Nusa Lembongan is a beautiful island only a 30-minute speedboat ride from Bali’s mainland. It’s one of our favourite parts of Bali. It’s laid back, it has stunning landscapes and beautiful beaches. You could take a Nusa Lembongan day trip, but it’s definitely worth more time to explore and stay a few nights. There are so many amazing things to do in Nusa Lembongan and it’s also a great base to explore its neighbouring islands, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Nusa Lembongan Bali…
Seeing Devils Tear is one of the best things to do in Nusa Lembongan. This is a stunning example of the beauty of nature. Devils Tear is a rock formation that meets the ocean, and the waves get sucked up into it and sprayed back out. Be careful when walking around the rocks as huge waves can come and have swept some people out to sea. There are also some stunning rock pools and areas around Devils Tear that are just as beautiful.
One of the main things to do in Nusa Lembongan is exploring Nusa Lembongan beaches. Dream Beach is right near Devils Tear, and although it’s beautiful it also has pretty strong waves, so not so great for swimming. It does have nice white sand and a couple of places to eat and overlook the beach.
Sunset Beach/Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay is another beautiful beach on Nusa Lembongan. Again, the waves can be really strong so not so great for swimming, but perfect for relaxing on the sand. Sandy Bay Beach club is right in front of Sunset Beach, and it’s a great place to have a meal, drink and watch the sunset.
Mushroom Bay is a great place for watersports and has calmer waters for swimming. Although it’s considered one of the best beaches in Nusa Lembongan for swimming, there are a lot of boats and watersports which can kind of take away from this. Mushroom Bay is home to lots of accommodation and places to eat.
One of the best beaches in Nusa Lembongan, but it’s a little hard to find. If you head down to Tamarind Beach, take the last road left before you reach the beach. You follow this around a little, turn left again, then right until you see a dirt track. Follow this track and you will find an opening in the trees and another path downhill to the beach. You literally pop out of the trees onto a beach. Again, swimming conditions can vary but it is the perfect spot to relax.
Visit the Mangroves
One part of Nusa Lembongan is the Mangroves. Here you can ride your bike to the Mangroves and have a look or kayak through the mangroves yourself.
Panorama Point is a great lookout over Nusa Lembongan and Jungut Batu Beach. You can ride here on your scooter and literally pull over to the side of the road to take in the stunning view.
Eat In Jungut Batu
There are a lot of amazing places to eat in Nusa Lembongan but Jungut Batu is home to a lot of Nusa Lembongan restaurants. It makes it a great place to base yourself or visit for food. Some of our favourites were Eco Deli for breakfast or lunch and Pondok Baruna Warung for lunch or dinner.
Bali has some of the prettiest sunsets, and Nusa Lembongan is no exception. One of our favourite places to watch the sunset in Nusa Lembongan was at Sandy Bay, otherwise known as Sunset Beach, where you can take it in at Sandy Bay Beach Club. Otherwise, keep heading out to Sunset Point.
Diving/Snorkelling Trip To Crystal Bay To Dive With Manta Rays
We went to Crystal Bay whilst exploring Nusa Penida, but we are yet to snorkel with the Manta Rays. Everyone we’ve spoken to who has done this has loved the experience. There are a lot of day trips from Nusa Lembongan that can take you on a snorkelling trip to Crystal Bay and swimming with the Manta Rays.
Hire A Scooter And Explore Nusa Lembongan
Even though hiring a scooter is a popular thing to do in Bali, we tend to avoid this as the roads and conditions can be a little dangerous if you’re not familiar with it. Also keep in mind, you may not be covered by your travel insurance. But, on Nusa Lembongan, the roads are much quieter, there are no cars on the island (only local Bemo’s) and it’s by far the easiest way to get around and explore Nusa Lembongan. So on Nusa Lembongan, we always hire a scooter and go exploring. It’s one of our favourite things to do in Nusa Lembongan. Having said that, only hire a scooter if you feel comfortable doing so. Other ways to get around include hiring golf buggy’s, getting a lift on the local bemo’s, and getting on the back of a locals scooter.
Explore Nusa Ceningan
If you hire a scooter, you can ride over the yellow bridge to Nusa Ceningan. Here you can explore the island, including sights like Blue Lagoon, Secret Beach (a different one to the one on Nusa Lembongan) and Mahana Point. They are some of our favourite things to do in Nusa Ceningan.
Day Trip To Nusa Penida
When we first went to Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida was hardly spoken of. Now, Nusa Penida is becoming more and more popular. It has some stunning natural sights to see and explore. But because it’s only over the past few years that tourism for the island is picking up, a lot of the roads aren’t in great condition. A lot of people visit Nusa Penida with a vision of exploring the island with a scooter, but honestly, the roads are rough, and we saw quite a few accidents. We explored with a local driver and even though it was still rough roads it was a great way to explore. There are plenty of organised day trips to Nusa Penida, but if you want to know how to do it all yourself, read our article (coming soon) about getting to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan and exploring the island with all of the best things to do in Nusa Penida.