Famous for its crystal blue waters, Nusa Lembongan’s main claim to fame is its fabulous array of water sports like diving, snorkeling, and swimming, many of which are not recommended in Bali which has become far too polluted. Nusa Lembongan or Lembongan island as many call it still offers a fantastic view of a world beneath the sea, so if you actually want to spend some time in the water rather than just on the beach then this is the place to come. However, luckily it isn’t only about water sports and there lots of other things to see and do.
Imagine a perfect white beach with the bluest waters and a constant amount of waves coming in, and you find yourself at Dream Beach. It has grown to become the most famous place of Nusa Lembongan. A few years ago there wasn’t much else than just the beach with a small restaurant but since tourism has picked up on it a big resort has been built. Although it has gotten more crowded, it still is a great place to come and chill for the day.
Snorkelling and Diving
As we mentioned earlier, Nusa Lembongan Island is a great place to come to explore the underwater world. There are various points where you can dive but snorkelling seems to be the most popular. Everyday you’ll find a lot of day trips and tours and especially the one to Manta Point (which is actually next to Nusa Penida) is amazing as you can often swim with Manta Rays. On top of diving and snorkelling, you’ll also find tons of other water sports available plus you even got some good spots to for surfing.
One of the ‘cooler’ things to do in Nusa Lembongan is getting a boat tour through the mangrove forest. It is the perfect escape of the intense tropical heat that you can feel on the island during the hot hours. The mangroves are beautiful and very quiet making it a wonderful activity if you want to enjoy some serenity and peace.
Another spot not to miss is Devils Tear. This is a rock formation that is famous for enormous waves clashing against them. They often create huge sprays of water that leads to a lot of fun and people getting wet. It is really impressive to see, feel and hear to power of the ocean hitting the land. That’s why you’ll see many people taking pictures, however make sure to protect your camera gear as you might get an unexpected splash of water!
Although Nusa Lembongan has become more touristy in the recent years, the island remains a very nice place to be. It is small enough to get around easily and offers pretty much all facilities you need. Especially if you’re into water sports, snorkelling or if you just love to relax, you’ll definitely want to visit this island. Also if you’re just looking for an island getaway as a break from Bali, you won’t be disappointed.
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Travel Tips Nusa Lembongan
Best time to visit Nusa Lembongan
– between April and October
Getting around on Nusa Lembongan is very easy. You’ve got a lot of motorbike and van taxi’s and you’ve got the opportunity to rent a motorbike at almost every corner of the street.
There’s at least one ATM in the middle of the island that always seem to work. The prices on Nusa Lembongan are generally a bit higher than on Bali, so be prepared to pay a little bit extra everywhere.