After leaving behind the idylic Gili Islands, I was looking for another Indonesian paradise. This is when the helpful staff from Le Pirate Beach Club came to rescue the day. They told me about another archipelago of islands – Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan. Even finding accomodation was easy since Le Pirate Beach Club had the same beach huts in Nusa Ceningan as well. Me and Valentin booked our next beach villa, speed boat ticket and we were off to explore the islands.
Nusa Lembongan is the most populary travelled of the three islands. Our speed boat from Gili Trawangan was horrible! We booked Scoot and instead of a 3h boat ride they managed to turn it into a 5h boat ride. They were so disorganized, when we reached there they didn’t had enough cars to drop us at our hotel so we had to wait more. My advise: stay away from Scoot, book with them only if it’s your last choice!
Going back to the islands, they are most easily accessed by a short 1h boat ride from the west coast town of Sanur, Bali (this was our ticket back to Bali). Nusa Lembongan is connected to its neighbouring island, Nusa Ceningan, by a yellow bridge that makes so easy to combine exploration of the two islands. As for Nusa Penida, it is accesible by boat, around 15 min ride. At the yellow bridge you will find plenty of boats that will take you to the third island of the trio. Don’t forget to negotiate the price!
I visited Nusa Lembongan at the end of October 2017, which is the rainy season and a time most of people avoid. But for every rainy day that was forcasted, we had one full day of sun! There isn’t so much to do on the islands, but that’s the beauty of it. You have a tropical beach always at your door step to relax on, not to mention the beautiful feeling that is only you on the island!
Nusa Lembongan is the perfect place to get your diving certificate! If you are like me and don’t fancy diving, there are some great snorkelling day trips you can do. Both water activities allow you to see the island’s famous Mantas. For a snorkelig trip, I would recommend contacting Diasa from D&B Bungalows. He is a certified dive master and his attention for the sea and fish is out of this world. I saw him several times collecting plastic litter out of the sea! On our day trip the sea was a bit rough, so when we reached Manta Point there where no Mantas in sight. Diasa went in the water and looked for the Mantas for about 20 minutes. After he saw them, he told us to get in the water as well! One of the best snorkelling trips that I had!
To explore more of the islands, we rented a bike and went around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The islands are smaller than you imagine and you can totally do it in a day! On our day trip we visited Devil’s tears, which is the best thing to do on the island in my opinion. This is a pretty spectacular show of mother nature, with waves crashing through the limestone. Devil’s tear is accessible only by foot from Dream Beach. You just need to follow the water to the right and you’ll find it. You can already hear the waves smashing. Although this is an amazing place for sunset, we started driving towards Mahana Point, which was closer to where we were staying. Here you can cliff jump from aprox. 10m, surf and enjoy a great atmosphere at sunset: beautiful views, music, Bintangs, great people and puppies!
On Nusa Penida we only got to see Kelingking Beach. This Instagram famous coastal cliffscape will not disappoint. This is definetely one of those landscapes that makes you feel so small! When we reached there we forgot about the awful roads leading here. At times we were just driving over small rocks! Me and Valentin took a short trek down but didn’t venture onto the beach. I mean reaching the beach I could do that, but then hike back up: No, thank you!
Have you been to this Indonesian paradise? What did you think? Where did you visit? Leave your tips in the comments below!
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