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Surf, snorkel and unwind in Nusa Lembongan

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Getaway Category: Adventure & NatureGetaway Tags: bali, explore, indonesia, nature, nusa lembongan, snorkelling, surfing, travel, view, watersports, and yoga

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  • Imagine white-sand beaches, limestone bluffs, mangrove forests, crystal clear waters and beautiful coral reefs. That’s Nusa Lembongan, an idyllic, laid-back charm only a 30-minute boat ride away from Bali’s east coast. Less discovered and with plenty of natural treasures, this island is a perfect weekend getaway for any occasion.

    Another place in Bali ideal for a weekend getaway is Canggu – follow our itinerary here!




    Day 1 in Nusa Lembongan

    Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Bali Eco Deli – freshly brewed coffee, fresh juices, homemade pastries are served here from 7am every day. After having a filling breakfast, you have a few options on what you want to do for the rest of the day.

    Open Mon-Sun, 7am to 6pm

    Water sports

    The first option is water sports. Nusa Lembongan is all about the ocean, so swim, snorkel, kayak, dive, SUP, banana boat or surf. Make sure you’re equipped with plenty of sunscreen and mosquito repellent and head to Lembongan Water Sports Centre – an excellent place if you want to try a little bit of everything. You can find all activities and prices on their website but on average an hour of kayaking or paddleboarding will cost SGD 10 (IDR 100K). Book your activities online to avoid disappointment. Note that January and February are the wet seasons in Nusa Lembongan, so water sports may not be the best option during those months.

    Snorkelling

    If you are more adventurous, snorkel with Mola-Mola and Manta Rays with Manta Snorkeling Tours. They do not accept online bookings, so drop by their office at D&B Warung, located in Jungu Batu. However, you can drop them a line on their website in advance to enquire on tour availability, timings and prices. The best time to see Manta Rays is 7am, so that will require advanced planning.

    Note that you are not allowed to touch Manta Rays when snorkelling.

    Surfing

    Learn how to catch a perfect wave!  You can rent a surfboard or book a class with Monkey Surfing and Newbro. Check out their websites for full list of options available and book online to receive a discount. One surf lesson for a complete beginner lasts around 1.5-2 hours and costs about IDR 550K or SGD 55.

    Be pampered and unwind

    After a day full of water activities, splurge on a pampering session at Glo Spa at Sandy Bay – Nusa Lembongan’s only spa smack on the oceanfront. Glo can also bring the sublime spa experience to your villa or hotel!

    After a relaxing session at Glo, head next door to Sandy Bay Beach Club – a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy a scrumptious meal in a laid-back atmosphere watching the sun set into the ocean. Feel like having a night in or a private party at your villa or hotel? Check out Sandy Bay’s small in-house grocery shop where you can buy very reasonably priced good wines and gourmet snacks. Open every day from 8am till late.

    Open Mon- Sun, 8am to 11pm


    Day 2 in Nusa Lembongan

    Yoga

    If you’re an early riser, book a sunrise yoga session with Caroline from Serenity Yoga at your villa or head to their yoga shala Dramatic cliff backdrops and soothing ocean sounds are perfect for charging your batteries for the day.

    Open daily from 8am-10am, 4pm-6pm

    Breakfast

    Have breakfast at Tigerlilly’s (open from 7.30am) – a funky establishment set in a lush tropical garden next to an azure swimming pool. Sit in one of their hanging chairs and indulge in a Super Smoothie Bowl, made from blended bananas, dragon fruit, mango, muesli and chia seeds and a cup of Bali coffee. There are more hearty breakfast options available.

    Exploring the island

    Grab an island map from your hotel or villa and spend a day beach hopping.  Since the island is very small, it’s very easy to navigate and if you do get lost, there are plenty of signs along the roads to guide you. The best way to explore the island is on scooter, however you can also choose to hike around or rent a bicycle.

    Start at Tigerlilly’s and head to Mushroom Bay (3.7 km). It is a little crowded because it is one of the only beaches suitable for swimming.  You can drop by Hai Restaurant and Grill for lunch and a glass of chilled wine.  

    Open daily from 7am till 11pm.

    Next, head to Sandy Bay (1.5 km) and go for a hike on the rocks and experience breathtaking views of crashing waves and water plumes at Devil’s Tears. Head to Dream Beach (0.6 km) for a white sand wonderland. Quiet and uncrowded, this idyllic cream colour sand beach is perfect for an afternoon with a book or fun in the sun with your friends. Note that this beach is not suitable for swimming. There is a casual café by the beach for lunch with amazing beach views from above.

