Nusa Lembongan is one of three neighbouring islands of Bali, approximately 12 miles from south eastern coast of Bali and 20 miles from Lombok. The other two (2) islands are Nusa Penida being the bigger and Nusa Ceningan being the smaller.
This tropical island is 4.5 kilometers long, 2.5 kilometers wide and 50 meters above sea level. The majority of the population, circa 7000 practices the religion of Hinduism; a combination of Hindu, Buddhism and Indigenous religious customs. Bahasa Indonesian is the national language, however most inhabitants on the island speak a local dialect.
The locals on the island make their living from farming seaweed between the beach at the villages of Jungut Batu and the offshore reef. The seaweed is exported around the world and used as an emulsifying agent in the manufacture of products such as ice cream, cheese and cosmetics.
The island is well known for its superb surfing breaks like Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks; snorkeling and scuba diving in crystal clear water; fishing and a very relaxed lifestyle.
Nusa Lembongan is a pristine tropical island, its highest point is 50 meters above sea level. Lembongan has an average rainfall of approximately 1000 mm per year. Little temperature variation from 30 degrees Celsius occurs between the only two seasons this island experiences being the wet and the dry. The wet season is from December to February and the dry is from March to November. As it has only three months of rainfall, this island is dry for the remainder of the year. Little cultivation occurs, as almost 2/3 of the island is infertile. Seeding is normally done on the wet season and only corn, cassava and peanuts are farmed. Also found on the island are cashew nuts, mangoes and coconut. Fresh water is limited and most of the supply is derived from wells up to 60 meters deep.
Interesting Places in Lembongan Island
A wonderful secluded beach with powdery, white sand, located on the south coast. From the main accommodation areas on the west coast, head southeast towards Lembongan Village where you should turn west, and then look for the signposted small track leading south to Dream Beach. There is a cafe attached to the single resort here, and this makes Dream Beach a great place to spend the whole day doing nothing. Be very careful though about entering the water here as the rips can be fierce. Only the strongest swimmers should consider this and even then, avoid the eastern end of the beach.
Sunset Beach (adjacent to Devil’s Tear)
A small but spectacular beach with white sand and crashing waves, located just to the north of Dream Beach, and easiest reached via the same route. There is a small beachfront cafe here which should encourage visitors to spend the day. At low tide a dramatic cave is exposed in the low limestone cliff at the eastern side of the bay. Approach carefully and make sure you are not cut off from the beach by a rising tide. All-in-all, this is a delightful spot which is as laid back as anywhere in the whole of Bali.
Tamarind Beach (between Playgrounds surf break and Mushroom Bay).
Good views back to Bali, and of Mount Agung especially.
A rocky outcrop on the south western coast. Spectacular crashing waves and water plumes. Easily found by walking either a few minutes north from Dream Beach or south from Sunset Beach.
Mangrove Forest (continue north on the only west coast road from Jungut Batu until you reach the mangroves)
Northern Nusa Lembongan has an extensive forest of mature mangroves which can be explored in a jukung outrigger boat.
Puncak Sari Temple
Lembongan Village (just north of Lembongan Village on the main route back to Jungut Batu). The largest and grandest Hindu temple on the island. Good views over the straits back to Bali from this area.
Seaweed Farms (make your way to the shoreline anywhere in the southeast quarter of the island and just observe).
Seaweed farming takes place in many parts of the island, but the most accessible farms are on the southern side of Lembongan Village. Most of the seaweed grown here is destined for the Asian cosmetics industry.
One thing not to miss on Nusa Lembongan. The Sunset over Bali is awe-inspiring, and can be viewed from any west facing part of the island, but the beach at Jungut Batu is especially popular. A more rural alternative is to go over the bridge to Nusa Ceningan and view the sunset from one of the west-facing high ridges. Being just a few degrees south of the equator, sunset times do not vary much throughout the year here. Look to be in place between 5:30PM and 6PM.
Suspension Bridge (go through Lembongan Village heading west, sticking on the main road until you hit the estuarine channel)
This quirky yellow suspension bridge should not be missed by any visitor. You can walk or bike across the bridge to neighboring Nusa Ceningan. The noise it makes can be quite scary, and contributes to what is an all-round Indiana Jones-type experience. Although it is definitely getting more and more rickety as the years pass, the bridge is still safe, and there are many thousands of incident-free crossings every year.
How to get there?
There are several ways to get the Lembongan island. In order of style, comfort and price, the numerous ways you can travel to the island.
It takes only 30 minutes by speed fast boat from Sanur beach.
What to see and to do
- Walk the suspension bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
- Visit the Lembongan Village seaweed farms
- Snorkel at Crystal Bay; the coral here is a must-see and largely untouched.
- Watch the legendary Lembongan sunsets above the crashing waves.
- Visit the Underground House.
- Pura Puncak Sari is the biggest temple on the island, positioned on a hill; the views looking across to Bali are breathtaking.
- Diving, Surfing, Snorkeling
- Rent a motorcycle, Hiking, Take a tour through the mangroves in a sampan-style boat.
- Explore Ceningan Island and its secret beach and blue lagoon, Rental canoe, boogie and surf board