Nusa Lembongan : great diving, sandy beaches, awe-inspiring Devil’s Tear, relaxed yoga, romantic sunset dinner, mangrove forest, massages, bars, coffee, movies and more!
Nusa Lembongan is a must-visit island a short 45 min speedboat ride from Sanur, Bali. It is an ideal place for singles, couples and families to holiday at.
You can do all the above activities within a week at a leisurely pace.
We booked a 7 day 6 night stay with World Diving Lembongan at a good deal from Singapore’s ADEX that included:
- 10 dives with equipment and additional refresher course
- Beautiful Pondok Baruna beachfront accommodation with breakfast (the sound of waves lulled us to sleep)
- Transfers from airport (minivan to Sanur, speedboat to Nusa Lembongan, taxi truck to resort)
Each unit has a room, attached toilet with shower, a porch with 2 chairs and a table for breakfast, and a deck chair and beanbag to chill.
You can read my review about World Diving Lembongan here.
We visited Nusa Lembongan in December which was perfect as it was off-peak season and less crowded.
What is Nusa Lembongan’s main attraction?
Nusa Lembongan is an ideal place to explore numerous dive sites not only at this island, but also those at Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida.
World Diving Lembongan planned two morning dives a day based on the tides, leaving around 7 or 8am and arriving back around 1230 to 1pm. We also went for one afternoon dive and one night dive.
We dived at:
- reef walls (current is strong but it is an amazing reef wall)
- manta dive site (where we saw several manta rays and sting rays)
- mangrove corals (current was weak for a leisurely dive)
- a shallow beach floor (exploring rocks, moray eels and orang utan crabs on a night dive)
As we hadn’t dived for 10 years, we paid for a refresher course at World Diving Lembongan’s resort pool before we started our dives.
All equipment, including wet suit, BCD, regulator and torch, were provided by World Diving Lembongan as part of the customised ADEX package we discussed with them.
Being a female, I had concerns about my period arriving during our holiday. But World Diving Lembongan has a Big Boat with an attached toilet, a lifesaver!
What else can I do at Nusa Lembongan?
If you have time in between dives or you’re not interested in diving, there are many other activities in Nusa Lembongan for your holiday preferences.
First let’s talk about location and transportation.
You can either walk around, rent a motorcycle (we rented one from the resort) or hire a taxi truck to take you around the island.
We liked World Diving Lembongan’s location as it is situated at Jungutbatu Beach, the most happening beach in Nusa Lembongan.
Long walks along the beach
Great for long beach walks with families or loved ones.
(The white sand can be coarse so our little ones should wear footwear.)
You can admire the architecture of various resorts, play in the sea and chill at any of the beach bars lining the beach.
Romantic sunset dinner
We enjoyed a romantic dinner by the sunset at the affordable 99 Meals House.
Sometimes you can see people lighting firecrackers along the beach.
Yoga by the beach
As we had to have a 24 hour break between our last dive and flight home, we spent our last morning at a one hour yoga session in a building right next to the beach. The sound of waves was very calming.
Food, minimarts, movies
Along Jungutbatu Beach, you can find western cafes, local eateries, minimarts, a restaurant (Jungut Batu Theatre) with movie screenings and JFC fried chicken, the only fast food restaurant on the island.
Swings, beaches and a mangrove forest
On your way to the mangrove forest, you’ll pass by a long beach which has a few swings here and there for photo-taking.
You can hire a boat to take you through the mangrove forest but we did not have time.
Devil’s Tear is an amazing rock formation created by sea waves crashing against Nusa Lembongan’s coastline. You can see infinity pools, blowholes and spectacular waves which may make you wet when the wind blows in your direction.
Try to go in the morning before truckloads of tourists arrive. Be careful especially near the edges of the coast as there is no barrier to prevent you from falling over.
There are little shops selling drinks and food but there aren’t that many places to sit.
Other attractions in Nusa Lembongan
You can visit other beaches such as Mushroom Bay Beach, Sandy Bay Beach and Dream Beach.
There are many western and local eateries in Nusa Lembongan so you will not go hungry.
The food may be a bit too sweet or salty so drink lots of water.
We visited Nick’s Place for their BBQ ribs (delicious but pricey).
One of our favourite places is Mushroom Espresso for coffee (very nice for families with kids as there is a sandpit inside).
We also had a quiet meal at Warung Sunrise (where you can admire views of Nusa Ceningan).
Visit the Yellow Bridge that connects Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan. It is passable only by motorcycle, bicycle and on foot.
Massages are popular at Nusa Lembongan but we were too busy diving and riding around to have time for a massage. There is also a Gala-Gala Underground House but we didn’t have a chance to visit it either.
Most of the main roads in Nusa Lembongan are paved roads, but you do get dirt roads if you go off the main road. Some roads can be narrow and you have to look out for trucks, other motorcycles and pedestrians.
How to get to Nusa Lembongan?
World Diving Lembongan arranged for Rocky Fast Cruise to pick us up from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport. We took a mini van to Sanur to collect our tickets from Rocky Fast Cruise counter next to the beach.
As we had a few hours to wait for our boat, we took a stroll along Sanur Beach which is very popular with families on weekends.
Lunch was mee soto at one of the roadside stalls and we hung out at Dunkin’ Donuts to pass the time.
If you’re easily sea sick, do take your motion sickness pills before taking the speedboat to Nusa Lembongan.
You will have to wade in the sea water (around knee level) to embark the speedboat so try to wear slippers and shorts. Staff will help you carry your luggage onto the speedboat and collect your slippers in a container.
After arriving at Nusa Lembongan, you also have to disembark the speedboat directly into sea water (around knee level) and wade up to shore to collect your slippers and luggage.
You’ll walk to a little parking area with taxi trucks and inform the driver of your resort name. The taxi trucks are built for Asian height so taller people have to mind their heads when getting on the taxi truck.
It will be a squeeze but you’ll get to your destination. The roads in Nusa Lembongan are not great. The main road along Jungutbatu Beach is paved, but the side roads are bumpy dirt roads so get used to bumpy rides.
The side roads can be rocky, uneven and poorly lit at night, take note to bring along a torchlight especially if you have young children or elderly in your group.
Nusa Lembongan is a gem of an island, easily accessible from Bali and definitely worth a trip if you’re planning to visit Indonesia.
You can choose to stay at a resort on Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningan, then hop over to stay at Nusa Penida before heading back to Bali.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my wonderful experience at Nusa Lembongan.
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