This post was last updated on July 1st, 2020 at 04:55 pm
Below Bali you will find three fantastic islands: Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan (which are connected by a bright yellow bridge) and a little further away lies the largest island, Nusa Penida. In this article, we are happy to show you why you should take the boat from Sanur to the Nusa’s and what you don’t want to miss on Nusa Lembongan. To give you an idea: On this island, you will find beaches that you sometimes have almost all to yourself (Secret Beach), wonderful restaurants (Bali Eco Deli for example), you can drive around through an amazing landscape on your rented scooter, and there are amazing viewpoints where nature dominates (Devil’s Tear).
Yep, after a few days on the Nusas, we really fell in love with these islands and in this article, we’ll tell you all about Nusa Lembongan island!
12 Things to Do on Nusa Lembongan
1. Rent a cabin near Mushroom Beach
Before we went to Nusa Lembongan, we stayed on Nusa Penida for a few days. From our Airbnb there, we decided to book a cabin on Nusa Lembongan as well and we chose one near Mushroom Beach. This is one of the larger and busier beaches of Nusa Lembongan. There are many houses (yes, also on the beach!) that you can rent and there are many cozy restaurants. Some include a swimming pool with a sea view and others are super basic, but with very tasty Bali Bowls full of vitamins.
2. Dream Beach
Another relaxed beach, where the sea is, unfortunately, a bit wilder than at Mushroom Beach, Dream Beach is not too far from Devil’s Tear. Here you can relax on a beautiful sandy beach. If you get tired of the wild waves you can dive into the pool of Cafe Pandan after you’ve had some snacks and drinks there. Definitely recommended, because this is perhaps the most beautiful infinity pool on the island.
3. Devil’s Tear
As calm as the sea is at Mushroom Beach, it’s very rough and wild at Devil’s Tear. In this place on Nusa Lembongan, you can see mother nature at her best. On the rugged rocks, the sea crashes on the stones with a gigantic force, so that the water sometimes splashes up high. So be careful when you get near the sea because you never know when a wave will rise over the jagged rocks. Believe us, you don’t want to be dragged into the ocean. From Mushroom Beach we were able to walk to Devil’s Tear, so you don’t need a rental scooter. We went there around sunset because we had the idea that the light would fall nicely and because it was almost high tide around that time.
4. Kayaking through the mangrove forest of Nusa Lembongan
Do you feel like going out on the water? The water is a lot calmer in the mangrove forest of Nusa Lembongan, so many kayak trips are organized here. You will find the mangrove forest at the very north-eastern tip of the island.
5. Have some drinks at Cloudland Bar on Nusa Lembongan
Since the sun didn’t set yet after we visited Devil’s Tear, we decided to look for a nice restaurant to watch the sunset from there. Through a maze of streets, we accidentally ended up at Cloudland Bar. Along the coast, all beanbags were displayed under colorful umbrellas and because we ended up there spontaneously, we really had the feeling that we had discovered a secret place. With a handful of other travelers, we enjoyed our drinks there (read: Bintangs!) and one of the most beautiful sunsets.
6. Blue Lagoon
Usually, Blue Lagoon is a very beautiful and quiet bay with the bluest water you will see on Nusa Lembongan. However, when we visited the island it was very stormy at sea. As a result, the Blue Lagoon suddenly looked a lot more intimidating than Devil’s Tear. No dreamy pictures for us, but it no matter what the weather’s like, it’s still a place where you want to be on this island.
7. Go on a snorkeling tour around Nusa Lembongan with giant Manta rays
If you like snorkeling then you should do a snorkeling tour around the Nusa Islands. Unfortunately, the sea was too wild for us, so we could not go, but if we ever go back there… This will definitely be on our to-do list. If you go on a snorkeling tour, chances are that you will see Manta rays here! Giant beasts that have giant wings with which they move slowly. During most snorkeling tours from Lembongan, you do go to Nusa Penida, because you have the best chance of seeing Manta Rays at, unsurprisingly, Manta Bay.
TIP – If you are on Nusa Penida, it is also very cool to view Manta Bay from the cliffs, because you can sometimes see Manta rays swimming in the sea from the rocks above. Oh, and did you bring snorkel gear with you? Then you can just go snorkeling yourself at one of the beautiful beaches, provided the water is a bit calm. Chances are you will also see something beautiful!
8. Eat at our favorite place: Bali Eco Deli on Jungutbatu Beach
The place where we preferred to eat on Nusa Lembongan is at Jungutbatu Beach, called Bali Eco Deli. You can eat super healthy and vegan food here. We especially liked the bowls with hearty salads, but they also sell nice ice creams and fresh smoothies. This restaurant also sets a good example for everyone who comes there. They motivate you to pick up your plastic on the island and hand it to them in exchange for a discount on your food & drinks!
