It’s difficult to digest how Nusa Lembongan is not a must do on all visit Bali lists and itineraries. When we first booked for Nusa Lembongan, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. But – spoiler alert – it was amazing! We had to change last second reservations from Gili to here, and we were not disappointed. Often ignored for the lure of the three Gilis, Nusa Lembongan boasts of great beaches, amazing cliffs, and quite a few activities for the adventure enthusiasts. So here’s a comprehensive list of recommendations and things to do when in Nusa Lembongan.
Getting to Nusa Lembongan from Bali is a quick and hassle free affair. There are plenty of ferries that ply between the two. Do check the timetables in advance though, especially if you plan on coming back the same day. Depending on the conditions, the ferry takes anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes.
Where To Stay
A predecessor to this question, should one stay a night or two in Nusa Lembongan? We would say absolutely. While a lot of people just do the day trip here, we stayed there for two nights, and not for a second felt that we stayed more than we should have.
We stayed at the Mahagiri Resort, and it was an amazing property to be at. With two swimming pools, spacious rooms, sumptuous breakfast, and a great beach (amongst other things), Mahagiri was a great destination. It was also in close proximity to the popular Jungut Batu beach, that’s lined with pubs and restaurants. If Mahagiri proves a little out of budget, we would recommend staying around the same vicinity though, for proximity to the aforementioned Jungut Batu beach.
The main way to get around Nusa Lembongan (and the adjoining Ceningan), is by renting scooters. If you’re not so comfortable with that, you could also rent bicycles, or we even saw a few people explore on foot, but it could get quite tiring especially given how hot the afternoons could get. The maximum drive time between any two spots was 20 minutes. While there are modified local taxis, we would recommend renting your own two wheelers if possible. This will be a lot cheaper, and give you flexibility in exploring the island at your own pace.
What To Do
Nusa Lembongan has quite a few companies offering snorkelling trips across the three popular spots in the waters. You can also couple this up with banana boat rides and other similar fun water activities. While it may not be one of the most awe inspiring snorkelling experiences, we saw a host of marine life, and the first timers were beaming after their first tryst.
Surfing on Jungut Batu beach (also known as Scooby Doo beach) was easily one of the highlights of the trip. Consisting of reef waves instead of the traditional beach waves, you are taken out into the ocean on a boat, where green wave after green wave make for the best surf conditions we’ve ever experienced. And don’t worry about being away from the shoreline, you can still stand here! Although it is advised against as you’re on corals, the surf school provides you with shoes to help you avoid bruises incase you step on an odd sharp rock. If you need any encouragement to give this a shot, a beginner, with just her second attempt at surfing, caught at least 10 waves right to the end over here!
A quirky suspension bridge that joins Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan, the Yellow Bridge is a popular photo spot. Wide enough just for pedestrians and two wheelers, this bridge is a great stop for all the Instagram lovers.
To be completely honest, we found Blue Lagoon by accident. Located right behind a parking spot, we were headed to scout a cliff jumping point when we came across Blue Lagoon and it took our collective breaths away. A rocky cove with bright turquoise water, Blue Lagoon is a definite must do when you’re on the Nusa Islands.
While there’s a few articles online on cliff jumping spots in and around Blue Lagoon, these are all un monitored, and unless you’re an experienced jumper we would advise against going to any of these.
Instead, head to Mahana Point. A restaurant overlooking the ocean, it has cliff jumping spots at two different heights. They charge per jump, but they also let you know if and when the conditions are good for a jump on that day. Unfortunately the conditions weren’t good for us when we visited, but since it’s right next to Blue Lagoon, a ride there is inevitable anyway.
Another activity really close to Blue lagoon, Abyss zip line offers a quick but fun ride overlooking a great view of cliffs and the ocean. Being inside a resort, you could use this place for a lunch stop, where you could also use their swimming pool overlooking the ocean!
Devil’s Tear is a spot that reminds you of the ocean’s wrath and beauty. Wave after wave crash into carved out cliffs of Devil’s tear, leaving behind mist and mini waterfalls against the bottom of the rocks. Waves here are sometimes so powerful, it has prompted authorities to warn people against being too close to the edge, as some have previously been pulled away under a splash!
Nusa Lembongan is popular for its many beaches. Our first stop after we headed back from Nusa Ceningan was Dream Beach. A tiny beach nestled between walls, dream beach made for a great afternoon stop. There were people spread across the sand soaking in the sun, while a few others enjoyed a dip in the clean blue waters. We also used this beach as a stop for some lunch and beer!
Another beach we quite enjoyed was Mushroom beach. Offering a great view of the sunset, we ended our day at Mushroom beach, with a swim and some more refreshing beer.
Mentioned previously for surf recommendations, Jungut Batu beach is the one you want to be at if you just want to sit at a restaurant/bar by the beach, and enjoy the beautiful views. The stretch between Jungut Batu beach and Mahagiri resort was littered with beachside restaurants. Some of the places here also have their own swimming pool if you’d rather dip in fresh water than salt. We spent quite a few hours at this beach, just eating, drinking, and enjoying the relaxed surroundings. Honestly, we could’ve been there longer!
While we didn’t personally visit them, you could also try Sunset Beach and Panorama Point should you have enough time.
All in all, Nusa Lembongan is definitely worth at least a day’s stay. But do note that restaurants and pubs here don’t stay open for too long (usually 10 pm). If all night partying is what you’re looking for, Nusa Lembongan is not for you. But it is a great idyllic beach destination, with just the right balance of activities and relaxation.
We visited Nusa Lembongan as part of our Indonesian Adventure organised with Wandering Souls, for like minded travellers. Stay tuned to our social media pages for more such upcoming trips. Or contact us to plan your own personal one!
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