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Nusa Lembongan is an island off the southeast coast of the main island of Bali.

Understand

Fast becoming one of Bali's most popular attractions this island paradise is a world away from the pollution, hassles and hectic pace of Bali. There are no hawkers, no traffic, magnificent scenery and is the perfect place to put your feet up and relax. Popular with families weary of travel warnings this island is a safe little spot to enjoy that perfect Bali Holiday. Main activities include surfing, diving and snorkeling. Some tourists may find the island a little too slow after the pace of Bali.

The water is some of the clearest you can find and aqua blue in colour; good for diving and snorkeling. Surfing is crowded but nice waves. Nice coral sand beach. Learn about the cosmetic seaweed farming industry.

There are two main beaches. Jungutbatu (Sunset Coast) in the north is the bigger of the two with a myriad of hotels, one resort with beachfront pool, restaurants and cheap eateries, and traditionally used to attract the backpackers, families and surfers. Now with the development of the Bukit this area is fast becoming the main attraction and provides some of the best accomodation on the island. The views from the accomodation on the Bukit are second to none on Nusa Lembongan and probably Bali but the sunsets are best viewed along the beachfront.

Mushroom Bay to the Southwest of Jungutbatu was traditionally the main tourist area however in recent years has become a little overrun by the day tripping business. It is still a very nice spot after 3pm when the day trippers have gone home and it has a great white sandy beach along with some cosy little restuarants that line the beach.

Get in

From the Kuta area: Take a taxi to the Sanur beach in Jalan Hangtuah. Just near the Grand Bali Beach Hotel.

  • Public boats, depart daily from Sanur beach public wharf (near the Grand Inna Bali Beach Hotel). They can be a bit sketchy at times and usually very crowded. No same day return. IDR 70,000 one-way. The ride across is approximately 90 minutes. The sea can be rough.
  • Perama,[1] a local transfers-only operator for the budget traveler, without same day return, IDR 100,000 one way, and has a network of connecting bus-links from around Bali. Boat departures daily at 10.30am. The ride across is approximately 90 minutes. The office of Perama Sanur can be found at friendly Warung Pojok in Jalan Hang Tua. Daily Perama buses depart from here to Ubud, Kuta, the airport, Padangbai (for Lombok) and now also Amed.
  • The Tanis Lembongan Express, +62 361 7432344, mobile:+62 081338737344, Fax: +62 361 240070, [2], [3]. A faster journey to Mushroom Bay of Lembongan Island crossing the Badung strait by speed boat. It takes 25-35 minutes from Sanur Beach near Grand Bali Beach hotel, return transfer USD 39.00/person and One way USD 27.00/person include: Hotel pick you up and return transfers speed boat. The boat schedule departure Sanur beach near grand Bali Beach at 09.00, 2.30 and 16.00, Departure Lembongan Island at 08.30, 13.00 and 15.30. Enter the heaven of Paradise at Lembongan Island, the complete experience of exploring Bali. Services are fishing trips, transfer only, surfing safari trip and day cruise include:lunch, return hotels transfers and activities.Special charters min 2 person and max 18 persons can be arranged.
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, [4] Tel +61 361 285522 Local 0361 285522.Leaves from Sanur beach. It operates fast comfortable boats which take you to either Mushroom Bay or Jungutbatu for US$39.00 return(Adults). The tickets can be bought from the Scoot offices next to Dunkin' Donuts, by the Paradise Beach Hotel, or on the beach near the departure point. Hotel pick up cis available. It takes 30-40 minutes and is probably the most modern scheduled passenger ferry on the route. Leaving sanur 9.30am, 1.30pm & 4pm. leaving Lembongan 8.30am, 11.30am & 3pm.


  • Island Explorer Cruises, +62 361728088 (email: sales@bali-activities.com), [5]. Transfer only or day cruise incl lunch & activities, super fast boats or leisurely sailing yacht to island. Departs Benoa at 9am yacht or 10.30AM fast boat. Does pick up from hotels.


Other ferry options

  • Bounty Cruises Catamaran has a high speed ferry available for $35 one-way.

If you have limited time a good option is to take a one day cruise: on a twin-hull boat under sail you'll reach the island within 1.5 hours (drinks and snacks are available on board). On the island you can take part in a mangrove forest trip, snorkeling, banana boat ride, glass bottom boat ride, sea-kayaking. A lunch and swimming-pool are also available. The approximate price is $60 USD.

