Nusa Lembongan is the smallest and closest from the islands of Nusa Penida area. All islands are really close to Bali, thus become popular for island hopping for everyone who is in Bali. Nusa Lembongan is famous for its paradise, white sand beaches and for snorkeling spots. I recommend to spend there at least 2 days to have a time to enjoy yourself and to slow down a bit after hectic lifestyle of Bali. For adventure seeking travelers it is also worthy to continue from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida via speed boat and spend a few days there. For an ultimate guide on Nusa Penida, read this article.
How to get to Nusa Lembongan?
You can use a fast boat to get there from Sanur. The ride takes approximately 30 minutes. But be careful, the boats do not go from harbor that is on Google maps, they are leaving from this point. You can also park a motorbike there for 10k/night. The price for the return ticket was 300k IDR / person. In Nusa Lembongan the boat stops in 2 places, Mushroom Bay and Jungut Batu. Since the island is really small, the place where you get off the boat really doesn’t matter, but I would say it is more convenient to get off in Mushroom bay as boats go there more frequently. The boats are leaving from Sanur to Mashroom bay almost every hour starting from 8:30 to 17:30. On the way back, the first boat leaves at 7am and last boat goes at 16:30 from Mashroom bay.
How to travel on Nusa Penida?
Even though the island is quite small, still it’s a good idea to rent a motorbike if you are planning on exploring island. Our costed 70k IDR/day with full tank of petrol. Which really isn’t such an advantage, because you can’t hardly use of whole tank of petrol in Lembongan. Right at the moment when you step on the beach in Lembongan, you will get surrounded by locals offering you rent a motorbike, snorkeling trips, taxi, accommodation. The prices they propose are ridiculously expensive. To get better prices walk a bit from from the beach and do not be afraid to bargain.
Where to stay in Nusa Lembongan?
Since we went there off season, there was plenty of accomodation to choose from, we used booking.com to book a reservation in advance in D’Waktu in House for 130k IDR. The place was really nice and quiet, and the stuff was super helpful. Even though it is little bit difficult to find, we rank it 10/10 and highly recommend it.
Top 5 things to do in Nusa Lembongan
1. Swim with manta rays
Seems that everyone in the island offers a snorkeling trips, so if you do not run across a company that organizes trip just ask someone on the street. This is what we did, we asked a guy that was running a diving center whether he could help us to sign up for a snorkeling trip. Of course he knew someone,his friend captain Coconut, who would take us on a snorkeling trip the next day for 150k/person.
First two spot we got to see were Crystal Bay and Mangrove Bay to see corals. Those spots were nice, lot of colorful fishes, lot of corals but the best thing still awaits us. Third spot was Manta bay, located in Nusa Penida, another island close to Lembongan. From Crystal bay it took approximately 15 minutes and crazy ride between the huge waves. Nothing for people with sea sick.
Well, I have to admit I am not like crazy snorkeling geek, who could be in the water for hours, but this was definitely one of the best things I’ve done so far. To have 5 manta rays swimming around me was totally ravishing (and bit of scary, I must say). There were coming from right, from left, from the bottom. In pairs or one by one. I didn’t know where to look first, it was amazing.
2. Explore beautiful beaches
If you are a beach freak like me, you gonna love it here. Ultimate #1 beach in Lembongan is Dream beach, smaller, white sanded beach with big waves. If you go there in early morning, you will have the beach only for yourself. The next one is Sandy Bay, that is located left from Devil Tears. This a again a smaller, white sanded and big wave beach great for sunsets watching. We have been there for a while before the sunset and again, we were completely alone. The third one is Mushroom beach. Even though this beach is basically a port with many boats the water is super clear and beach is again very beautiful. You can spend few hours on this beach before you are leaving the island, if you decide to go from Mushroom bay.
3. Watch sunset from Devil Tear
Impressive natural scenery. Huge waves play with the cliffs and when the water break create a beautiful scenery. Take your camera with you and buy a Bintang at local stands. You could spend here hours only watching the ocean and the sunset. If you go there earlier before sun goes down, you will avoid crowds of tourists coming for sunset.
4. Eat & Relax
We were just driving our motorbike around Lembongan until we found a perfect spot for a lunch, called Agung beach club. It’s in the north of island on the beach, close to Mangrove forest. This place is completely peaceful and relaxing. Hidden under the trees, with white furniture, lamps from shells and while hammock between the trees. If you feel like it, you can have a lunch and relax for a bit on ponton in the water with a view to Mt. Agung. Tip from menu: tuna satay that comes with rice and coconut sauce that I’ve never had before. Together with fresh mango juice a perfect combination for lazy day on island.
5. Take a tour around island
If you rented a motorbike, you can just wander around the island, there is one road that goes around, so if you follow it, there is no chance you can get lost. On the east side of the island, there is a bay where seaweed is farmed, it is a beautiful spot to take picture as the water is amazingly blue and there is hundred of small wooden boats on it. Following this road, you will get to yellow bridge that was connecting Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan. However in October 2016 this bridge collapsed and make life much more difficult for locals in Nusa Ceningan, who has to now use boat to get to Lembongan on daily basis to school or to work. Passing a Mangrove forest you will get to the most isolated part of Lembongan and experience the difference comparing to the touristic areas. Then you get back to coast and you can admire typical fisherman boats around the bay.
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