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BEST THINGS TO DO IN NUSA CENINGAN

NUSA CENINGAN ISLAND IN A (COCO)NUT SHELL

Visiting Nusa Ceningan will provide countless hours of exploration and fun. It is very easy to spend days soaking up the sun while cruising the tropics on your scooter.

The Nusa Islands are closely connected making it a breeze to see them all. Nusa Ceningan, connected to Nusa Lembongan by the iconic Yellow Bridge is a hop, skip, and jump away. So, grab your keys, head on over and enjoy the many things to do in Nusa Ceningan.

TAKE A SNAP AT THE YELLOW BRIDGE

Before crossing from one island to the next, get a quick snap at the famous Yellow Bridge. Peaceful in the morning and bustling throughout the day, this famous landmark is an excellent entrance to your day of adventure.

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GRAB BREKKIE AT NEXT LEVEL CAFE 

Top up the tank with a tasty brekkie and delicious coffee at the quaint, Next Level Cafe. Offering  ocean views, we assure you that there is no better spot to start your day. Well-known for their colourful smoothie bowls, your belly and camera roll will be full.

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CRUISE UP THE CENINGAN CLIFFS

Take a drive up the rocky and windy road to the Ceningan cliffs. The ride is bumpy, but the reward is worth it. Sit on a swing and breathe in the all-encompassing views of Nusa Penida. The enormity will make you feel small but grateful for this wonderful life. Cool down before leaving; sip on fresh fruit juice, in their infinity pool, under the sun.

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HANG AT SECRET BEACH

Imagine a beautiful beach with turquoise water, palm trees, and good waves. Now take that image and better it. This is Secret Beach. Whether you are looking to surf or catch a tan, this shoreline will tick the box. Located at the southern-most tip of Nusa Ceningan, this spot is a true gem.

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CLIFF JUMP AT MAHANA POINT 

Calling all adrenaline junkies, this one is for you! A few steps away from Secret beach is the cliffside restaurant, Mahana Point. It is here where you will find 2 cliff-jumping opportunities. Jump from the smallest ledge, or take the plunge off the highest peak. There is something for everyone. Overlooking the surf break, this is the ideal location for some lunch and a cold coconut, too.

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MARVEL AT BLUE LAGOON 

Monday blues aren’t necessarily a bad thing. They tend to look a little different when visiting a tropical island. Especially at Blue Lagoon. For us, they represent sunny skies, white sand beaches, and water so blue that it deserves its own Pantone.

Visiting Blue Lagoon is a must when looking for things to do in Nusa Ceningan. Stroll along the limestone cliffs and marvel at the waves crashing up against the rocks. Beauty such as this will have you hypnotised and left in awe. Bring a towel, find some shade, and take the time to be still in nature.

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SUNDOWNERS AT THE NOMAD BAR 

Hidden within a Balinese village overlooking a serene bay, lies The Nomad Bar. This is no ordinary bar, it is a celebration of the adventures we dream of taking. This eight-seater bar resembles late-night taverns where wanderers gathered to plot their next journey.

The Nomad Bar is all about elegant and thought-provoking tipples. They use ingredients from around the world – from saffron to Za’atar, Rum to Arak. Guests can enjoy drinking into the late hours of the night in a setting that calls for intimate conversations.

We can’t define the architecture, so come over and see what memory it ignites.

You will always be welcomed, with a cocktail and with a smile.

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INDULGE YOURSELF AT SEABREEZE CAFE 

After a big day of adventure, nothing quite goes down like a full-flavored, oceanside feast. Seabreeze Cafe is a beautifully designed eatery that will cater to your every need. The seating is arranged to give everyone an undisturbed ocean view that will leave your eyes wandering in amazement. Seabreeze offers both Indonesian and Western cuisines, as well as scrumptious sweet treats. Grab a seat on the upstairs terrace or sit poolside on a bean bag and absorb the paradise that surrounds you.

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CRASH AT THE PALMS 

For those with a bit more time on their hands, we highly recommend staying at The Palms Ceningan. This stunning beachfront hotel delivers panoramic sceneries of the Indian Ocean and boasts one of the best sunset points on Ceningan. Anyone who walks in will struggle to walk out at the end of their stay. The hotel provides 8 newly renovated bungalows that allow for wave-watching from the comfort of your bed. Good vibes are the only vibes at The Palms.

