I kind of, not really, but maybe thought I would want to do this, however when I saw it I just couldn’t. Hahahaha yes call me a chicken. Roc looked at it first and said no thanks then I dared him for 1 million Rup and he was up for it. It costs only 80 000 rup and you get an icy cold water for your tension induced dry mouth at the end. It’s located on Nusa Ceningan and there is a lovely view and infinity pool at the restaurant there to enjoy a few drinks or dinner. Follow the signs to The Abyss Zip Lining for a few seconds of dare devil fun across giant waves crashing onto deadly rocks way, way, wayyy below.
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If you are on a budget or just LOVE great local cuisine, when on Nusa Lembongan, you have to pop in to Warung Bu Edy. For 20 000 rup, you can get delicious spicy, coconut chicken, veggies, corn fritter, rice peanut sauce and sambal to take away or dine in. Go early as she sells out ! Located on the main road Jl Jungut Batu on your left as you are heading away from where the boats drop you off !
As you can tell by the photos we have been hanging out here a fair bit. The Beach Club at Sandy Bay Nusa Lembongan is a solid, all round place to hang out for breakfast , lunch, dinner, icecreams, cocktails, pool side hangs and I am pretty sure they had a little wine cellar which I will check to see if it was actually a wine shop !). It is a little tricky to find ( not if you follow the signs or get a pick up from your accommodation), however is worth it. Whilst its not a swimming beach at all, it is very beautiful and great for the kids to make race tracks for hermit crabs. You can come just to enjoy the pool /towel and sunlounge for a small fee or the food here for a meal is one of the best on the island. The kids are welcomed with colouring in and a great range of options for them to eat (Beau does love a bit of bacon with his choclate milkshakes ). Worth travelling for perhaps around 15 minutes from the main bay and along the journey you will see one of the largest temples on the island, a bit of the locals farming life and there is actually a really cute boutique just in front, which I will share details of in another post. We can highly recommend The Beach club at Sandy Bay, the prawn pasta was the best I have ever had and the watermelon with vodkas where so good I had to try three of them !!! Yehaaaaaaaa x
Warung Agung Beach Cafe is a tiny, low key place, around the northern end of the island, past the guy taking the 10 000 rup and before the mangrove forests. There is a strip of casual eatery’s along this stretch of the island serving up fresh grilled seafood and local cuisine, low priced, slow paced island life with your feet in the sand. Don’t be in a hurry, relax and enjoy. This place named after the view of the Mt Agung on the other side of the sea in Bali. Its a little slice of island heaven just perfect for young coconuts, a snorkel or splash for the kids, or to laze around in the hammock with a book ( or your ipad if your like Beau) and just really chill out. The wifi was fast and the pace is slow. Another one of my faves ! x
Crystal Bay is only a 20 minute boat trip from Nusa Lembongan, it will cost you around 120 000 rup per person roughly or about 500 000 rup per boat for a few hours and if you speak to Made at the Sea Coral Shop or organise with The Lembongan Traveller to get it sorted for you, its too easy. Get up earliesh ( around 8am departure time), then explore the coast line around Lembognan and Cenigan, then cross the channel, keep an eye out for teThe Devils Tears, The yellow bridge, the huge sea caves on the way around. Also enjoy the large whirlpools on the ocean and bumpy waters where the tides are changing. You can trawl for fish on the way or head straight to the drop off to catch a glimpse of the Giant Manta rays. The water is beautiful and clear and visablity was amazing. Beautiful corals and loads of tropical fish all from the cast of Finding Nemo. Then head around the cove to the beautiful Crystal Bay. This place is just dreamy, if your early enough you will miss the crowds and have the bay to yourself with just a few locals and their friendly dogs. You can grab a cool drink or snack at the small warungs, sip on a baby coconut or take your own fruit. The water is incredibly clear and warm. The snorkelling straight off the beach is sensational also. Be very aware of the currents in the bay when swimming or snorkelling and always listen to your captains advise and instructions, they have grown up on these waters and know it better than anyone. There is a large beach club for the Bali Hai customers which tend to arrive on large yachets around 10:30 – 11ish, which kind of spoils the tranquility however as suggested go early and miss the crowds and this place is my perfect dream bay ……
