Nusa Lembongan is fast becoming the hottest destination for those wanting to explore the islands just off of Bali. A popular surfing spot and chilled beach vibe its easy to see why it has grown in popularity over the last few years. Most people skip past this small island for the better know Nusa Penida for the world-famous T-Rex, but there are also so many things to do in Nusa Penida.
How To Get To Nusa Lembongan
The most common way to get there is from Sanur (east Bali) The ferry leaves multiple times per day or you can opt for a fast boat as we did. If you book your ticket in advance most will include pick up from your hotel. If you want the lowest price guaranteed you can click the link below to reserve your ticket.
Here Are The Best Things To Do In Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan Mangrove Forest Tour
One of the most popular things to do in Nusa Lembongan is doing the Mangrove Forest tour. We had rented a scooter and made our way to the Mangrove, just before we got there a man on a scooter intercepted us and asked if we are going to do the Mangrove tour.
He led the way and once we arrived took us to his boat and said he can take us for the tour. The tour guide tried to charge us 150,000 each but I had read online that the going rate was 50,000 ($3.54 USD) per person so I offered him that. He accepted so make sure if you do it this way not to overpay as they will always start at a higher price.
The Mangrove tour goes for around 45 minutes and is well worth the money. Our only recommendation is to try and get there early as it does get really crowded once the tourists arrive from the people visiting the island for the day.
When we arrived we where basically the only one there but by the time we finished, we could see it was getting quite congested. If you are looking to do the mangrove tour on a day trip from Bali you can take a look at the different tours offered here.
Explore Devil’s Tears
Our favorite thing to do in Nusa Lembongan was exploring Devil’s Tears. It does get a little touristy if you are staying on the island I would recommend you visit early morning or in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. Devils tear is nature at it’s best and gets its name from the large widespread mist that shoots up into the air after the large waves crash into the rocks.
Devil’s Tears is the best thing to do on Nusa Lembongan in my opinion, as I have never seen waves crash into the rocks and shoot up into the air as it does here, it’s truly mesmerizing.
Do be careful as the waves can be huge and it has washed people off the rocks in the past. They have red flags so you don’t get too close, so try not to pass them and you will be fine.
Dream Beach In Nusa Lembongan
Just around the corner from Devil’s Tears is dream beach, a cute little beach with a hotel and restaurants overlooking it’s crystal clear water and powdery white sand. With access to good food and drinks, dream beach is the perfect spot to hang out for the day. Dream Beach is one of the best beaches and most popular things to do in Nusa Lembongan.
Jungut Batu Beach
Jungut Batu Beach is the main beach on the island and is lined with hotels and restaurants. This is where you will be dropped off when arriving on the island, and the beach is covered with wooden tour boats and fishing vessels. Every night people come here to watch the sunset as it’s the best place on the island for it, the hotel we stayed in had an infinity pool overlooking the beach so we spent most evenings watching the sunset from there. Most nights before sunset you will see the sky filled with kites as the locals fly them every night before the sun goes down. Sunset is a must when looking for the best things to do in Nusa Lembongan.
Jungut Batu Beach is the longest strip of beach on the island, and there is a surf break if you are into surfing. The beauty of the beach is that in the background you will have the view of Mt Agung, an active volcano that last erupted in 1963.
Mushroom Bay Nusa Lembongan
Mushroom Bay is an awesome spot to hang out and spend the day lying around the beach and grabbing a bite to eat. The bay has a wide variety of restaurants and has a nice family atmosphere. We come to Mushroom bay as we were leaving the island so we didn’t get to spend the day here but it looked like the perfect place to chill on the beach if that’s your thing.
Where To Stay On Nusa Lembongan
These are the places we stayed at and recommend. The three different places are all in good locations but they all offer something different compared to the other. Two budget-friendly picks and one luxury hotel for those who want to take their holiday to the next level.
Lembongan Made Inn – $38.65 this was the first hotel we stayed in on the island, and the major draw point of this place is its location. Based right on Jungut Batu beach you are smack bang right in the best location on the island.
You can walk from the pier to the hotel, although you get a free hotel drop off included. The best thing about this hotel is the small infinity pool which overlooks the beach. You can catch the best sunsets from this pool on the island.
Check rates and availability: Lembongan Made Inn
Yogi Beach Bungalow – $38.56 We only stayed here one night but we wish we could have stayed longer. The hotel is located at the end of Jungut Batu Beach so it is much quieter and relaxing.
The room we had was amazing we were on the first level and had a balcony with the sea view. Breakfast was great and this hotel offers the perfect balance of island life and luxury for a very low cost.
Check rates and availability: Yogi Beach Bungalow