When you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the common island of Indonesia in Bali, a ferry ride is all you need, because there are many incredible things to do in Nusa Lembongan for the ultimate escape in Paradise.
I couldn’t believe my eyes as the rocky ferry ride concluded from Bali, and we approached the picturesque Island of Nusa Lembongan.
The beauty of the Island is evident immediately, and I was only looking from the outside on a ferry that had seen better days. And with all the beauty on the outskirts, I was eager to explore another famous tourist island of Indonesia for a few days of sightseeing, relaxation, and divulging in more delicious local cuisine.
When exploring any destination, what to do and where to go is at the forefront of your mind. Time is of the essence, you’re keen to visit the best bits, and you also hope to find a few hidden gems along the way when you’re out and about on a Lembongan day trip. Naturally, a Nusa Lembongan itinerary is only a few days in total.
Things to do in Nusa Lembongan
Located a little off the coast of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is one of three islands that are part of the Nusa Penida district, all famous for their stunning coastlines.
This tropical island paradise offers travellers a laid-back respite from the busy tourist attractions of Bali. It includes white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, magical sunsets, and lots of fun in the sun are a few of the things that you can experience while in Nusa Lembongan. It’s recommended to stay at least two nights because of the numerous experiences awaiting your stay.
Getting To Nusa Lembongan
Since Nusa Lembongan is an island, there aren’t any connecting bridges connecting to the Nusa Lembongan island from Bali by land. I mean, it is quite a distance. However, the good news is that a Bali to Nusa Lembongan ferry ride is only 30 minutes and constantly runs, meaning getting there is no hassle.
Start your trip off by booking a Grab Car or taxi from your current destination in Bali and head to either the Sanur or the Benoa port. The Sanur harbour is the most popular choice, and the fast boats will transport you to either Mushroom Bay or Jungut Batu Nusa Lembongan. There are several trips throughout the day, and you can travel with a variety of ferry companies, including the Blue Water Express and Gili Getaway.
Depending on the fast boat service you book, prices range from around Rp 175,000 up to 300,000 per way. If you are in a hurry, it’s always a good idea to check the boat schedules and make a booking ahead of time. However, if you’re on a budget and aren’t in a hurry, you can opt to get to Nusa Lembongan via a traditional public boat. They’re usually more prominent than a fishing boat, and it’s much cheaper (around Rp100,000 each way). Travel time is 90 minutes.
Accommodation in Nusa Lembongan
When you’re looking for a few days’ escape in Nusa Lembongan, you’ll find ample accommodation to choose from with luxury and budget options aplenty. Check out Booking.com for a range of accommodation options in Nusa Lembongan.
We stayed at the delightful Bukit Permata Lembongan, stylish accommodation with views towards Nusa Cenigan and back towards Bali. The accommodation was a bit of a walk from markets, shops and restaurants, but the accommodation was a beauty with a large swimming with that fantastic scenic views, a queen-size bed and a delicious breakfast.
Top things to do in Nusa Lembongan
There are so many exciting things to do and see in Nusa Lembongan. Whether you want to relax on the beach, add to your photo collection or require some action, check out these Nusa Lembongan activities and sightseeing.
Dream Beach: Undoubtedly the most popular tourist attraction on the Island. Dream Beach is a gorgeous stretch of sand flanked by cliffs on each side. The crystal-clear water is inviting for a swim, especially on warm, sunny days. The golden beach is vast, with lots of space available to suntan and soak up the sun’s rays.
Several restaurants and bars line the beach, and an infinity pool on the top gives you stunning views of the sea. The infinity pool is a hot spot for visitors, well worth the Rp 50,000 fee to swim in. But if you’re on a budget, why not swim on the beach for free?
Devil’s Tears: Devil’s Tears is an iconic landmark in Nusa Lembongan. The Devil’s Tear Features a half-moon shaped outcrop with strong waves splashing against the rocks. It’s a magnificent sight to watch the fierce waters belt out against the coast from a distance, behind a safety barrier and nature at its beastly best.
If you’re lucky, you might even get to witness a rainbow right here when the mist meets the sunlight! It’s a touristy destination on the Island, but it’s advisable to visit early in the day to get a better chance of the perfect photo with fewer tourists. However, it certainly is quite magical at sunset.
Nearby Devil’s Tears are several other outcrops where the waves crash, as well as smaller tide pools that are popular spots for stunning photo-ops at sundown.
