When you talked about Bali, you are probably aware of the temples such as Uluwatu and Tanah Lot and you have probably discover yourself while walking around Ubud. You might have stayed at either Kuta and Seminyak simply because of the reviews.
I’ve been working in Singapore for more than 3 years now (Yay?) I love Bali so much that I usually go there once in a while. I honestly think Bali is an expensive place compare to its neighboring Cities, Towns and Villages but its so beautiful and peaceful and yet it has a wide variety of food to choose from and places to go to.
Since its my nth time in Bali, I decided to visit an island that my local friend recommended a few years back. He mentioned that the beach is nicer and the island is more peaceful because there are only few people in the area compare to the City Center (True enough).
The reason why my boyfriend and I decided to explore the Nusa Islands particularly Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan (we want another reason to go back so we are leaving Nusa Penida in our list)
HOW TO GO THERE?
There are 4 options, you can check this very helpful article by Travel Fish, How to go to Nusa Lembongan from Bali.
If we have more time, I’d like to experience taking the normal boat but we took Rocky Fast Cruise (Fast Boat) going to the island instead because we are also rushing. We paid 500,000 Rupiah (SGD $51.00) for a return ticket (pickup & drop-off included). It took us 40 mins. to reach the island. I hate boat rides, I do not get sea sick but I hate the sound of people vomiting.
I found this list also just in case you want more option. Price ranges from 100,000 Rupiah to 600,000 Rupiah depending on how good you are in negotiating.
Bali Hai Cruises
T: (0361) 720 331
T: (0361) 726 666
T: (0361) 750 808
Rocky Fast Cruises
T: (0361) 801 2324
Scoot Fast Cruises
T: (0361) 285 522
WHERE TO STAY?
We are not particular with hotels. Miguel and I believe that we can splurge our money on food and activities but not on hotels unless we plan to not do anything but that is never the case.
In Nusa Lembongan, we stayed at Bay Shore Huts. The thing is there are not much hotels to choose from at this area but I suggest to look for a hotel near the beach. Nusa Lembongan is quite small and you can roam around the area using motorbike or bikes. There are only few cars and is not recommendable due to the road being extremely narrow.
I always check TripAdvisor for hotel reviews and if you want to know more about Bay Shore Huts, you can check this link for reviews Bay Shore Huts.
The hotel is quite nice. You’ll have your own bungalow like a nipa hut, the staff are really nice, the room is clean, bathroom is neat and big enough, the food in their restaurant is quite good and it is located in front of the beach. Happy to have stayed in this hotel.
For a list of Nusa Lembongan hotels you can check this link: Nusa Lembongan Hotels
NUSA LEMBONGAN DAY 1
We took the fast boat at 12 nn from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan, so we arrived at the hotel around 2:30 pm as we have to wait for everyone else to settle their things.
We’re so hungry so we end up just eating at the hotel. After that we rented a pickup truck to tour us around which is quite a bad idea because we could have done it by ourselves, we’re just too lazy. The tour is about 3 hours and we paid about 300,000 Rupiah.
The tour consist of:
- Panorama Point
This is such a nice view but in reality, the surrounding is a pile of trash with lots of kids asking to take selfies so they can ask money from you.
Like this one…
- Yellow Bridge (Connection between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan)
The bridge is quite unique because of its color but the amazing part is the view from Nusa Lembongan to the next island. I do not have pictures but the view is really good, I had the hard time taking pictures because 1. The car is moving and 2. Keeping it in my mind’s memory.
- Dream Beach
Dream beach is such a dream. If I’m ever going back to Nusa Lembongan, I’ll definitely stay in this place. Its so magical and unreal. I feel so small being in this place, traveling sometimes makes you realize that you are a just a piece of trash simply because the world is so big and beautiful and yet people in general are so full of themselves.
We stayed here for about an hour, lying down and talked about life in general. Lucky enough to be with someone who likes exploring as much as I do.
- Devil’s Tear
We waited for the sunset at Devil’s Tear but too bad Mr. Sun didn’t show up. Even though, its still wonderful to see God’s creation at its finest. The sound of the wave hitting the rocks is like a memory you’ll never forget.
It was a long day for us so we decided to head back at the hotel.
By the way, you can try these restaurants! J. Hai Bar & Grill (prawns), Sandy Bay Beach Club ( BQ Tuna or Mahi Mahi), Panorama Restaurant ( Nasi Goreng), Dream Beach Restaurant ( Curry), Warung Patu (Nasi Goreng) and finally Bali Eco Deli (salads).
There are other places besides the one I listed that you can visit.
- Visit the Mangrove Forest!!!!
- Snorkeling trip… always wanted this but Miguel loves the beach and hates water (odd)
- Have a massage. Their massage is relatively cheap and extremely good
NUSA CENINGAN DAY 2
Nusa Ceningan is just a few minutes away from Nusa Lembongan via the yellow bridge. Instead of hiring a pick up truck, we then decided to explore the nearby island via motorbike (Best decision ever!!!) If you don’t know how to drive, you can always ask locals around and they’ll be happy to tour you for a fee of 100,000 Rupiah/ Hour which is about SGD 10.00.
Compare to Nusa Lembongan, restaurants, bars and even hotels are scarce in Nusa Ceningan. But I think its still best to visit the place. You will not regret it!
Our boat back to Sanur was around 5 pm so we still have time to explore. Hence, these are the places worth visiting if you have extra time.
- Blue Lagoon
Our first stop was blue lagoon, there are no people during the time of our visit. it was actually a cliff jump point but the government decided to close it because its too dangerous.
- Mahana Point
This is where surfers do their thing. You’ll see about 15 of them catching the waves all together and it was such an amazing view. You can also cliff jump (legally).
our tour guide also decided to bring us to hidden places with good view but I can’t remember the name so I’ll just post the pictures.
There are other places besides the one I listed that you can visit.
- Secret Beach – Heard that it is the clearest beach in Bali
- Driftwood Bar – Infinity Pool + View of the Beach
- Watch a few dolphins and Manta Rays
- Scuba Dive or Snorkelling
- Check Le Pirate Beach Club for instagram purposes
I still feel like I missed a lot during the trip and should have stayed in the Nusa Islands longer but nevertheless, it was a fun and memorable trip.
We went back to Sanur at 5 pm and the drop- off to the airport or anywhere in (Seminyak/ Kuta) from Sanur is already included in the package if you take Rocky Fast Cruise.
Then back to reality. Sigh.