Oh my SNOB, Nusa Lembongan is pure perfection – this small friendly chilled out island has such a relaxed vibe and is only 12 kms away from Bali meaning it provides a great weekend getaway or the perfect long stay holiday away from the hustle and bustle of home.
Where to start ! So much to see So much to do…. or if your a bit like me, not to do – i come here to relax and do nothing.
This island is a short 30 minute boat ride away from Bali, but when you land it feels like you have stepped back in time – it is literally Bali 30 years ago. We love Lembongan – i mean whats not to love. White soft sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, no traffic, friendly smiling locals, grass roof huts on the beach, palm trees everywhere – it is pure paradise. As your boat transfer makes it way up to the shore, your will be in awe at the gorgeous vista that literally takes your breathe away.
There is a great selection of accommodation on the island, from home stays, to huts on the beach, to resorts and the most stunning and luxe beach front villas. The Snobs always use The Lembongan Traveller when making our bookings – these guys have the island covered and know everything that is happening. Wherever you stay – I guarantee you will be no more than a 5 minute walk to one of the gorgeous beaches that surround this island, if not ocean front where the big blue bay will be right in front of you.
The snobs love Villa Lago which is private 4 bedroom villa situated right on coconuts beach and is STUNNING – (check out our review here ). We also love our stays at Batu Karang Which is a beautiful boutique resort that is carved into one of the hillsides that you cant miss when you arrive on the island. You will do nothing but relax if you decide to stay here, the staff will make sure of that. The only resort of its type on the island, this place has it all including 3 huge pools, one with a swim up bar (hello cocktails). The rooms are super generous, all with 4 poster beds, and outdoor bathrooms all with generous size stone bathtubs, big balcony’s and nearly all have a 180 degree view looking over the spectacular Lembongan bay. The 3 bedroom penthouse is perched high at the top of the resort and the views are stunning – especially when Mt Agung pokes his head out from behind the clouds to say hi.Our favourite villa rooms are #17 and #18 – right at the top and a 3 step walk to one of pools. Karang has a great restaurant, Muntings, offering local and western food – all of it delish.
There is so much to do on Lembongan – Love to surf – well this place is famous for its superb surf breaks like Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks. The snorkelling and scuba diving is amazing – all in crystal clear waters – there are some fantastic snorkelling spots – the locals know them well – we book Captain Nemo’s every time – his fishing boat is fairly new and comes equiped with snorkelling gear and fishing rods – he knows every nook and cranny and can take you snorkelling at Mangroves, Crystal Bay or The Wall – where you will feel like you are swimming in an aquarium. Snob Tip – snorkel in the afternoon, and head back at around 4pm – and I PROMISE you will see dolphins splashing around. They come out to play once all the big boats have headed back to the mainland.
Want to kick back, relax, take in a pizza and sip on a cocktail – The Deck is the perfect place for you. This super cool cafe and bar is situated right below Batu Karang on the boardwalk and is as waterfront as you can get – any closer you will get wet. This place is a favourite with everyone who visits the island, the pizzas, panini’s, pies, home baked cakes, fresh juices, healthy smoothies and promise – best coffee you will get on the island. The un-obstructed view on the lower deck is quite simply ahhhhmazing – perfect possie to sip cocktails and take in all the activity that is happening on the bay and of course when the sun sets – this is one of the best spots on the island to watch it all go down. Staying on the other side of the island ? No Problem – Batu Karang offer a free pick up and drop of service to your accommodation.
Nusa Lembongan definitely offers something for everyone, whether you just want to lie around, read, sunbake and swim – but if you want to explore – there is so much to see. You can hire a scooter or even a buggy to get around the island on. Head over to Dream Beach where you will find a small but fun beach club with a two tiered pool looking out over this beautiful beach. You can stay at one of their Beach Huts – we haven’t done this – its a bit back packerish and the reviews on trip adviser are not great – but a visit to their beach club is well worth it.
Another place worth a visit is Sandy Bay & Sunset Beach – this pretty place is home to the Sandy Bay Beach Club. A great place to wine, dine and just lay around and watch the waves crash onto the sand. . It is situated (again) right on the beach and has a cool little pool with day beds surrounding it. This place is fab for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering a great selection of bbq’d seafood, burgers and of course lots of local selections. The wine list is fantastic and is served nice and cold. Must try : the coconut prawns. Again Sandy Bay Beach Club offers pick up and drop offs right to your door. Be sure to check out The Walking Tree Boutique at the front as you enter Sandy Bay Beach Club and if you need a mani, pedi or a massage the lovely ladies at Glo Spa right next door will be happy to oblige and can even come to where your staying if cant be bothered leaving your pool side position.
This island is perfect for families with so many activities to keep them busy, paddle boards, SUP, jet skies, cliff jumping, fishing, the list just keeps going on and on. Lembongan provides everyone, young and old, single or taken the perfect holiday destination.
We have so much more to share you on Lembongan; swimming with the mantra’s, scuba adventures, exploring the neighbouring islands Nusa Penida the largest of the three neighbouring islands & Nusa Cenengan – which we will do shortly – but us snobs promise that you will fall in love with Lembongan, we did, thats why we keep going back whenever we can.
The Lembongan Traveller can help you with everything, from accommodation, to dining out, to scooter hire, everything you need – TLT can help – contact them or us if you need any further info or suggestions.
Snob Tip : If you are coming to bali – make sure your itinerary includes lembongan – you would be crazy not too.