Get around

This is a nice place to walk. A rocky coastal paths links nearly all the guest houses and hotels. Most trips will take you less than two hours. Bicycles can be rented at most places, and the mainly flat roads are quite well surfaced. Motorbikes are also available but may be unnecessary given the short distances involved. You can cross to the small island of Ceningan via a scenic suspension bridge.

See

  • Walk the suspension bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
  • Dream Beach on the south coast is a wonderful hidden beach with a great bar / cafe
  • Visit the Lembongan Village seaweed farms; the view across the estuary is spectacular.
  • Snorkel at Crystal Bay, as the coral is a a must-see and largely untouched.
  • Have a drink or dinner at the lovely Sunset Villas and Cafe, and watch the spectacular sunset above the crashing waves.
  • Underground House at Lembongan village
  • Mangrove forest in a dugout canoe
  • 'Sensational Sunsets' along Jungut batu (SUNSET) Beach. Have a Happy Hour icy cold beer or cocktail at Mainski Lembongan Resort. Right in front of shipwrecks surf break.
  • Puncak Sari temple the biggest one in the island of Lembongan in the hill to explore nice view main land of Bali
  • Hire a scooter (No licence needed) and explore the island. Visit the Mangroves, Cross the Yellow Suspension Bridge to Ceningan Island (Shades of Indiana Jones), Mushroom beach, Dream beach, Devil's tear and many more

Do

  • World Diving [6]. The island's first full PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, located at Pondok Baruna guesthouse in Jungutbatu. All courses are offered from Discover Scuba Diver through to Assistant Instructor. This is the only dive school in Lembongan with a purpose built training pool.
  • Bali Lembongan Scuba [7]. The island's first full PADI dive school, located at in Jungutbatu.
  • Bali Diving Academy Lembongan, [8]. Also situated on-site at Bungalo No7.
  • Beachcombing
  • Surfing [9]
  • Snorkeling
  • Tour the "Underground House".
  • Rent a bike or scooter and cruise around the small island.
  • Hiking
  • Take a tour through the mangroves in a sampan-style boat.
  • Big Fish Diving [10] Big Fish on Jungutbatu Beach offers daily diving, PADI courses and Manta / Mola specials. Professional, knowledgeable, fun - take a look at our website for more details today!
  • Sunset Beach - the sunsets are fantastic from Mainski Lembongan resort. sit by the pool or in the bar an enjoy an icy cold beer or one of their fabulous cocktails. Don't forget your camera

Body Treatments

  • Lulur Spa found at Batu Karang Lembongan Resort and Day Spa. It is Nusa Lembongans first complete Spa with rooms for Facials, Massages, Pedicare, Manicure and Hair treatments . Products are imported from Australia 'Waterlilly' and 'Biokos' from Indonesia. Each room is set with ambient music is air conditioned, Lulur Spa has spectacular changing rooms all with clean treated hot water and a relaxation room is provided to ensure all guest receive maximum benefit from their visit. Please contact +6236624880 and ask for Lulur Spa for more information.
  • Alam Nusa Spa offer you Balinese Massage on the mushroom bay nearby Bali Hai cruise beach club island of Lembongan also many kinds of treatments are available. Please contact mobile: 081338377482, 081337912008 or contact {mailto: iwayank@yahoo.co.id} for advance reservation.

Eats

  • Muntigs Bar and Restuarant at Batu Karang Lembongan Resort this provides both western and indonesian foods. Fully complete with imported meats and wine list, fantastic views and great ambience at night. Has private bale decks for those romantic occassions.


  • ''Mainski Lembongan Resort - Johny Tarzan's Eating House'' ,
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    Right on Jungut Batu (SUNSET)Beach. Tel:0361 9237 322 or 0812 361 9493, :http://www.mainski-lembongan-resort.com Johny Tarzan's eatery & poolside bar/games area is situated right on Jungut Batu the Sunset Beach for those fabulous Lembongan sunsets. Western standard kitchen. High Quality local & international menu. Try our home made local fries, Bruschetta, Lumpia, Nasi Goreng deluxe, Beef Rendang, Tandoori chicken, Thai green chicken curry, Fish & chips, Seafood rissoto, Black pepper chicken, etc. BBQ every night for local & Australian steaks, sensational ribs, New Zealand lamb chops, sausages, chicken & fish. Or grab a Steakburger, Hamburger, Tandoori chicken Burger, Aussie style meat pie, or Jumbo hot dog, etc. Ice cold beers, local & imported wines & a great cocktail list. Try "Sex on the beach". Big variety of music DVDs on the big screen every night - Lembongan's only nightly entertainment. Pool table & table tennis for those that like a bit of sport. '''Mainski is the place to be!


