Mangrove forests, seaweed farms and tranquil beaches are prime ways to experience Nusa Lembongan’s natural beauty.
Nusa Lembongan occupies a comfortable middle ground between Bali’s hectic pace and traffic, and relatively untouched Nusa Penida. Fast becoming the number one attraction due to its vivid blue water that is some of the clearest you will find elsewhere, and stunning beaches such as Jungut Batu and Dream Beach. Jump on a boat from Bali (Sanur) and in 45 minutes you can enjoy the ultimate island gateway. The clear blue waters are perfect for surfing with Lembongan offering a number of less crowded surf breaks. The best conditions for surfing are between April and September, when the swell picks up. The three best know reef breaks are Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks.
Playgrounds is an easy surf spot to get to and its the most beginner friendly surf break. Just a short paddle from Coconut Bay, it is a reef break providing enjoyable surf conditions. It has a fun, long left and (depending on the tide) a shorter barrelling righthander. Watch out though, on a small swell Playgrounds is often referred to as a “party wave”.
Lacerations is located just to the right of Playgrounds, this right hander can offer some serious tube time! It has a fast take-off, dropping straight into a barrel section, followed by a nice wave wall that eases up on the outside of the wave. Lacerations works best at mid tide with the hollow right at low to mid tide and is reached by either a long paddle out or a boat ride.
Shipwrecks is another right hand break for the more experienced surfer. Offering two take off point, the main with great barreling sections and fast walls to race through and the second takeoff is a fun walling wave, but be aware – on 2m+ swell this spot can produce some sneaky bomb sets. Accessible by a boat, Shipwrecks is best on mid to high and high going to low. Walk the suspension bridge over to neighbouring island of Nusa Ceningan where you cantake in a spectacular sunsets for the maximum romance. You would be glad to know that Ceningan also offers some surf.
Ceningans. When there is no swell at Lembongan, in only a 15 minute on a boat you can be surfing a fun 2-4 foot left-hander. Best on a mid-tide, but tends to close out on larger swells.
Not a surfer? There is plenty of others activities for you to enjoy. There is some great snorkelling, SUP and yoga, you can also do fishing trips, wonder through the mangroves and discover the seaweed farms. Seaweed cultivation and harvesting is what keeps the bulk of the local population busy and it definitely worths seeing. Or go for a swim with the manta rays at beautiful Mangrove Point or Manta and Crystal Bay. To get around you can hire a bicycle, a motorbike (no helmets) so drive slow or you can get around by a boat. There is also no ATMs in Nusa Lembongan so be sure load on cash before arriving.