We recently spent a week in Nusa Lembongan which is a small island off the South East coast of main island Bali. It’s has a completely different atmosphere to Bali, it’s relaxed, no one hassle’s you, and there is hardly any traffic.
It’s a short half hour boat ride from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan, for more information on how to get to the island click here.
1. Devils Tear
Devils Tear and Dream Beach are within easy walking distance of each other, although there isn’t an exact walking trail, just follow the coast and you will come across the ocean crashing into the rocks. We went around lunch time and had an amazing show.
Some people call these blow holes, but it is more the ocean crashing into the cliffs. They are pretty spectacular.
2. Dream Beach
This beach was lovely, only quite narrow, but yellow sand and clear water. The sea was quite rough when we were there, but there were plenty of people frolicking in the water.
There were a number of hotels on this point as well as a restaurant and a coffee shop, lovely place to sit and relax, and watch the ocean.
3. Hire a scooter
There are plenty on the island, and you can hire them from anyone, including a lot of the hotels. It makes it easy to get from one beach to the next.
4. Watch the sun set
Pick a spot along the beach, either a restaurant or bar, relax and enjoy the beautiful sunset. We had some very picturesque sunsets while we were on the island, it’s worth stopping and taking the time to enjoy.
There are no taxi’s, uber or public transport, but never fear, if you have too much to drink most places will offer you a lift back to your hotel, in their open aired vans.
5. Mushroom Beach
Where most of the ferries pull up, one of the main touristy locations on the island, lots of restaurants, shops, and tour booking agents. Great place to wander around and get a feel for the island.
6. Panorama Point
As the name suggests this is the high point of the island, and the view is incredible. Well worth the walk to the top. Or if you have a scooter it won’t seem as much of a challenge.
7. Coconut Bay
This is what the locals call the small beach in front of our hotel at Lembongan Cliff Villas. There is a small shop there where we bought most of our supplies, and had lunch a couple of times. It is also where you can hire someone to take you out snorkelling, if you don’t want to go through your hotel.
8. Yellow Bridge
The Yellow Bridge is an icon, it connects Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Unfortunately it collapsed at the end of October 2016 killing 8 people. There have been many mixed reports some saying it has been fixed, some saying it has not. I am happy to report the bridge has been fixed.
It is an impressive structure, which can only be crossed on foot or motorbike, no motor vehicles allowed.
The bridge is free to cross, and it’s nice to see the other island.
There are plenty of small businesses on the island offering this service. Our hotel arranged this for us, for $15USD we spent about 4 hours on the boat, the guide was happy to stay for longer, but we forgot water so wanted to head back.
10. Walk or Scooter around the Island
We went for many walks around the island while we were here, I found it easier to absorb the scenery and just relax, we were in no hurry to get anywhere. One of the days we did a 4 hour walk, (at a leisurely pace) starting at our hotel, heading to Panorama Point, down to Dream Beach, around to The Devils Tear, up to Sandy Bay where we stopped to buy some more cold water, and then on to Mushroom Beach, where we stopped for a cocktail, and then back to our Hotel. The trail above is not exactly what we did, but there are many small tracks not shown on Google Maps, which will allow you to easily move between locations.