Things to do
Our Villa Manager is happy to share a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. Feel free to ask our Villa Manager about the local area. All our staff are local to Lembongan so they can provide you with interesting insights into some of the fascinating aspects of life on Nusa Lembongan.
There are so many interesting places to go and things to see all within close proximity of the Villa. Visit deserted beaches such as Gamat Bay and Crystal Cove on the neighbouring island Nusa Penida, and enjoy a spot of snorkelling (fins and masks provided); you may even get to see pods of dolphins playing and showing off their superior swimming and diving skills! You can also swim and dive with the manta rays which is a truly breathtaking and magical experience.
Nusa Lembongan is a world-class destination for divers! Let our manager book a few dives with a recommended dive centre for the chance to spend time up close and personal with magnificent manta rays at the eponymously named Manta Point on Nusa Penida or, from late July to November, you can see the enchanting and majestic Mola-Mola which are huge oceanic sunfish. For the less experienced diver, there are easier flat reef and wall dives in the crystal clear waters around Nusa Lembongan. Take a leisurely cycle tour of the island on bicycles and visit temples, mangroves, beaches and the villages of Lembongan, Mushroom Bay and Jungut Batu.
For the early risers and scooter rider, take an early cruise around the island and watch the sunrise from several vantage points. Then go to one of many gorgeous locations for breakfast. If you would prefer to lounge at the villa during the day, you can head out on scooter at night to the warungs on the beach for a beer and freshly grilled fish. Or call one of the restaurants that offer pick up and drop off service and enjoy a cocktail or two with dinner. 353 Degrees North recommends trying Hai Bar and Grill in Mushroom Bay, Sandy Bay Beach Club in Sandy Bay, The Deck and Muntigs on the cliffs of Jungut Batu, or Indiana Kenanga on the beach in Jungut Batu.
Visit the Underground House in Lembongan Village, a labyrinth of caves excavated from the limestone rock by local farmer and priest, Made Biasa, using only a hammer and a chisel – and 15 years patience and hard work.
Climb the steps to Pura Puncak Sari, a sacred hilltop temple which commands fabulous views over the neighbouring islands and Bali’s east coast. Take it easy while climbing as the steps are steep but the view over the island is worth every step.
Other than tourism and holidaymakers, Nusa Lembongan’s economic mainstay is seaweed farming. In the shallows of the west coast wrapping around the Ceningan Strait, you’ll see rectangular beds of seaweed forming an ordered underwater grid. The Euchema Cottomi, a species of ocean algae, is harvested, dried and exported for use in the world’s medicine and cosmetics industries. You might even be washing your hair with products using seaweed from Nusa Lembongan!
Head across the canary-yellow suspension bridge that links Nusa Lembongan with its small island neighbour, Nusa Ceningan; crossing the bridge – open to pedestrians and bikes only – is an adventure in itself, with its narrow ironwood planks creating a racket and preparing you for the bone-shaking ride on the potholed roads the other side. Once on Nusa Ceningan, you can visit deserted beaches and blue lagoons, and glimpse seaweed-harvesting, it’s an island life that has gone unchanged for years. For the adrenaline junkies, visit Mahana Point and hurl yourself off the clifftop into the sea! Check the warning signs first and also with the locals. They know when the tides are good to jump and when you should steer clear.
The Palms is the place for cocktails, cold Bintang beer and great food on the islands largest party deck. Surfers flock when Ceningan Point is pumping and The Palms provides the best seats in the house to view the perfect ride!
THINGS TO KNOW
The stunning mountain you can see from almost everywhere on the island, and in particular, from 353 Degrees North, is called Mount Agung or Gunung Agung. Maybe not so well known before but it certainly announced itself on the world stage by erupting in September of 2017. Contrary to what gets reported in the media, apart from the decline in tourists, Bali and its people have been largely unaffected with life continuing on as normal for most and even more so now that the warning levels have been downgraded. Mount Agung dominates the surrounding area, influencing the climate. The clouds come from the west and Agung takes their water so that the west is lush and green while the east dry and barren. The Balinese believe that Mount Agung is a replica of Mount Meru, the central axis of the universe. One legend holds that the mountain is a fragment of Meru brought to Bali by the first Hindus. The most important temple on Bali, Pura Besakih, is located high on the slopes of Gunung Agung. Because of its height and location, Mount Agung often seems separated or split in half horizontally by clouds and the combination of cloud and mountain make the most stunning sunrise and sunset views.
Nusa Lembongan is part of Bali, so no passport is needed to visit, except as identification required to check in to a hotel or villa. Fast boats from Sanur and Benoa Harbour leave for Nusa Lembongan regularly throughout the day and the crossing from Sanur takes about 30 minutes. Our recommended fast boat operator is Rocky Fast Cruise and upon booking our manager can assist with booking tickets for the boat as well as pick up in Bali and transport to the boat and drop off to the villa from the beach landing, and vice versa upon returning to Bali. It is a beach departure and arrival on both ends of the boat trip, no dry landing on jetties or docks. So please consider this when getting ready as you will need to walk into knee-deep water to board the boat and then get off the boat.
Visitors to Nusa Lembongan are able to hire scooters, push bikes or golf buggies to commute around the island. While there are limited cars on the island, the roads can be bumpy and hilly and you should be careful with so many other bikes on the roads….though it is nowhere near as mad as on Bali.
There are a couple of ATM’s on Nusa Lembongan in Jungut Batu Village and Mushroom Bay and a few money exchangers. The ATM’s should be looked upon as a last resort due to their unreliability and we highly recommend withdrawing sufficient cash before visiting the island. The money exchangers are trustworthy enough with rates very marginally less than on Bali. There are doctors and medical services on the island, however, a more serious situation may require going back to the mainland of Bali. There are small tokos or warungs on the island where you can buy some provisions however if you have specific needs then shopping in Bali before heading over would be advisable. The spoken language is Balinese, Indonesian and English.