The wonderful owners, Jay and Wayne are extremely attentive and will ensure that you are taken care of by their team of smiling employees. Whilst staying at The Palms, you will have everything at your fingertips. The onsite restaurant offers a wide selection of delicious, fresh food and tasty drinks. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you won’t ever need to leave your poolside sun lounge. Catering to meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans, everyone is sure to be satisfied

If surfing is what you are after, you could not get any closer to the lineup. Mahana point surf break is directly in front of The Palms and has a designated staircase that leads into the ocean. It truly does not get any better than that.

After a tough day in paradise, let the sound of the waves rock you to sleep, and do it all again tomorrow.

This is what we call the good life.

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ROCKY FAST CRUISES – Getting to Nusa Lembongan

ROCKY FAST CRUISES

Getting to Nusa Lembongan – we make it easy and stressfree

The captain announces that the plane will be landing soon at Denpasar Airport; you’ve got your headphones on playing your favourite song, your sunnies sit atop your head, and the excitement reaches an all-time high as the wheels hit the tarmac. Welcome to the Island of the Gods!

Let us give you a step-by-step about arriving in Bali and, more importantly, how to get to Nusa Lembongan.

IMMIGRATION

Upon reaching the arrival hall at Denpasar airport, proceed directly to the Visa On Arrival (VOA) counter and purchase a 30-day visa on arrival. The VOA will cost USD$35 (approx AUD$50) and is valid for 30 days, extendable for an extra 30 days.

AIRPORT PICK UP

Customs cleared! One step closer to throwing your towel down and soaking up the sun.

Make your way to the airport terminal exit, where you will see people lined up with signs, a Rocky Representative will be waiting and holding a placard with your name on it. Once you have found each other and are good to go, they will help you with your luggage and escort you to the vehicle.

AIRPORT → SANUR

The journey from the airport to the Sanur port is straightforward. It will take approximately 45 minutes to reach the ferry terminal, depending on traffic conditions and the time of day. The driver will make a quick stop at the Rocky office to collect tickets and then drop you directly in front of the new terminal, where you will wait for your boat to Nusa Lembongan.

No matter how many bags you bring, they are all included in the ticket price, and yes, surfboards are included, too!

HOTEL PICK UP

If you are already in Bali, the process is similar.  Rocky Fast Cruises will arrange to collect you directly from your hotel and drop you off at the ferry terminal. A representative will make contact one day before your travel date to confirm the pick-up time and location. They offer pick-up services from all areas on mainland Bali and include pick-up in the price of the ticket for most locations. If you are staying in a more remote area, an additional fee will apply.

SANUR FAST FERRY TERMINAL

Rocky Fast Cruises has 4 boat transfers from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan per day. We will do our best to help you coordinate a transfer time with your flight arrival and estimated travel time between the airport and the ferry terminal. Most of the accommodations on the island have a check-in time of 2:00 pm, so an afternoon boat would be best.

 

The new terminal is a large, air-conditioned, and very comfortable space. Overhead screens display the arrival and departure times so that you can keep track of the Rocky Fast Cruises schedule. Free WiFi is available throughout the property, and you will find a variety of food and beverage stalls just outside the terminal entrance.

SANUR → LEMBONGAN

Boarding time, let’s go!

A boarding announcement will be made and direct you to the specific boarding location. Once you have reached the gate, an attendant will check and scan your ticket. The walk toward the boat is short, and the boarding process is effortless. Grab a seat towards the back of the boat if you can. The journey across the ocean will be less bumpy, closer to the stern.

Once the lines are loose, and the boat is set free, the final leg of your trip will begin.

TOUCH DOWN ON NUSA LEMBONGAN

The captain will dock the boat on the island’s eastern side at the Rocky Beach Club jetty. That’s right; Rocky Fast Cruises is a jetty-to-jetty transfer. Once you have arrived, a driver will drop you off at your new home away from home.

All land transportation on Nusa Lembongan is included in your ticket price.

Now, go on! Kick your feet up and enjoy being on island time!

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DEPARTING PARADISE

Heading back to the mainland is just as easy as when you left. Check-out from your accommodation is usually at around 10 am,  Rocky provides two morning transfers back to Sanur.

A Rocky representative will be in touch 1 day before departure to confirm the pick-up location and time.

LEMBONGAN → SANUR

Time to leave paradise!

