Nusa Lembongan is one of three islands located off of the southeast coast of Bali. You can easily get to Lembongan by speedboat (30-45 minute boat ride) from Sanur Harbor. We booked round trip speedboat tickets through our guesthouse and paid 350K IDR/ $25 USD per person, which included transport to our guesthouse on Lembongan.
Lembongan is attached to the smallest island, Nusa Ceningan, via the increasingly popular and recently rebuilt yellow bridge that is passable only by foot and motorbikes. The largest of the three islands, Nusa Penida, is a short 20-minute boat ride from Lembongan (100K IDR round trip/$7 USD). Most importantly, it’s very easy to get around Lebongan and Ceningan on motorbike, if you’re comfortable. In this guide to Lembongan, you’ll find some insight into our lodging, where to eat, things to do in the area and where to volunteer!
During our time on Lembongan, we stayed at 221 Garden Cottages and we loved it. It’s a very new guesthouse with friendly and welcoming owners. The individual cottages were gorgeous and spotlessly clean. The pool in the middle of the property was beautiful and nice to relax in. In addition, it’s only a 5 minute motorbike ride to/from Dream Beach and easy to get to the main street where all the restaurants and bars are located. We rented a motorbike directly from our guesthouse for a reasonable price. Lastly, a motorbike is especially necessary in order to quickly get around and explore Lembongan and Ceningan. We definitely recommend 221 Garden Cottages and would stay there again!
Here are some things to do during your time in Nusa Lembongan:
Devil’s Tear for sunset – This might just be the best sunset spot on the island! Devil’s Tear gets its name from the waves that come violently smashing into the cove with such force that it blows out a mist or ‘tears’ up into the air. A barrier was recently placed here to prevent serious accidents as well as banning people from getting too close to the edge.
Dream Beach – This is a beautifully scenic and secluded beach. However, its not the most swimmer friendly. The rocky bottom and strong currents are definite reasons to exercise caution if you want to take a dip here. You can, however, order a fresh coconut and hang at the two-tiered infinity pools for 50K IDR/$4 USD per person!
Scuba Dive with Manta Rays and Mola-Mola – Check out Tamarind Divers to get your scuba certification or go on a few fun dives at the dive sites around Nusa Penida. Dan did two fun dives with this dive shop and they were GREAT. SD Point reef was one of the most healthy and diverse sites Dan has seen to date!
Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan – Taking a quick motorbike ride to the rocky cliff of Blue Lagoon should not be missed. Blue Lagoon is a stunning viewpoint with silky blue water. However, the waves are wild and swimming here is NOT recommended. There is a viewpoint that goes all around the cliff so make sure to walk past the bushes to get even better views of the ocean!
Pool Day at a Beach Club – We spent one day hanging out at Ohana’s Beach Resort. It was such a lovely day as we rented a day bed and ordered drinks and food by the pool. Located right on the beach, you swim in the ocean as well. The staff and service here were spectacular. We enjoyed several snacks and meals throughout the day and it was perfect. The minimum spend is 200K IDR/$15 USD and there is no time limit. This is a definite must do on Lembongan!
Sunset at Water Blow or Cloudland Bar – Grab a beanbag, order a Bintang and fully enjoy the sun going down after another incredible day in Bali. Water Blow and Cloudland Bar are awesome bar/restaurants with awesome happy hour specials.
If you’re traveling anywhere in Asia, TripAdvisor is without a doubt the best place to check out restaurant reviews. Dan’s TripAdvisor page has a more robust amount of reviews and pictures of our meals.
Lemongrass – One of our favorite dinner spots in Lembongan. This open air restaurant has very good food, live music and great service. We had dinner several times here during our time in Lembongan and truly had a wonderful time!
Next Level Cafe – We cruised over to Ceningan for brunch on our first day and this place had a great view overlooking the channel in between Lembongan and Ceningan. The views are a great way to start your day.
Ginger and Jamu – If you’re looking for a perfect place to have dinner with your feet in the sand and watch the sunset, this is it. A nice, relaxed restaurant with a diverse menu. We especially enjoyed the chicken tacos!
Dhipa Warung – This place was great for a quick and cheap lunch while listening to some reggae jams. The staff were all very nice and friendly and chihuahua was pretty darn cute!
Yuyu Resto Ceningan – This was a great little family owned warung with very nice and friendly owners. They had great food for cheap. Given the price, quality, portion and the unbelievable friendliness of the family, we HIGHLY recommend checking this place out for a lunch.
If you love animals, you can reach out to Paws of Lembongan. They are a local animal passion project dedicated to vaccinating and sterilizing the local dogs and cats of Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan. You can certainly reach out to them directly for short or long term volunteer opportunities on Instagram (@pawsoflembongan)
Most importantly, if you know of any other volunteer opportunities in the Nusa Lembongan area, we would certainly love to feature it on our page. Reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Instagram (@jetsetforgood).