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:
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.
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) :
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.
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.
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!
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…
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!
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 🙂