    Another highlight of the island is the quirky yellow suspension bridge (2.8 km away from Dream Beach) that links Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan, the tiny sister island famous for stunning clifftop views. Walk or scoot across the bridge for an all-round Indiana Jones experience. Check out the famous Le Pirate Beach Club on Nusa Ceningan (1.2 km from the suspension bridge). It’s a perfect choice for your last drink on the island overlooking turquoise waters and Bali volcanoes. If you’re feeling peckish, they also serve all kinds of bar grubs. Their burgers are worth a go.

    Open 730am to 11pm

    Take the last boat to Sanur at 4.30pm (around 30 minutes) and head back to the airport to catch your flight to Singapore. Plan ahead as traffic can be unpredictable.




    Places to stay in Nusa Lembongan

    Overnight in Sanur

    Choose Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites, Taksu Sanur Hotel or Puri Mesari for a reasonably priced overnight in Sanur.  Check-in to Maya Sanur Resort & Spa for a more luxurious experience. Head to Three Monkeys for dinner. Open until 11pm, this is a casual, yet romantic restaurant with cozy sofas, lush green terrace, jazz music and excellent cocktails (ginger or mango martinis are great!).

    Accommodation in Nusa Lembongan

    Affordable

    Lembongan Reef Bungalow is in the heart of Nusa Lembongan, making it an ideal spot for guests to explore the city from. In addition, it has received rave reviews and is budget-friendly! Reservations start at SGD $58 for a double room.

    Mid-range

    Tigerlilly’s Boutique Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel located in the heart of Nusa Lembongan. It is cozy, reasonably priced and an excellent choice if you are looking to meet other nomads. Rates start at SGD$166.

    High-end

    For a more private and luxurious option check out Batu Karang Lembongan Resort and Day Spa. Carved into the coral hillside this sanctuary overlooks the ocean and the silhouette of Mount Agung. Nightly rates start at SGD$286.

    Large group

    If you’re travelling with a bigger group or family, stay at Villa Voyage, a luxurious tropical home owned by the famous Malaysian lifestyle and fashion designer Farah Khan, who’s glamorous yet effortless fashion pieces stand at forefront of fashion shows in Paris, New York and London. Spend your days lazing by the pool enjoying gorgeous sea vistas and taking romantic walks along a private white-sand beach, and your nights eating gourmet dinners prepared by your private chef, watching movies in the home theatre and drifting off to sleep in luxurious white linen.

    Here are some other amazing villa options if you wish to explore other parts of Bali!

    Getting to Nusa Lembongan

    Check out Wego.com or Skyscanner.com to get the best timings and prices for your two and a half hour flight to Bali. With convenient departure and arrival times and all inclusive fares, KLM flights are worth having a look at as they start at as little as SGD 200 return. Avoid the months of Jan-Feb as it is the rainy season, the best times to visit are from May to September.

    To get to Sanur use airport taxi service – there is a taxi counter right outside the arrival doors. This should take around 30 minutes and cost SGD 20-30 (IDR 192-228K). Uber is another excellent option and will cost as little as SGD 12 (IDR 116K). You can check the estimated fare here.

    Nusa Lembongan is 30-minutes speedboat ride away from Bali’s Sanur town. Three speedboat companies operate between Sanur and Nusa Lembongan: Rocky, Scoot Fast Cruise, Glory Fast Boats. Scoot is the newest addition, so its facilities are the most comfortable and services are of higher standards. The fares and timings of all these boats are similar. You can book your tickets and organize hotel pick up online. The boats operate 4 return trips between 9am to 5pm, so if you are reaching Bali in the late afternoon you will need to spend a night in Sanur.

    Getting around Nusa Lembongan

    Pack your walking shoes and explore the island on foot (it’s approximately 4km from end to end) or hire a scooter for SGD 10 (IDR 100K)  for 24 hours. Having a scooter will allow you to discover the island’s hidden gems, but be careful, especially when it gets dark, as roads are not well-maintained.

    Other things to note in Nusa Lembongan

    Visa and money matters

    52 countries are now exempt from visa. Click here for the latest information. Withdraw money at one of many ATMs in Bali airport. There’s only one ATM on Nusa Lembongan (located in Jungut Batu), so bring plenty of cash for your entire trip, as the machine tends to run out of money fast! Also, although many of the large establishments accept credit cards, many places still go on a cash-only basis!

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