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Nusa Lembongan

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Nusa Lembongan is a small island off the southeast coast of the main island of Bali and is approximately 8 square kilometres in size.



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 spot to enjoy that perfect Bali Holiday. Main activities include surfing, diving and snorkeling. Some tourists may find the island a little slow after the pace of southern Bali.

The water is some of the clearest you can find and aqua blue in color; good for diving and snorkeling with abundant marine life and live coral. Surfing is crowded but nice waves. White sand beaches. Learn about the seaweed farming industry on the island.

There are two main beach areas which have traditionally attracted visitors. Jungut Batu in the north is the bigger of the two with a myriad of hotels, restaurants and cheap eateries and traditionally used to attract the backpackers, families and surfers. Now with the development of the higher Bukit area the latter is fast becoming the main attraction and provides some of the best accommodation on the island. The views from the Bukit are second to none on Nusa Lembongan and probably Bali. Sunsets are best viewed along the beachfront.

Mushroom Bay to the south-west of Jungut Batu is a quaint, attractive and sheltered bay. It is a nice spot after 3pm when the day trippers have gone home and it has a great white sandy beach along with some cozy little restaurants that line the beach. Further south the lesser known beaches either side of the Devil's Tear outcrop are increasingly drawing more visitors [2].

Get in

The only realistic way (although you can charter a helicopter) to reach Nusa Lembongan from Bali is by boat. There are several options according to budget and speed. Most of the scheduled services leave from Sanur Beach at the end of Jalan Hangtuah and involve getting your feet wet. The exact departure and arrival point on this beach depends on the tide. Other services run from Benoa Harbour and there is apparently a local public boat service to and from Padang Bai in East Bali but details of this are hard to find.

From Sanur Beach:

  • Scoot Fast Boat
    , [3] Tel: +61 361 285522. Leaves from Sanur beach. Scoot operates fast boats which take you to either Mushroom Bay or Jungut Batu for US$45.00 return (Adults). Hotel vehicle transfers are included. The tickets can be bought from the Scoot office next to Dunkin' Donuts in Jalan Hangtuah, Sanur opposite the Sanur Paradise Plaza Beach Hotel, or on the beach near the departure point. It takes 30-40 minutes from Sanur. Leaving Sanur 9.30am, 1.30pm & 4pm. Leaving Nusa Lembongan 8.30am, 11.30am & 3pm.
  • The Tanis Lembongan Express Tel: +61 361 7432344. [4], [5]. Speedboat service to and from Mushroom Bay taking 25-35 minutes from Sanur Beach near Grand Bali Beach Hotel. Return fare USD 45.00/person and one way USD 27.00/person including hotel pick up. Scheduled departure from Sanur beach at 12.00 and 16.30 and departure back to Sanur from from Mushroom Bay on Lembongan at 10.30 and 15.00. Also offers surf safaris and day cruises. Special charters can be arranged.
  • Perama,[6] 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 Hangtuah. Daily Perama buses depart from here to Ubud, Kuta, the airport, Padangbai (for Lombok) and now also Amed.
  • Public boats, depart daily from Sanur beach public boat at 08.00am in front of Ananda Hotel ornear the Grand Inna Bali Beach Hotel. They can be a bit sketchy at times and are usually very crowded. No same day return facility. The ride across is approximately 90 minutes. The current fare is RP 115.000 per person including hotel pick up (Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Seminyak) and one way boat transfers. Tel: +62 0361 7432344 (24 hours)

From Benoa Harbour:

