Nusa Lembongan (Indonesia)

Nusa Lembongan Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Bart Speelman

A break with South Bali's boring monotony

Nusa Lembongan is a small island in between Bali and Lombok, part of the Nusa Penida district (totalling 3 islands)
The opposite of what South Bali has become, with a much slower pace
Great surfing (though crowded) and diving

It would be so easy to entirely overlook Nusa Lembongan when planning your South East Asian beach holiday. You're already spoilt for choice, but once you've zoomed in on this part of Indonesia, you've got Bali, and then you've got Lombok. It is only when you look very carefully at the map that you discover that somewhere in between there you find three small dots of islands. Those islands form the Nusa Penida district, of which Nusa Lembongan (and Nusa Ceningan which is connected to it by a suspension bridge) is the most well known tourist destination.

So like we said, overlooking Lembongan is easy. It is also a tremendous mistake, as we are not exaggerating when we say the color of the ocean here is some of the most spectacular and transparent water we have ever swum in. And swimming (well, and diving/snorkelling) is exactly what people come to do here, as there is not much else going on other than sheer natural beauty on this island of 2x5 kilometer. We could tell you more about that, but with names like Dream Beach (pictured) and Sunset Beach I guess you can kind of figure out for yourself how lovely they are.

You can surely find resorts of the same ridiculous price level as in Bali proper, but generally speaking Lembongan is cheaper. The pace is slower, and while for some that may be an issue, we loved how our visit here was a complete break with the boring monotony of mass tourism that South Bali has become.

The most straightforward way to get in is by taking the boat at Sanur Beach in Bali. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Nusa Lembongan is a region in Indonesia. It is situated at an altitude of 95ft and the best airport to fly into is DPS (Ngurah Rai International, Denpasar)
  • The main spoken language here is Balinese / Bahasa Indonesia, and the average English skill is intermediate
  • The currency used in Indonesia is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR)

Nusa Lembongan Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

88 88 88 88 88 86 84 84 86 88 90 88

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

7.5 5.4 4 2.6 0.9 0.6 0.5 0 0.4 1.2 2.1 5.2

More Nusa Lembongan travel resources

Lonely Planet covered Lembongan, as did Wikitravel. If we haven't quite managed to sell you on the place yet and you're looking for a bit more info, try reading on at Tommy go Round.

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