A driver from Rocky Fast Cruises will collect you from your hotel or villa and provide transport to the Rocky Beach Club. Once the boat is loaded, the engines will start, and you will have one last opportunity to capture a picture of the beautiful island behind you.

The journey back to Sanur is roughly 30 minutes, providing enough time to scroll through your camera roll and reminisce on your wonderful holiday.

Upon arrival in Sanur, the staff will take your luggage to a car that will drop you at the airport for your flight home or to your Bali accommodation ready for next part of holiday.

Once again, all land transportation is included in your original ticket price.

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Thank you for trusting us with your travel plans. The Lembongan Traveller team is dedicated to ensuring your holiday is stress free, so that you leave feeling pampered, surfed out, sunkissed and relaxed!

 

For boat schedule and prices CLICK HERE

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EAT, SLEEP, SURF, REPEAT

If you are looking for waves, look no further, surfing in Nusa Lembongan offers something for everyone. No matter your level, there are countless “best session of my life” kinds of days waiting for you. Nusa Lembongan has a few different surf breaks spread along our picturesque white sandy shores.  Let us take you on a virtual tour of the best surf breaks in Lembongan and when to surf them.

CONDITIONS ARE EVERYTHING

The surrounding surf spots are incredibly tidal and condition dependant. At one moment, the ocean can resemble a lake, and the next it will look like something out of your favourite surfing magazine.
Strong currents are common around the higher tides, and extremely low tides will make most spots un-surfable. Be sure to take these factors into account before paddling out. If you are patient and choose the right window, you will score.

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HOW DO I GET TO THE WAVES?

The surf is accessible by paddling, or alternatively catch a ride with a surf taxi or go with a surf school.

 

RESPECT THE LOCALS

The local surf crew on Lembongan are super experienced and know these waves like the back of their hands. They are friendly, they rip, and they will welcome you with open arms. No ma5er where we surf, the golden rule always applies; respect the locals. This is their home after all.

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FROTHING! SO, WHERE SHOULD I SURF TODAY?

SHIPWRECKS

In the 70s a boat wrecked on the reef and gave the surf spot its name, Shipwrecks. A right-hander that breaks in deeper water that provides barrels and long drawn-out walls on its day. Shippies is geared towards the more experienced surfer and is primarily a shortboard wave. On smaller days, beginner surfers will find some fun, too. We recommend surfing at mid-tide on either side of the swing. If you are feeling unsure, check in with the local boys, they will provide you with friendly, solid advice.

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RAZORS

Just left of Shippies is Razors. A left-hander that is perfect for beginner surfers looking to up-skill or take a lesson. Razors can be surfed on either side of the tide swing but is best avoided when it gets too low. Long, sectioney walls are on repeat, so there will be enough fun for everyone.
Remember to keep an eye out for the current that tends to creep in at a moment’s notice.

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LACERATIONS

A natural wave pool, Lacerations will throw some of the most perfect right-hand barrels you have ever seen. Hollow, steep, long, and just plain epic! When the swell kicks up, Lacerations is best left for the more advanced surfers. Nestled above a sharp reef, the take-off at Lassos can be gnarly, but if you make it, you are in for the ride of a life time. Best surfed at mid-tide on either side of the swing
If spitting barrels is what you are looking for, then the lower it gets, the hollower it becomes.
A reef kiss from Lacerations is not uncommon for the dare-devils out there.

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LESS GNARLY LACERATIONS

On the flip side, when conditions are friendlier and more manageable, Lacerations is perfect for a lesson or a fun free surf. The local surf schools will be happy to take you and provide a memorable surfing experience. Lacerations peels down the line and ensures long right hand rides, and perhaps even the odd left. The name is intimidating, but worry not, everyone is welcome at Lacerations. Match the conditions of the day with your surf level, and you will find some fun waves.

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PLAYGROUNDS

A dreamy A-Frame located a short paddle away from Coconut Beach, Playgrounds is a surfer’s paradise. Split the peak with your mates and enjoy the breathtaking views of the limestone cliffs. On smaller days, Playgrounds can be enjoyed by any level of surfer. Having said that, when the swell turns up, Playgrounds is best enjoyed by those with more experience.

Higher tides bring about strong currents, so surfing Playgrounds at mid-tide is your best bet. Make sure to take your last wave before the reef starts to show. This is, after all, one of the sharpest and most lively reefs on the island.
Don’t let the name fool you.

