Checking out Nusa Lembongan Bali


The old saying is true, that visitors to your see more of it than you do. I am a longtern visitor to Bali, and have seen my fair share of it. One part of Bali I have never seen, that is popular
with visitors, is Nusa Lembongan.

Looking a map of Bali, you can see 3 islands across the Badung Strait to the south. These are Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. The tourist island is Nusa Lembongan, famous for its surfing breaks (Shipwrecks, Lacerations, Playgrounds) and for its days trips for snorkeling.

Ika and Jevon are going to Java for most of Ramadan and the week of Idul Fitri. Ika wants him to experience the festive atmosphere and feel the spirit of the occassion, much like being in England for Christmas.

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This gives me some extra space with which to explore and a trip to Nusa Lembongan is overdue. Looking at my guide book, the ‘Natural Guide to Bali‘, it tells me there are several ways I could get to Nusa Lembongan. These include: Public boats from Sanur beach, leaving daily at 8am and 10am (90 minute one-way, 35,000rp). Coming back the boats leave at 7.30am from Jungutbatu.

Perama does a shuttle from Sanur, leaving at 10.30am and returning at 8.30am, for 50,000rp. I’ll probably take Perama, as they are most likely be on time, and have a boat with no holes in. It is possible to charter a private boat for 300,000rp.

For people staying in Kuta, Perama has an office about 50 meters before the bottom end of Jl. Legian. Pop in and ask about their latest schedules and rates.

What’s on Nusa Lembongan?
Nusa Lembongan is basically a quiet fishing community located on a dry island. Westeners go there for surfing, staying at the guest houses in front of Lacerations and snorkeling, from day trip boats. There is budget accomodation as well as higher end. I’ll go for the budget and give a rundown of what else is there.