Nusa Lembongan, Bali is slowly gaining popularity as more people want to escape the mainland. Located only 45 minutes from Bali, Nusa Lembongan is the perfect beach destination to add to your Bali itinerary.
From dramatic landscapes to spectacular marine life, there are so many reasons why people choose to visit this island.
So, whether you’re visiting on a day trip or staying overnight, here are 11 best things to do in Nusa Lembongan, Bali!
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HOW TO GET TO NUSA LEMBONGAN BALI?
The best way to get from Bali to Nusa Lembongan is by taking a fast boat. Rocky Fast Cruise departs four times a day from Sanur in Bali. You can book your tickets online and then pay by credit card or cash on the departure day.
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 a.m, 12 p.m, 2 p.m, and 5.30 p.m
- From Nusa Lembongan: 9 a.m, 11 a.m, 1 p.m, and 4.30 p.m
If you prefer to buy your tickets in advance, you can get discounted tickets on 12go.asia.
Alternatively, to get from Nusa Penida to Nusa Lembongan, you can take a boat from Toya Pakeh Harbor for about IDR 50-60k. The boat ride lasts for about 10 minutes and you’ll be dropped off at the yellow bridge.
Tip: If you’re only planning a day trip to Nusa Lembongan, you can book this tour which includes lunch, snorkeling equipment, hotel pick up and drop off in Bali.
HOW TO GET AROUND NUSA LEMBONGAN BALI?
The best way to get around is by hiring a scooter for about IDR 70k (US$ 5). The roads are well-paved in most parts, except for the roads leading to Devil’s Tear which are just plain awful and very bumpy. So, make sure to always wear a helmet. Gas costs IDR 20k (US$ 1.40) per liter.
WHAT TO DO IN NUSA LEMBONGAN
Devil’s Tear is, without a doubt, the most popular attraction on Nusa Lembongan Island. The strong waves crash against the cliffs creating huge water sprays.
While it’s one of the most popular sunset spots on the island, it can be quite dangerous. So, avoid walking too close to the edge as the waves are unpredictable and can easily knock you off your feet.
On my way to the Devil’s Tear, my GPS went kind of crazy and lead me to a secret spot near Villa Lumba Lumba which is found within Sandy Bay. This spot looks similar to Devil’s Tear and is actually less crowded.
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As one of the most popular beaches on Nusa Lembongan, Mushroom Bay is packed with hotels, restaurants, and tour agencies offering snorkeling tours to Nusa Penida.
The main area is filled with boats, so if you’re looking for a less crowded spot, I recommend heading towards the far right side of the beach.
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 tall cliffs and hidden caves.
The beach is usually crowded in the middle of the day as it’s a popular stop for those taking a day trip to the island. Luckily most day-trippers only visit the viewpoint and don’t make it down to the beach.
At the viewpoint, you’ll find a little 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.
The beach is quite rocky, so make sure to visit during high tide for better swimming conditions.
If you’re hungry, you can grab some lunch at the Dream Beach Huts or hang out in their infinity pool for a fee of IDR 50k (US 3.60). For a cheaper lunch option, head to D’Byas Dream Beach Club and Villa.
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JUNGUT BATU BEACH
Jungut Batu is where most boats coming from the mainland drop off their passengers. Here, 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. The white sand beach is great for swimming and is the perfect spot to watch both the sunrise and sunset.
During low tide, the beach looks completely different and you’ll be able to spot a bunch of starfish along the shore.
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Panorama Point is a little viewpoint found next to Panorama Bar & Restaurant. You can make a quick stop there for a panoramic view over Jungut Batu Beach and Mount Agung.
Another popular thing to do in Nusa Lembongan is to rent kayaks to visit the Mangrove Forest. The cost of renting a kayak is about IDR 100k (US$ 7.10) for one hour.
Unfortunately, I had a hard time kayaking since there were too many boats going around. Alternatively, a short boat ride with a guide should cost around IDR 150k (US$ 10.60) per person. The price isn’t fixed though, so make sure to bargain.
You can also find a few restaurants at the beginning of Mangrove Forest. Nano Nano House serves delicious Mie Goreng and smoothies for very cheap.
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 pretty much everywhere in Nusa Lembongan. Swimming with the giant Manta Rays is a once in a lifetime experience and I highly recommend it! It’s definitely one of the best attractions in Nusa Lembongan.
I found a snorkeling company not too far from Kawans Inn and I was able to haggle the price down to IDR 140k (US$ 9.90) for a half-day snorkeling tour around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.
Keep in mind that the waves can be rough, so make sure you check the weather conditions before booking your snorkeling tour.
DAY TRIP TO NUSA CENINGAN
Since Nusa Ceningan is only separated from Nusa Lembongan by the yellow bridge, you can easily plan a day trip there! The island is so tiny that it can be explored in just a few hours.
If you love raw and scenic landscapes, Nusa Ceningan is perfect for you! You can read my Nusa Ceningan travel guide for more details on what to do there.
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DAY TRIP TO NUSA PENIDA
Nusa Penida is the largest and by far, the most popular Nusa Island. If you’re planning a day trip there, you’ll have to choose between visiting either the east or west coast.
The west coast is easily accessible and thus more popular. Here, you’ll find Kelingking beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Bali with its T-Rex shaped cliff and pristine white sand.
Other places to visit include the Broken Beach, the natural infinity pool at Angel’s Billabong, and Crystal Bay.
While the east coast is less popular and more rugged, it’s equally beautiful. Make sure to visit Atuh Beach, Diamond Beach, and Thousand Island viewpoint.
WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA LEMBONGAN?
Kawans Inn is a small budget hotel located close to Jungut Batu Beach. A double room costs only about US$ 25 during the shoulder season and features a large double bed, private bathroom, and a little patio.
The hotel is very modern and offers a delicious breakfast selection that changes every day.
The Green Groves
For only US$ 10, The Green Groves offers beds in a dorm room including free breakfast. It’s a bit far from the main Nusa Lembongan attractions but the location won’t be an issue if you hire a scooter.
TRAVEL TIPS + THINGS TO KNOW
- Most accommodations have saltwater showers.
- Some restaurants will allow you to refill your water bottle for a small fee. If you have a reusable bottle, it will be much cheaper to refill.
- Make sure to bargain, especially when booking tours.
- Food is slightly more expensive than on the mainland. A meal should cost around IDR 50k (US$ 3.60) and a 1.5-liter water bottle about IDR 10k (US$ 0.70).
- Some restaurants might even offer free pick-ups and drop-offs.
As you can see, Nusa Lembongan is great whether you prefer to have an adventure-packed trip or just want to relax on the beach. If you have any questions about planning a trip there, feel free to ask in the comment section below.
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