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MAHANA POINT

Just over the Yellow Bridge, Mahana Point is found on Nusa Ceningan Island. A left-hand point break that delivers long, faster walls. Due to its location, Mahana Point picks up a lot more swell, and can therefore be bigger and more tricky. The wave breaks beach-break style without a channel on either side. If Lembongan is flat, take your scooter over the bridge and you are likely to find a wave at Mahana Point.  It’s also a great spot for non-surfers, with a Warung and great viewing area to watch surf.

We hope this has inspired you to follow our mantra of eat, sleep, surf, repeat.

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Diving in Nusa Lembongan

PARADISE IS A PLACE UNDERWATER

The best way to observe fish is to become a fish.
Nusa Lembongan diving provides underwater adventures that are jaw-dropping and hard to replicate. Thousands of different marine species roam the reefs and deliver spectacles that will be imprinted in your memories for a long time to come.

THE 2 SEASONS

This turquoise utopia experiences two distinct seasons; the dry and wet seasons. Luckily, they are equally as good as each other. During the dry season (March – October) we experience cooler diving days. The water temperatures can drop below 20°C. On the flip side, during the wet season (November – February) the average temperatures are a toasty 25°C – 29°C.

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I’M COVINCED, SIGN ME UP

If you are Scuba certified, great. If not, no problem. Nusa Lembongan is home to many multilingual dive centres that are ready to welcome you. Offering fun dives, Scuba diving courses, and Discover Scuba diving experiences for those who are looking for a quick taste. That’s right, you don’t need a Scuba certification to dive on Nusa Lembongan, simply the gusto to give it a try.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY

Nusa Lembongan is located in the heart of the surrounding marine sanctuary, providing easy access to numerous dive sites. All within a short boat ride away, you will be back in the early afternoon in time for a cold coconut on the beach. The coast is lined with tall palm trees and picturesque limestone cliffs. Safe to say, the commute could be worse.

Paradise is a place underwater when diving in Nusa Lembongan.

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OH, THE PLACES YOU WILL GO

Manta Point, being the furthest, but the most breathtaking journey is where the famous reef Mantas spend their days. They dance in slow motion and put on performances, unlike anything you have ever seen. Snorkellers can get a piece of the action, too. Simply throw on your mask, snorkel, and fins, and watch the show from above.

A must-do while visiting Nusa Lembongan.

Vibrant, colourful, and abundant are the words most used to describe Crystal Bay. It is home to a variety of fish, sea turtles, and the elusive Mola-Mola. Be sure to bring a camera, you don’t want to miss the photo opportunities that lie around every corner.

Heading further north is where we find the majority of our drift diving sites. The coast is filled with majestic sloping reefs, countless marine creatures, and the ride of a life time. Dropping below the surface is where it all begins. Mild to moderate currents usher us along the reef as we take in a live-action natural masterpiece.

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ADVENTURE AWAITS

In our unique underwater world, there is something for everyone. Whether it is big, small, fat, or thin, whatever it is that you are looking for, we guarantee that you will find it while diving Nusa Lembongan.

No matter your level, beginner or divemaster, you will be beaming once you get back to the surface.

NOW is the time to contact a Dive Centre for more information about diving in Nusa Lembongan.

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FAQ NUSA LEMBONGAN

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a holiday takes time and energy. The Lembongan Traveller team are  here to help to make it as stress free as possible.  Below we answer some of your FAQ about travelling to Nusa Lembongan.

Can I have early check in / late check out?

Early check in and late check out can be arranged if there is no one checking out or checking in on your dates.  For late check out, most properties will be more than happy to hold your bags so you can spend the day on Lembongan, standard check out time is 10am. Unless pre-arranged, check-in time is 2pm, we recommend catching the 2 or 5pm boat from Sanur so staff have time to prepare your room/villa.

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Getting to and from Restaurants

Many restaurants on Lembongan offer a FREE pick up and drop off service.  This is very handy for families and also those wanting to have a couple of cocktails. Our Restaurant Guide has menus, locations and contact details for all our favourite restaurants on Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan.

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What is your cancellation policy?

All payments are non-refundable as per terms and conditions detailed HERE.  Should you have a change of plans, illness, flight delays or cancellations these should be claimed via your travel insurer.  We recommend taking out travel insurance at the time of making your booking to ensure you are covered for any unforeseen circumstances.

