There are so many epic things to do on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan! I’ll be telling you about all my favourites. We spent just two nights here but it was actually a perfect amount of time. However, if you have more time then stay longer, as there are some lovely beaches and ones that aren’t as hard to get to as the beaches on Nusa Penida. If you’ve been down to Kelingking beach then you know what I mean!! Nusa Lembongan is Nusa Penida’s little sister, just close by. It is actually very different, felt more developed but the beaches were just as lovely and more places to eat! I’ll be telling you how to get to Nusa Lembongan, where to eat on Nusa Lembongan and the best bamboo bungalow to stay in!
You can do a day trip to Nusa Lembongan from Bali but I would suggest 2 nights, and 2 nights on Nusa Penida if you can!
Nusa Ceningan is just over a small bridge from Nusa Lembongan so at the end of this post I’ll throw in the best things to do there too!
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6 EPIC Things to do on Nusa Lembongan
1. Pop over to Dream Beach
Dream beach is one of the best beaches on Nusa Lembongan! It has lovely white sand there are also some lovely places to stay near here. Dream Beach Huts is popular as it’s right by the beach and also has a pool. However, I’ll be telling you later on where I chose to stay instead! There is also a cute swing at the top of this beach which was a popular photo spot. It’s not the best beach for sunset, as the cliff on one side covers the sun and also creates a shadow on the entire beach. Top tip is chill here during the day and then head to one of the sunset spots I mention below.
2. Head to the pool at Sandy Bay Beach Club
We got here just before sunset and it was lovely! Head here for a drink or a bite to eat, and use their pool overlooking the sea. I’d recommend a poke bowl here or for breakfast they had a lot of options! In the evening, there are plenty of options to choose from.
3. Watch the waves at Devil’s Tears
Unfortunately when we got here, there were no waves! However, when the waves are as usual (it is always wavy around here) then you’ll see a great wave as they crash against the rocks and spray everyone around! It was also nice around sunset time.
4. Take a boat trip through the Mangrove Forest
We didn’t actually go for a boat trip as we didn’t have enough time, or energy, it was so hot on this day! However, you can take either a boat or kayak and paddle yourself through the mangroves! It is a bit better once you enter the mangroves as it is more shaded. There are tours you can do that last from 15 minutes up to an hour. Once you park your scooter, just wander through and have a look and someone will come up to you pretty soon to offer you a tour!
5. Go snorkelling with manta ray!
If you don’t have the rime to head to Nusa Penida, no need to worry! You can do a boat trip from Nusa Lembongan to manta bay where hopefully you will see manta ray! We have been twice and no luck but the day we left Nusa Lembongan someone saw loads on their boat trip to manta bay!
6. Watch the sunset at Ohana’s beach club
This beach is just down the road, along the beach from where we stayed, you can walk here! This beach club was my favourite here, as all the loungers face the sea! There is also a small pool and some big fancy day beds a bit further back from the beach too. I loved the umbrellas here and the vibe. The music was super chill and we spent a few hours easily here! The food also looks great, we didn’t get to try a pizza but the smoothie bowl I had for lunch was nice. They also have lovely fresh coconuts. A Corona was 85k and a smoothie bowl 75k. Definitely go for a bintang! You can also stay here which would be fab!
If you’re not staying at Ohana’s:
200k minimum spend to use the sun beds
500k minimum spend to use the day beds
How to get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali?
By boat! It takes around 20 minutes to get from Bali to Nusa Lembongan. We went with Scoot tours, as they also organise drop off and pick up to your hotel. It costs extra for pick up from Canggu and Uluwatu but is free to Sanur and places nearby to the port. The port is right in Sanur and takes around 1.5 hours from Uluwatu or 1hr to Canggu depending on traffic. We got the 11:45 boat and the transfer came at 9:30 to pick us up. You can look on 12Go.Asia for the cheapest option. This is the website we used to get to Nusa Penida. Prices depend on which company you choose!
