There are a number of places you can exchange money on the island. The large resorts & restaurants accept credit cards however some places operate on a cash only basis. There are a number of ATMs on Nusa Lembongan, but please note they have a cap on the amount you can withdraw & do sometimes run out of money. So best to bring CASH!
There is a general medical clinic in Jungut Batu with a doctor & onsite dispensary. There is also a new private medical Clinic in Mushroom Bay which we highly recommend for any serious medical issues. Their contact number is 0813 3955 5515
As with so many places, Lembongan is trying to minimise the use of plastic on the island. There are some easy ways you can do your bit to help; bring a re-usable water bottle to avoid having to use plastic water bottles. Also say no to plastic bags when you shop locally, bring a carry bag you can use rather than accepting a plastic bag. Every little bit counts.
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 roads linking villas, hotels, restaurants, & attractions. The less developed south-western area of the island has coastal paths which provide 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.
Scooters are widely available for rent and are the main form of transport around the island. Scooter hire includes fuel. 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. And if scooters are not for you, Golf Buggies are available for hire and guided tours.
The majority of 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 as menus, locations and contact details for all our favourite restaurants on Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan.
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 and long your board is!! There are a number of Surf Schools along the beach in Jungut Batu & Mushroom Bay 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 a larger swimming pool or prefer a villa with a private pool.
Nusa Lembongan is approximately a 30 minute boat trip form Sanur, Bali. Boats leave 4 times daily. 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 boat 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. However, be mindful that download speeds do vary and can be slow at times, it’s one of the joys of island life!
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. English is widely understood and spoken, often with an Australian accent!
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