There are no cars for hire on Nusa Lembongan. You can however hire a motorbike or pushbike.
Tropica Shipwreck is only 2 minutes to walk to the famous “Shipwreck” surf break, and 5 minutes to the local harbour where the fast boat arrive and depart.
- Paradise Beach is a wonderful beach with a view of Mount Agung, white sand and mangrove trees, located at the end of mangrove beach in jungutbatu village.
- Mushroom Beach is the place where most boats arrive in Nusa Lembongan. A wonderful clean, tranquil white beach ideal for swimming, snorkelling, diving, surfing, eating and sleeping by the beach side in traditional Lumbungs. Rent a scooter here and see the island or relax in one of the beach side resorts and enjoy a massage whilst listening to the sound of the Crystal blue water crashing onto the sand.
- Dream Beach is a wonderful secluded beach with powdery, white sand, located on the south coast is one of the most beautiful in Bali. From the main accommodation areas on the west coast, head southeast towards Lembongan Village where you should turn west, and then look for the signposted small track leading south to Dream Beach. There is a cafe attached to the single resort here, and this makes Dream Beach a great place to spend the whole day doing nothing. Be very careful though about entering the water here as the rips can be fierce. Only the strongest swimmers should consider this and even then, avoid the eastern end of the beach. The cliff at the right side of the beach has some beautiful views, especially at sunset.
- Sandy Bay (also known as Sunset Beach) is adjacent to Devil’s Tear. A small but spectacular beach with white sand and crashing waves, located just to the north of Dream Beach, and easiest reached via the same route. The excellent Beach Club at Sandy Bay is located here and this should encourage visitors to spend the day. At low tide a dramatic cave is exposed in the low limestone cliff at the eastern side of the bay. Approach carefully and make sure you are not cut off from the beach by a rising tide. All-in-all, this is a delightful spot which is as laid back as anywhere in the whole of Bali.
- Tamarind Beach is between Playground’s surf break and Mushroom Bay. It has Good views back to Bali, and of Mount Agung especially.
- Devil’s Tear, (found by walking either a few min north from Dream Beach or south from Sunset Beach). A rocky outcrop on the south western coast. Spectacular crashing waves and water plumes.
- Mangrove Forest, (continue north on the only west coast road from Jungut Batu until you reach the mangroves). Northern Nusa Lembongan has an extensive forest of mature mangroves which can be explored in a jukung outrigger boat. Also great for families at high tide as perfect lagoon for kids swimming.
- Puncak Sari Temple, Lembongan Village (just north of Lembongan Village on the main route back to Jungut Batu). The largest and grandest Hindu temple on the island. Good views over the straits back to Bali from this area.
- Seaweed Farms, (make your way to the shoreline anywhere in the southeast quarter of the island and just observe). Seaweed farming takes place in 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.
- Sunsets, One thing not to miss on Nusa Lembongan. The Sunset over Bali is awe-inspiring, and can be viewed from any west facing part of the island, but the beach at Jungut Batu is especially popular. A more rural alternative is to go over the bridge to Nusa Ceningan and view the sunset from one of the west-facing high ridges. Being just a few degrees south of the equator, sunset times do not vary much throughout the year here. Look to be in place between 17:30 and 18:00.
- Suspension Bridge, (go through Lembongan Village heading west, sticking on the main road until you hit the estuarine channel). This quirky yellow suspension bridge should not be missed by any visitor. You can walk or bike across the bridge to neighbouring Nusa Ceningan. The noise it makes can be quite scary, and contributes to what is an all-round Indiana Jones-type experience. Although it is definitely getting more and more rickety as the years pass, the bridge is still safe, and there are many thousands of incident-free crossings every year. There are very rare occasions when the bridge is off-bounds to motorbikes due to maintenance. At such times boats, offer transport across the channel for you and your bike. Free.
- Jungutbatu Beach. A wonderful secluded beach with powdery, white sand, located on the northwest coast of Nusa Lembongan, near Jungutbatu Village.
Nusa Ceningan is a smaller island located between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, which is easily reached via the yellow suspension bridge on foot or by bicycle/motorbike. There is a notable surf break off Nusa Ceningan which attracts some surfers away from the more crowded breaks on Nusa Lembongan.
The island offers some scenic roads and paths, and the westward views back over Nusa Lembongan to Bali are impressive. Viewing the sunset over Bali from the central Ceningan ridge is very much worth the effort. The estuarine channel between Lembongan and NusaCeningan is home to many seaweed farms and pristine mangrove forrests.
