Our must visit spots on Nusa Lembongan
Are you looking for the perfect island getaway where you can escape the hassles of everyday life? Well, look no further than the stunning island of Nusa Lembongan. Located just 20 kilometres from the east coast of Bali, our small island is home to only about 4000 permanent residents and offers plenty of incredible recreational activities and stunning picturesque locations that are a once in a lifetime experience.
Lembongan offers some of the most magnificent beaches in Indonesia. Picture white sandy shorelines, crystal clear waters, untouched coral and exotic marine life just waiting for you to explore. The island is a perfect holiday destination for all occasions, from a family recreational holiday to a romantic couples retreat.
Things to know about Nusa Lembongan:
- Nusa Lembongan is the perfect destination to enjoy a pleasurable and stress-free escape. The island’s pleasant atmosphere, sparkling beaches and bright sunshine offers visitors the chance to enjoy unlimited outdoor activities to the fullest.
- Calm weather all year round makes Nusa Lembongan an ideal destination for travel and tourism. Most visitors enjoy lazing in the sun on the beaches or exploring the island’s hidden coves.
- The island features a vibrant, energetic nightlife where you can dance and party hard all night long.
- You can also choose from a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury villas like 353 Degrees North to basic lumbungs (bungalows).
- Beach lovers have a variety of sporting activities to choose from including scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, swimming and stand up paddle boarding.
Nusa Lembongan is easily accessible from mainland Bali. The island is a 30-minute fast boat ride from Sanur Beach.
The most common way of getting around is by scooter. If you’re a novice then steer clear of scooters and explore the island by bicycle or foot. Due to its small size, the island can be easily explored on foot. Scooters, bicycles and golf buggies can be hired by the hour, for a full day or for the duration of your stay on the island. Our villa manager is happy to help arrange transport hire for you. Please ensure you check your travel insurance terms and conditions for riding a scooter and that you meet the appropriate licence requirements.
Things to see and do:
From beautiful beaches to stunning Mangrove forests and intricately decorated Hindu temples, you will never be short of incredible places to explore and things to do while on Nusa Lembongan.
1. Sunsets from the Beach or our Rooftop Lounges
Sunsets on Nusa Lembongan are second to none. Here the sun appears even redder as it lowers in the sky than anywhere else in the world, making it a magnificent view not to miss. Sit back with a cocktail or Bintang in hand and watch the sun slip into the ocean from one of Lembongan’s amazing rooftop bars, restaurants or the 353 Degrees North rooftop deck.
You can find our favourite places to drink and watch the sunset on the island here.
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2. Scuba Diving/Snorkelling
There is something for everyone when it comes to diving on Nusa Lembongan, regardless of your skill level. Scuba diving on Nusa Lembongan offers visitors the opportunity to see some breathtaking marine life including Manta Rays and Mola Mola, the giant sunfish. For a chance to see the Mola Mola, you should consider visiting the island between July and November. The Manta Rays can be sighted underwater pretty much all year round, weather permitting . The vibrant colours of the abundant marine life that inhabit the delicate coral beds will take your breath away. It is like jumping into your own private aquarium.
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3. Rent a Bike
Renting a bike is a great way to explore all the island has to offer. Regardless of what you are looking for or where you are headed, cycling is a fun way of reaching your destination while taking in the island’s amazing scenery. Discover some of the smaller Banjar (villages) that are inland along the small tracks not accessible by larger vehicles and tour groups. Visit some of the temples and along the way stop and meet some of the locals as they tend to their seaweed drying out by the road. The best thing is you can stop as you please and grab some holiday snaps around the island!
4. The Yellow Bridge and Nusa Ceningan
The Yellow Bridge is one of the most popular and iconic attractions on the island. This bridge provides one of the only links to our sister island of Nusa Ceningan. The Yellow Bridge is sometimes considered by tourists as an Indiana Jones-like experience and is used by locals to transport goods between both islands. Since it was tragically swept away last year the ‘new’ yellow bridge connecting the two islands was rebuilt and is now back in full swing! It also features a sturdier and safer design, meaning visitors can cross with ease by foot or scooter! Nusa Ceningan is a small beautiful island well known for its seaweed farming. Upon reaching the island, visit the Blue Lagoon for a dive into the ocean from the 14m cliff or check out Secret Beach, one of Nusa Ceningan’s hidden gems. Take a day trip over to explore some beautiful, remote beaches, lookout spots and beach clubs like our favourites, Le Pirate or The Palms.
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5. Dream Beach
On the south-west of the island is the beautiful Dream Beach. With its pure white sand & crystal clear water, Dream Beach is definitely one of Nusa Lembongan’s most beautiful beaches. With the powerful surf and strong current, it’s best to avoid swimming in the eastern side and stick between the designated swimming lines. The secluded, laid-back atmosphere of this beach perfectly suits the southern side of the island. Unlike a few coastlines on the island that are always busy and filled with plenty of boats, Dream Beach is a great place to enjoy relaxing time sunbathing and swimming in the waters.
6. Take a Refreshing dip in the Infinity Pool
If you are unable to take a dip in the refreshing waters of the Dream Beach due to the intense waves, you can check out the infinity pool set directly behind the beach at Dream Beach Huts. You can also take in some spectacular views of Mt Agung from our very own 14m x 5m infinity pool which features a submerged bench seat, perfect for those who want to enjoy the view with a glass of wine or champagne in hand. We also have plenty of poolside beanbags, sun loungers and daybeds to relax in and watch the beautiful sunset.
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7. Check out Devil’s Tears
Devil’s Tears, otherwise known as Devil’s temper tantrum, is right next to Dream Beach and is one of the best places on the island to enjoy great sunset views. Marvel at the huge waves that crash into the limestone cliffs and the spectacular display of misty spray emitted from the deep crevices cut into the sea walls by years of erosion. Sunset at Devil’s Tears is a must experience for any visitor to the island!
8. Mangrove Forest
The Mangrove Forest situated on the northern end of the island is a hugely important part of the ecosystem and contains at least 11 species of mangrove throughout it’s near 55 hectares size, with the Tinjang and api-api being the most dominant species. Once there you can take your choice of tours from stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, all the way through to a jukung outrigger boat. The quieter you are while floating through the beautiful mangroves the better chance you have of seeing some of the amazing and unique birdlife.
Many of the fish and crustacean species from the outer lying reef are dependent on the Mangroves as a hatching place for their young. The Mangrove forest and the coral reefs in this area are the best of friends, living harmoniously together as the outer reef acts as a barrier from the might of the sea, which would otherwise erode the area where the Mangrove Forest grows. In turn, the forest blocks the sediment that gets washed from the land that would otherwise suffocate the reef.
9. Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay is the perfect spot on Nusa Lembongan to take a dip and relax. It can be easily reached by bike or motorbike and is known to most locals as THE spot to watch the spectacular Lembongan sunsets. Sandy Bay is a little beach but is definitely one of the most spectacular hot spots on the island.
Nusa Lembongan is an ideal destination for surfers. Here you will find some of the best reef breaks not only in Bali, but the world at large. Surfers have been visiting Nusa Lembongan for decades and the year-round surfing conditions and warm water make it a favourite for surfers of all levels. If you are new to surfing then Playgrounds is the spot for you. The smaller surf makes it easy to catch a wave or two. Lacerations and Shipwrecks are for the more experienced surfers and the point on Ceningan Island is great when there is no swell on Nusa Lembongan.
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