Escape to Nusa Lembongan

Eternal Bali. There’s always something to see and experience, but this time we get off the beaten track and check in on Nusa Lembongan.

Nusa Lembongan is a small island off the southeast coast of the main island of Bali. It is the perfect getaway for those searching for peace and quiet. Nusa Lembongan is far from the hustle and bustle of Bali’s more touristy areas.  This secluded yet mesmerising island has beautiful beaches and underwater delights.

It is only 30 minutes to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur. You can start your day on Nusa Lembongan with a marine walk, famously known as sea walker. Wearing a diving helmet, you can explore several metres beneath the sea. For 10 to 15 minutes under the water, you get to feed the fish and watch as they swim around you in schools. It is a great experience, and even better you don’t need a diving license. Your guide will give you instructions and communicate with you through hand signals. The trick is just to relax and don’t panic.

If you’re not comfortable being a sea walker, head to the other side of the island and explore the sea with a little snorkelling. All the gear is provided by the operator. I saw table coral and lots of colourful fish. Just pay attention during stingray season. Make a fun splash with a banana boat ride with friends. It’s fun, you don’t need to get wet and it’s safe for all ages. Life jackets are provided and a guide will accompany you on the boat.

Done with water activities, passengers will be transferred to the island and spend some time at the beach restaurant. But not for me, because I took the one-hour island tour package to explore some of the highlights of Nusa Lembongan. We took an open-air vehicle called an angkot to explore the beauty of Nusa Lembongan. First stop was Panorama Point, the best spot for capturing the scenery of Nusa Lembongan. We stopped for five minutes and then continued our journey to a seaweed village. The village was five minutes from Panorama Point, just a little bump in the road. It has a peaceful ambience and is a good spot for photos. The last stop is Jembatan Cinta or Love Bridge.

This yellow bridge is made of teakwood and steel and only handles motorcycles and bicycles. This bridge connects to Nusa Ceningan, a small island with beautiful beaches and views. Unfortunately, we only had 10 minutes on Nusa Ceningan to snap some photos and enjoy the views from one of the island’s iconic spots.

After that, we headed back to the beach club for lunch and some relaxation poolside. If you still have energy, the tour offers kayaking off the beach. Or maybe you would rather laze on the beach and soak in the sun. At 2pm, we gathered near the jetty to set sail back to Sanur. I’ll see you when I see you again, Nusa Lembongan.

Text by Priscilla Picauly | Photos by Febri Amar

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