Nusa Lembongan located only 1 hour away from Bali accessible via fast boat has waves, views and more.
The island is much smaller and less tourist populated than its neighbours. With excellent food, crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches, the place is pure heaven.
Just type: Nusa Lembongan: into the search bar and prepare to be amazed.
Here are our top 10 things to do in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan:
1. Go On A Snorkelling Trip
This island is well known for many great spots.
Go on a tour early morning starting at Nusa Penida, where you can swim with Manta Rays, then continue across choppy waters to Nusa Ceningan and swim in the lagoon.
Manta Point became one of the world’s most famous diving sites where you can snorkel with Manta Rays. Here you can also see the oceanic sunfish (Mola Mola) and other marine life.
Snorkelling at Nusa Penida Manta Point is an amazing experience that you need to try at least once in your life!
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.
Nusa Lembongan is also very popular for diving!
Explore the pristine coral reefs in search of amazing colourful tropical marine life such as Nemo living in his anemone, lionfish and the friendly sea turtles in the area.
The beginner diving experience tour is one of the best experiences in a lifetime!
2. Visit Mangrove Forest in Nusa Lembongan
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.
3. Go across the bridge to Nusa Ceningan
Travel south-east to discover halfway through a bridge, which will take you across to island next door.
Update on the bridge 2018: This bridge actually collapsed in October 2016 and they have constructed a new one in its place.
Turn right to 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 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.
4. Follow Signs To Nusa Ceningan Viewpoint
The viewpoint sits at the highest point of the island. There is also a nice restaurant/bar to relax.
When coming from Lembongan take a 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.
5. Discover the 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.
You can easily spend a few days just exploring the beaches here.
Many people visit Nusa for a day to relax here and admire the beautiful views.
If you are looking to Escape Bali for a day, jump on a luxury catamaran to Mushroom Bay, where you can spend your time relaxing and exploring the island.
6. Go And 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 is picture perfect.
We spent an almost entire day here at one (of many) restaurants overlooking this magnificent place and watched farmers at their work until sunset.
7. Eat At Some Of The Best Resturants In Nusa Lembongan
The island has many restaurants worth mentioning. We’ve checked and recommended these:
J. Hai Bar & Grill (prawns), Sandy Bay Beach Club ( BQ Tuna or Mahi Mahi), Panorama Restaurant ( Nasi Goreng), Dream Beach Restaurant ( Curry), Warung Patu (Nasi Goreng) and finally Bali Eco Deli (salads).
The food here is amazing, unlike the time when we got food poisoning in Bali.
8. 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.
We didn’t manage to see any Manta ways but check out these guys free diving with Manta rays! Wow.
9. Have a drink – Nusa Lembongan nightlife
Great spots to enjoy a 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.
10. Get One Of The Best And Cheapest Massages Of Your Life
The one and only best massage we had of all time were at the Glo Spa at Sandy Bay. Came out new rejuvenated and ready to take on the next trip.
Make sure to check it out when here!
Whether you are planning to explore Nusa Lembongan and surrounding islands in 1 day or take a 2-day tour, the island won’t disappoint you.
If you are planning to explore the island, we highly recommend the below two tours:
The one-day island hopping tour allows you to explore both Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.
The two-day island hopping tour itinerary is packed with iconic places on both islands, here you get to snorkel at different spots and spend the night at a unique Balinese Cottage in Nusa Lembongan.
Some more things to do in Nusa Lembongan:
We really enjoyed this video and it should help you get an idea of what the island looks like:
How to get to Nusa Lembongan:
Planning a trip soon? The easiest way to get Nusa Lembongan is by small boat from Sanur.
If you are in Kuta or Seminyak, many will offer day trips via luxurious boats. If you only have time for a day trip, then this is your best bang for your buck, but you won’t even get to set foot on the island.
They normally just park next to it, and you can do snorkelling etc.
For a true Nusa Lembongan experience, we recommend going to stay there for at least three nights. Or as long as your trip permits :)
Steve and Sabina
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