Located almost at the westernmost tip of Bali Island. From Kuta, Nusa Dua, Sanur or Denpasar, it takes about a good 3 1/2 hour road journey through the mountainous Central Bali region, passing by the cultural towns like Mengwi, Bedugul (and its Danau Bratan) as well as fairly spectacular vantage points of Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan before hitting the north coast of Bali at Seririt. Then the journey heads west through Celukanbawang, Pulaki, Pemuteran and Banyuwedang before arriving at Labuhan (or Labuan) Lalang.
Apart from being the main jetty for the spectacular diving at Nusa Menjangan, there is nothing much to describe about Labuhan Lalang. Save it for some really luxurious private Balinese villas and resorts, Labuhan Lalang offers the ultimate seclusion from the maddening crowd of Kuta, farcical Nusa Dua or the ever growing town of Ubud.
The small road into Labuhan Lalang is not well paved, which I find surprising despite the popularity of Menjangan Island. For the initiated, there is a mangrove forest concentration near the jetty. Also there is a nice pura desa (local temple) and a very basic coffee shop.
The journey in and out of Labuhan Lalang harbour is rather scenic. From the open sea, the jaggy mountain peaks of West Bali National Park (Mt Sanglang, Mt Merbuk, Mt Mesehe, Mt Musi) are visible in the southeast. Mt Prapat Agung is visible on the northeast, often shrouded with rain clouds. The most spectacular view, nonetheless, goes to the awe inspiring volcano peak in Eastern Java island of Mt Raung.
During my return trip to Labuhan Lalang from diving at Nusa Menjangan, there was a group of local Balinese children taking a bath in the harbor. As usual, they were not camera-shy and their legendary Balinese smiles easily put a stupendous wrap up to my fantastic trip to the northwest Bali region.
A great place to do nothing - admiring the peace and tranquility. Usually a trip to Menjangan Island should complement the visit. Also the many private villas here are probably worth checking out.