One day in 2009, I had a meeting with one British fellow. We talked over a cup of delicious coffee at Bali Deli in Seminyak. I was a freelance property agent back then, and this guy wanted me to sell his piece of land located in Nusa Lembongan.
That’s the first time the island caught my attention. I mean I knew it’s there. Part of Nusa Penida. But I had never put any effort to know more about the island, or made myself to go there despite it’s only 25 minutes by boat from Sanur. However, when an island become the sole focus of your conversation with a stranger, you got to start to put some interest to it. I learned about the beauty of the island; about its seaweed farms, beautiful breaks and the richness, full of life and colors, of its sea.
Fast forward to 2015, Bedforest’s RnD team decided to create an individual page about places. We call it Neighbourhoods, and guess what, one of them is Nusa Lembongan, and this post is all about that place.
Nusa Lembongan-Ceningan Yellow Bridge
FYI, Nusa Ceningan is the name of tiny island just next to Lembongan, a sister island you may call it, connected just by a narrow suspension bridge recognizable by its yellow color. This is probably the most famous place for group selfie in the area, so make sure you have your selfie stick and GoPro at the ready when passing the bridge.
Once you arrive at Lembongan, the grandiosity is just impossible to be missed. I’m talking about the beauty of Jungut Batu Beach, with all those ships coming and going, while at the distance, Mount Agung, the holiest mountain in Hindu Bali cosmology stood silent shrouded in clouds.
Mount Agung (3,031 m ) seen from Jungut Batu Beach
You have two options while you’re here. Get your lazy mode on: doing nothing, just lie down, sit back and chillax or directly check your itinerary about what Lembongan has to offer.
Lembongan and Ceningan are famous for their surfing and diving spots. So, both activities should be high in your priority.
If diving is your thing maybe you can contact these guys at IndoDivers. They’re certified PADI instructors with tons of experience guiding divers around Lembongan and Ceningan.
Nusa Lembongan mangrove
Other thing to enjoy is of course the atmosphere of the island itself. It’s really laid back. You can just walk around Jungut Batu beach, capturing the daily live of locals who mostly work as seaweed farmers, snapping some pictures of the sailing boats and do “pilgrimage” to local temples.
Pura Dalem Nusa Lembongan
If you want to rest from your walking session, go to one of many of the beachfront restaurants on the south side. They have bars that you can visit before continuing, or you can just call it a day and get ready for your early evening drink 🙂
You can up the ante by getting to Ceningan on foot. However, if you know your limits, rent a bike instead for an epic GoPro journey.
Bring enough cash. No ATM machine in Ceningan and maybe only a handful in Lembongan (cmiiw in the comment). Stay only at place that offer safety deposit box for you to stash your cash.
The atmosphere leans toward romantic journey. So go there with your boyfriend/girlfriend instead of a group of friends.
Touring the mangrove forest and the seaweeds farm are a must-do. Check with your hotel or the host where you stay for the best time and price.
Nusa Lembongan map