Money Exchange, credit cards and ATMS on Nusa Lembongan?

There are a number of places you can exchange money on the island, including one on the main road in front of the Indiana gang in Jungut Batu.  Most resorts and restaurants accept credit cards, however cash is required for scooter hire, snorkelling and other day trips. There are a number of ATMs on Nusa Lembongan, but please note they have a limit on the amount you can withdraw and do sometimes run out of money. So best to bring some CASH from Bali!

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Will I get a refund for accommodation if my flight is delayed?

In these circumstances you need to make a claim with the airline or your travel insurer. We are more than happy to assist with documentation you require for this process.

What if I get COVID and can not travel?

Should you test positive to COVID and can not travel, you will need to claim with your travel insurer as you would with any other illness or medical condition.

What time is the last boat from Bali to Lembongan?

The last boat leaves Sanur at 5pm, if you are arriving into Denpasar the same day we recommend ensuring your flight lands before 3pm to give you time to make it to the harbour in Sanur prior to 5pm. See link below for boat times.

BOAT TRANSFERS

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How do we get from the harbour in Lembongan to our accommodation?

The boat companies provide transport from the harbour to your accommodation.  Same on your return, the boat company will pick you up from your accommodation on the day of your departure.  Please ask the staff at your accommodation to confirm the pick up time with the boat company.

Is there a doctor on the island?

If you require medical attention whilst on Lembongan we recommend East Medical Clinic in Mushroom Bay, it is a private practice open 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Whats App +62 813 3955 5515.

Visa on Arrival

Visa On Arrival needs to be purchased at Denpasar airport prior to going through immigration. Ensure your passport has 6 months validity other wise you will not be able to travel to Indonesia.

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LEMBONGAN’S BEST RESTAURANTS

EATING OUT –  LEMBONGAN’S BEST RESTAURANTS

Eating out on holidays is the best and planning your daily dining is a high priority! We can help you with our EAT guide which lists Lembongan’s best restaurants.

Let us take you on a Lembongan food journey.

Jungut Batu is the main tourist area on Lembongan with endless accommodation  and restaurants located on the waterfront, offering live music, kids activities, menus designed for the health conscious PLUS  great drinks for those who love a cold bintang and delicious cocktails.

Mushroom, Sandy Bay and Lembongan Village also have a great range of restaurants we love too and can also highly recommend.

Grab a scooter and cross the Yellow Bridge for a day of adventures on Nusa Ceningan discovering Mahana Point and Blue Lagoon.  Be sure to stop in for a feed and refreshments at one of our favourite Ceningan restaurants.

Below is an overview of Lembongan’s best restaurants.

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BALI ECO DELI - Organic & fair trade

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BONZER CAFE - NEW Bakery

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GINGER & JAMU - Wholesome goodness

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HORISON HILLS - Views forever

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LA BIANCA - New waterfront dining

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LAGO BALI - Pontoon & Beach Cafe

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KARANA - Pool party & club house

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OMBAK ZERO - Veg, vegan & gluten-free

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TIGERLILLYS BEACH SHACK - Beach BBQ & movie night

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LEMONGRASS - Live music

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MICKEY SPORT BAR - Live sport

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OHANAS - Beach lounge

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THE COCONUT HUT - Mini golf

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WHITE CORNER - On the beach

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ALPONTE - NEW Italian

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HAI BAR & GRILL - Great vibes

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SANDY BAY - Beach club

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THE LOUNGE BAR - International beers

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THE PLAYFUL TABLE - Mostly plant based

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HAI RI ZEN - Classic Western and Asian cuisine

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THE PALMS RESTARANT - Ceningan surf breaks view

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NEXT LEVEL - Great coffee

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SEA BREEZE - Island vibes

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THE NOMAD BAR - NEW cocktail bar

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Island Favourites

Island Favourites

Island holidays are made easy when you have TLT Tips to help make your stay extra special.  We are all about sharing the Lembongan LOVE so your getaway is one to remember.

Here are some of our favourite island activities to save for your next visit to Nusa Lembongan.