  • Ketut Warung is probably one of the best local warungs on the island, great atmosphere, huge plates, really good indonesian and thai food at really cheap prices. The owners, the Ketut Malom family, are really friendly and fantastic hosts so it's also a good way to discover the real Nusa Lembongan! Highly recommended.
  • Pondok Baruna serves great, payable meals!
  • The Tanis Sunset Dinner Cruise Different way to exploring Mushroom Bay at the romantic night in the island get the special set menu dinner include: Snack and cocktail on board, complimentary a glass of Bali wine during dinner and Hotels transfers.
  • Coconuts Beach Resort Indo and western food, reasonable prices, great view, friendly service

Drink

  • Muntigs Bar and Restuarant at Batu Karang Lembongan Resort and Day Spa great for a cocktail, imported beers and wines,has a proper fresh juicing machine, has a proper expresso machine and the staff have been trained to make coffees properly, probably one of the best best coffees you will get in Bali.
  • ''''Mainski Lembongan Resort - Johny Tarzan's Drinkery'''',
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    (mailto:sales@mainski-lembongan-resort.com)" Jungut Batu Beach (In Front of Shipwrecks surf break), ☎ +62361 9237 322, mobile Bruce (Wayan)on 0812 361 9493, Brian +628155 828 9123. See http://www.mainski-lembongan-resort.com [15]. Mainski is a newly renovated & upgraded resort & features the only infinity edge swimming pool right on Jungut Batu (Sunset)Beach. The new poolside bar shows music DVDs on the giant screen every night and serves Ice cold beers, local & intenational wines, a range of exotic cocktails; Try a 'Strawberry Daquiri', 'Sex on the Beach' or our very own 'Mainski Colada'. Made with fresh pineapple and coconut milk. Sample our range of Arak cocktails made only with pure double distilled commercially produced Arak. "Arak Lagoon", "Arak Bali", "Arak Bull", etc . Happy Hours 5 - 7. Games area complete with pool table & table tennis. Wi-Fi internet hot-spot. Australian owned and operated, Mainski is the place to be along the beach and a great spot to enjoy those sensational sunsets.
  • Cafe Bali at Mushroom Bay is fantastic place to have a beer and watch the clear sea and stunning view back to the mainland.
  • Coconuts Beach Resort ocean front bar, cocktails, fresh juices, cold beer. Don't miss happy hour.
  • Bar and Cafe Bali, Mushroom Bay. Fantastic food, great location and excellent host.
  • Scooby Doo Bar & Restaurant, JungutBatu Beach. Sports bar and restaurant overlooking the bay. Enjoy a cool beer while watching the sun go down over Bali.

Sleep

Budget

  • Bungalo No7, [11] has clean fan cooled rooms (70,000 - 150,000) around a lovely garden right on the beach.


  • ''''Mainski Lembongan Resort'''',
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(mailto:sales@mainski-lembongan-resort.com)" Jungut Batu Beach (In Front of Shipwrecks surf break), ☎ +62361 9237 322, mobile Bruce (Wayan)on 0812 361 9493, Brian +628155 828 9123. See http://www.mainski-lembongan-resort.com [15]. checkin: Any time; checkout: 10am. 3 star beachfront resort hotel. Mainski is a newly renovated & upgraded resort & features the only swimming pool right on Jungut Batu (Sunset)Beach, new poolside sun area, bar with Ice cold beers, local & intenational wines, exotic cocktails. try a "Sex on the beach" or our very own "mainski colada" made with fresh pineapple & coconut milk. Games area features pool table & table tennis. Wi-Fi internet hot-spot throughout. All rooms are recently renovated & feature new modern bathrooms with vanity and mirror, Western toilet & shower. Twin share/double prices per room/per night are; Standard rooms US$22-, Deluxe rooms US$28- & Deluxe air-con rooms US$34-, including breakfast and tax: January 7th to February 28th, Stay 2 nights & get the 3rd night FREE - March 1st to June 30th, Stay 3 nights & get the 4th night FREE - November 1st to December 19th, Stay 3 nights & get the 4th night FREE. Australian owned and operated, Mainski is the hotspot along the beach.


