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Nusa Lembongan Tourism

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.

Must Know Before You Visit Nusa Lembongan

1. It is important to book accommodation before reaching the island as the best rooms are not likely to be available instantly.

2. Many up-market hotels are located on secluded beaches, with guests having to walk up to the entrance.

3. Travelers are advised to carry plenty of cash as there are no ATM machines on the island.

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Things to Do in Nusa Lembongan

1. Snorkelling

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.

2. Scuba Diving

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.

3. Surfing

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.

4. Hiking and Trekking

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.

Where to Stay in Nusa Lembongan

There are multiple options available to tourists, with almost all the budget accommodations located on Jungut Batu. The more luxurious hotels are situated on different beaches, while many guest houses and homestays cater to backpackers. Although there is no conventional campsite on the island, many eager visitors simply pitch their tents in convenient locations for free. First, however, it is advisable to offer a small token of gratitude to the local residents of the beach who find it hard to make a living on the island.

Food in Nusa Lembongan

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.

Getting Around Nusa Lembongan

  • Walking through the length and breadth of Nusa Lembongan is the best way to explore it fully.
  • A walk along the coast offers a breathtaking view with many pedestrians making sure to walk in the evening to watch the magnificent sunset.
  • Many tourists also find it convenient to rent bicycles from IDR 20,000 to IDR 30,000 to tour the island.
  • Motorcycles are also available for rent but can be an unnecessary expense as the island has rugged terrain in parts, with the entire area 4 kilometres end to end.
  • Travellers wishing to go to Mushroom Bay from Jungut Batu need to negotiate with boatmen, with most willing to take the tourists to and fro for IDR 50,000 or less.

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How to Reach Nusa Lembongan

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  • The Island of Nusa Lembongan is easily accessible from many points in Bali, like Sanur beach, Serangan Harbour and Benoa Harbour.
  • It is also accessible from Nusa Penida, Gili Islands and Lombok.
  • There are many fast boat services from these points to Nusa Lembongan.
  • The ferry timings depend on the tides.
  • The fast boat services from Sanur in Bali take around half an hour to reach the destination.
  • There are a few slow boats starting from Padangbai, East Bali as well. These are cheaper alternatives with the ride lasting 1.5 hours.
  • Many of these fast boat services have an online presence, and tickets can be booked well in advance online.
  • Travellers can check the live availability of seats online on ‘Gilibookings’ or ‘Gilitickets’.

How to reach Nusa Lembongan by waterways

From Sanur beach, it just takes around 25-30 minutes to get to Nusa Lembongan. ‘Mushroom Lembongan Paradise’ is a daily fast boat service that operates at Sanur beach taking passengers to and from Nusa Lembongan.

From Serangan Harbour, there are multiple ferry or fast boat operators to Lembongan. Marina Sriknadi, Semaya One, Bluewater Express, Gilitranfers are some of the service providers at Serangan Harbour.

Benoa Harbour is also one of the accessible points to Nusa Lembingan. Many cruises depart from this point to Lembongan. Some of the cruise companies are Bali Hai Cruises, Bounty Cruises, Island Explorer Cruises and more.

Public boats and chartered boats can be taken to reach Nusa Lembongan from Nusa Penida. These boats operate daily and leave from Toyapakeh and sometimes Buyuk Harbour.

Local transport in Nusa Lembongan

There are a number of transportation facilities to choose from to get around on the island. The most basic one and cheaper is hiring bicycles for rent. These can be rented out easily at any hotels and guest-houses. It is a good choice of transport as the island is very small and does not require much of a commute to get from one point to another. Hiring bicycles also prevents unnecessary pollution on the island.

Motorbikes can also be rented and are widely available on the island. Sometimes the locals are ready to give you a ride on their motorbikes for a fee.

Four wheelers are not entertained on the island. The only four-wheelers seen here are pick-up trucks working for hotels and guest-houses. If you are planning to ferry in a four wheeler, then you need special permission with a valid reason from the village authorities of the island.

From Jungut Batu village, local boatmen sometimes are ready to give a boat ride to individual tourists or an individual group of tourists for a fee till Mushroom Bay.

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Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan - Small Scenic Island in Southeast of Bali
Dream Beach - Most Popular Beach in Nusa Lembongan
Devil's Tear - Best Spot for Sunset View

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FAQs on Nusa Lembongan

What is famous about Nusa lembongan?

Natural attractions, leisure and recreation.

What is not so good about Nusa lembongan?

Heritage and history, amenities like ATMs.

Who should visit Nusa lembongan?

The island of Nusa Lembongan is an ideal destination for any type of tourists, be it solo, family, friends or honeymooners.

What is the best time to visit Nusa lembongan?

The best to visit Nusa Lembongan is from July to early October. Weather in Nusa Lembongan is mostly pleasant and is slightly drier than that of Bali. The only time to avoid is the rainy season from December to February as there can be some heavy rainfall during the season making it a struggle to travel around the island.
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What is the best way to reach Nusa lembongan?

The Island of Nusa Lembongan is easily accessible from many points in Bali like Sanur beach, Serangan Harbour and Benoa Harbour. It is also accessible from Nusa Penida, Gili Islands and Lombok. There are many fast boat services from these points to Nusa Lembongan. The ferry timings depend on the tides. Many of these fast boat services have an online presence and tickets can be booked well in advance online.  You can check the live availability of seats online on ‘Gilibookings’ or ‘Gilitickets’.
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What are the places near Nusa lembongan?

The top places near to Nusa lembongan are Kintamani which is 48 km from Nusa lembongan, Bali which is located 1893 km from Nusa lembongan, Jakarta which is located 1909 km from Nusa lembongan, Lombok which is located 1930 km from Nusa lembongan, Bandung which is located 1940 km from Nusa lembongan

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