A guide to Nusa Lembongan

A guide to Nusa Lembongan

Just a 30 minute boat trip from the island of Bali, Nusa Lembongan offers a slower pace than the main island of Bali, there are no hawkers and no traffic. Lembongan makes up one of three islands and is known for clear turquoise waters, diving, snorkelling, surfing and seaweed farming.

Nusa Lembongan

Photo credit: The Lembongan Traveller

Getting there

Nusa LembonganPhoto credit: Scoot Fast Cruises

Scoot Fast Cruises

Departing Sanur daily at 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 17:00
Departing Lembongan daily at 08:30, 10:30, 12:30, 16:00
Return cost 650,000 IDR often there are promo deals for 550,000
Includes transfers to/from Sanur and on Lembongan

Jl. Hangtuah No. 27, Sanur  Web

Rocky Fast Cruises

Departing Sanur daily at 10:00, 12:000, 14:00, 17:30
Departing Lembongan daily at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 16:30
Return cost USD50
Includes transfers to/from Sanur and on Lembongan

Jl Hangtuah 41 Sanur Web

How to get around

Hire a scooter 
If you’ve never been on a scooter before then Lembongan is a good place to learn. With very little cars, the roads are pretty quiet especially compared to Bali. It is a great island to explore on two wheels and you can easily get over to Nusa Ceningan by crossing the suspension bridge. You can hire a scooter for around 750,00 IDR per day, roughly AUD$8 with a full tank of fuel. If you a running short on fuel you can pick up a bottle at a stall on the side of the road. If you aren’t confident riding yourself, you can hire a local to ride you around for a fee.

Hire a bike
A great way to see the island at your own pace. Bicycles can be rented at most hotels and villas and along Jungut Batu. Some of the roads are well surfaced but others have quite a few pot holes. There are also some uphills that may be difficult.

Truck 
Most hotels will have a basic pick-up truck with seats in the back tray. A lot of restaurants also offer pick up and drop off service to your accommodation.

What to do

Beaches

Nusa Lembongan

Jungutbatu
Jungutbatu is one of the bigger beaches with a range of hotels and restaurants close by.

Mushroom Bay
Mushroom Bay is the main tourist beach especially with day trippers, head here after 3pm when everyone has gone back to Bali. A few cozy restaurants line the beach.

Dream Beach (close to Devil’s Tear), Sandy Bay and Coconut Bay all are great for relaxing on the sand in the sunshine.

Diving and Snorkelling

Nusa Lembongan

Lembongan Watersports
I was amazed with the amount of fish and the coral around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. I spent the day snorkelling at Manta Bay with manta rays, Crystal Bay over some beautiful coral and at Mangrove Point with the clownfish. We had lunch at Warung Paradise and ended the day with a paddle board or kayak through the mangrove forest.

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Mangrove Beach, Jungutbatu village, Nusa Lembongan  Web / Facebook / Youtube

Planet Nomadas Dive Surf Yoga Resort
Located at the end of Jungut Batu with views of Mt Agung, Planet Nomadas offer snorkel trips and dive courses with SSI and PADI. They have their own dive pool for the course and also organise dive safaris.

Jl. Jungut Batu Dusun Kaja II Desa Jungut Batu Nusa Lembongan Web / Instagram

Yoga & Sup Yoga

Nusa LembonganPhoto credit: Serenity Yoga

Serenity Yoga
Unfortunately the day I went to Serenity Yoga the instructor was sick so classes were cancelled but the location looked amazing. With a mix of Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Flow, Yin Yoga and Power Yoga it isn’t hard to find a suitable class. They also offer SUP yoga classes for those that want a bit more of a challenge at balancing.

Jungut Batu, Nusa Lembongan Web / Facebook Instagram

The Yoga Shack
The Yoga Shack is inside the Secret Garden Bungalows. The studio is octagon in shape- the symbol of Mother Earth. The Yoga Shack offers Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yang, Hatha Flow and Advanced flow classes.

Secret Garden Bungalows, Jungut Batu, Nusa Lembongan Web / Facebook

Planet Nomadas Dive Surf Yoga Resort
Wake up early to the rooster chanting and get started with a one hour yoga session for 120,000 IDR.

Jl. Jungut Batu Dusun Kaja II Desa Jungut Batu Nusa Lembongan Web / Instagram

Surfing

Nusa LembonganPhoto credit: Monkey Surf School

Nusa Lembongan has some world-class waves with surf-able waves all year round. There are three main breaks for the beginner through to the experienced.

Playgrounds
Playgrounds is a short paddle from Coconuts Beach and is a sheltered reef break. Great for beginners on a smaller swell.

Lacerations
A short paddle from Playgrounds or a quick boat trip from shore, Lacerations is best at mid tide.

Shipwrecks
A boat is required to get to Shipwrecks and is best on mid to high tide. Best suited for the experienced surfer.

