Nusa Lembongan Island

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Nusa Lembongan Island is located at the Badung strait which is between Bali and Lombok. Unlike the neighboring islands which attract the tourist by their traditional seaweed harvesting, Nusa Lembongan Island offers a more relaxing place. The only fast thing that you may see there is the waves along its beautiful beaches.
nusa lembongan island
Nusa Lembongan Island is a small island 12 miles away to the south east from Bali, which can be reached by one-hour boat ridding from Benoa Harbour. If you seek for a hidden quite place with beautiful beach surrounding you then Nusa Lembongan Island is exactly what you are looking for. The island is forming a pear shaped along 4 km in length and 2 km in width. The Nusa Lembongan Island beauty is completed with the presence of the fringing reef which has been declared as a National Marine Park by the Indonesian Government. The reef gives advantages in supporting the Nusa Lembongan Island and the neighboring islands’ Eco-system. Besides the reef, the waters are also known for having a variety underworld creature and also a great place for surfing. The main income’s sources of the local people are farming sweet potato and peanuts, building traditional wooden boat and fishing.
The life pace is Nusa Lembongan Island is very slow, but it is intended and maintained as it is as a unique characteristic of the island. If we are in Nusa Lembongan Island, it will remind us of how Bali it was more than 30 years ago. This quiet and relaxing atmosphere is the charming of this island. The tourism infrastructures might still be the standard ones, however you are able to find some nice lodgings to stay over nights.

What to do in Nusa Lembongan

Diving and Snorkeling in Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is very popular for divers. Nusa Lembongan is the perfect location for a dive trip like no other. iving in Nusa Lembongan offers amazing underwater world with some excellent dive sites. The warm waters are abundant with extensive coral reefs and magnificent marine life with sharks, turtles and manta rays. Spectacular dives include drop off walls, wreck diving and drift diving.

Biking and Walking around Lembongan

If you are a type of person who loves for biking or hiking, you will find the pleasure in Nusa Lembongan Island. You may have a rented bike to exploring the island. There are some steep spots where you will be challenged to conquer them. Some people might find the rented bikes not too comfortable to ride, but you can always have another adventure on your own feet exploring the beautiful nature of the island. You may go walking around the island, and it will only take you around 2 hours. However, it will be more pleasant if you take sometimes to enjoy some interesting places in Nusa Lembongan Island during the day.

Desa Lembongan, with its huge banyan tree and its colorful temples
Gala Gala Underground House was built by Made Byasa in 1961-1976. This underground house is located down a narrow path from the main road towards the Ceningan bridge. The road is the narrow one, but a motorbike can still pass through. At the entrance, you will find a line of souvenir stalls where you can buy local souvenirs such as sarongs, shorts and other handicrafts. The house was built underground using only a hammer, chisel and intuition as guidance. It took 15 years to complete this incredible labyrinth, which includes a bedroom, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and sacred meditation room.

Seaweed farms
Heading westwards from the Lembongan Village and then following the roads along the coast, you will find a range of green and blue seaweed farming. The seaweed farming is separated by some ropes and little posts where the algae are tied up on it to grow. Since the mid-1980s, nearly all the community lives off seaweeds, which are exported to the rest of Asia for the cosmetic and food industry. Every household can make one to two million rupiah a month from the red and green algae – just enough to survive on these islands, where everything has to be brought from the main land at high cost.
Rent motorbike for the day to try and find our perfect beaches. Went around the entire island, saw about different beaches, Nusa Ceningan island is good view to see, Dream beach is nice for relax with a great bar / cafe, Mushroom beach is also nice and snorkeling is ok too.

Swinging Bridge
The recently built suspension bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan connects the two islands and allows the visitors to easily access each island. This narrow and swinging bridge only allows access on foot, by bicycle or motorcycle and it is unsuitable for cars.

Dream beach
At the Nusa Lembongan Island’s entrance turning to right to the southwards, you will find the Dream Beach. It is a beautiful hidden white-sandy beach with its fierce waves. The Dream Beach may not the ideal one for swimming, but it is still a nice place just to have a refreshing swim. However, you always need to pay extra attention to the waves, especially when it is coming to high tide time. You are only aloud in the middle of the beach where you can see like a white line of sand in the water. Never go close to the cliffs of the left side! At high tide, the current may be a bit too strong for small children.

There is a restaurant here, and it is the source of entrance to the beach. You can watch the sunset from the upper floor of the restaurant.

Mushroom Beach
Mushroom Beach is known as one of the beautiful beaches in Nusa Lembongan Island. It is named after the mushroom corals offshore. This amazing Mushroom beach will spoil you with its white sandy panorama. There are 2 Mushroom Beaches to say, and even though they are one next to the other, there is a difference. There is the more isolated one, with its casual visitors, and the more populated one with some upscale hotels.
There is some coral, which is sharper than the coral that you find in Bali. So make sure you bring the rubber shoes if you plan to do some walking at low tide. But swimming is possible at this beach.

Mushroom Bay - Surfing
Mushroom Bay is a perfect place for having a great surfing experience. It is suitable not only for the professional surfers, but it is also perfect for the beginners. Besides surfing, this Mushroom Bay is also a safe place for any other water sport. The bay has a white sandy beach not too far to the wave. There are some other interesting places nearby to the Bay, such as Ship Wreck, Batumelawang ( Secret Point ), and Play Ground ( Song Lumbung Bay).
There is transportation from Bali, directly to this beach, but you need to be sure by asking that it will drop you off here.

Mangrove Park
If you are looking for something different in the adventure, you must try a mangroves park tour. This tour is operated by having a sampan-style boat touring around the mangrove park. This sampan style boat is known as ‘jukung’, and on this small boat you will experience an extreme quietness atmosphere. You will have an unforgettable impression to see colorful and unique mud crabs and if you are inclined, catch some for delicious meal. Along the tracing of the park you are welcome with various sound of birds and do not forget to take photo of many wild life in this area.

Wood Carvings
If you are heading to the north at Nusa Lembongan Island at along the coast of mangrove, you will then find a little house signed as Bali Wood Carving. This house belongs to an old friendly artist who will excitedly show you around his unique wooden arts collections. The collections are mostly carved out from the mangrove roots. From his house, it’s another 30 minutes of pedaling back to Jungutbatu through dense coastal vegetation.

Pura Puncak Sari
Pura Puncak Sari is a temple located on the top hill in Nusa Lembongan Island. When you are hiking to the top, you will be able to enjoy an amazing view of the Indian Ocean, Nusa Penida Island and Nusa Ceningan Island.

How to get there
There are several way to get Nusa Lembongan Island ( depart from sanur / tanjung benoa ) and they are:

Public Transport
Speed Boat

Lembongan Fast Cruise
Rocky Fast Cruise
Bounty Cruise

Public Boat
Ocean Rafting Cruise
Bali Fun Ship

Ocean Flyer
Bali Hai Reef Cruise

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