Discover Nusa Penida with Lemos Tours

  • Broken Beach
  • Kelingkling Beach
  • Atuh Beach
  • Angel Billabong

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Ocean Adventures by Morin

  • Water skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding
  • Rise, swim and lunch with Manta rays
  • Sunset cruise with cheese & bubbles
  • Or tailor your own adventure

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Time out at Tonic Body and Soul

  • Goddess ritual – massage and facial
  • Surfers massage
  • Body glow scrub
  • Hair spa smoothie

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Explore the islands with Captain Nemo

  • Snorkelling with the mantas
  • Fishing day trips
  • Lembongan island tours
  • Scooter & Buggy hire

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Island Fresh supplies delivered to your Villa

  • Organic fruit and vegetables
  • Vegan supplies
  • Bulk foods
  • FREE delivery

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Lembongan’s Best Beaches

Let us take you on a tour of Lembongan’s best beaches.

Nusa Lembongan and neighbouring island Ceningan have beautiful beaches, making it a water lover’s paradise for holiday makers.  There are beaches suitable for families with young children, snorkelling, surfing, catching some sun-rays, beachcombing & beachside bintangs!

The waters surrounding Nusa Lembongan are crystal clear with incredible visibility found in few places around the world.

 

Jungut Batu

This is the main bay in Nusa Lembongan, where the majority of boats from Bali arrive. It is home to Lembongan’s 3 surf breaks (Playgrounds, Lacerations & Shipwrecks) and is also great for SUP boarding.  The northern stretch is ideal for “beach-time” with its white sand and turquoise waters, the inner lagoon is generally calm & protected by the outer reef.  There are plenty of beachfront restaurants where you can dine with your feet in the sand and enjoy a Bintang or cocktail or two! The perfect place to also watch Lembongan’s beautiful sunsets.  Jungut Batu has the largest range of accommodation in regards to budget and style options including private villas, some of Lembongan’s most popular resorts & great value beachfront bungalows.

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Coconut Beach

Considered by many as Lembongan’s BEST beach, Coconut Beach is nestled between Jungut Batu and Tamraind Bay. It is a favourite with everyone, ideal for families with kids who want to swim and play on the beach ( there is also shade under the trees),  perfect for snorkelling, and the place for surfers to paddle out to Playgrounds or onto Lacerations surf breaks. We have a range of villas, resorts & bungalows all in close walking distance or it can be accessed from Tamarind Bay via a track around the headland. If you are staying in Jungut Batu on “the hill” this will be your local beach.

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Tamarind Bay

Located between Coconut Beach and Mushroom Bay, the beach is best suited for swimming and snorkelling on mid to high tide. The far northern end has a beautiful mini lagoon which is accessible on all tides, making it a stunning spot for beach lovers staying in Tamarind Bay.  It is a great bay for SUP boarding, and on a larger swell a fun left hand wave can form from the headland across the middle of the bay.  We have a range of Villas & Bungalow style accommodation in Tamarind Bay which are all in walking distance to the beach. Many of TLT’s private villas are primely located on the beachfront of Tamarind Bay.

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Mushroom Bay

Renowned by many as the most protected beach and most suitable for children, great for swimming , SUP boarding & snorkelling.  The northern end has an all-day dedicated swimming area as there are commercial boats bringing visitors into the bay. There are some great beach front restaurants to enjoy, offering bean bags and relaxed feet in the sand style hospitality. Mushroom Bay also has a great range of accommodation including, private Villas, Resorts and Bungalows.

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Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay is home to Sandy Bay Beach Club and some of Lembongan’s favourite private villas.  Sandy Bay is not a swimming beach, with large swells and strong currents. However, on mid-low tide it is the perfect for kids playing in the sand and rock pools.  Sandy Bay Beach Club also offers an all day beach club and is renowned for it’s spectacular sunsets.

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Dream Beach

Dream Beach is a stunning beach for relaxing, swimming is only advised for the experienced, as there can be rips, large swell and tides. It is a favourite stop off point for day trip visitors, so if you are looking for some solitude it is best to visit early mornings and late afternoons. We recommend you check out Dream Beach Huts.

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Secret Beach at Mahana Point

Located at the southern end of Nusa Ceningan. Secret Beach is a stunning cove of sandy white beach, a crystal clear waters that fill the rock pools and lagoons. If you have a scooter, this should be on your list, especially if you have a partner who is an experienced surfer as it overlooks Mahana Point surf break. We list a range of villas and bungalows on Nusa Ceningan.

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Please take care at all times as the waters surrounding Nusa Lembongan are renowned for extreme tidal movements and strong currents. We love our beaches and hope you will enjoy some Lembongan’s best beaches on your next holiday to Bali.

