Top 5 Things To Do In Nusa Lembongan

Just a 30 minute speedboat ride from Sanur, the small island of Nusa Lembongan is a must visit on any trip to Bali! From white sand beaches and coral reefs to adoring locals and delicious sea food, Lembongan is as close to paradise as you can get!

Further, its seemingly a gift that keeps on giving because, despite its small size, there’s an endless amount of things to see and do!!

However, if you’re short of time, fear not because I’ve compiled a list of my Top 5 things to do in Nusa Lembongan:

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1) Visit Panorama Point –

One of the most spectacular places to visit on the island is the so called: ‘Panorama view point’. Here, a gap in the trees offers breath-taking views of the bay below. What’s more, on a clear day, you can make out Mt Agung in the background – The highest point in Bali.

Things to do in Nusa Lembongan View Point

SIDE NOTE: the best way to get around Nusa Lembongan is by hiring a bike. This can be done on arrival at Jungut Batu Beach, or through your hotel, for around 100,000 IDR a day. The traffic is thankfully much much more relaxed than on the mainland so you won’t be dicing with death by doing so!


2) Gaze at Devils Tears – 

On the West coast of Nusa Lembongan, one particular rocky outcrop has been eroded in such a way that when a big wave crashes into it, the water’s sucked inwards before then dramatically exploding upwards into the sky (often creating a rainbow in the process) :

Things to do in Nusa Lembongan Devils Tears

It’s said by the locals that the exploding water droplets are the tears of the Devil, hence the name of this spectacular display by mother nature! I even saw my first wild Sea Turtle battling the waves at this truly brilliant spot! 🙂


3) Lounging on Dream Beach –

A short walk from the ‘Devils Tears outcrop brings you back to the land of pristine white sand and possibly my favourite beach on all of Bali’s Islands.

Things to do in Nusa Lembongan Dream Beach

This hidden cover is very adeptly named ‘Dream Breach’ – with incredibly soft sand and accompanying turquoise ocean, its not hard to see why! Further, it’s the only beach on the island free of boats… There’s even an adorable swing for those Instagram shots 😉

Honestly, you could spend all day lounging on this beach! A quaint restaurant at the top of the stairs is enough to meet all your refreshment and toilet needs, meanwhile, the beach itself is slightly off the main ‘tourist’ track, meaning you’ll often get the cove to yourself!

However, Dream Beach is not one for swimming as a strong swell and massive waves make it quite dangerous. None the less, a visit certainly makes the list of one of the Top 5 Things to do in Nusa Lembongan.

SIDE NOTE: Looking for somewhere to swim? The island has several other more sheltered beaches where its safe to take a dip! Such as the equally as picturesque Mushroom Beach. 


4) Cross the Yellow Bridge to Nusa Ceningan –

If you venture to the South East of Nusa Lembongan you’ll come across a yellow suspension bridge which is actually a lot sturdier than it looks! This is just as well, as its the only land crossing to Lembongan’s sister Island Nusa Ceningan.

Things to do in Nusa Lembongan Yellow Bridge

SIDE NOTE: Nusa Ceningan is the smallest of the three ‘Nusa’ Islands, the third being Nusa Pendia. This is not to say however that it isn’t worth exploring in its own right! A day trip by bike (or even on foot) to this little gem is well worth it! Highlights include the Blue Lagoon which (surprise surprise) has the bluest water I’ve ever seen, cliff top views and ‘secret beaches’…

Anyway, I digress, Being the only passage to Ceningan you can imagine that this little bridge is a busy place! Despite being just wide enough for a single bike to get across, locals skim past each other, while travellers wait for the coast to be clear before jumping in for a ‘candid’ shot.

Other than being a great photo opportunity, and a prime spot for people watching! The ‘yellow bridge’ also has a hidden secret… If you visit in the late evening, you’ll notice a small crowd building. This is because the side of the bridge offers one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve seen in Bali!

Things to do in Nusa Lembongan Yellow Bridge 2


5) Exploring the Mangrove Forest –

My last, but by no means least, Top Thing to do in Nusa Lembongan is to take the time to explore the islands Mangrove forest.

This relaxing and magical landscape takes up much of the islands North East coast, and is a great place to visit if you get bored of the beach!

