Nusa Lembongan is slowly gaining in popularity due to travelers wanting to escape the mainland. Located only 45 minutes from Bali, it’s the perfect destination for chill vibe seekers and adventurers. The dramatic landscapes and spectacular marine life are among the main reasons why people visit this small island. Whether you’re visiting on a day trip or staying overnight, here are the coolest things to do in Nusa Lembongan Bali!
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HOW TO GET TO NUSA LEMBONGAN BALI?
Rocky Fast Cruise departs four times a day from Sanur in Bali. You can book online in advance and then pay by credit card or in cash on the departure date.
A return ticket costs IDR 500k (US$ 35.40) for adults and IDR 300k (US$ 21.25) for children and includes a free pick-up from the airport, Jimbaran, Kuta, Seminyak, Legian
- From Sanur: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 5.30 pm
- From Nusa Lembongan: 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 4.30 pm
HOW TO GET AROUND NUSA LEMBONGAN BALI?
There are no cars on the island, so your best bet is to hire a scooter for IDR 70k (US$ 5). The roads are well-paved in most parts but some, on the way to Devil’s Tear, are just awful and very rocky, so make sure you wear a helmet. Gas costs IDR 20k (US$ 1.40) per liter.
NUSA LEMBONGAN HOTELS
My Top Pick: Kawans Inn
I stayed at Kawans Inn for four days and was pleasantly surprised. My room was only US$ 25 during the shoulder season and even had a private patio. The hotel is very modern and offers a delicious breakfast that you can switch up every day.
Other recommendation: The Green Groves
For only US$ 10 you can get a dorm room with free breakfast at The Green Groves. It’s a bit far from the main attractions but the location won’t be an issue if you hire a scooter.
Check out more hotels prices on booking.com
COOL THINGS TO DO IN NUSA LEMBONGAN BALI
Devil’s Tear is the most popular sunset spot on Nusa Lembongan. The strong waves crash against
My GPS went crazy and I actually got lost on the way there and ended up at a secret spot near Villa Lumba Lumba on top of Sandy Bay Beach. It has a similar landscape to the Devil’s Tear but is less crowded.
Mushroom Bay is very popular and mostly lined with hotels, restaurants and tour agencies. The beach is packed with boats, so head out to the far end, on the right side, for a much nicer and secluded spot.
One of the best things to do in Nusa Lembongan is hanging out on Dream Beach. Dream Beach is a small stretch of white sand beach surrounded by cliffs and hidden caves. The beach is usually less crowded than Mushroom Bay since most people come here on a day tour only to visit the viewpoint.
At the parking lot, you’ll find a swing with the Dream Beach sign where you can get the iconic Bali Instagram photo. It’s usually crowded, so you can just skip it if you wish and take the stairs on the left to go down to the beach. Go during high tide for better swimming conditions.
If you’re hungry, grab some lunch at the Dream Beach Huts and you can also hang out in their infinity pool for IDR 50k (US 3.60). For a cheaper lunch option, head to D’Byas Dream Beach Club and Villa.
JUNGUT BATU BEACH
Jungut Batu is where all the boats coming from the mainland drop off their passengers. You’ll find a wide range of hotels and bars along the beach. On a clear day, you can even get a glimpse of Mount Agung!
Pantai Mahagiri is the largest beach on Nusa Lembongan after Jungut Batu but never feels too crowded. The white sand beach is perfect for swimming and has great sunrise and sunset views.
The beach is completely transformed during low tide and you’ll be able to spot a bunch of starfish along the shore!
If you hired a scooter, you can easily make a stop here for a panoramic view over Jungut Batu with Mount Agung in the background.
Another popular thing to do in Nusa Lembongan is renting kayaks for IDR 100k (US$ 7.10) for one hour to go around the Mangrove Forest. Unfortunately, I had a hard time kayaking since there were too many boats. Alternatively, a short boat ride with a guide should cost around IDR 150k (US$ 10.60) per person.
A few restaurants are also available at the beginning of Mangrove Forest. I had lunch at Nano Nano House that serves delicious Mie Goreng and refreshing smoothies.
Sandy Bay is unknown to most tourists and home to some of the most luxurious resorts in Nusa Lembongan.
SNORKELING WITH MANTA RAYS
Snorkeling tours can be found everywhere in Nusa Lembongan which allow you to swim with the giant Manta Rays on Nusa Penida. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Nusa Lembongan. I found a snorkeling company not too far from my accommodation and I was able to haggle the price down to IDR 140k (US$ 9.90) for a half-day snorkeling tour.
The waves can be rough, so make sure you check the weather condition before booking.
DAY TRIP TO NUSA CENINGAN
Since Nusa Ceningan is located right next door and is only separated by a bridge, there’s no excuse to not explore the neighboring island! If you’re into epic landscapes, then Nusa Ceningan is perfect for you!
TRAVEL TIPS + THINGS TO KNOW
- Most accommodations will have saltwater showers.
- Some restaurants will allow you to refill your bottle for a small fee. If you have a reusable water bottle, it’ll be much cheaper to refill.
- You should always haggle since the first price quoted will be at least doubled.
- A meal should cost around IDR 50k (US$ 3.60) and 1.5 liter water bottle about IDR 10k (US$ 0.70).
- Some restaurants offer free pick-ups and drop-offs.
Let me know in the comments below if you’re excited to explore Nusa Lembongan!