Planning a trip to Bali? Make sure a short hop over to Nusa Lembongan is at the top of your list.
This tiny island is a small part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, and just a quick 30 min boat ride from Sanur beach, Bali. For being so close to the bustling streets of Kuta, Nusa Lembongan is a relaxing change – boasting quiet Warungs, secluded white sand beaches and a few fun surf breaks for those looking to kick back in a calmer environment.
Known for it’s ‘chilled’ vibe, the island offers plenty of activities to tire you out during the day and make sure you’ll be in for a great night’s sleep. As Lembo’ boasts some of the most beautiful, extravagantly turquoise waters, it’s no surprise that these activities include:
- Snorkelling (with Manta Rays…amazing!)
- Scuba Diving – Blue Corner Dive is Nusa Lembongan’s first PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Fishing or Trolling
Nusa Lembongan is home to a large seaweed farming industry – on arrival you will see (and smell!) the seaweed being harvested and laid out to dry – an interesting sight! If you like, you can even go down to the seaweed farms on various parts of the island and give it a try yourself. However, if you’re not up to get down in the water, there are a huge range of things to do and see on Lembongan that don’t involve getting your feet wet!
- Experience the epic power of “The Devil’s Tear” – head over at high tide for a private view of the wild ocean crashing against the cliff face, but be careful!
- Get your sweat on with a little bit of feel good Yoga at The Yoga Shack
- Eat your heart out at your choice of beautifully traditional Indonesian food, cheap and cheerful foreign fare or delicious high end cuisine..(my personal choices outlined below)
- Take a trip over the famous Yellow Bridge to Nusa Ceningan – walk or scooter only!
- Hire a scooter and enjoy a morning trip around the island. The entire island is only approx 8km² in size, and they have recently re-surfaced the roads, so it’s a ride in the park!
- Visit Sandy Bay for an unforgettable sunset
- Test your intelligence at the Blue Corner Pub Quiz (Wednesdays)
- Take your pick of the many magnificent beaches on the Island
- Visit a local bar for a tipple or two – Blue Corner Bar is a local and expat favourite
- Spend the afternoon next to a pool, drink in hand!
After a big morning, and a relaxed afternoon, there’s only one question on everyone’s minds..
Where are the best places to eat on Nusa Lembongan Island?
- Mamma Mia
A quaint clifftop restaurant serving local, thai fusion and european inspired dishes with a view to boast about. This is one of my favourite places – the food is always good, the staff are wonderful, and the owner likes to have a chat (especially if you know a little bit of Indonesian!) Not to mention, it’s definitely within my price range. Favourite dishes include.. Calamari rings (Favourite), Nasi Goreng, Cap Cai, Mixed Satay, Gado Gado, Spicy Tuna, Fresh Crab, Grilled Snapper.
- Pondok Baruna
Indonesian / European style food with eat in or delivery options. The restaurant, located in the middle of town is always busy as the food is so, so yummy and a very reasonable price. They have an array of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, all beautifully prepared by their lovely staff. Favourite dishes include.. Grilled chicken salad with avocado, Thai beef salad, Nasi Campur, Opor Ayam, Steamed fish (Favourite), Nasi Goreng, Vegetable curry.
- Eco Deli
A breakfast spot you simply can’t skip! Fresh fruit, delicious muesli, great coffee and healthy smoothies adorn the menu of this eco friendly restaurant. They have a ‘no straws policy’ to reduce the waste they produce, and give those filling up reusable bottles a discount. With a 7am opening time, this is a perfectly light breakfast before you head off on your Manta Ray Snorkelling experience! Favourite dishes include.. Fresh fruit with yoghurt and muesli, Purple Boost Smoothie (Favourite), Coconut and Lime Bliss Ball, Fresh banana bread.
- The Palms
Pool – check. View – check. Good food – check! The Palms is actually on Nusa Ceningan, but deserves to be in this list because, well, it’s the whole package. Their menu is a mix of flavours (Mexican, Indonesian, European), and they do everything well. Head over for a dip in the pool and look out to a few eager beavers ride the wild ocean (surf) at Ceningan Surf Spot. Favourite dishes include.. Fish and Chips, Calamari rings, Blackened Mahi Mahi (Favourite), Nachos, Quesadillas.
- The Deck
Really good coffee and a brilliant view. The Deck serves delicious breakfast, lunch and snacks and gives you a comfy place to enjoy them, and the view. Watch boats arriving from Bali, surfers in their stride and paddle boarders ride past while enjoying your flat white! Additionally, Happy Hour is every day from 5pm-6.30pm, and they will come pick you up in a buggie for free after 5pm. Favourite dishes include.. Corn Fritters, Raisin Toast (Favourite), Fruit Salad, Loaded Nachos, Fresh Pies, Gelato.
Good food, great ambience and sometimes they have live music, which is fantastic! The place itself has a great layout and is very comfortable, hence why it’s always full. If you’re planning on visiting Lemongrass with a group, it would be a good idea to book in advance, otherwise take a walk along the main road and you can’t miss it. The food is a mix of Indonesian, Italian and European dishes, and all are very tasty! Favourite dishes include.. Cap Cai, Beef Burger, Nasi Goreng, Surf and Turf, Margherita Pizza, Calamari rings.
- Bali Hai Bar and Grill
A nice ‘go-to’ for us – Bali Hai is a beachfront restaurant that’s great for a sunset drink, followed by a very well prepared, and enjoyed, dinner. If you’re feinging a good piece of meat, their Beef Tenderloin is the way to go! Beautiful setting and wonderful staff bring the experience up a notch. Favourite dishes include.. Smoked Salmon Salad, Fish and Chips, King Prawns with Corriander Rice (Favourite), Beef Tenderloin, Beef Rendang.
- Indiana Kenanga
For gourmet cuisine in paradise, look no further.Indiana Kenanga serves French style cuisine and boasts emphasis on comfort and fine dining, and it shows. Their menu is seasonal, so there’s always a new choice, and it’s my all-time-favourite restaurant on Lembongan to date. Favourite dishes include..King Prawns, Bagus Asparagus (Favourite), Red Tuna, Crisp Barramundi, Beef Tenderloin, Duck Breast.
Once you’ve tried everything out (good luck!) you can head over to Nusa Lembongan’s sister islands Nusa Ceningan or Nusa Penida for another exciting adventure! There is always something new to see, and do. Enjoy!