If Bali feels a bit hectic and also you’re aching for a while on quiet seashores, or a surf break that isn’t stuffed with different surfers, check out Nusa Lembongan, only a 30-minute ferry experience away from Bali, Indonesia.
Stuffed with hidden coves, excellent sundown spots, beautiful guesthouses, and boutique resorts, Nusa Lembongan is ideal for a few days away from all of it. This information will allow you to plan a seamless journey there:
Attending to Nusa Lembongan is pretty straightforward. Take a taxi (or Uber or Seize automobile) to Sanur and e book a ticket for a ship. There isn’t a essential pier, and to get on all of those boats requires strolling into the water as much as your thighs. Relying on the ticket you e book, it may possibly embrace pickup at your lodging in Bali and drop off in Lembongan. The employees may even care for loading and unloading your baggage for you.
These are the choices:
- An area gradual boat: This one leaves Sanur beginning at round 8am (although public boats in Indonesia have a tendency to only go away when full) and prices 60,000-100,000 Rupiah. The journey takes about an hour to 90 minutes and is the least snug and secure choice.
- Perama native boat: Leaves Sanur at 10:30 and prices 150okay Rupiah and in addition takes 90 minutes to an hour although on a barely bigger and extra snug boat.
- Quick boats: A quick boat with 4 every day departures which incorporates pickup at your lodging, a safer and quicker boat, and a faster journey of about 30 minutes. The associated fee is way larger, nevertheless, at 250k-300okay Rupiah. The principle choices are both Scoot or Rocky Fast Cruise. I went with Rocky, merely exhibiting up on the port 30 minutes earlier than departure and shopping for a ticket in individual, and was happy with the expertise.
Issues to do
As soon as on the island, it’s straightforward to get round by scooter or push bike. If on a scooter, you may simply drive round the entire island, with stops on the main points of interest, in simply sooner or later. A lot of the roads are good although the visitors in the primary areas can get hectic. These are the most effective issues to see in your journey:
Dream Seashore isn’t so dreamy noon, when the truckloads of day vacationers from Bali go for a go to. One of the best instances to see it are early within the morning or within the late afternoon after the crowds have gone residence. There’s a restaurant with a pool proper on the seaside with a 50okay entrance price, or simply benefit from the clear sand and the beautiful blue water.
The Satan’s Tear is a wave smashing up towards a rock for fairly the show when the swell is huge and it’s excessive tide. At noon and sundown you’ll be sharing it with lots of people, however the tides depend upon the moon in fact, and are at all times altering.
Watch out across the edges, because the waves come up shortly and powerfully. It’s fairly the show of Mom Nature at her best!
Even be forewarned, the highway out to Dream Seashore and Satan’s Tear isn’t nice. It’s not impassable by any means but when it’s your first day on a bike you may not wish to drive right here till you’ve practiced a bit first.
Rock Swimming pools
On the opposite facet of Satan’s Tear, it’s actually the rock swimming pools that had me extra impressed, reflecting the solar because it set within the sky. The waves can come up shortly on this facet too, however the great thing about low tide at Satan’s Tear is it’s much less more likely to be an issue for these rock swimming pools simply behind the Satan’s Tear on the shoreline.
Sandy Bay Seashore
From the rock swimming pools you may see this little cove with white sand and a pleasant restaurant proper on the heart. It’s nearer to Western costs however it was additionally good to have some meals that jogged my memory of residence for a change. I do love Indonesian meals however typically a burger and fries sounds good too!
Just a few coves over is the favored Mushroom Seashore. Very similar to Dream or Sandy Bay Seashore, it’s one other cove with eating places and lodges all alongside it. Out of the three, decide your favourite and hang around for the night or afternoon. To me, they had been all fairly comparable.
On the way in which again from the spots listed above, you may’t miss Panorama Level. It’s halfway between Mushroom Seashore and Jungut Batu Seashore and gives a stunning view of the bay. The sundown could be barely obstructed however nonetheless stunning from there.
Jungut Batu Seashore sundown
That is the seaside you’ll be dropped off at when arriving from Bali. Chances are high good that is additionally the seaside you’re staying on throughout your Nusa Lembongan journey and can subsequently be the simplest spot to catch the sundown from.
The mangroves on Lembongan take up a big a part of the northeast part of the island and are one of many essential actions. A ship tour which lasts for about an hour departs from the tip of the highway and takes you thru the mangroves and to a couple snorkeling spots.
It’s straightforward to only present up and get on a ship. You’ll begin to see indicators for snorkeling journeys as you drive nearer to the tip of the highway, all providing kind of the identical factor. Calm down at one of many seaside bars afterwards, a lot of which have swings over the water and quirky themes. It’s a quieter a part of the island and a pleasant place to unwind. From there, the drive via the middle of the island to Ceningan is quiet and nice. It was certainly one of my highlights on the island with the jungly tree tunnels and butterflies flittering all over the place.
For a bit train out of the water, I loved the morning vinyasa at Yoga Shack. To swimsuit the category to all ranges, it was extra stretching and fewer stream than I’m used to, however it seems I’m fairly tight from simply driving motorbikes and swimming so it was a welcome class for me! Drop-in courses run 100,000 IDR per class. You may find the schedule here.
Day journey to Nusa Ceningan
Between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, I really favored Ceningan higher! It was a bit extra laid again and the water round a lot of the island was this dazzling child blue coloration. It’s straightforward to achieve by bike. Simply head for the bridge and observe the indicators on Lembongan.
Snorkeling and diving journeys
Throughout Nusa Lembongan you’ll see indicators promoting journeys to snorkel with Manta Rays or dive the encircling areas. A lot of the journeys really take you over to Nusa Penida, so if you happen to’ll be going anyhow, save the journey for that island. If not, bounce on a ship and get into the Manta motion! There’s nothing fairly like swimming with these majestic creatures.
Many surfers escape to the Nusa islands to get surf with out the crowds of Kuta or Canggu. The principle spots are Playgrounds, Lacerations, and Shipwrecks, with just a few good spots over on Nusa Ceningan as nicely.
The place to remain
There are a mess of well-priced choices on Nusa Lembongan, suiting nearly each funds vary. I believed the worth for the cash was unbelievable when it got here to lodging. I stayed at Kawan’s Inn which was incredible when it comes to the breakfast, espresso, location, pleasant homeowners, and the worth for the room. I had a king-sized mattress, air con, a pleasant lavatory, and my very own personal exterior sitting space for 300okay IDR (lower than USD $22)!
Meals-wise, the menu appears to be the identical at nearly each institution on the island – pizza, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, and a small Indonesian menu. Your choices are both Western meals at a barely cheaper value than you’d pay again residence, or looking for a small warung to get some native fare for means much less. I’d choose a spot based mostly on the ambiance, the pool, and the view.
When to go
Any time is an effective time to go to Nusa Lembongan though the wet season in Bali is for actual! Count on frequent showers from December via February. I visited the island in March and located the climate to be good however the visitors and essential streets to be hectic. I can think about it’s a zoo in excessive season from Might to October, so the shoulder seasons are in all probability greatest.
When visiting Nusa Lembongan, make sure you go to the opposite two islands as nicely – Penida and Ceningan. It’s straightforward to pop over to each for a day journey.
I’d additionally in all probability keep on Ceningan as an alternative of Lembongan sooner or later. It was extra stunning, extra laid again, and had extra cool issues to do. It’s only a fast scooter experience away from Lembongan, which makes it a simple day journey in both route.
That stated, Lembongan was a stunning place to put my head for a few nights, and a pleasant style of how Bali was.