Nusa Cenigan has been slowly growing in popularity since 2009. Adventurous travelers cross the yellow bridge in search of new destinations. Several resorts and hotels have open doors in the recent years. From the lookout point to the new zipline over the lagoon, this is becoming a fun island to explore and spend a few days.
Nusa Lembongan was first opened up as a tourist destination by surfers, and it has long been an established part of the Bali surf circuit.
There are three main breaks, all off the top half of the west coast, with another less well known just to the southwest off Nusa Ceningan. Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks are all close offshore and reached via an energetic paddle from the beach, or in a more leisurely fashion, by a local boat (perahu) which can be chartered from the nearest beach.
Whilst the breaks usually suit intermediate to experienced surfers given they all break over coral reefs, the aptly named Playgrounds is a little more forgiving and can be enjoyed by beginners and experts alike. All the surf breaks become extremely crowded during the dry season
Although you can surf all year round, waves are best when winds are in the southeast quarter, normally from April to September/October.
There is a thriving surf scene in Jungut Batu. When compared to its tiny population, Nusa Lembongan has produced a remarkable number of international competition-quality surfers. Any keen surfer will certainly not be short of company here.
Oceanic sunfish in the water off Nusa Lembongan
Diving is of excellent quality in the crystal clear waters around the island. A number of reputable dive shops are present, and this is a notable teaching destination. Many hundreds of visitors have learned to dive here.
For more experienced divers, the most interesting sites are off neighbouring Nsa Penida. There are some challenging drift dives here, and dive operators will visit certain sites only when the sea conditions are safe. There are plenty of options for easier flat reef and wall dives as well. Marine highlights include large manta rays all year round, spectacular, massive oceanic sunfish (mola-mola) in season (July-October), white-tipped reef sharks, nurse sharks and the odd hammerhead. Whale sharks are far from regular, but the odd migrant is seen. Last but certainly not least, four species of sea turtle can be found here. All operators offer scheduled trips to the prime dive sites around all three islands.
Prices vary little from shop to shop. Course fees run from about US$79 for a half day Discover Scuba introduction, to US$499 for PADI Open Water certification. A fun dive will cost approximately US$50 including all equipment, with discounts offered for multiple dives. Dive shops have variable opening hours according to seasonal demand. Night dives are widely offered and offer a fantastic underwater experience.
Healthy reef life in clear waters off NusaLembongan.
Non-divers should not feel left out, as good snorkeling is available close inshore at various spots around the island. Perhaps the two best areas are Mushroom Bay on the west coast, and the mangroves on the northern tip. Equipment can be hired from your hotel or on the beach, and depending on the quality of the gear, you should expect to pay IDR75,000-100,000 for renting a mask, snorkel and set of fins.
If you fancy getting further offshore, dive shops may sell you a snorkeling space on a scheduled dive boat, subject to availability. Also, local boatmen are willing to take you by boat to various snorkeling spots. Depending on the number of snorkeling spots you want to visit, a boat trip can be arranged for about IDR300,000-450,000 (including snorkeling gear). An enjoyable snorkeling spot reached by boat only is the west coast of neighbouring Nusa Penida, with Crystal Bay being especially rewarding. There is a strong current along this coast. The boatman will drop you off at the beginning of the current, and you can drift while snorkeling along the drop off wall with beautiful coral and loads of fish. The boatmen will follow you and pick you up at the end of the drift.
Other water sports
Families with children will not be short of options. The full gamut of typical resort-type, mechanised water sports are available, including wake-boarding and banana boats. Those who care a little about the environment may be keener to patronise the sea kayaking option. Your hotel will be able to assist with booking any of these activities. Alternatively, just head down to the beach at either Mushroom Bay or Jungut Batu, and figure it out for yourself. Costs start at about IDR150,000 for a single banana boat ride.
This is an excellent island for walking and keen visitors should not hesitate to just head off and explore the myriad tracks that criss-cross the island.
Some hotels and scuba shops will accept credit cards, although many of them charge a fee of 3-5% for charges to a credit card.
There one BRI ATM near Warung 99. Logos of all major credit cards are displayed on the machine. However, it is very unreliable, so don’t count on it. For instance 20 December 2015 it would not accept any Visa, Mastercard or Cirrus cards. If the atm is not working there is a money changer called WTC close-by that allows you to make withdraw from your Visa or Mastercard card. He charges 6% fee. It is unclear is he accepts other cards as well. He is located next to the Eny spa, follow the signs.
