Travelled in: October 2017
Nusa Lembongan is an island south of Bali. It is one of 3 islands – Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Cenigan and Nusa Penida. I unfortunately didn’t have enough time to make it over to the bigger island of Nusa Penida, but managed to explore the other two smaller islands.
Nusa Lembongan is only a 30 minute speed boat journey from Sanur on mainland Bali. We used the ferry service Scoot. For such a short journey the ticket price is quite expensive… A lot of the ferry services will rip you off and charge extortionate prices to tourists – try to negotiate a discount, and book through the hotel you are staying at.
Nusa Lembongan is a gem of an island, and well worth a visit! It is off the main tourist path, so offers a more laid back and authentic Balinese experience. Lembongan island is fairly small, but size-able enough to need a bike or scooter to get around. Lembongan is joined to Cenigan by a yellow suspension bridge, so it is really easy to explore both islands in one trip.
We stayed at Ponduk Baruna Frangipani, which was a lovely villa style accommodation on the main strip, Jungut Batu. I would say this is the best area to stay in Lembongan, as this is where the majority of the beach bars and restaurants are. The staff at Ponduk Baruna were some of the nicest people we met throughout our trip, and the accommodation itself was beautiful. There is also a great restaurant on site called The Sampan, which served some great western and Indonesian dishes.
Despite being slightly scarred by our accident in Uluwatu, we hired another scooter to explore the islands. There are only a few main roads on Nusa Lemongan, so it is fairly easy to navigate.
The most famous attraction of Nusa Lembongan is the yellow suspension bridge, which takes you over to Nusa Cenigan. Driving over the bridge and exploring the small island was one of my favourite days of our trip. Nusa Cenigan is beautiful, untouched and super chilled. We started the day off by heading to the Blue Lagoon and watched some brave travelers cliff jumping in to the choppy water below. We then spent the afternoon relaxing and eating at Le Pirate, which is a great pool hang spot, that offers amazing views over the seaweed farms.
Back on Nusa Lembongan we spent some time at Dreambeach. There is accommodation here called Dream Beach Huts, which has an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, however during the day this place if full of bus loads of tourists, so I wouldn’t say it is the most relaxing place to reside.
A great place to admire views of the island is at Panarama View Point. On a clear day you would be able to see right over to the mainland and get a clear image of the scale of Balis active volcano Mt Agung, but in this pic it’s behind that big grey cloud…
There are not a huge amount of restaurants on the island, but one of our favourites was The Lemongrass, which served absolutely amazing food at very good value. Bali Eco Deli also offered a great afternoon coffee and cake.
For beach chills an amazing spot is in front of the D’Nusa beach resort, the sand here gets raked daily so it is super clean and offers some beautiful views. It’s also worth a visit up to the northern beaches of the island near the Mangroves. Here you get a better sighting of Mount Agung, plus there are also some great local restaurants to get a good taste of some classic Indonesian food.
For sunset we found Blue Point on Jungut Batu beach a great spot to head for some beanbag chills, cocunuts and bintangs.
Other things to do on the island involve mangrove tours and swimming with manta-ray, unfortunately I couldn’t quite fit these in. There is also Mushroom Beach for another sunbathing spot, again didn’t quite make it here. Maybe next time as I will definitely be coming back!
A couple of practicalities to consider…
There is only one pharmacy on the island, which is located on the main stretch of Jungut Batu. Prices here are super inflated compared to the mainland, so if you need any toiletries or medical supplies I would advise to get these before you come.
Cash points are few and far between, so make sure you have enough cash to support you through your stay.
Jungut Batu is where the main stretch of civilization is, so if you like to be in the middle of all the action, and don’t want to have to walk/drive to the center, this is the best place to situate yourself.
There’s one more Travelling Bali post to come keep an eye out for my post on The Gili Islands…
In the meantime, check out my post on Mainland Bali here!