Nusa Lembongan, a well-kept secret
Before diving into the details of things to do on Nusa Lembongan, we’d like to explain a bit about what and where it is. That is to say, have you ever heard of Nusa Lembongan or the Nusa Islands? Believe it or not, many haven’t. And, this makes it an excellent holiday destination.
First of all, Nusa Lembongan is one of three Nusa islands and considered part of Bali. These tiny burgs are located just off the southeastern coast of Bali across the Badung Strait. In no particular order, they are, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan is the smallest of the three measuring in at eight square kilometers of splendidness.
Secondly, Nusa Lembongan is close enough to Bali to thoroughly enjoy via day tripping. Yet, just far enough away that the congregation of tourists from the main island hasn’t quite overtaken its peacefulness. One reason for this might be that you must take a boat in order to arrive on its brilliantly white beaches. Though the boat rides only last twenty-five minutes or so, people are often detoured from taking them after traveling such a long distance to get to Bali. Hint, don’t be one of those people, you will miss an amazing experience.
Thirdly, there are enough things to do between the three Nusa islands to create an entire holiday itinerary around. This article is specifically geared towards only one of the three, imagine the possibilities. That being said, if you have already booked your trip to Bali you might want to schedule a return trip to visit the Nusa’s. Or, at least tack on an extra outing to your itinerary.
Check out Nusa Lembongan Dream Beach
Of course, being an island means Nusa Lembongan is surrounded by beaches. Mainly, there are two, Jungut Batu and Mushroom Bay. Both equally lovely and full of accommodations and seaside eateries. Then to the south, there is the Nusa Lembongan Dream Beach. This little hideaway is tucked away below limestone cliffs and scattered with beautifully carved out caves.
Surrounding the sugary white sand is the bluest water some have ever seen. Not to mention, clear as day and revealing an elaborately colorful coral reef below. With the looming limestone cliffs above and the lively colorful seafloor below, Dream Beach is definitely a site to see. It just so happens, Luxury Bali Tours can take you on a Nusa Lembongan tour and show you exactly what Dream Beach has to offer.
What to do at Dream Beach
The number one activity that this beach is known for is surfing. Due to the enormous steady swells, the sea pushes into the island Dream Beach has grown quite a reputation from anyone with a board. Did someone say barreling action? You are sure to find it here on the south shores of Nusa Lembongan.
On the flip side, the underwater adventures are just as thrilling as above. Nusa Lembongan Dream Beach puts on a marvelous showing of exotic marine life. The coral reef is thriving and the sea creatures are abundant.
There is no doubt diving here will be rewarding. A few things you may encounter would include, mana rays, reef fish, and giant sea turtles. While your down there, don’t forget to check out the caves carved through the rocks below the cliffs.
We’ve taken you above, we’ve taken you below, let’s discuss how to get from one to the other. Another popular Dream Beach adrenalin pumper is cliff diving. Imagine towering five meters above a crystal clear ocean staring down into the depths with nothing between you and the warm tropical water except air.
You can see the fish gliding along and the waves rolling in and all you have to do is jump! Freefall into the waters below and swim your way to shore. What a rush!
Another Dream Beach feature
After a long day soaking up the sun and the surf you can enjoy a relaxing evening from a beachfront infinity pool. Or maybe a cocktail on the patio is more your style.
Not only is this rustic beachfront resort in an ideal location, but it also has a splendid on-site cafe. Cafe Pandan has panoramic views and a menu ranging from sushi, salads, and soups, to pizza and local island dishes.
The best sunset on Nusa Lembongan
It just so happens that the most magnificent sunset can be seen from the top of Devil’s Tear. This rocky slab of land points out into the sea and borders the south side of Dream Beach.
Here, the rocks form a U-shape where the water floods in and drenches everything in sight. The spray created when the water explodes into the rocks is quite possibly where the name Devil’s tears came from. All of the splashing and crashing forms tide pools that double as reflection pools when the sun sets.
This large cove faces directly into the horizon leaving the ocean a blank canvas for the suns multicolored rays to paint. If you take in one sunset while in Bali, make it a Nusa Lembongan Devil’s Tear experience.
Nusa Lembongan weather, there is none better
As you may know, Bali has a wet and a dry season. These seasons would be likely to define the entire island region, however, that is not the case. By some magical force of nature, Nusa Lembongan weather differs slightly from the main island. Instead of receiving the same weather patterns, Lembongan manages to escape much of the periodic rain showers.
So, you can say that Lembongan is drier than the mainland and therefore probably an excellent choice to visit during the wet season. Though the seasons are labeled from month to month the actual weather remains unchanged for the majority of the year. The average temperature is around 26C with a total rainfall of around 1400mm. On the other hand, the main island averages 31C with roughly 2050mm of rain per year.
One thing is for sure no matter where you are in Bali it is always warm. The lowest temperature ever recorded was 18C, that’s still shorts and sandals weather. Likewise, the highest temperature ever recorded was 40C, that is a tad warm but rarely happens. The Nusa Lembongan weather can be thought of as tropical and ideal.
There’s still more to explore on Nusa Lembongan
As unbelievable as it may seem, this tiny island still has more to explore. Let’s start with the famous Mangrove Forest along the northeast tip of Lembongan. Along with making for an excellent island adventure, the forest also serves a great purpose. Island conservation, the Mangrove trees form a strong barrier against the elements protecting the land from erosion.
Additionally, this stop on your Nusa Lembongan tour is filled with possibilities. There are boat tours departing regularly for thirty minute strolls into the wild. Overall wonderful experience and a chance to see some local wildlife, usually best viewed in the early mornings or late afternoons. The local lizards, crabs, and birds come out to visit the boaters as they glide by.
Speaking of the boats, you are welcome to take a manned craft through the still waters and just enjoy the peaceful island experience. Or, if you are more of a do-it-yourselfer, feel free to take a kayak on your own.
Three ways to get around Nusa Lembongan
By foot, by bike, or by scooter. One of the perks of being on the Nusa Islands is the major lack of traffic. That being said, the ways people primarily navigate Lembongan are by walking, riding bicycles, or riding a scooter.
To explain further, the island has a network of well-traveled walking paths all the way around and through it. You are able to walk the circumference of Nusa Lembongan is a simple day trip. On a slightly different note, you can also choose to walk underwater. Yes, that is correct, Nusa Lembongan has a marine walk tour. Experience life under the sea and become one of the many marine creatures swimming their life away.
Third and finally, take a bicycle for a spin. Discover trails, roads, and beaches while pedaling through the lovely local areas and even over the bridge to the other Nusa Islands. Enjoy the island at your own pace and really soak in the atmosphere.
The end of the Nusa Lembongan tour
Or, is it just the beginning? In order to fully experience the amazing Nusa Islands, you must first contact us to start building your tailor-made itinerary. We are here to help you explore Nusa Lembongan and all other aspects of Bali. We are only a click away, act now and we can get started today.