Giant Manta Rays
The ocean surrounding the island is home to beautiful, gigantic manta rays. Ask a local fisherman to take you out of a boat – they’re experts at spotting the rays and will let you know when to dive into the water for the snorkel of your lifetime. Don’t worry; these amazing creatures are completely harmless – just mind-bendingly huge!
The incredible scenery
Travel up the steep, windy roads to Panoramic Point – like the name suggests, you’ll see a stunning panoramic view of the entire island in all of its glory. Gaze out over swinging palm trees, little fishing boats bobbing out at sea and tiny local villages. There is no denying NB is ridiculously beautiful.
Surfers and body boarders travel from all over the world to catch waves at the famous surf-breaks, Shipwrecks and Playgrounds. If you’re a beginner, why not take a surf lesson? If you’re already a keen surfer, you’ll be in heaven.
Dream of getting your PADI certificate? It’s more than achievable on this island and there are plenty of reputable companies. Whether you want to simply go for a one off Open-Water dive or follow through to an Advanced Open Water certificate, Nusa Lembongan is the perfect base – Lembongan Dive Centre, Blue Corner Dive, Lembongan Water sports. Spy an abundance of marine life, from giant manta rays and turtles, to lion fish and eels.
In general, Balinese people are kind, warm and friendly. The people of Nusa Lembongan are all this and more and will go out of their way to help you. On a few occasions the locals offered us lifts free of charge and refused to accept money. The generosity of people who seem to have very little is unbelievable.
Bit of an adrenaline junkie and keen to get a rush? Head across the bridge to Nusa Cenigam and test your wits with the Blue Lagoon cliff jump. Towering at 13 metres – there is the option to jump from slightly smaller heights. If this doesn’t sound like your thing, it’s worth going anyway for the scenery alone. The views here are incredible – expect to see the sea shimmering with every shade of blue.
We had to pay a very small fee to jump but this may not always be the case.
Unlike the chaotic, buzzy mainland – Nusa Lembongan is the place to be to get some much needed tranquility and chill-time. There’s plenty to do and plenty to see but if your main goal is to switch off and get away from it all, this is the hot spot. Kick back with a tasty cocktail on one of the golden beaches and watch the sunset behind the twinkling ocean – bliss. If you fancy taking your ode to relaxation a little further, there are numerous Yoga retreats dotted around the island.
There’s accommodation to suit every budget on the island. If you lean towards the higher-end of the scale, you can plush villas with infinity pools. If, like me you’re on a fairly tight budget – you can blag a double rooms for as little as £10 per room. We stayed at a small family run place called Bunda 7 for £12 per night – a large well-kept double room, four poster bed, including an outdoor swimming pool and breakfast. Crazy cheap and excellent value.
If the idea of riding a moped is slightly daunting but you’re keen to try, this island is truly the ideal training ground. The roads are quiet and clear and hiring a moped for the day will only set you back around 50-60,000 IDR. The island is very small and it’s perfectly doable to ride across to the neighbour island, Nusa Cenigam by the yellow bridge.
Being a tiny little island doesn’t stop Nusa Lembongan from producing some seriously tasty places to eat. You can most certainly eat well on a small budget but if fine dining and fancy food is more your thing, there a number of fantastic options. From traditional Indonesian restaurants, to Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Spanish – your taste buds will not be disappointed.
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