Nusa LembonganRelax and swim in warm blue waters
Nusa Lembongan is the second largest of the three Nusa islands in the southeast of Bali.
Nusa Lembongan, a small island between Bali and Nusa Penida in Badung Strait, is the perfect holiday hideaway with few visitors and pristine un-spoilt beaches.
A low, protected island about 11 km southeast of mainland Bali, measuring only four by three km and ringed with mangrove swamps, and palms and white sandy beaches. Inland the terrain is scrubby and very dry, with volcanic stonewalls and processional avenues crisscrossing the small cactus-covered hills.
Known for its great surf, the excellent crystal-clear waters also make it a perfect place for snorkeling and diving. It's still a basic place, but interesting, and there are some lovely places to stay.
The island is small enough to explore on foot, offering pristine beaches and coves, majestic views of Mount Agung, unique Balinese architecture, and the friendliness of a simple country folk. With a lack of arable land and a severe shortage of tourist attractions, the island's economy is limited to its underwater wealth-seaweed.
There are just two villages on Nusa Lembongan, the large, spread out administrative center of Lembongan Village, and Jungut Batu village.
Both villages are heavily involved in the cultivation of seaweed. Before government-supported commercial seafood production in 1980, the people of the island lived on maize, cassava, tuber, beans, and peanuts. Today most everyone is involved in one way or another with cultivation of "sea vegetables," and the air is permeated with its smell.
Life on Nusa Lembongan is very relaxing, with cool breezes, little traffic, no big hotels, no pollution, no stress, no photocopy machines, and hardly any telephones.
Best of all, there are almost no pedagang acung (pushy vendors) and few thieves.
Nusa Lembongan Snorkelling Trip
his island is well known for many great spots.
Go on a tour early morning starting at Nusa Penida, where you can swim with Mantra Rays, then continue across choppy waters to Nusa Ceningan and swim in the lagoon.
You can also get 25% off this snorkelling trip, we saw some of the best reefs and underwater wildlife we have seen in a long time. If you can time it right the manta rays are incredible to see as well.
Later, go back to Lembongan and just 20+ meters offshore discover beautiful underwater life. With crystal blue calm water, the reef is full of life and well worth the money (300-800 000IDR depending on your negotiation skills).
Visit Mangrove Forest
Hire a local boat, paddle boat, gondola, stand up paddle board or kayak for less than IDR 100 000 (you may have to pay a bit more) and discover this quiet, relaxing and magical place.
The forest is unique, and you can spot some beautiful birds if you are quiet enough.
There is a small entry fee to get to the Mangrove Forest road, but that’s only 30-50 000 depending on the person standing at the entrance.
The bridge to Nusa Ceningan
Travel south-east to discover half way through a bridge, which will take you across to island next door. Turn right do go around and check out the beaches or left to get on top of the mountain.
The road isn’t the best one, and it takes some skill to not to crash the moped :-). We had some close calls on the rocks that are just lying on the road and seem to be part of it.
When in Nusa Ceningan take your time to wander around as it took us two separate trips to find some isolated spots and the Blue Lagoon Cliff Jump place.
Nusa Ceningan Viewpoint
The viewpoint sits at the highest point of the island. There is also nice restaurant/bar to relax.
When coming from Lembongan take left from the bridge and follow the signs. The road is up and at times hard to drive, but the view is so worth it once you at the top.
Well as you can see we got there on a rainy day
Discover best beaches of Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan has many hidden beaches where you can relax and swim in warm blue waters.
Jangut Batu Beach is the longest and seen from the hill (or Panorama Restaurant), has great surf, but it’s not as pleasant for regular swimmers.
Dream Beach (located close to Devil’s Tear), Sandy Bay, Mushroom Beach or Coconut Bay – all are great for relaxing day out where you can lie down and catch some sunshine.
See A Seaweed Farm
Nusa Lembongan seaweed farm sitting in the channel between two islands is one of the places you must visit.
The suspended bridge along with small boats and seaweed plantation are just picture perfect.
Visit the seaweed gardens at low tide; they look like gigantic underwater botanical gardens. Two kinds are grown, the small red pinusan and the large green kotoni.
Almost the entire crop is exported to Hong Kong for use in the cosmetics and food processing industries. After harvesting, gatherers leave a floating offering of rice and flowers that gently drifts away on the outgoing tide.
Watch A Few Dolphins
Dolphins are regularly seen at the cliff side of the island. Just be patient and don’t give up and you’ll be rewarded
Nusa Lembongan nightlife
Great spots to enjoy glass of wine or cold Bintang are countless, but some that have good view include:
Panorama Restaurant, Blue Corner Bar & Restaurant, The Deck Cafe & Bar and for organic coffee and juice check Bali Eco Deli or Two Towers Coffee Shop.