Just a small island off the south east coast of the main island of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is becoming a major holiday destination for travel to Bali. Worlds away from the bustling pace of south Bali, Nusa Lembongan is the perfect place to rest and relax with no traffic or vendors to disrupt the peace.
With some of the clearest blue water you'll find anywhere, naturally the main activities on Nusa Lembongan are surfing, diving and snorkelling. Whilst surfing can get a little crowded, this is mostly due to the good waves the beach has to offer. However there are several white sand beaches a little further away from the main areas and these are never crowded. The abundant marine life and healthy, colourful coral that exist in these waters are what make diving and snorkelling such popular attractions here.
The mostly natural attractions like the stunning beaches, coastal landscapes and sunsets are the biggest drawcards with limited man made attractions mostly confined to temples and the scenic suspension bridge. What many may not know is that there is also a flourishing and well established seaweed farming industry in Nusa Lembongan which is quite interesting to learn about.
But for the more adventurous, the water-based activities of surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling are where it's at. Diving is excellent quality in the crystal clear waters and there are a number of reputable dive shops around, making Nusa Lembongan a great place to learn. Families with children will not be short of options. The full gamut of typical resort-type, mechanised water sports are available, including jet-skis, para-sailing, wake-boarding and banana boats. Those who care a little more about the environment may be keener to try the sea kayaking option.
The climate of Nusa Lembongan is quite similar to that of the neighbouring 'mainland' of Bali, however it is noticeably drier, particularly in May to September. If there is a time to avoid visiting the island it is in the height of the wet season between January and February, however the weather remains pleasant for the rest of the year.
Nusa Lembongan is perfect for walking around as the coastal paths link nearly all of the guest houses, hotels and restaurants and afford great views back to Bali and the island's spectacular sunsets. You can also cross by foot to the neighbouring island of Nusa Ceningan via the scenic suspension bridge. Bicycles are also a popular way to get around and can be rented from most hotels and the mainly flat roads are well surfaced making them an easy ride.