  • 'Lembongan Beach retreat bungalows',
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see http://www.lembonganbeachretreat.com (mailto:sales@lembonganbeachretreat.com)" Tel:0878 6131 3468. Six renovated bungalow rooms - some with stunning bathrooms. Lembongan Beach Retreat is situated on the Sunset Beach beachfront in front of "Shipwrecks" surf break. Close to the many waterfront eating houses & nightly entertainment. Clean, freshly painted rooms, new linen, nice bathrooms with vanity and mirror, Western toilets and shower.Lovely gardens with coral edged paths. A quiet & peacefull retreat but only a few metres from the many restaurants, eateries & entertainment along the beachfront. Balinese cooking classes can be arranged & yoga classes are available on request. Special Balinese meals on request. Standard rooms 200.000 Deluxe rooms 300.000 including continental breakfast & tax. Australian owned & operated. Owner: Janis Hayes.


  • Linda Bungalow and Restaurant, Phone: 0812 360 0867 Phone from abroad: +62 812 360 0867 Email: [12]. Australian owned. Rooms are clean with nice views of Shipwrecks surfing break. Nice sandy beach. Rooms have cold saltwater showers, deck chairs and seating, fresh linens and towels. Their restaurant is recommended; good burgers, daily specials, big cheap pancakes, American breakfast, etc. The most expensive item on the menu is 25,000 Rp. 85,000 Rupiahs per day. Owners: Bruce & Wendy Chapman.
  • Secret Garden Bungalows, +62 81353136861 (), [13]. Budget accommodation in a tropical garden, only 50m from the beach. The 9 fan cooled rooms are clean and spacious and have unique semi-outdoor bathrooms. Double/twin rooms Rp80,000 per night and facilities include book exchange and tourist info, outdoor shower for surfers, sofa area for relaxation, diving & snorkelling. Located behind Baruna & Scooby Doos, beside black temple. Halfway between Shipwrecks & Playgrounds surf breaks.
  • Pondok Baruna Guest House and Restaurant, Phone: 0812 390 0686 Phone from abroad: +62 812 390 0686[14]. All rooms are doubles or twins furnished with classic bamboo furniture and traditional Balinese carvings. The bathrooms, however, are en suite, western style. Baruna's restaurant serves a fantastic selection of home cooked traditional Balinese and Javanese dishes, with daily specials dreamed up by our creative resident chef. Staying at Pondok Baruna offers you the best of both worlds, the chance to get the adrenaline pumping with some thrilling scuba diving and the serene island setting in which to chill out and unwind. There is now a swimming pool at Baruna in our new "Garden complex!" It is a purpose built dive pool and is available to all the guests at Baruna.

