- The island life vibes
- Cool beach clubs
- Dive in nearby spots
- Beautiful beaches
- A weekend getaway
An enjoyable island life
Nusa Lembongan is a smaller island off the Bali’s East Coast, across the Bangli Strait. While it is always growing in popularity, it is still much quieter than mainland Bali. It’s known for its laidback atmosphere, excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities, good surf breaks, and pristine white sand beaches make it an ideal place for a weekend getaway. It is roughly 30 minutes away from Sanur/ Serangan port by speedboats or one and a half to two hours by public boat from Padangbai. Lembongan is growing these past few years rapidly. Many nice accommodation and great places to hang out popup on many corners of this small island. Once a humble seaweed-farmers village now has transformed into a beautiful island resort. Surfing and yoga community are also dense in Lembongan, so you don’t need to worry about finding a yoga shala or surfboards rentals and surf schools during your visit on the island.
Nusa Lembongan Brief
The ocean here is clear and gentle, and any waves break on a reef roughly 500 meters out to sea, making this an ideal place for swimming and playing in the sand with kids. Sanur is good for surfing, but only on rare days where the waves are huge everywhere else on the island, and the waves are a long way out from the beach. The peaceful waters of Sanur make it a great place for boats to dock, so expect to see many colourful local jukung canoes and fisherman.
Basic Indonesian and Western food is available at restaurants, most of which are part of hotels. There are a few fine dining options, as well as some more authentic but humble local warungs in the village area of Jungutbatu. Most of the places receive cash only, so don’t forget to bring along enough money with you as the ATM is very limited in some areas.
Many hotels and restaurants have happy hour drink specials, and some show movies on big screens. Although some places stay open fairly late and attract a drinking crowd, most people on the island are back in their hotels by midnight.
Even though Nusa Lembongan is relatively a small island, but going around on a scooter is the best idea. Transporation is pretty basic here; most of the tourists and locals are travelling on a motorbike. Expect the price for scooter rental slightly higher compared to many areas in Bali.
There is a broad range of accommodation on Nusa Lembongan. Backpackers can stay in fan-cooled rooms with saltwater showers by the beach or a bit farther inland for very low prices, and several pleasant mid-range hotels can be found along the coast at Jungutbatu and on the hillside area toward Mushroom Beach. Villas with private pools have also sprung up in recent years, providing some more luxurious options.
Seaweed farms line the beach at Jungutbatu, which can be interesting for travellers, while the more secluded Dream Beach and Mushroom Beach offer good places to hang out and watch the waves come in. Lembongan hill is a great viewpoint on the island; many visitors like to park their scooter by the road to enjoy the view and take some pictures. There is also a mangrove swamp to the island’s north.
Nusa Lembongan is next to the deep-water Lombok Strait and has relatively unspoiled reefs, which make it a home for marine life of all types. As such, it is a major centre for snorkelling and diving, and divers can regularly see sea turtles, rays, sunfish (mola-mola), and sharks. Beginner snorkelers and divers can have a lot of fun, but many of the island’s dive sites have strong currents and are for experienced divers only. Luckily, many good dive operators are available on the island. Lembongan is also popular with surfers for its three surf breaks, Playgrounds, Shipwrecks, and Lacerations, which are as good as the waves in Bali, and are sometimes less crowded (but usually not).