Visitors are therefore advised to bring enough cash with them to avoid hassles. Money changing facilities are available at hotels, but the rate given is always unfavourable so it is best to bring rupiah. If you do run out of cash, a same day return ATM run to Sanur is possible. Alternatively, some hotels will do a cash advance on your credit card for a fee of 8%-10%.
Small shops are widespread, and they are geared towards basic visitor requirements, stocking sun-block, cheap knock-off board shorts and hats, as well as the usual range of snacks, beer, soft drinks and cigarettes. There is little in the way of souvenir type shopping on the island, and there is nothing of this nature which would not be better purchased on the Bali mainland.
Virtually any place you stay on Nusa Lembongan will have a cafe or restaurant attached to it, and the majority of these encourage non-staying guests to eat with them. These can be of hugely variable quality and any casual visitor could be forgiven for thinking the food on this island is terrible! Some of the better budget options can be found at Linda’s Bungalows, Mainski, and Dream Beach Huts.
There are a few good local warungs to choose from, but by-and-large there have not been many decent independent restaurants on Nusa Lembongan. That is now changing at a pace though and the more notable exceptions to the old rule are listed below. Fish is naturally a great option.
As with restaurants, there are few independent drinking establishments. Most cafes and restaurants attached to hotels also double as bars. Nusa Lembongan is known as being very quiet for nightlife. A few beach parties are advertised around the island during high season, and there is sometimes a small monthly full moon party.
- Blue Corner Bar, On the beach north of Jungut Batu. mid-day until 10pm, Fridays open until 3am. Bar & restaurant located on the beachfront by Blue Corner Dive Resort. Bean-bag chairs with umbrellas on the beach, WiFi, and free use of swimming pool. Sunset beach volleyball every day, Wednesday night pub trivia quiz. On Friday nights expats, the dive community and tourists party here with a beach fire and drinks until very late.
- Cafe Bali, Mushroom Bay (eastern end of the bay). Usually 9AM-9PM. A great place to have a beer and watch the view back to Bali. Restaurant serving pasta and other options.
- Ceningan Resort Bar and Lounge, Ceningan Resort, Nusa ceningan. mid-day until 10pm. Ceningan Resort’s Bar & Lounge is located in the pristine mangroves of Nusa Ceningan. Waterfront bar serving daily specials, happy hour daily 4-6pm, weekly Saturday BBQ, comfortable shisha lounge with the largest collection of board games on the island, hosting weekly events, movie nights, and game nights.
- Scooby Doo Beach Bar, Jungut Batu. Variable hours, but often busy 6PM-10PM. Beachside bar which is especially popular with the Australian surfing crowd. Expect cold beers, lots of chat about waves and sport on the television.
- Two Towers Coffee Shop is Located just after Panorama point from Jungutbatu village. Two Towers presents to serve the need in Breakfast & Lunch. A cup of Cappuccino and a fresh homemade cake or cookies in the morning will be a good choice to keep you energized cruising the island and a selection of Indonesian food or western food for lunch. Open everyday from 7am to 7pm, high speed Free Wifi and available for delivery Ph +62 822-3636-2772
- Bali Eco Deli, JL Raya Jungut Batu (North side, at the end of Jungut Batu village, 50m after the temple corner and 100m before the World Diving, Big Fish & Two Fish area) . 7AM-6PM. A cozy place on the main road, behind the busy Jungut Batu beach. Open from early morning to mid-afternoon. Eat-in & Take-away. Free mineral water refills & free WIFI for customers.
- JIBAKU Bar & Restaurant, Jl. Raya Jungut Batu (North side of the Island on the way to Mangrove Forest), Ph +62 85 737 861735 / +62 81 999 630063. Stunning place on the beach with magnificent ocean view and the volcano Agung Mountains.Open daily for Lunch and Dinner. served good food from Western cuisine, Indonesian, Pasta & Pizza, Seafood. Served nice coldest Beer, good Cocktails, and Wine.
- The Deck Cafe & Bar, Jungut Batu Beach, Ph +62 828 970 01771. A favourite spot for the savvy travellers of Nusa Lembongan. Indulge in the taste of gourmet baguettes, paninis, freshly baked pies, pizzas, home baked cakes, gelato ice cream, fresh juices, smoothies and real coffee! Enjoy the sunsets lounging around listening to smooth tunes sipping on a delicious cocktail while the island life passes you by.A spot where you can see all the surf breaks, witness the islanders harvesting their seaweed patches and the everyday activity of Lembongan.