Newbro Surf School
Offering beginner and intermediate lessons as well as a surf guide for those with a bit more experience and snorkelling tours.  Newbro’s instructors have travelled to Australia and other parts of the world to gain experience and language skills. They are often competing in surf competitions and are sponsored by surf companies.

Br Kaja Jungutbatu, Jungutbatu, Nusa Lembongan  Web / Facebook / Instagram / Youtube

Monkey Surf School
Monkey Surf School offer beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons with only 3 students per instructor as well as free diving courses and spear fishing.

Jungutbatu beach, Nusa Lembongan Web / Facebook / Youtube

Planet Nomadas Dive Surf Yoga Resort
Planet Nomadas have instructors that are certified by the International Surfing Federation (ISA) and have boards for hire. They offer two hour classes and can undle them up for three or five days.

Jl. Jungut Batu Dusun Kaja II Desa Jungut Batu Nusa Lembongan Web / Instagram

Walk the Suspension bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan

Nusa Lembongan

The yellow suspension bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan allows easy access across the islands. The bridge is really narrow and can only be accessed by by foot, bicycle or scooter.

Zipline across a cliff at Nusa Ceningan

The zipline is quite new and is located near Ceningan Point with amazing views. Afterwards you can take a dip in the infinity pool and enjoy a drink at the swim up pool bar. Cost for the zipline is 100,000 IDR.

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Visit the Seaweed Farms

Nusa Lembongan

Seaweed farming accounts for 60-70% of the economy of the island.  The farms can be seen just under the surface at high tide and exposed at low tide, when local farmers get to work and harvest their crops.

Explore the temples

Puncak Sari Temple
Located in Lembongan Village it is the largest Hindu temple on the island. Enjoy an amazing view of the Indian Ocean, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan.

Sakenan Temple
This temple has three parts with one of the worshipping areas on the sand.

Pura Ulun Danu Temple or the ‘Temple of the Cave”
Pura Ulun Danu is located on Nusa Ceningan and is dedicated to Dewi Batari Ulun Danu, goddess of the lakes and rivers. The temple is built on a hill, sitting on top of a holy cave, the Goa Raja or “King’s Cave”. There is a small ship with the statues of Dewa Baruna, god of the seas, and Dewi Ayu Mas Segara, goddess of the Southern Seas.

Where to eat

Nusa Lembongan

The Deck 
Smoothies, juices, fresh coconut, beer, spirits and food there is a big range for everyone. With views like the one above you can spend hours just sitting here with a drink. Happy hour is from 5pm- 6.30pm and they offer free pick up service after 5pm.

Located at the boardwalk at Batu Karang Lembongan Resort & Day Spa.  Web / Facebook / Instagram

Tigerlillys  
Tigerlilly’s is a little hidden oasis with lush gardens off the main road with poolside tables and swing chairs. Great food, music and a nice setting.

Jungut Batu , Nusa Lembongan Web / Facebook / Instagram

Nusa Lembongan

Bali Eco Deli
The Bali Eco Deli provide fresh juices, coffee and cakes while being eco-responsible. 90% of their waste is composted, they are happy to collect plastic bottles, bags, milk cartons and used batteries to take to Bali for recycling.

Jalan Raya Jungut Batu, JungutBatu, Nusa Lembongan  Web / Facebook

Warung Paradise
I ate here as part of my snorkel tour with Lembongan Watersports. On arrival I was given a fresh coconut to drink while relaxing on the beach lounges. After a day of snorkeling the buffet lunch they put on was amazing.

Jl. Mangrove Jungut Batu, Paradise Beach, Nusa Lembongan Facebook

Nusa Lembongan

Warungs
There are plenty of Warungs along Jungut Batu to choose from. They may look small and make you think twice about going in but the food is fresh and tastes amazing.

Where to stay:

Nusa Lembongan

Planet Nomadas Dive Surf Yoga Resort
Planet Nomadas has six bungalows with verandas, queens beds, an outside bathroom with shower and includes breakfast. The resort has an outdoor salt water pool, bar & restaurant and provide different day tours, surf lessons, yoga classes and dive courses.

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Jl. Jungut Batu Dusun Kaja II Desa Jungut Batu Nusa Lembongan Web / Instagram

Tigerlillys Boutique Hotel
Each bungalow at Tigerlillys is made using natural materials including a grass thatch roof, coconut palm walls, stone bathrooms and bamboo. Tigerlillys is filled with lush tropical gardens and has a restaurant with swing chairs overlooking the beautiful pool and gardens.

Jungut Batu , Nusa Lembongan Web / Facebook / Instagram

 

Have you been to Nusa Lemongan? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The information contained in this guide is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by Healthy Fit Traveller and will endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct. All opinions are my own and none of my stay was hosted.

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