We have been hanging out here a fair bit, it may be because of the coffee, the hugs from Sabtu, the chocolate brownies, the fast wifi or just because its totally great. Situated on the main drag the Bali Eco Deli is making a difference one plastic straw and bottle at a time. They have the coolest recylcing program going on, offer the funky metal drink bottles to purchase and refils and are really challenging our use of plastic. As you know we have been adjusting to carrying around our glass straws and feeling proud that we have possibly avoided around 25 straws now, I know that doesnt seem like much but hey I am trying. Although upon reading the sign about god and the kittens my kids are a little disturbed smile emoticon. Rocco is a massive fruit lover and Beau well he has a choc shake additction so pictured here with all his dreams coming true with a choc brownie into the shake he says ” is there really a brownie in there ?”. Anyway pop in and refil your water bottle, catch up on Facebook and Instagram and enjoy.
Nusa Lembongan is the small island just of the coast of Bali. It only takes half an hour by fast boat these days from Sanur. Lembongan is ideal for surfers, divers, snorkelers and for anyone wanting a really relaxed laid back holiday. There is no shopping or upmarket restaurants, no nightclubs and not much traffic. There are no cars as such mainly push bikes, motor bikes, water taxis and a few open backed people movers to transport luggage and guests to their accommodation and between restaurants. I would pack as light as possible, and only what you can carry ( almost like hand luggage size or back packs) although with some transfers the guys will carry things for you, help them out and pack light). Keep in mind as you need to get in and out of cars, get onto boats etc and depending on where you are staying possibly walk up the beach or stairs to get to your accommodation. There are no jetty’s or wharfs as such so depending on the swell and sea conditions will depend if you get wet or not while getting onto the boats and Rocky Fast Cruises are the best. If you are prone to sea sickness grab some Antimo tablets or sachets for the kids and take them an hour before hand pack a few spew bags also for the little ones if you are not sure as we had a kid behind us spewing his little heart out the hole trip) . The main bay, Jungut Batu has the most beautiful crystal clear water at low tide and several popular surf breaks including Ship Wrecks, Lacerations and Playgrounds each catering from beginners to pro levels. Mushroom Bay is nice for a swim and some great people watching and I think you can get on the banana boat ride too if you wish. Stand Up paddle boarding is popular along most of the beaches and you will pay around 100 000 per hour to hire a SUP. Dream beach is beautiful for a swim in low tide and had a great little restaurant with pool to enjoy a few hours for a small fee of around 50 000 rup per person. The currents around Lembongan are notorious and deadly so you really must keep your wits about you at all time, let people know where you are going and when your are due back, do not do things beyond your capacity, keep a very close eye and know your children’s capabilities. I would not be heading to Lembongan if you had complex medical issues as there is no hospital and only 1 small Doctors clinic which was rarely open. I would perhaps also consider changing your money in Sanur before you go for a slightly higher rate. There are several reputable money changes and some ATM’s however they can run out of cash and the exchange rate was a little lower. You can get all your basic supplies in the small local shops however I would certainly take a large amount of quality sun block as it is super hot when the sun is out. Things like nappies, wipes etc were also fairly tricky to locate so I would suggest you bring them with you. You can take your own snorkels, goggles and fins however most of the guys providing boat trips can supply these with vests for smaller children and adults at times. On your boat trips enjoy seeing the giant manta rays, loads of tropical fish and coral, feed the giant fish around near the mangroves or if your’re lucky enough you may bump into a few sea turtles. The water is warm and beautiful however I need to repeat the currents are very, very strong so keep your children very, very close and make sure