Nusa Lembongan is a small-sized island off the southeast coast and 30 minutes away by boat from mainland Bali. Quickly becoming one of Bali's most popular attractions, this island paradise is a world away from the hassle and hectic pace of South Bali. This is a fine place to just put your feet up and relax. It is great though for relaxing, diving and snorkeling and other sea sports. The water is some of the clearest you will find anywhere, and it's a vivid aqua blue in color.
Getting around on a motorcycle on this island takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. Nusa Lembongan has lots of white sand beaches. The waves attract the surfers of the world. Finding a mangrove forest is a must, as an underground house, Carved by the hands of one man, puppeteer, dancer, and Hindu priest, who wants to show with his crazy work, the truth of an Indian Legend.
Visiting the small neighboring island, Nusa Ceningan, connected by an unforgettable Yellow Bridge is also recommended. The last important point, birds are protected in Nusa Lembongan and it is pleasing to see them at any time while walking around.
Attractions in Nusa Lembongan
1. Devil's Tear
This scenic outcrop on the southwesternmost edge of Nusa Lembongan is magnificent. You’re greeted by an expansive ocean view with azure waters afar, but with crashing and frothing waves near the jagged limestone cliffs. To get there, head southward to the villages from the main resort-filled Mushroom Bay and look for the signposts for ‘Devil’s Tear’, ‘Cafe Pandan’ and ‘Dream Beach Bungalows.
2. Dream Beach
Dream Beach is a 115-meter stretch of white sand stretches along the southwestern coast of Lembongan Island. With its low-lying limestone cliffs and dramatic rock formations, this beach is one of Lembongan's most beautiful and quiet beaches. While Lembongan’s most popular side is its western coast with sea-view hotels and villas set along with the village of Jungutbatu. Dream Beach is well far-off from the crowds. Dream Beach is another great spot to stay after a day out while enjoying Lembongan Island’s wonderful sunsets.
3. Jungut Batu
Jungut Batu refers to both the seaside village and its coast in the north-western area of Lembongan. This is one of the two main beachfront on the island, as well as the longest stretch of beach full of hotels and restaurants. The small rocky cliff to its south provides great views over the island’s main surf breaks, namely Shipwrecks and Lacerations, together with the beautiful sunsets over mainland Bali afar.
4. Mushroom Bay
This small stretch of white sand neighbors the longer coastline of Jungut Batu to the southwest. As a bay, it is much more secluded and becomes even quainter once the boats carry day-trippers back to the Bali mainland in the afternoons.
5. Nusa Lembongan Mangrove Forest
This lush mangrove forest covers most of the northeastern coastline of Lembongan and can be reached via the coastal village road of Jungut Batu. There are local wooden boat operators in the adjacent fishing village who can take you on gondola-like mangrove tours through the forest at a quiet, slow and steady pace.
6. Nusa Lembongan Seaweed Farms
Seaweed farming is the main source of living for the Nusa islanders. Seaweed farming takes place around many parts of the island, but the most accessible farms are on the southern side of Lembongan Village. Most of the seaweed grown here is destined for the Asian cosmetics industry, as well as processed foodstuffs and carrageenan jelly powder. You’ll see many harvested seaweed being dried up on the shore. Certain types of seaweed are also used in fresh salads
7. Yellow Bridge
Those wishing to cross over to Nusa Ceningan, Lembongan's sister island, may do so via this bridge. The yellow bridge is located on Nusa Lembongan’s southwest coast and provides a panoramic and elevated view over the blue waters, which are peppered with traditional fishing boats and seaweed patches.
How to get to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningan
Fast boats and public boats are transportation to Nusa Lembongan from Bali. Fast boats and public boats depart from the beaches of Sanur to Lembongan every day to carry tourists and locals.
Things to do in Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningan
- Scuba diving
- Water sports
- Walking around
- Yoga classes