This Balinese island is no longer just a place you mark on your agenda for a day trip. It has become increasingly popular as a vacation destination and rightfully so! Just 20 kilometres off the southwest Bali coast, you’ll discover the island paradise of Nusa Lembongan. Excellent snorkeling, fantastic diving, uncrowded white sandy beaches, and world class surf make this the perfect destination. Here you can have the Bali experience without the hustle and bustle of the other tourists.
Don’t let the slow pace here fool you. There’s tons of things to see and do, depending on your interests. Relax on the beach, go diving for manta rays, take a cliff top walk, explore the mangrove forests, visit the Hindu temples, or check out the seaweed farms. Be sure to enjoy the stunning sunsets that are ready to astound you.
If you are looking for a place to kick back and relax, without all the stress of overly busy tourist crowds then this is where you want to be. Let’s have a look at some of the places that are worth visiting while in Nusa Lembongan.
The Suspension Bridge
If you are ready for your very own Indiana Jones experience this interesting yellow suspension bridge is a bit quirky and defiantly something you don’t want to miss. As you cross the rickety suspension bridge, it will bring you to the tiny island of Nusa Ceningan that offers some of the most spectacular sunsets you’ll ever see. The surf breaks are also worth mentioning and attract surfers from the busier places on Nusa Lembongan.
The main beach in Nusa Lembongan is Jungut Batu, which is a great place to see a spectacular sunset. There’s also Mushroom Bay and some other fantastic Robinson Crusoe type beaches that are just waiting for you to discover them. Take for example, the secluded, white powder sand Dream Beach, which is a perfect place to spend the day and while you are there enjoy the bar and cafe that’s there too.
Sandy Bay (north of Dream Beach) might be small but it’s definitely spectacular with crashing waves, white sand and an incredible cave that you can explore at low tide. Finally, you should think about exploring Tamarind Beach with its spectacular views of the back of Mt. Agung and Song Lambung Beach, which is perfect for relaxing, swimming, surfing and snorkeling.
You can check out the ocean’s power at the rocky outcrop where the waves crash against the rocks with great force spraying plumes of water up into the air. There are a number of dramatic and inspiring blowholes to watch as well not to mention the swells crashing against the cliffs.
Puncak Sari Temple
On the hill between Jungut Batu and Lembongan Village you’ll find this large, grand Hindu temple – in fact, it’s the most impressive on the island with its 360° views. Don’t forget your camera.
You can explore the mature mangroves in a jukung outrigger boat and while you are at it enjoy a meal at the Mangrove Restaurant a pleasant start to your adventure.
Nusa Lembongan is one of Bali’s best kept secrets but not for long, because more and more vacationers are making this their destination.