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Lembongan Surf Team Competition 2021 – Series 1

Series #1 – 30th May 2021

Playground Surf Break, Nusa Lembongan

Here is a wrap-up of the Lembongan Surf Team Competition Series #1 for 2021, proudly organized in conjunction with the Indonesian Surfing League. It was a wonderful day seeing a total of 68 surfers compete across 3 divisions who were supported on the side lines by the local community.

The day saw good wave conditions, in the morning it started with consistent 2ft sets,  then in the afternoon it went up to 3 – 4ft and later increasing to 4-6ft.

The event started in the morning at 7.45am with round 1 of the Junior U/16 Boys Division, with good waves and good weather. In Round 1 of the Junior Division, there was lots of action and high scores obtained in several heats such as Miko Pebiana (6.45), Yoga Andika (5.43) and Un Jayantara who showed their talent in the waves.

It continued in the Master Division Round 1, where the waves started to get a little bigger and the currents began to be felt but it didn’t discourage our masters showing their skills.  At noon the sun was out and it was getting hot, the waves were slightly bigger, the contest committee decided to continue to the Open Division, the long-awaited action and Open Round 1 began.

In the first round we saw lots of action, including some great scores from Putra Hermawan (6.75) followed by his brother Agus Purnawan (6.23). It continued into round 2, the waves were getting bigger and the current stronger. In the second round the wave conditions were a little difficult because of the high tide and the waves were very bumpy and making it difficult for surfers who would compete in the second round, but at the end of the 2nd round, it was Agus Frimanto wearing a red shirt who managed to get the highest score (8.38).

Both the temperature and competition was heating up as we proceeded to the Quarter final where in the 3rd heat 3rd we saw some great waves and score total (16.21) from Agus Frimanto.

In the semi-final of the Open division, there was huge excitement when Jaka Satria  managed to get a barrel and the highest score of the day (9.75),  stopping Agus Frimanto in 5th place.

It was late afternoon and when we headed into the finals for the Junior, Master and Open divisions.

Starting with the  final of the Juniors, where the waves were big and with the tide going out. Lembongan Surf Team provided 2 life guards to maintain the safety and comfort of the junior surfers, as their average age was 13 years.

They all showed excellent sportsmanship with great skills for the following results:

Junior Division

1st  –  Arida Setiawan

2nd – Bagas

3rd –  Un Jayaantara

4th – Yoga Andika

In finals of the Masters  division  we saw (red) Lhaena, (white) Licek, (yellow) Cakil and (blue) Apri, the competition was quite fierce at the beginning as the wave conditions were improving and the current was starting to disappear, but all surfers only got an average score of between 2 points – 3.20 points.

Then in the last 7 minutes, the yellow surfer managed to make the highest score, it was (5.80) and took him to the winners podium.

The Open Division was next,  where the scores were very close:

1st – Tia Nustawan (13.53)

2nd –  Putra Hermawan (13.41)

3rd – Agus Purnawan (13.23)

4th – Jaka Satria (12.68)

We done to everyone involved and the Lembongan Surf Team Competition for a great Series 1.

 

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Seaweed Farming returns to Lembongan

Seaweed Farming returns to Lembongan

COVID-19 has brought about many changes to our world as we knew it.  No truer for the local people of Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan.  As most of the population’s income was previously directly or indirectly derived from tourism, COVID-19 has caused some serious challenges.

In the typical spirit of the locals, whose Hindu faith always guides their journey, they looked within their own shores for opportunities to generate an income.  A businessman from Surabaya introduced seaweed farming to Lembongan in 1984, with the first cultivations taking place in Jungut Batu Bay. It was not so long ago (for many only 10 years), that seaweed farming was a major incomer earner for many people.  You too may remember the patch work of plots that created the ocean landscape in Jungut Batu, the Mangrove and in the channel between Lembongan & Ceningan.  For people who have been visiting the islands prior to 2010 seaweed farms, the harvesting process and drying in preparation for sale are iconic island memories.

As a result, seaweed farming in Lembongan has now re-emerged and the older generation have been key to helping re-establish it as a sustainable industry, educating and passing on their knowledge to younger family members who have only known tourism as an income stream.

