There are a number of places you can exchange money on the island. The large resorts accept credit cards however most places operate on a cash only basis, so it is recommended you bring enough cash for the duration of your stay. There is one ATM on Nusa Lembongan, located in Jungut Batu.... but please note it is frequently out of order. So best to take CASH!
There is a small general medical clinic in Jungut Batu with a doctor & onsite dispensary. This is a perfectly good facility for treating minor ailments, but visitors with anything approaching a serious problem should get back to Bali as quickly as possible. Opening hours are erratic and unpredictable. Ask at your hotel. A small chemist on the main road stocks basic medications.
Nusa Lembongan is officially a malaria-free zone.
Care is to be taken when swimming in any waters around Nusa Lembongan as there are extremely variable tides and strong currents. Mushroom Bay and the area around the mangroves in the north are safest for swimming. Swimming at Dream Beach and Sunset Beach (in particular) should be avoided by all but the very strongest of swimmers, and even then with caution. Due to strong currents and tidal changes surfing at all four breaks can be challenging for beginners.
Nusa Lembongan is a great place to walk (approx. 4km from end to end), with paths linking nearly all the villas, hotels, restaurants, & attractions. The less developed south-western area of the island has coastal paths which provide easy walking, great views back towards Bali, and spectacular sunsets. You can cross by foot to the small neighbouring island of Nusa Ceningan via a suspension bridge. Nusa Lembongan has a diverse terrain and landscape, be aware that there are some extremely hilly areas and also long flat stretches.
Bicycles can be rented at most hotels and villas. Some of the roads are quite well surfaced, but be prepared for some very degraded surfaces in places. This is a great way to see the island at your own pace.
Scooters are widely available for rent and are the main form of transport around the island. Scooter hire includes a full tank of fuel and you are not expected to refill it at the end of the day. For those not comfortable driving themselves, willing locals are also more than happy to transport you on the back of their motorbike for a fee. In one day, you could easily tour the island and cross over to the smaller island of Nusa Ceningan.
There are virtually no cars on Nusa Lembongan. However, transport is available in the form of basic pick-up trucks which are used by most hotels. Many of the restaurants also offer a free pick up and drop off service to and from your accommodation, ask your hotel or villa staff to call in advance to arrange.
This is a personal decision and depends upon many factors including how long you plan to stay, your daily budget and, no doubt, how heavy your board is!! There are a few places along the beach in Jungut Batu village which rent surf boards. The boards are generally in good shape and a selection of sizes and styles are on offer, including long boards, boogie boards and stand up paddle boards.
Nusa Lembongan is a great place to bring children of all ages. It's a very safe island and the locals adore children. Be sure to always supervise your children when swimming as the tidal movements and currents can cause issues when unaware of the changing conditions. Choosing your accommodation to suit the needs of your children is one way to ensure the whole family have a great holiday. Decide if you are best suited to a resort style set up with large swimming pool or prefer the privacy of a villa with a smaller pool.
Nusa Lembongan is approximately a 30 minute boat trip form Sanur, Bali. Boats also travel to and from the Gili Islands. Depending on your flight schedule or travel plans it is sometimes necessary to overnight in Bali to make connecting boat / flight times. Please take a look at our transfers page for detailed information about boat options to and from Nusa Lembongan.
Wireless internet capability is widespread, with the majority of restaurants and accommodation offering FREE WiFi access to guests. There are also public internet cafes in Jungut Batu. Some of the internet cafes also have a download limit in addition to charging for time, so save your media streaming activities for home.
The island receives good 3 G coverage by all the major Indonesian networks. As with all international destinations be mindful of the cost of making calls from mobiles.
The climate of Nusa Lembongan is similar to neighbouring 'mainland' Bali, but it is noticeably drier, particularly in the period of May to September. The year round average maximum temperature is 28-30 degrees, with minimums ranging from 23- 25 degrees.
The majority of local people are Hindu. Traditions and religious ceremonies are part of everyday life, and you will undoubtedly see at least one during your stay. They are extremely colourful, lively (and loud) events. Respect for the locals during these occasions is appreciated and best shown by thoughtful observance.
Balinese is the most common language of communication between local residents. The Balinese spoken is a distinct dialect, and sharp-eared linguists would certainly notice this. English is widely understood and spoken, often with an Australian accent!