Chef Cynthia Louise is an Internationally acclaimed MasterChef, speaker, author, restaurant consultant, teacher and television presenter in wholefood, dairy-free cooking. She also has the worlds first online cooking classes focused on dairy-free plant-based whole foods with recipes that people are raving about and changing people's health, one delicious bite at a time. Chef Cynthia loves nothing more than educating people about the simplicity and vitality of a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle. Each dish is like art on a plate and her flavour combinations nourish the soul and get everyone talking.

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