  • BlueWater Express [7] In May 2009 BlueWater Express launched a new high speed service from Bali International Marina at Benoa Harbour direct to Nusa Lembongan. This service continues on to the Gili islands in Lombok, allowing visitors to island hop all the way from Bali to Lombok. Hotel transfers in Bali are included in the fare. The boats are high-powered, large capacity speed boats which cover the distance in less than 30 minutes in normal sea conditions. Departure time is 10.00am from Bali to Lembongan, 11.00am from Lembongan to Gili, 13.30 from Gili to Lembongan, then 15.30 from Lembongan to Bali. More services will be added as the route gains popularity. Tel +62 81338419911 or email [email protected]
  • Island Explorer Cruises, Tel: +62 361728088 [8], [9]. Transfer only or day cruise include 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.
  • Bounty Cruises [10] has a high speed catamaran service for USD 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 path links nearly all the guest houses and hotels. Most trips will take you less than two hours. The south-western area of the island has some spectacular coast paths which provide easy walking. Bicycles can be rented at many places and the mainly flat roads are quite well surfaced. Motorbikes are also available but may be unnecessary given the short distances involved - the island is only 4 km end to end. You can cross on foot or by bike to the small neighbouring island of Nusa Ceningan via a scenic suspension bridge.

Visitors have commented in the past that a good accurate map of Nusa Lembongan is hard to find. In July 2009 a new free map was made available. Details of how to obtain a complimentary copy are in a blog post here [11] or from the map owner here[12].


  • Walk the suspension bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
  • Sunset Beach is a beautiful beach with white sand and crashing waves.
  • Dream Beach on the south coast is a wonderful hidden white sand beach.
  • 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.
  • Underground House at Lembongan village
  • Mangrove forest in a dugout canoe
  • 'Sensational Sunsets' at Jungut Batu Beach.
  • Puncak Sari temple is the biggest on the island. Nice views of Bali.
  • Hire a scooter (no license needed) and explore the island. Visit the mangroves, cross the suspension bridge to Nusa Ceningan (shades of Indiana Jones), Mushroom Bay, Dream Beach, Devil's Tear and many more.


  • Beachcombing
  • 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 local Jukung boat with bamboo outriggers.
  • World Diving [14]. 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 [15]. The island's first full PADI dive school, located at in Jungutbatu.
  • Bali Diving Academy Lembongan, [16].The Padi 5 Star Dive Resort(36404) is located on Jungut Batu Beach within the grounds of Bungalo No7.[17]Just come in for a chat.
  • Big Fish Diving [18] 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!
  • Lulur Spa at Batu Karang Resort is Nusa Lembongan's first complete spa with rooms for facials, massages, pedicure, manicure and hair treatments. Local products are used as well as some imported from Australia. Each room is set with ambient music and air-conditioned. Changing rooms with clean treated hot water and a relaxation room are provided. Please contact +6236624880 and ask for Lulur Spa for more information.
  • Alam Nusa Spa offers Balinese Massage at Mushroom Nay clos to the Bali Hai beach club. Many kinds of treatment are available. Please contact mobile: 081338377482, 081337912008 or contact {mailto: [email protected]} for advance reservation.


  • ''Mainski's Sunset Coast Eating House'' ,
    Right on Jungut Batu (SUNSET)Beach. Tel:0361 9237 322 or 0812 361 9493, : Situated right on Jungut Batu(Sunset Coast). High Quality local & international menu. Australian owned & operated.
  • Warung Sunset at Sunset Beach. A local beach side restaurant with very nice views. Serving beers, cocktails, mocktails and local foods including grilled jacket fish. Warung Sunset is open for breakfast, lunch and special BBQ on the beach and can also help with free transport (motor bike/pick up and drop, car/must be more than 5 person). The owner is Mr. Criss [email protected] or +628123621633.