Mid-range

  • The Tanis Villas, Mushroom Bay, +62 361 7432344,[15], [16]. Gorgeous, very clean, and reasonably priced. They come in various levels of amenities as beautiful swimming pool, Open shower bathroom, mosquito net, Air condition and Fan Villas, towel,refrigerator, Massage room, *24 hours free doctor consult service and Very family friendly too that overlooks Mushroom Bay. This is a very cool place for a very great internet rates : One Bedroom Villas with Fan USD 45.00, One bedroom Villas with AC USD 55.00, Two Bedroom Villas USD 90.00 and The Tanis Suite USD 70.00 Inclusive: daily breakfast, tax and service charge .10 meters from the white sandy beach of Mushroom bay Lembongan Island.*Special offers USD 63.00/person include: Hotel transfers, Fast boat transfers, 1 night in One bedroom Villas AC, Continental breakfast, welcome drink on Arrival, Afternoon tea, additional night USD 27.00/person Inclusive breakfast and 21% Tax and service charge Validity February 1st to April 30th 2009.
  • Dream Beach Huts, south coast of Lembongan Island,+62 81 338 737344" (mailto:sales@dreambeachlembongan.com),http:// www.dreambeachlembongan.com. Facilities: Open air bathrooms, High fan, Balcony, King size bed and Extra pillows with the spectacular beach and ocean views. Huts price: USD 45.00 to USD 85.00/night include: Daily continental breakfast, Pick up and drop Lembongan Bay, Tax and service Charge.
  • ''''Mainski Lembongan Resort''''"
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    (mailto:sales@mainski-lembongan-resort.com), Jungut Batu (SUNSET)Beach (Right in front of Shipwrecks surf break), +62361 9237 322, mobile Bruce (Wayan)on 0812 361 9493, Brian +628155 828 9123. See http://www.mainski-lembongan-resort.com [15]. checkin: Any time; checkout: 10am. 3 star beachfront resort hotel. Mainski is a newly renovated & upgraded resort & features the only swimming pool right on Jungut Batu (Sunset)Beach, new poolside sun area, bar with Ice cold beers, local & intenational wines, exotic cocktails. Games area with pool table & table tennis. Wi-Fi internet hot-spot throughout. All rooms recently renovated & feature new modern bathrooms. Twin share/double prices Per room/per night are; Standard rooms US$22-, Deluxe rooms US$28- & Deluxe air-con rooms US$34-, including breakfast and tax: January 7th to February 28th, Stay 2 nights & get the 3rd night FREE - March 1st to June 30th, Stay 3 nights & get the 4th night FREE - November 1st to December 19th, Stay 3 nights & get the 4th night FREE. Australian owned and operated, Mainski is the place to be along the beach.
  • Coconuts Beach Resort, +62 361728088 email sales@bali-activities.com www.bali-activities.com well established traditional ocean front resort aircon or fan villas, ensuite bathrooms, hot water, 2 pools, restaurant, bar, internet, Indovision. All villas havs spectacular views of surf breaks and Mt Agung. From US$36 per person/night inc breakfast
  • Lumbung Bali Huts, +62.361.8070181 Between PT. Nusa Lembongan Resort and Waka Nusa, front of the beach,and around 12.5 km from Sanur. Room price USD $60 including breakfast, snorkeling (stay more than 3 night) and Kayak activities.
  • Ware Ware Surf Bungalow. +62.361.8070181 Ware-Ware Surf Bungalow has 9 Standard Rooms and 1 family room. Fan cooled, new and clean with panoramic views. Both nicely furnished with wooden antique beds with mosquito net. Overlooking Sanghiang Bay with its clear sapphire-blue waters, The Ware Ware Surf Bungalow offers a panoramic view of eastern Bali and the majestic silhouette of Mount Agung.
  • Playgrounds, +62 3662 4524, info@playgroundslembongan.com, [17] has clean double rooms with aircondition (Rp. 450.000) and fan (Rp. 400.000) , family rooms (Rp. 500.000) and villas ($200 - 250 AUS) . Nice view over the bay and if the weather is clear also at mount batur. The top floor rooms don't have air condition but a nice large balcony with a sofa and the better view. Hotel only serves breakfast, but that is tasty. Pick-up from the ferry boats can be arranged.
  • Shipwrecks Beach Villa , Jungut Batu (+62) 81 338 032 900, Email shipwrecksvilla2@nusalembongan.com.au, [18] is a fabulous timber villa just in from Shipwrecks break, with total three guest rooms and impressive living/dining/AV area overlooking a large private garden. All guestrooms feature both airconditioning and ceiling fans, and the attached private garden bathrooms have hot water. The Master Room has a terrazzo bath too! AV Room is equipped with satellite TV/DVD facilities, board games, books etc. The location is close to the beach, within easy walking distance of a variety of restaurants. Breakfast is included and rooms are serviced daily. The villa can be rented as a whole or just a room.

Splurge

  • Batu Karang Lembongan Resort and Day Spa, info@batukaranglembongan.com +6236624880, [19] 5 Star Boutique Resort, complete with facilities including Restaurant, Bar, Day Spa, 25m 2 lane lap pool, 9m by 9m swim up pool bar, 9m by 9m infinity edge pool, Steam room, Gymnasium, Day Lounge, Wedding pavilion, Conference facility and probably Lembongans best views. Situated on the developing northern side away from the noisy and more crowded Mushroom Bay which gets overrun by day tripers between 9.30am and 3pm everyday. All rooms have aircon, internet, safety box, 220 thread cotton sheets, King size double beds, mini bars turn down service. Even the outdoor bathrooms and toilets have spectacular views over the surf breaks, Badung straight and out to Mt Agung. Has its own water and sewage treatment plants so the water you use is clean and your carbon footprint is minimised. Rooms from USD$232 a night inclusive of all govt tax and service charges and American breakfast.

Villas

  • Atas - Villa Atas Nusa Lembongan , enquiry@nusalembongantravel.com, Email [20] Website [21] Upstairs: Fully self contained, Villa Atas has 2 King bedrooms (or 1 King size and 2 King Singles) 2 bathrooms and Open Living area. Surf Checks are from bed in this top-tiered. Villa Sleeps 4 plus Daybed in lounge. Solar Hot Water - CD player. Downstairs: A Fully self contained Air-conditioned one King Bedroom unit. Here we overlook "playgrounds", "Lacerations" and watch "Shipwrecks" from bed. This Unit features Indoor Outdoor Living at its best with an open Lounge that borders the plunge pool and an Outdoor Dining area that steps down to the garden. Sleeps 2 plus 2 daybeds. Solar hot water and CD player.

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