people know where you are going stick with the group and don’t venture too far from your boat. Most boat trips depending on who you book through and how long you are going for are around 120 00 per person or 500 000 for a few hours, pop in and see Made at the Sea Coral Shop at the bottom of the stairs in the main bay just near the boat drop offs and he will sort you out. Transport around the island is walking, push bikes, open aired trucks, motor bikes( you can hire golf buggies) or water taxi. The roads are in poor condition in most places, full of pot holes etc which is kind of ok as it keeps the traffic slow. To hire a motor bike expect to pay between 70 000 – 75 000 rup per day. You can get people who will take you on the back of their bike also ( sorry not sure how much they charge). Keep in mind if you have an accident on the motorbike your travel insurance may not cover you for medical expenses. Grab a map and perhaps familiarise yourself with the main roads and routes around the island, it is larger than it seems and there are some signs about, and all roads do almost lead you to where you are heading. Be careful if you are riding the motor bike for chickens crossing the road and highway bandits around the island ( small kids selling bracelets and trinkets which wont let you pass without a high-five and a few purchases). At the northern end is a vast mangrove forest and the most magnificent views of Mt Agung and at the other end you can cross the yellow bridge over to Nusa Cenigan. The much larger island which is what you can see from Bali is actually Nusa Penida ( this is the most magnificent place for diving and exploring will do more posts about Crystal Bay etc which is only about 20 minutes by boat to get to) You can enjoy day trips to Nusa Lembognan if you plan in advance and know where you are heading to make the most of your day. I do think its better to enjoy a few days or more to really get into the relaxed island vibe and take your time to explore all the beauty this little island has to offer. The accommodation on the island starts with the most basic bungalows which are just a bed and possible a toilet from around 200 000 Rupiah per night, a little more fancy with a shower and possibly small pool right on the ocean in the main bay including TarciBungalows, Ketut’s Losman, Mainski, and Nusa Indah are in a great location for easy access to the surf and for families wanting beach access. Tigerlillys is not on the beach however a really nice small boutique resort on the main road and for more upmarket stays perhaps have a look at the beautiful Indiana Kenanga in the main bay Batu Karang up on the hill or even the Hai Tide Huts around in Mushroom Bay. There are some stunning villas located around the island also however I am yet to check them out. Keep your eyes on my Facebook page and Instagram account for loads of photos tips and places to see for a drink, coffee, to eat and hang out ! I will also be adding them to the Little Miss Bali App when I get time ! Yehhaaaa we LOVE Lembongan.
We have been staying at Tarci Bungalows on Nusa Lembongan. This place meets all of our requirements – it’s low key, directly in front of Shipwrecks Surf break, very easy on the budget, has a great little restaurant and pool, very friendly staff, really comfy beds and air conditioning. The rooms have a nice little shady veranda and at sunset they bring out the bean bags and traditional umbrellas to enjoy a few beers on the beach. An awesome place to stay for families and couples on a budget. We love it ! For all enquiries and bookings go to – http://tarcibungalows.com/index.php
I cant focus on work, my mind starts to wander, when I am sitting in traffic, making dinner, as I drift off to sleep, its all I think about. Dreaming about my upcoming getaway to Nusa Lembongan. Its been around 6 years since we last visited, I was hesitant as I know there has been considerable development during this time. However I have been Googling, stalking Instagram accounts, getting hot tips and asking for advise (yes I admit I even resorted to glancing at Trip Advisor). I like to know ‘What’s the exchange rate like, can you pick up pre paid sims, which sim card gets the best coverage, where is the best massage, cocktail, snorkelling location and nasi campur”? Not long to go now, my bags are packed I am ready ! I cant wait to share all that I find and LOVE about Nusa Lembongan stay tuned ! for live updates follow me on Instagram @littlemissbali Thanks to The Lembongan Traveller for organising our pick up and boat transfers. This stunning pic was taken by @molamolahouse .