Nusa Lembongan

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Rizqi Djamaluddin, Nusa Lembongan (134158337), CC BY-SA 3.0

Location of Nusa Lembongan – small island off the southeast coast and belonging to Bali

Nusa Lembongan is located off the southeast coast of Bali towards Australia. Together with the larger neighboring island Nusa Penida and the smaller Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan belongs administratively to Bali and forms with them the district Klungkung.

The island with its approximately 5,000 inhabitants is located in the strait of the Lombok Strait between the Indian Ocean and the Bali Sea.

Across the road from Bandung only 12 km from Bali

In total, Nusa Lembongan is only eight square kilometers in size and 12 kilometers from Bali via the Badung Strait.

The connection to the small neighboring island of Nusa Ceningan via the very shallow and hardly navigable channel is ensured by a suspension bridge passable for two-wheelers and pedestrians, but not for cars.

Mangrove area in the northeast and border with Australasian fauna in the east

In the northeast, the island is bordered by an area of mangroves extending over about 12 hectares. East of Nusa Lembongan runs the natural boundary between the Indomalayan and Australasian fauna, known as the Wallace Line after the famous naturalist.

What activities are available on Nusa Lembongan? Relaxing on the beach, snorkeling and nature

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San Andreas, Nusa Lembongan Mushroom Beach, CC BY-SA 3.0

On Nusa Lembongan, outdoor activities on the beach and in the seaare the main options for a vacation in Bali. The fine sandy, bright and in places untouched beach invites you to long walks, relax and chill.

For water sports enthusiasts, the island with its offshore coral reefs is a true snorkeler’s paradise. Snorkeling and diving is possible here individually as well as an organized snorkeling tour.

From bus tours through nature to island hopping

Those who would like to get to know the charming nature of the island can participate in organized bus tours with experienced local guides. Organized bus tours are also offered as island hopping from Nusa Lembongan to the neighboring island of Nusa Penida.

Absolute highlights and sights: From Mangrove Forest to Devil’s Point to Sunday Beach.

The absolute highlights on Nusa Lembongan are imposing places in the partly spectacular natural landscape of the island. One of the top destinations is the Mangrove Forest Nusa Lembongan in the northeast of the island.

The huge mangrove forest is a nature reserve and guided tours are possible here as well as hiking on your own, boat tours and snorkeling.

Breathtaking views and cliff jumping at Devil’s Point

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Jimmy McIntyre – Editor HDR One Magazine, Nusa lembongan cliff (7800894188), CC BY-SA 2.0

Another absolute highlight is Devil’s Point in the northwest of the island. Perched high on a rocky outcrop, the viewpoint offers spectacular sunsets and massive frothing spray.

Amateur photographers will get their money’s worth here, and those who need an adrenaline kick can try cliff jumping at Devil’s Point. The viewpoint is considered one of the most impressive on the island. Sea turtles can also be observed here.

Have fun on the water slide at Sunday Beach

For lovers of beach activities, Sunday Beach Waterpark is one of the most attractive attractions on Nusa Lembongang.

Water slides for children and adults, a very nice beach and well-maintained restaurants make the beachfront water park a desirable destination for families, small groups and anyone who wants to have fun on the beach. Sunday Beach Water Park on the southwest side of the island is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Local Features: Transition from Balinese to Australian natural zone and a mix of relaxed casual and variety in resorts

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rheins, Channel between Lembongan Island and Ceningan Island – 2015.03 – panoramio, CC BY 3.0

Local features on Nusa Lembongan include the delightful transition of flora and fauna from the Balinese to the Australian natural zone.

These transitions can be experienced particularly well on guided bus tours across the island, also in conjunction with island hopping from the main island of Bali and the neighboring islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningang.

Mix of Balinese and Australian way of life

The mix of Balinese and Australian way of life among the islanders is just as characteristic of Nusa Lembongan as the overall rather quiet and relaxed to family atmosphere on the island.

Characteristic is the combination of spectacular nature, quiet ambience on the beaches and in the resorts with simultaneous opportunities for diving, surfing and snorkeling.

For whom is Nusa Lembongan suitable as a vacation destination? For those who love peace, beach and nature

Nusa Lembongan is suitable for all who want to experience“the other Baliaway from the tourist strongholds on the main island. Quiet seekers and beach fans come here just as much at their expense as amateur photographers, nature lovers and friends of water sports such as snorkeling.

Those who appreciate a relaxed and familiar ambience in the vacation accommodations are also in good hands on Nusa Lembongan.

Overnight stays on Nusa Lembongan in cozy and family resorts

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Overnight stays on Nusa Lembongan are mainly concentrated in the region in the southwest of the island with its numerous very beautiful beaches. Private, manageable, family-style accommodations are often Australian-owned and offer small fine resorts and spas surrounded by lush gardens. Resorts with yoga are also available for booking.

Beaches and beach quality: Fine sandy dream beaches like Dreambeach and Mushroom Beach

The most beautiful beaches of Nusa Lembongan are concentrated on the western part of the island. Some beaches are grouped at varying distances around the Devil’s Point lookout.

One of the most beautiful beaches is Dreambeach in the southwest, just minutes from Devil’s Point. The fine sandy, spacious dream beach is considered one of the most beautiful and dreamy in the Bali region on the turquoise blue sea.

Mushroom Beach with lively tourist infrastructure as well as ferry to Bali and Nusa Penida

A special feature is the Mushroom Beach, which is also located nearby: here you can find small hotels for those seeking relaxation on the one hand and numerous bars, restaurants and stores on the other hand because of the ferries to Bali and Nusa Penida.

Info and web links about Nusa Lembongan for further reading

Conclusion – Nusa Lembongan as a nature and snorkeling paradise

Nusa Lembongan as part of a small group of islands off the southeast coast of Bali is easy to reach by ferry and offers relaxed and stress-free vacations.

Whether on a tour through the extensive mangrove forests in the northeast or relaxing on the beach and snorkeling on the west coast, the small island with its approximately 5,000 inhabitants always seems relaxed and is overall somewhat quieter in atmosphere than the main island.

Uncomplicated, family Bali with Australian influences

The influence of nearby Australia can be felt on Nusa Lembongan both in the flora and fauna and in the small, familiar and relaxed hotel facilities.

If you want to get to know the other, uncomplicated Bali, you are in good hands here. Island hopping from Bali and back as well as to the neighboring islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan is also possible here.

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