Bali, with its picturesque beaches, is undoubtedly a traveller’s paradise. Yet, hidden from the mainland lies Nusa Lembongan, a tranquil tropical island that beckons with its unspoiled sandy shores, rugged coastal cliffs, and a lively marine ecosystem, making it a must-visit destination on your Bali itinerary. Here are the top 6 things you can look forward to in Nusa Lembongan.
Feel the softness of the sand at Nusa Lembongan’s white sandy beaches
Not all the fabulous beaches of Bali are located on the Bali mainland – Nusa Lembongan has a handful of soft white-sand beaches that are great for sunbathing. This includes Dream Beach, suitable for those doing day trips from the Bali mainland and seeking a reprieve; Mushroom Bay, great for water activities such as SUP boarding, snorkelling and swimming; Coconut Beach, considered as Lembongan’s best beach by many an intrepid traveller; and Jungut Batu, the main bay area in Nusa Lembongan where most boats from the mainland arrive and also the place to indulge in glorious views of Lembongan’s beautiful sunsets.
Beach clubs at Nusa Lembongan
With beautiful beaches comes the decadence of lounging around in relaxing beach clubs, and Nusa Lembongan has its fair share of it. Ohana is one of the island’s trendiest beach clubs that has scrumptious food, cocktails and cosy poolside corners, while Sandy Bay Beach Club delights beachgoers with its extensive food and drinks list that guests can indulge in while listening to the crashing of waves while the young ones play in the kids’ play area.
Explore the Mangrove Forests
Exploring the enchanting Mangrove Forest in Nusa Lembongan’s northeast corner is a great way to learn about how this forest shelters the coastal areas and prevents erosion. Go on a boat tour offered by local boatmen (English commentary limited), or rent a kayak for an hour to paddle through the mangroves. Either way, you’ll be immersing yourself in the serene natural beauty of this well-preserved environment.
Catch a wave
Nusa Lembongan is regarded as one of the best places in the world to surf, with its variety of breaks that suit beginners and experts. From surf spots such as Playgrounds, which are suited for beginners learning how to surf, to Shipwrecks, the most popular one on the island where waves are consistent, there is something for everyone. Coupled with warm, clear water and breathtaking scenery, you’ll find yourself staying for more than just a day to experience the best of the island’s waves.
Traverse the Yellow Bridge
On a sunny day, the Yellow Bridge that connects Nusa Lembongan to its sister island, Nusa Ceningan, stands out in beautiful contrast against azure waters. It is also known as Jembatan Cinta, or Bridge of Love, and attracts many a foreign visitor flocking to the beach for a photographic memory. At sunset, the bridge also lights up in a cacophony of colours.
Stand by the Devil’s Tear
Famous for its rugged cliffs, Devil’s Tears is one of the best spots to catch a sunset on the island, and even in Bali. It gets its name from the water spray that looks like tears when waves crash against the rocky shore and flow back through a natural arch. You’ll also find some cool tide pools and, for the adventurous, chances to cliff jump. On sunny days, the cascade of waves often conjures a mini rainbow, enhancing the scenic charm. However, it can be risky because of the strong and unpredictable waves, so it’s important to keep a safe distance from the edge.
How to Get to Nusa Lembongan:
From New Sanur Harbour in Bali, book your tickets with Rocky Fast Cruise. They are one of the well-established and most trusted operators that are guaranteed to provide you with an enjoyable boating experience. Visit their website for more details on their schedules and fares.
Where to Stay:
Perched on the cliffs that offer breathtaking ocean views and a serene escape for families and friends, Casa Del Mar in Nusa Lembongan comes with three bedrooms, including an ensuite Master Bedroom and a mezzanine-level room, thus suiting various guest configurations. The villa seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living, creating an inviting atmosphere, and offers guests the opportunity to recharge and commune with nature, along with a dedicated team to ensure an unforgettable stay.