9. Drive your scooter from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan via The Yellow Bridge
Rent a scooter for a few days when you are on Nusa Lembongan and discover not only Nusa Lembongan but also the neighboring island of Nusa Ceningan. With your scooter, you can easily drive to the other island via the Yellow Bridge. There are fewer tourist highlights on Ceningan, but it is still great to ride over the island. However, we noticed that this is an island where people live and unfortunately you also see a lot of waste between the trees, which reduces the experience a bit. Fortunately, you will also encounter special things. For example, you will also pass beautiful temples while driving around.
10. Relax & search for seashells on the tip of Jungutbatu Beach at Mahagiri Resort
Not only can you lie down here on the expansive beach, but there are also super nice seashells that regularly wash ashore. Unfortunately, bright red pieces of coral also wash up here. So don’t just lie down on your towel, but also marvel at all the beautiful pieces of nature that have, unfortunately, washed up here! Isn’t it bizarre that nature can give something such a bright red color?!
11. Discover the best beaches of Nusa Lembongan by scooter or on foot
We have been on several beautiful beaches on Nusa Lembongan and mentioned some of them before, but here are our top 5 beaches:
- Sandy Bay
- Mushroom Beach
- Jungutbatu Beach
- Secret Beach
- Dream Beach
12. Take the boat from Nusa Lembongan and go to Nusa Penida
Within ten minutes you can sail from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida. You should certainly not skip this island if you are going to visit the Nusa’s. Penida is the largest island of the three and you will find many adventurous places. Think of the cool Kelingking Beach, but also think of the Treehouses, the Thousand Island Viewpoint, or the Blue Stairs. Read all about the sights on Nusa Penida here.
Some practical tips for when you go to Nusa Lembongan during your Bali trip
Tips on getting to Nusa Lembongan from Bali
We flew to Bali with Cathay Pacific, via a short stopover in Hong Kong. After we arrived at Denpasar in Bali we actually went straight to Sanur. Here you can read in detail how we then traveled from Sanur to Nusa Penida by boat and onwards to Nusa Lembongan. The company with which we sailed between Sanur (Bali) and Nusa Lembongan is called Rocky Fast Cruise, we just bought tickets in the small office of this company. These boats leave from Nusa Lembongan at the extensive Jungutbatu Beach and the boat takes about 30 minutes to cross.
Where to stay on Nusa Lembongan
We spent the night in two Airbnb’s on Nusa Lembongan, both were near Mushroom Beach. On Airbnb, we paid about US$26 per night for two with breakfast included (Banana pancakes for breakfast, yes!). Tip: If you sign up to Airbnb here, you will get a US$38 discount on your first trip, so do it! Oh and if you want to know exactly where we stayed: This was our first Airbnb and this was our second Airbnb. Every time we had a cozy house with a nice outdoor shower and both Airbnb’s had a swimming pool. We also really wanted to spend the night at Le Pirate on Ceningan, but unfortunately, that was already fully booked.
TIP – Do you have more questions about Airbnb? Read our full guide on Airbnb here.
Looking for a nice restaurant on Nusa Lembongan (or Nusa Ceningan)? Here are our favorites:
- Bali Eco Deli – The best food we have eaten was at Bali Eco Deli. You can order super healthy bowls, such as savory salads or those smoothie bowls, and they have tasty ice creams.
- Sandy Bay Beach Club – If you are looking for a restaurant where you can enjoy the pool at the same time, you have to go to Sandy Bay. This restaurant has a very relaxing infinity pool and you will find it close to Devil’s Tear.
- Hai Bar & Grill – Hai Bar & Grill is located on Mushroom Beach. It is a more luxurious restaurant that is built entirely of bamboo, which makes it look fantastic and you can eat delicious pizzas!
- Le Pirate on Ceningan – At these colorful houses, which are super photogenic, you can also enjoy drinks and a snack in addition to staying overnight.
- Cloudland Bar – A really cool place to have drinks and watch the sun sink into the sea, highly recommended!
Rent a scooter on Nusa Lembongan, or not?
If you’re sleeping near Mushroom Beach like us, you don’t necessarily have to rent a scooter to see some spots. From Mushroom Beach, things like Devil’s Tear or Cloudland Bar are just within walking distance, as are a number of different beaches. We, therefore, did not rent a scooter every day we were on Nusa Lembongan, only when we wanted to go to Nusa Ceningan and towards the Mangrove forests and Jungutbatu Beach.
By the way, we just rented a scooter from our Airbnb for about 80,000 IDR (~ US$5.60) per day. We had one scooter for two and also got helmets. There are no cars on the islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, so we felt reasonably safe on the road. We advise you to not drive too fast because they do not continue to have the same quality roads everywhere. Fortunately, because you don’t drive very long distances, it is also less dangerous than on Nusa Penida.