Snorkel or Dive: The Nusa Penida district is well-known for out-of-this-world snorkelling or diving. Diving in the deep blue water is where you can swim with dozens of manta rays just by snorkelling! Take a 20-minute boat ride to Manta Point, and here you will have one of the most enthralling experiences of your life with these majestic manta rays.
The best time to dive with mola-mola is from the dry months of July through October. Avid divers also frequent this area for the mola-mola sunfish, the largest bony fish ever discovered. Adult mola-mola can exceed as much as 2,000 pounds! Aside from these underwater attractions, the marine life here is also very vivid and will give anyone an unforgettable experience.
Pantai Pasir Putih: The area of the Island where you can stay in a Nusa Lembongan accommodation in style, enjoy a cool drink a little on the expensive side and admire the white sands before taking a dip in the ocean.
At Pantai Pasir Putih, it’s the perfect time to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy tourist areas and chill for a while, whether it’s an hour or for a couple of days. You’ll also wish to have your camera on a full charge, as many photo opportunities are waiting for you, whether it’s in the middle of the day or at sundown.
Nusa Penida Day Trip: Famous for its dinosaur-shaped cliffs from the top, Nusa Penida is a quick 15-minute boat ride away from Nusa Lembongan. On a Nusa Penida day trip, you’ll see some of the best views in Bali! Explore Nusa Penida for the day on a motorbike and check out the many hidden coves and white sand beaches.
The Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan: All you have to do is cross the bridge from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan, a neat looking walking bridge that also has bikes scooting over, with boats flowing underneath, and you can further admire the views of the neighbouring islands.
On Nusa Ceningan, you can do pretty much the same as you can in Lembongan with sightseeing, swimming and dining at local restaurants. However, in a tourist sense, most tend to stay towards the Lembongan side, and that’s fine. You can enjoy a Cenningan day trip by hiring a local driver and taking it all in.
Undoubtedly, the most scenic view on Cenningan or even across the dual islands is the Blue Lagoon, a beautiful coastal view of pure bliss blue water and mesmerising coastal views where you can stay for a while and soak in another beauty the world has to offer. At times, we are spoilt.
Go Surfing: Throughout the year, there are excellent surf breaks on the beaches of Nusa Lembongan. Whether a seasoned surfer or just starting, morning surfs at Coconuts Beach is a favourite pastime. Pro-surfers love the more complex breaks found at Mahana Point. Other popular surf spots here include Playgrounds, Lacerations, Shipwrecks, and Razors.
Nusa Lembongan Mangroves: On the eastern end of the Nusa Lembongan Island, you’ll find lush mangroves that are home to a wide range of important species. You can explore the mangroves on a kayak or stroll along the boardwalk.
At the Mangroves, there are also guided tours available that are just 20 minutes long, and you can further explore the local cuisine and admire the views of the Mangroves while you dine.
Restaurants on Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan has many excellent restaurants serving up a variety of food. You’ll find delicious food here for every craving, from freshly-caught seafood to healthy food and everything in between.
Ginger and Jamu: Situated on a beachfront location, Ginger and Jamu is a favourite for visitors looking for affordable yet tasty plant-based and vegan food made with local produce. They have an extensive menu offering ice-cold beers, coffee, cocktails, and beers. Popular dishes include halloumi burgers, vegan tacos, fresh Mahi-Mahi, and smoothie bowls.
Bali Eco Deli: Another top restaurant for healthy faves, Bali Eco Deli is great for light meals and salads. Freshness is the game’s name here, from their refreshing food and drinks. It’s excellent that Bali Eco Deli grows lots of their products using hydroponic farming, which you can see when visiting the café.
Nick’s Place: Carnivores aren’t left out among the culinary options at Nusa Lembongan. The whole rack pork ribs is a bestseller here, but they also have juicy burgers, Cajun chicken sandwiches, and so much more. A visit to Nick’s Place is all you need for your meaty cravings.
K, Jendra Bar & Warung: Touted as one of the best warungs in Lembongan, this is where you should go for affordable local and western food. Bestsellers here include the Phad Thai, seafood plate, and Indonesian classics.
With all these great tourist hotspots and dining options in Nusa Lembongan, you can’t go wrong by planning a side-trip from your Bali visit. There’s so much to love about this Island that you’ll be craving to come back for more on every visit you have in Bali!