Remember to wear something short, as you will be wading through water to get on to the boat at both ends. The water may go up past your knees. Of course this also means wear some shoes that are easy to take on and off.
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Where to stay on Nusa Lembongan?
These newly renovated Bucketlist bungalows are the perfect option for Nusa Lembongan. It was just a few minutes drive from the port where you get dropped off. The bungalows all have A/C and a great outdoor bathroom. It is entirely made from bamboo which was great. Also they have a water dispenser, so you can fill up your reusable bottle and save the planet! Wes who owns the bungalows is great, and organised scooter hire for us as well as giving us lots of tips on where to eat and what to do!
Where to eat on Nusa Lembongan?
Ginger and Jamu
This was our favourite place to eat on Nusa Lembongan! Breakfast, lunch and dinner the food is all good! I had scrambled eggs on toast and Boyan had the pancakes and it was the perfect breakfast. I would also recommend the burritos and the huge nachos plate. All very tasty and you can sit on sun loungers on the beach while enjoying your food. Ginger and Jamu is also a great sunset spot.
This is a super cute hotel with big bungalows. There is a small pool in the middle that separates the bungalows from the Tigerlillys restaurant. I had one of the best smoothie bowls I’ve ver had here! The banana pancakes were also good! Then the most refreshing drink was the mint and lime water.
Ohana’s Beach Club
This is slightly more expensive but worth it for the vibe. It is such a nice place to relax and at sunset they have a fire pit and great music. I would recommend the pizzas here! They also have accommodation. Check prices here!
How to get around Nusa Lembongan?
The best way to get around Nusa Lembongan is by scooter! However, if you can’t ride a scooter then don’t worry! From Bucketlist bungalows you can walk to loads of places to eat. Then there are small safari trucks that pick you up from the port to take you to your hotel. Even some restaurants do a free pick up so check before you head over!
If you have extra time, make sure you head to Nusa Ceningan too!
Nusa Ceningan is so close you have to head here while you’re on Nusa Lembongan!
Top things to do on Nusa Ceningan
Drive over the yellow bridge!
To get to Nusa Ceningan, just drive over the famous yellow bridge that connects these two small islands. I think it only took us 20 minutes to get from one side of Nusa Lembongan to the blue lagoon on Nusa Ceningan. The water around the yellow bridge is super blue!
Visit the Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan
The BLUEST water I’ve seen! Honestly it’s amazing. There’s nothing else to do here apart from take a pic but it’s so worth seeing. Just park the scooter on the road nearby and walk right in here.
Go for a swim at Secret Beach
We loved this beach!! You have to walk through a hotel with a great pool to get down here. You are almost meant to buy a drink or pay but I think we got away with it! It doesn’t say it’s a private beach and we sat in the sea the whole time! It was just a very clean beach and had some fun waves. It is quite rocky by the shore but we still enjoyed it!
Chill at the Le Pirate Beach club
We came here for lunch and it was so so nice! I would also recommend staying here as the little huts looked really nice. There is a small pool with a bar and lots of deck chairs. The menu was great, something for everyone. I had Sate Ayam – a traditional Indonesian dish. It’s just chicken skewers with satay sauce and rice but they did it so well!
Where to stay on Nusa Ceningan?
Le Pirate Beach Club
Super cute huts right by the sea! Also great food and a small pool.
Why not also take a boat over to Nusa Penida?
Nusa Penida is the last but not least of the three Nusa Islands! It is a lot bigger and lots of incredible things to explore. You have to head to Kelingking beach, Diamond Beach and Crystal Bay for sure!
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I hope you enjoyed this post on the 6 EPIC things to do on Nusa Lembongan! Grab yourself a scooter, stay in a beautiful bamboo bungalow and head to the many beaches! Remember Ginger and Jamu, if you don’t eat anywhere else then this is the place! For a beach chill day go for Ohana’s. And if you have some more time then definitely pop over the yellow bridge to Nusa Ceningan!
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