Nusa Lembongan is not only located in Bali Province, this tiny island also have the beauty of Bali. The beaches, clear waters, exotic rocks, is a new paradise to be explored ! Bocan just got back from Lembongan and want to share all of experiences, the tips for accommodation, how to get there and all the things about it.
How To Get There?
From wherever you are in Bali, there are 3 harbors that serve the route to Lembongan. They are Sanur, Padang Bai, and Tanjung Benoa. Padang Bai harbor usually used to reach Lombok and Gili Trawangan, while Tanjung Benoa is a center of water sports such as snorkeling, paragliding and cruises. For Boboers who feels like to party on the cruise or just look around you can do it here. From Tanjung Benoa, there are cruises available and from Padang Bai there are speedboats and local boats with affordable price. Sanur is the harbor that specializes on the route to Lembongan and Penida. From Sanur, Boboers may choose speedboats and public boats that serves the route. If you want to get cheaper ticket, dont buy it at the check in post, buy it on the boat office instead or you can reserve the ticket online. It takes 30-45 minutes from Sanur to Lembongan with speedboat. Along the way to Sanur there are speedboats ticket agents, cafe, and lodging. If Boboers bring vehicle to Sanur, there are parking lots available that cost IDR 20.000. The cost for speedboat ticket is around IDR 250.000 in 2016, Bocan reserves it here. The boat’s schedule is on time, please be sure you are not show up late. Though, if you missed the boat, you can still ride the next departure. You should arrive at least half an hour before the departure time to check in. Bocan was worried, how to take the bags aboard because there were no docks in Sanur. Luckily there were porters that helps Bocan to take the bags aboard.
By the way, pick-ups service from hotel was already included with the ticket price actually, since Bocan depart from Canggu, we missed this benefit.
Transportation in Lembongan
No need to worry about transportation in Lembongan, there were so many car and motorcycle rentals and other type of transportation for tourist. Bocan rents a motorcycle for two days, IDR 75.000 for a day. We took it 12.PM noon time and return it on the same time next two days, then it cost IDR 150,000. On the other hand, hotels also have pick up service from the harbor to the hotel and vice versa.
Best Places To Sleeping Beauty
Dream beach Hut
The first Bocan hotel recommendation is Dream Beach Hut, which the most spectacular infinity pool hotel in all Lembongan :p and also there is beautiful beach right in front of the hotel, another bonus, Dream Beach Hut is located right beside the Devil’s Tears. Unfortunately Bocan unable to book the room here because a very short time of preperation. As a tip, to book a room in Lembongan make sure you book it far before your travel date. Lembongan and Ceningan is a small island, if you walk from an end to another end of the island it would not cost you much time, less than an hour. Maybe it’s because of the island itself is already small and occupied by many of hotels, housings and restaurants. There was no big hotels like in Bali, a hotel only have less than 30 rooms. First come, first served.
Rate : starts from IDR 800.000 / night
Dream Beach Hut was fully booked, so Bocan look up for another hotel with beautiful infinity pool, in count of days then we decided to stay at Sadeg Lembongan.Perks? The infinity pool is gorgeous, located next to Mushroom Beach with spacious room. Unfortunately, this property was not supported with the hospitality of the staffs and room cleanliness.
Rate : starts from IDR 900.000/night
The Palms Ceningan
The Palms located in Nusa Ceningan. The rate starts from IDR 1.500.000. There is a limited number of rooms available, for Boboers who interested to stay at The Palms, a reservation should be made more than a month ahead. The infinity pool at The Palms Ceningan is beautiful because it’s directly facing the sea. There are 2 room options, 1 bed room bungalow or 1 family room.
Le Pirate Beach Club
Clean, minimalist but loaded with maximum view! The rooms are so modest, with fan (air conditioned rooms also available) with mattress on the floor. The view? Perfecto!. Like any other hotel in Lembongan and Ceningan, Le Pirate Beach Club have limited number of rooms, you should book the room even far ahead 😛
Rate : starts from IDR 600.000/night
Where to eat?
Sandy Bay Beach Club
It is the best beach club in Lembongan. Everything feels so good at this club, the food, the pool and of course the sunset view. To get the best spot you need to reserve it early too. The outdoor space was fully booked when Bocan got there >_<
If you take the Indoor space, there is no minimum purchase. The price for food is affordable compared to beach clubs in Bali. The taste for food is good also come with good portion.
The Deck Cafe & Bar
This is a cool place to eat. Located in Jl. Batu Karang Nusa Lembongan, The Deck Cafe & Bar will pamper your tummy and made a good post for your social media feed :p.
The Dafish Accommodation, Bar & Cafe
There is a unique idea to enjoy the food at The Dafish Accommodation Bar & Cafe. Even though the property is not located near the sea, The Dafish gives Boboers an exciting dining experience up on a tree house. Friendly service and good taste of food is an advantage of this place
Top things to do
Devil Tears Nusa Lembongan
Witness the beauty of the waves in Nusa Lembongan which cruelly hit the rocks. The blue of the sea, framed with the blue of the sky, turned into marvelous double blue!
You can reach the Devil Tears without difficulty. It is located just a few meter from Dream Beach Hut Hotel.
It is one of the best beach in Nusa Lembongan, and also serves as port when Boboers arrived from Sanur. The white sand and the blue sea (no filter needed) with Mount Agung stand tall from afar. It’s an incredible view !
Here Boboers can do picnic or swim in the clear waters
Underground House Nusa Lembongan
The Gala-Gala House was built in year 1961 by a Jero Mangku Dalang named Mangku Byasa, he is a farmer but also a hermit and took 15 years to be finished. What makes it cool is, it only took crowbar and any other simple and conventional tools. Also, cow’s feces were burned to make limestones easier to be dug.
To enter the house, you need to go down by staircase. The house approximately is 7 meter below the surface. Inside the house there are tunnels that lead to different rooms, like bed room, meditation room, living room and there is an underground well. A tip for ladies, according to Tripadvisor review there is a guide who molest the visitor while guiding around the house, so beware.
Diving & Snorkeling
Lembongan is more than just the beaches. The underwater scenery is also stunning. A wide variety of natural beauty is ready to please your eyes. There are few must visit snorkeling spot such as Gamat (Nusa Penida), Crystal Bay (Nusa Penida) and Mangrove Point (Lembongan). Though Boboers stayed at Lembongan, you can still visit this snorkeling spot, you just need to take the package, starts from IDR 300.000/pax. The hotel which Bocan stayed also offer the snorkeling package, but the time was not enough for Bocan to do so
Are you an experienced diver? Manta point is the must visit spot where you can dive in the ocean together with the great manta. Bali waters is one of manta habitat in Indonesia. There are 2 spots where you can get close with the mantas. It is call the Manta Bay and Manta Point, located at the south of Nusa Penida. It took 45 minutes from Jungut Batu harbor — Nusa Penida. These 2 spots located no so far away, and easily can be accessed.
Blue Lagoon Cliff Jump, Nusa Ceningan
If you are a dare devil, then you can proof yourself by Jumping at the Blue Lagoon Cliff ! You need to pay IDR 50.000 and you can jump twice. There are three points, 8, 9 and 13 meters. Feel the sensation of 40km per hour in 3 seconds while jumping into the blue lagoon.
Yellow Bridge is the only bridge that connect Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. This yellow colored bridge lies over the shallow and clear water. You can see the fish roam around below this bridge, thanks to the clear waters!
And here are some video we have taken