  • 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, reasonably-priced meals!
  • The Tanis Sunset Dinner Cruise on a traditional outrigger, contact : 0361 7432344. A different way to explore Mushroom Bay at night. A set menu dinner which includes snack and cocktail on board, complimentary a glass of Bali wine during dinner and hotel transfers.
  • Coconuts Beach Resort Indonesian and western food, reasonable prices, great view, friendly service


  • 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 espresso machine and the staff have been trained to make coffees properly
  • Mainski's Drinkery, [19]" Jungut Batu Beach (in front of Shipwrecks surf break), +62361 9237 322, mobile Bruce (Wayan)on 0812 361 9493, Brian +628155 828 9123. The new poolside bar shows music DVDs on the giant screen every night and serves ice cold beers, local & international wines, a range of exotic cocktails. Sample our range of Arak cocktails made only with pure double distilled commercially produced Arak. Happy Hours 5 - 7. Free shots every hour from 8pm. Games area (pool table & table tennis). Wi-Fi internet hot-spot. Australian owned and operated.
  • Coconuts Beach Resort ocean front bar, cocktails, fresh juices, cold beer. Don't miss happy hour.
  • Cafe Bali, Mushroom Bay. A great place to have a beer and watch the clear sea and stunning view back to Bali. This is also one of the better restaurants on the island.
  • 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.



  • Mainski Lembongan Resort[20] [21]. At Jungut Batu Beach in front of Shipwrecks surf break. Tel: +62361 9237 322 or Bruce (Wayan)on +62812 361 9493 or Brian on +628155 828 9123. BUDGET ROOMS AVAILABLE FROM US$22- PER NIGHT. swimming pool right on the Beach, sun lounges, ice cold beers, local & international menu. Games area (pool table & table tennis) Wi-Fi internet available. Australian owned and operated.
  • Nanuk's Bungalow, [22] Tel: +62 82897006977, Tel from abroad: +62 8123621633. Local bungalows between Playgrounds surf break and Mushroom Bay. These bungalows are two storey wooden houses built in an artistic Balinese style. Facilities: swimming pool with pool towel, bar & restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner), double/twin rooms, bathrooms are attached to each hut, towel in the room, shampoo, bath foam, mosquito net, ceiling fan, balcony, laundry on request, massage, motor nike rental and a car. Nanuk's Bungalows have romantic garden views. The rate $ USD 35 - 40 / Rp. 350.000 - Rp. 400.000 per night including breakfast, government tax and service.
  • Bungalo No7, [23][24] has clean fan-cooled rooms (70,000 - 150,000) around a lovely garden right on the beach.
  • Lembongan Beach Retreat Bungalows, [25] [26]" Tel:0878 6131 3468. Six renovated bungalow rooms - some with stunning bathrooms. Situated on the Jungut Batu 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 & peaceful retreat but only a few meters 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's Bungalows and Restaurant. Tel: 0812 360 0867, from abroad: +62 812 360 0867. Email: [27]. 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 linen and towels. Their restaurant is recommended; good burgers, daily specials, big cheap pancakes, American breakfast, etc. The most expensive item on the menu is Rp 25,000. Rp 85,000 Rupiah per day.
  • Secret Garden Bungalows, +62 81353136861 (), [1]. 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 & snorkeling. Located behind Baruna & Scooby Doo, beside the 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[28]. 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 the 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 in the new garden complex. It is a purpose built dive pool and is available to all the guests at Pondok Baruna.


