If you’re visiting Nusa Lembongan for the first time, this guide is for you. The small and charming island of Nusa Lembongan and its sister, Ceningan, are getting more popular every year. The island’s white sand beaches, underwater beauty, laid-back charm, and stunning boutique resorts and villas with ocean views are yours when you stay in Nusa Lembongan.
You can reach the island with a 30-minute fast boat ride from Sanur Harbour. The fast boat will arrive either at Jungutbatu or Rocky Beach Club on the eastern side of the island. Whether you come as a solo traveller, with your significant other, or in the company of your family and a big group of friends, there are tons of activities and fun to be found in Lembongan.
Here are the best 8 things to do in Lembongan for a first time visitor.
- Stay in Jungutbatu
The long white sand beach of Jungutbatu Village is one of Nusa Lembongan’s entry points. By day, Jungutbatu Beach is a busy port while by night, the meandering beach transforms into a lively place to eat, drink, and meet people. Arguably, the busiest part of Nusa Lembongan, Jungutbatu offers plenty of restaurants, day spas, and beach club options to suit your budgets and preferences. Our location is a great option to start your first holiday in Nusa Lembongan.
- Book a snorkelling trip
The crystal-clear waters and the underwater beauty of Nusa Lembongan are a delight to discover. All you need to do is don your mask and snorkel off the pontoons in the main bay or from snorkel-friendly beaches such as Coconut Beach or Mushroom Bay Beach. For a serious snorkeling trip, hire a boat with a guide who will take you to explore the marine biodiversity at the Mangrove, Crystal, and Gamat Bays.
- Cross the Yellow Bridge
The iconic yellow bridge that connects Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan is a sight to behold. The 138-metre-long bridge is both highly functional and beautiful to witness. Walk or ride your scooter across the bridge for a quintessential Lembongan experience.
- Explore the beaches of Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan
Beach hopping is easy to do on both islands. Check out our complete list of Nusa Lembongan’s best beaches to suit your whim and fancy. Cross the Yellow Bridge to visit Nusa Ceningan’s Secret Beach or bravely cliff jump from Mahana Point Nusa Ceningan.
- Hit the beach club(s)
Spend your day lounging, cooling off in the pool, napping on the beach, or simply enjoying a myriad of delicious food and drinks at Nusa Lembongan’s best beach clubs. Find three beach clubs that offer complimentary pick-up and drop-off from/to your Lembongan villa or hotel here.
- Catch sunsets
With the mighty Mount Agung in the backdrop, sunsets in Nusa Lembongan are often the highlight of the day. Watch the sky get dark from the island’s beachfront restaurants in Jungutbatu while enjoying sips of a margarita with your favourite people.
- Rent a SUP board
If you’ve never tried Stand Up Paddle boarding, you are in for a treat. There is no better place to give this relaxing water activity a try than Nusa Lembongan. Rent a board in Mushroom Bay or Coconut Beach where the waters are calm and crystal clear.
- Eating out in Nusa Lembongan
The growing popularity of Nusa Lembongan means the island is now getting its own share of creative food and beverage entrepreneurs opening their ventures. The dining scene is positively flourishing, especially in Jungutbatu. From an Indian restaurant to a bodega selling cheese and charcuterie, there are more than enough offers to make even a discerning gourmet happy.