Nusa Lembongan is one of the small islands off the South-East coast of Bali, the others being much larger Nusa Penida and tiny Nusa Ceningan. Lembongan has quickly become one of Bali’s most popular destinations, this island paradise is the perfect place for those who want to escape the hassle and hectic of South Bali. Lembongan is a place to just put your feet up and relax while enjoying the beautiful sceneries.
The three islands are separated from Bali by the Badung Strait. Some visitors may find Nusa Lembongan a little slow after the hectic of South Bali.
Most areas around the island are great for snorkeling and diving, with a wide variety of marine life and colorful corals. The surf can get a bit crowded like anywhere else in Bali, but the waves are pretty solid and on fire when a good swell rolls through. There are several secluded white sand beaches which are virtually never crowded. The island also has a lively seaweed farming industry and many visitors find it interesting to learn about seaweed farming. We have summed up some of the most popular things to do below.
On the South-Western most edge of Nusa Lembongan you will find this magnificent eroded cliff outcrop. Surrounded by a beautiful ocean view with azure blue waters as far as the eye can see. Depending on the swell and weather it will live up to its name, pushing and blowing a huge water mass into the cliff edge which explodes into a wall of water. To get to Devil’s tear you head southward to the villages from the main tourist spot Mushroom Bay and follow the signposts for Devil’s Tear.
Most of the north-eastern coastline of Nusa Lembongan is covered by lush mangrove forests and can be reached via the coastal village road Jungut Batu. There are also local wooden boat operators who offer a gondola-like mangrove tour. These mangrove forests hold a rich flora and fauna with all shapes of life from birds to crabs and fish. A great tour to take in the afternoon.
The neighboring island of Nusa Ceningan can easily be reached by crossing the yellow bridge on the South-West coast of the island, connecting the two. From the elevated yellow bridge you have a panoramic view over the idyllic blue waters surrounding the islands, which are home to seaweed patches and traditional wooden fishing boats.
Besides fishing and tourism, seaweed farming is another source of living for the local inhabitants of Nusa Lembongan. Seaweed farming takes place around most parts of the island, all year round, the most accessible farms are situated on the southern side of Lembongan village. You’ll see many harvested seaweed being dried up on the shoreline. The maturity of seaweed grown on Nusa Lembongan is destined for the Asian cosmetics industry and processed for foodstuffs. Did you know that certain types of seaweed are delicious to use in fresh salads?