At just eight km in size, Nusa Lembongan is one of three small islands (the other two being Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida) 18 km or so off the southeast coast of the main island of Bali. The three islands are part of the Klungkung Regency and greatly increase the size of mainland Bali’s smallest regency. For years Nusa Lembongan was a favourite surf destination. Nowadays a good many non surfers see Nusa Lembongan as an island paradise, a world away from the hustle and bustle of Southern Bali’s tourist enclaves and as such is quickly becoming one of Bali’s a popular destination for water sports and day tours.
With no hawkers or car traffic (there are a few motorcycles roaming the back roads) to disturb the island’s idyllic tranquility Nusa Lembongan is an ideal spot to just lay back and relax for the day (or two, or three…). And with more and more accommodation being developed there are great opportunities to spend a few nights. From budget bungalows to five star resorts there is something for everyone and every budget. Click here for a good selection of hotels on Nusa Lembongan.
However if relaxing is not your idea of a holiday there are any number of water sports on offer. In addition to surfing the abundant sea life and healthy coral around and between the islands makes diving and snorkeling very popular with day trippers. As well there are some motorized sports i.e. parasailing and banana boat rides on offer.
There are a few beaches on the island, with the most popular ones on the south western coast. The beaches are not as large as the main beaches on Bali what they lack in size they make up for with beautiful crystal clear waters and far less people. All the main beaches are on the west coast with the two most popular being Jungut Batu along on the northwest coast, the original surf beach and Mushroom Bay, set in a protective bay to the south and a favourite for day tours from Bali. In-between are Coconut and Tamarind beaches. Continuing little further south of Mushroom Bay you’ll come upon Dream Beach and Sunset Beach on either side of a rock outcrop known as Devil’s Tear.
True to its surfer origins there are any number of inexpensive hotels and warungs (local cafes) dotting the Jungut Batu area while the souther part of the island has seen an a surprising number of mid-range and high-end hotels and villas built the on what is known as the ‘Bukit’ (Hill) to take advantage of the stunning coastal views.
Lembongan Village, in the southern interior of the island is where most local people live, and it is here that you will find the homes of many traditional island families. Before tourism the mainstay of the local economy was seaweed farming and it still an important cash crop for the local inhabitants. Most day tours will have visit both Lembongan Village and the seaweed farmers to learn a bit about the way local folks live and a bit about their labourious, back-breaking livihood.
For more information on Day Cruises to Nusa Lembongan and see Bali’s other island paradise click here for day cruises or click here for sailing adventures to Nusa Lembongan.