You can hire a local guide to show you round in a classic Balinese boat for less than 100,000 IDR (although you may have to haggle). There’s also plenty of places to rent Kayaks and Paddle Boards for the more adventurous souls out there…

Things to do in Nusa Lembongan Mangrove

However, for me, the Mangrove really comes alive under the water! Its unique sand base (rather than mud) means that the water is surprisingly clear, and teeming with hundreds of different fish! Thus, hiring some snorkelling gear may be the best money you ever spend. 😉

SIDE NOTE: This said, the beautiful waters around the whole island are fantastic for snorkelling and diving! They’re in fact famous for offering the chance to swim with wild Manta Rays. As such, If you’re staying here for several days, I’d certainly think about booking a day trip!

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So, there you have it! My Top 5 Things to do in Nusa Lembongan… I fell in love with this little island and if you take the time to visit, I’m almost certain you will too!

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Comment Below if you’re planning a trip to this island paradise! Or, if you’ve  already been I’d love to hear what else can be added to the list 🙂

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24 Comments

  1. August 2, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Hey there! I live in Bali and I love Nusa Lembongan! I can not wait to go back and do all of these things! Last time I went I missed out on a couple! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. August 2, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    It would be cool to say you had me at “white sand beaches”, but the truth is that “delicious sea food” did the trick for me!! This is an area we still haven’t explored and your beautiful pictures really inspired us a lot! We buckedlisted it, thank you very much!

  3. ramblesandrunaways
    August 2, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Love the look of your blog! This post was great, makes me regret having to cancel a trip to Bali a few years ago!! Live and learn I guess!! Hopefully I’ll be able to put this post to use in the future!!

    • August 4, 2017 / 9:47 am

      Thank-you that means a lot! Having to cancel a trip sucks… Just leaves more adventures for the future 😉

  4. August 2, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    Been to a fair bit of Asia now but not been to Bali yet! I like your little “side note” bits in this blog too. Very informative and helpful thanks 😊

    • August 4, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Thanks! I tend to ramble but wanted to include the information haha

  5. Stephanie
    August 2, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Normally I look at people’s lists and think I’d maybe do a thing or two but every single thing looks incredible! Panorama point is accurately named. That beach looks incredible and I hate swimming so all the better!

    • August 4, 2017 / 9:44 am

      Thank’s for such a lovely comment! Isn’t it just!! And me too haha

  6. August 2, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Oh my gosh – I want to do all 5 of these things! At first when I saw the Mangrove Forest I thought of a crocodile infested swamp. But if it’s sandy and teeming with fish, that would be awesome!

    • August 4, 2017 / 9:43 am

      That was my first thought when the guide suggested swimming haha… But, it’s truly a unique place and wonderful experience 🙂

  7. August 3, 2017 / 12:43 am

    This looks like a gorgeous place to visit. The Devil’s Tears outcropping reminds me of a similar place in Acadia National Park in the US. I’d love to be able to check the one out here and see how they compare!

    • August 4, 2017 / 9:42 am

      Yeah it much reminded me of the geyser’s I’ve seen in the US! Hope you get to visit 🙂

  8. Jewels
    August 3, 2017 / 1:35 am

    I’m heading to Singapore in October and have been debating on whether I should visit Malaysia or Bali while there, this article has me leaning more towards Bali. This island looks incredible. I love the abundance of activities to do!

    • August 4, 2017 / 9:41 am

      Why not visit both 😉 Would definitely recommend Bali! However personally if I returned I’d spend less time on the mainland and more time exploring the beautiful islands such as the Nusa’s… Also the Gilis are magical! A post to come on my adventures there so stayed tuned 🙂

  9. August 3, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I feel like I missed all the best parts of Bali when I went! I was with a group and they were only interested in Ubud and Kuta… which was fine, but not as fantastic as these places sound! I guess I’ll need to go back 😀

  10. August 5, 2017 / 9:04 am

    All three of these islands seem amazing! I got the idea that I could spend ages there! Great photography and a lovely guide. The Devil’s tears is probably a suiting name for a place like that!

  11. August 5, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I’m going to Bali in a couple of days! I’m now thinking about going to the Nusa islands too! Great post!

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