A trip to the Nusa Islands should be on every Bali itinerary. Just a 45-minute boat road from mainland Bali, you will find yourself in a world very different from that of the hustle and bustle of Seminyak or Canggu.
There are three islands: Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida.
Nusa Lembongan is the most developed of the three Nusa Islands and is where most travellers stay. If you do plan on staying on Nusa Lembongan Island, I recommend checking out all three islands on your trip. You could explore all three islands in three days.
Transport to Nusa Lembongan
You will take a boat to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur, on the mainland of Bali. The boat road will take around 45 minutes and will drop you off at the harbour in Nusa Lembongan.
You can arrange transport to Nusa Lembongan from most hotels in Bali and can expect to pay around 600,000 rupiahs ($60) for the return trip, including hotel pick up and drop off.
If you drive yourself to Sanur, you will pay less.
When you arrive in Nusa Lembongan, I recommend hiring a bike to get around the islands. It will cost around 70,000 rupiahs ($7) per day for bike hire in Nusa Lembongan.
What to do in Nusa Lembongan
So now you have your transport sorted, let’s talk about the best things to do in Nusa Lembongan.
Snorkelling and Diving Nusa Lembongan
One of the main things to do in Nusa Lembongan is snorkelling and scuba diving. The conditions are absolutely perfect. Popular dive spots include Mantra Point, the Mangrove Forest, and Blue Corner. You can go for a day trip or you can get PADI qualified on the Nusa islands.
Visit Devil’s Tears
As the waves roll into Devil’s Tears, the water spirts out creating a blowhole effect. The first time we visited we were convinced the blowhole wasn’t working before we were completely sprayed with water and left in hysterics. Devil’s Tears is a great place to get photos and watch the magic of the ocean.
One of the best places to admire the views on Nusa Lembongan is Panorama Lookout.
The best beach on Nusa Lembongan and the perfect place to swim and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Other amazing beaches on Nusa Lembongan include Mushroom Beach, Jungut Batu Beach and Sandy Bay.
A majority of Nusa Lembongan is made up of the mangrove forest. You can take a tour into the mangrove forest by boat.
Explore Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Ceningan is connected to Nusa Lembongan by the yellow bridge pictures above. You can ride your bike over to explore Nusa Ceningan. Highlights on Nusa Ceningan include Blue Lagoon (pictured), the Nusa Ceningan Cliff jumps at Mahana Point, Secret Beach and Ceningan Cliff Restaurant. In half a day you could ride around the entire island, but I would allow for a full day so you can stop and enjoy places for longer.
Day trip to Nusa Penida
If time allows, you should visit all three Nusa Islands, including Nusa Penida, which is home to the iconic Kelingking Beach. Nusa Penida is the most remote and raw of the three islands. If you are planning a day trip. check out my guide to visiting Nusa Penida in one day. The guide will tell you the best things to see in one day. If you can stay overnight, that would allow you to explore even more of the island. If you are considering hiring a bike on Nusa Penida, this is what you can expect.
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Other tips for visiting Nusa Lembongan
- 4 days, 3 nights is the perfect amount of time to stay on Nusa Lembongan. In this time, you can explore all three islands (which I highly recommend doing).
- Most people don’t wear a helmet on Nusa Lembongan. Regardless, you should because you never know when something might happen.
- Bring cash to the island with you as ATM’s are limited.
- Plastic is not recycled on the island. Bring a reusable water bottle and fill it up at water stations. Say no to plastic strams.
Book accommodation on Nusa Lembongan
Travel Insurance for Nusa Lembongan
I highly recommend taking out a travel insurance policy for your Nusa Lembongan Trip, especially if you plan on riding a bike. You never know when something might happen. I recommend world nomads.
Overseas travel checklist
Make sure you don’t forget anything on your trip to Nusa Lembongan.