Head to Nusa Lembongan For a Weekend Escape

Nusa Lembongan is fast becoming a popular option for relaxing weekend escapes but what makes this small island located Southeast of Bali, special?

We know there are different strokes for different folks, but finding a tropical island relatively untouched and retaining much of its natural beauty has to be a plus for most people. If that sounds like what you’re looking for, you should head to Nusa Lembongan.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities in Nusa Lembongan, including snorkeling, diving, surfing, and kayaking in clear blue waters; just unwinding on some fabulous beaches including Dream Beach, Mushroom Bay, and Sandy Bay, which offer excellent opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing; taking a walk along the beachfront paths and enjoying the island’s natural beauty; visiting the Devil’s Tear, a natural rock formation that creates dramatic waves and trying fresh seafood and local Indonesian cuisine at one of the island’s many restaurants.

Another highlight of Nusa Lembongan has to be the marine life. The island is surrounded by healthy coral reefs that are home to a variety of tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays and other incredible marine creatures. Visitors can also take a snorkeling or diving trip to explore this magnificent underwater world.

Getting There

There are a few ways to get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali:

Fast Boat: One of the most popular ways to get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali is by taking a fast boat. There are several fast boat operators that provide daily services from Sanur, Serangan, or Padangbai to Nusa Lembongan. The journey usually takes around 30-minutes to an hour, depending on the departure point.

Public Ferry: You can also take a public ferry from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan. The public ferry departs from Sanur beach every hour and takes around 90-minutes to reach Nusa Lembongan.

Private Boat: You can also arrange for a private boat transfer from Bali to Nusa Lembongan. This option provides more flexibility in terms of departure time and allows you to enjoy a more personalized service.

Where to Stay

Nusa Lembongan has a variety of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. Here are some suggestions for the best places to stay in Nusa Lembongan for a weekend break:

Ponder Cottages: This 4-bedroom villa, just behind the beach of Jungut Batu Bay, has a 7-metre swimming pool with pool beds, a spacious traditional Bale, a full kitchen, two outdoor lounge settings and a lush tropical garden. It’s the perfect hideaway for a tranquil and private experience to ponder life’s more important matters.

Sandy Bay Beach Club: This beachfront resort offers comfortable rooms and villas with stunning ocean views. It also has a beach club, restaurant, and infinity pool, making it an ideal place to relax and unwind.

The Tamarind Resort: This resort features traditional Balinese-style bungalows set amidst lush tropical gardens. It also has a pool, spa, and restaurant, and is within walking distance to Mushroom Bay Beach.

Indiana Kenanga Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa: This luxurious boutique hotel features spacious villas with private pools and ocean views. It also has a spa, restaurant, and beachfront bar, and is located near Dream Beach.

Tigerlillys Boutique Hotel: This hotel offers stylish rooms and suites with modern amenities and a tropical ambiance. It also has a rooftop pool and bar, and is within walking distance to Jungut Batu Beach.

Secret Point Huts: This budget-friendly option offers simple and comfortable huts with a beachfront location and stunning sunset views. It also has a beach bar and restaurant, and is a short walk from the famous surf break at Secret Point.

Overall, Nusa Lembongan is definitely worth visiting for a weekend getaway. The island’s stunning natural beauty, abundance of activities, great places to stay and eat as well as a relaxed atmosphere make it a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.

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