  • The Tanis Villas, Mushroom Bay, +62 361 7432344,[29], [30]. Villa facilities : open air shower, mosquito net, air conditioned and fan cooled, towels, refrigerator, massage room, table tennis, TV room with international channels, internet access, BBQ dinner on the beach, 24 hour free doctor consulting service. Overlooks Mushroom Bay. Internet rates: one bedroom villa with fan USD 45.00, one bedroom villa with AC USD 55.00, two bedroom villa USD 90.00 and The Tanis Suite USD 65.00. Rates include: daily breakfast, tax and service charge. Only 10 meters from the white sand beach of Mushroom Bay.
  • Dream Beach Huts right on the beach front of Dream Beach (south coast) with ocean views, spectacular sunsets and crashing waves. Tel +62 81 338 737344 [31], [32]. Facilities: lounge chairs on the beach, laundry service, pool table, motorbike rental, cafe, bar and restaurant, mini library, mosquito nets, towels in the room, open air private bathrooms, fan-cooled, balconies, king size beds, Balinese massage and extra pillows.
  • Mainski Lembongan Resort
    [33] [34]. On Jungut Batu Beach in front of Shipwrecks surf break. Tel: +62361 9237 322 or Bruce (Wayan)on +62812 361 9493 or Brian on +628155 828 9123. DELUXE FAN & DELUXE AIR-CON ROOMS plus LUXURY SUITES. Newly renovated & upgraded resort featuring: swimming pool on the Beach, poolside sun lounges, bar & restaurant with local & international menu. Games area (pool table & table tennis) Wi-Fi internet available. Recently share/double prices per room/per night: Deluxe Fan USD28, Deluxe air-con USD 34, Luxury Suites USD$74 including breakfast and tax. Australian owned and operated.
  • Coconuts Beach Resort, +62 361728088 [35] [36]. A well-established traditional ocean front resort with air-con or fan-cooled villas, en-suite bathrooms, hot water, 2 pools, restaurant, bar, internet, Indovision . All villas have spectacular views of surf breaks and Mount Agung on Bali. From US$36 per person/night inc breakfast.
  • Lumbung Bali Huts, +62.81337536464. Lcoated between Nusa Lembongan Resort and Waka Nusa, on the Mushroom Bay beach-front. Room price USD $60 including breakfast, snorkeling (for stays of more than 3 night) and kayak activities.
  • Ware Ware Surf Bungalow. +62.361.8070181 [37]. 9 standard rooms and 1 family room. Fan-cooled, new and clean with panoramic views. Nicely furnished with wooden antique beds with mosquito net. Overlooking Sanghiang Bay with its clear sapphire-blue waters.
  • Playgrounds, +62 3662 4524, [38], [39] has clean double rooms with air-conditioned rooms at RP 450.000 per night and fan-cooled at RP 400.000). Family rooms are offered at RP 500,000 and villas for AUD 200-250 per night. Nice views over the bay.
  • Shipwrecks Beach Villa at Jungut Batu (+62) 81 338 032 900, [40], [41] is a fabulous timber villa just in from Shipwrecks surfbreak, with three bedrooms and impressive living/dining/AV area overlooking a large private garden. All bedrooms feature both air-conditioning and ceiling fans and the attached private garden bathrooms have hot water. AV Room is equipped with satellite TV/DVD facilities, board games, books etc. Breakfast is included and rooms are serviced daily. The villa can be rented as a whole or just a room.


  • Batu Karang Lembongan Resort and Day Spa, [42] +6236624880, [43]. A 5 star boutique resort with complete facilities including restaurant, bar, day spa, 25 metre lap pool, 9 x 9 metre swim up pool bar, 9 x 9 metre infinity edge pool, steam room, gymnasium, day lounge, wedding pavilion, conference facility and probably some of the best views on the island. Situated away from the more noisy and crowded Mushroom Bay. All rooms have air-conditioning, internet, safety box, 220 thread cotton sheets, king size double beds, mini bars and turn down service. The outdoor bathrooms and toilets have spectacular views over the surf breaks and across to Mt Agung in Bali. Has its own water and sewage treatment plants so the water you use is clean and your carbon footprint is minimized. Rooms from USD 232 per night inclusive of all government tax and service charges and American breakfast.
  • Villa Atas Nusa Lembongan , [44] [45] A fully self-contained single villa which has on the upper level: 2 king bedrooms (or 1 king size and 2 singles) 2 bathrooms and an open living area. Sleeps 4 plus day-bed in the lounge. On the ground level: a fully self contained air-conditioned king bedroom. Overlooks all three main surfbreaks: Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks. The ground level 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 system and CD player on both levels.


International phone operators: 101. International Direct Dialing prefix: 001, 007, or 008.

Directory inquiries

  • 108 from a landline or 0361-108 from a mobile phone.

Get out


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