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One of Nusa Penida district's three tropical islands, Nusa Lembongan is a spectacular island wrapped by sheltered white-sand beaches and the sparkling Indian Ocean. Traditionally attracting vacationers, surfers and backpackers, the island is home to scenic resorts, high hills dashed with jungles, coral reefs and epic dive sites. With a vivid aqua blue colour, the water is some of the clearest you will find in and around Bali.
Some of the most popular ways to explore Nusa Lembongan are to go surfing and boat cruising on the famous Shipwrecks break of Lembongan itself. Other popular activities include snorkelling with manta rays and turtles at Dream Beach, hiking the mangrove forests along Mushroom Bay, and seeking blessings at the islet's Hindu temples. Along the track to the mangroves are fantastic local warungs or taverns selling fresh grilled fish.
Where shorelines get crumpled by limestone cliffs, the dramatic cave formations of Devil's Tears and the Blue Lagoon Waterfalls create scenic picnic and swimming spots. Nusa Lembongan's other main beaches include Jungut Batu and Sunset Beach. The island's population centre is Lembongan Village in the southern interior, where one can find homes of many traditional island families, chic nightclubs and bars, coffee shops and restaurants.
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There are several snorkelling spots around the island, with Mushroom Bay and the mangrove forest being the best of the lot. In addition, snorkelers can spot the Manta Ray, which can grow up to 20 feet in the waters. It is advisable to book a snorkelling trip with some of the reputed tour operators or hire snorkelling equipment from the beach for IDR 75,000 to IDR 100,000. Boats are also available for rent for tourists at IDR 300,000- IDR 450,000.
Scuba divers will be thrilled to discover an amazing array of marine life, including colourful corals and a variety of sharks. Of particular interest are the giant sea turtles that can be seen. Different trips for various budgets are offered by several tour operators, with some also offering certification courses. Night-time diving is highly popular in and around the island as well.
Nusa Lembongan had first been recognized as a surfer’s paradise. It offers many surfing locations, with some of the most popular breaks, such as Shipwreck & Lacerations, suited for experienced surfers. However, beginners can learn to surf on the Playground break where the waves are quite gentle.
Exploring the island by walking is a coveted activity here. Several walking trails are offered to tourists who enjoy the spectacular locale, where also birdwatching enthusiasts can spot kingfishers and frigate birds.
Stand-alone eateries are not very common in Nusa Lembongan, while every hotel comes with an attached restaurant or cafe. Non-staying guests can also visit these restaurants and cafes. Some of the best places to eat while on the island are -
1. Linda Bungalows
This is a budget eatery where one can enjoy an American breakfast. It is known for beef burgers and huge-sized pancakes.
2. Sandy Bay Beach Club
This club is located on Sunset Beach, where the diners enjoy a sumptuous meal while gazing at the spectacular view.
3. Pondok Baruna Warung
This one offers traditional Indonesian fare, with the Bregedel (corn chips) and the spiced Babi Bumbu Bali (pork curry) being hot favourites.