The locals are realistic in their optimism for the return of tourism,  understanding it will not recover quickly.  As tourism has as good as disappeared for the last 6 months the demand for seaweed seedlings  and dried product is on a steady increase.

However not everyone is a seaweed farmer or knows how to cultivate seaweed.  The Lembongan Traveller’s Digital Marketing Manager spent a few days with some of the local seaweed farmers to gain an insight to the industry and techniques used so we could share the process with you.

Type of Seaweed

There are many types of seaweed that can be grown in Nusa Lembongan, one of which is green Katoni (eucheuma cottoni) seaweed which is commonly grown in the area around the Mangrove, other varieties are grown in Nusa Ceningan.

Katoni seaweed

Setting up a Seaweed Farm

The farmers initially buy seaweed seeds from Nusa Penida a 5 meter lengths of rope.  They then plant it on their ocean “land” to create a “box” which range in size, but are usually around 5 x 50 metres.  Each seaweed farm “box” is made up of rows of wooden supports and ropes. The seaweed seedlings are attached to these rows. The “box” contains approximately 100 bundles of seaweed.  It is very important that the ocean space chosen is accessible during high and low tide, this change of tide and water flow is also very important to the growth and productivity of the crop. Each “box” is marked with flags attached to wooden stakes.  Farmers attend their box daily at low tide between harvest times to check on any damage that may have been caused during high tide.

Harvesting

Seaweed can be harvested 30 days after planting and is usually harvested every full moon or new moon. Two crops are planted within a month so farmers will harvest every 15 days. Depending on the size of the each famer’s box, it can take up to 10 days for the harvesting process as this is generally done in the mornings on low tides. However, when low tides fall in the middle of the night farmers will spend midnight hours with head torches attending, it is a laborious and not for the faint hearted, as farmers are constantly exposed to the elements and weather.  In the mornings they cut the seaweed to take it  ashore and in the afternoon low tide they create new seedling rows for the next harvest.  Traditional Jukung boats are used by farmers to access their plots and transport the seaweed.

The farmers using traditional boat to bring the seaweeds seed to the “box” in the middle of ocean.

 

 

At the time of harvesting, the seaweed will have grown to 3 times the size of when it was first attached to the ropes.  During each harvest all of the seaweed from the rope supports are removed to be sorted, smaller & damages pieces are set aside for drying and more established growths are re-attached together in bundles of 2-3 pieces along the supports for the next months harvest.

Drying

These smaller and damaged pieces are laid out in the sun to be dried, which takes 3 days

Ready for sale

After drying, farmers will gather the seaweed to sell to a “seaweed collector”.  The “seaweed collectors” live on Lembongan and then transport it to Nusa Penida where it is on sold to export traders to make its way to be used in cosmetics.  Usually farmers can produce 400kg of dry seaweed, per month which currently sells for IDR 12,000 / kg.  There is also the opportunity for them to sell seedlings to new seaweed farmers, the price of 100 seedlings is around IDR 5 million.

Seaweed farming into the future

We are excited to see so many locals re-entering the seaweed farming industry and hope it will continue well into the future to operate in unison with tourism when travel resumes.  The Lembongan Traveller is here to support the Lembongan & Ceningan seaweed farming industry and its prosperity.  This unique way of farming requires no pesticides or fertilizers. Seaweed cultivation also provides environmental benefits including:

  • Absorbing carbon dioxide ( green house gas) – one hectare of sea can be used to produce annually 40 tonnes of dry seaweed which will absorb 20+ tonnes of green house gas during cultivation
  • Wastes can be used as fertilizers for land based agriculture
  • Seaweed can only be grown in a healthy environment, so seaweed farmers will actively participate in maintaining beach and foreshore cleanliness

We are keen to support the community with looking into more opportunities for seaweed farmers and collectors, such as potentially providing seaweed for products being developed by Evoware – edible cups and packaging made from seaweed….we have contacted them to see if Lembongan’s seaweed is combatable.

COVID-19 & Seaweed Farming unite

Katoni seaweed is a source of carrageenan, a gelling agent in both foods and cosmetics. This brings a twist that could see COVID-19 and Lembongan seaweed farmers unite as it can be used in the production of hand santizer.  See link below to an article that includes a method of making santizer using seaweed:

https://sustainableresponsibleliving.com/2020/02/29/how-to-make-your-own-hand-sanitizer/

photo credit @balichildrenfoundation and @oteseptiawan

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