A Romantic Sojourn in Nusa Lembongan Island Bali

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Once we were confirmed by our hotel staff that it wasn’t easy to cover Gili Islands within 2 days (though possible, not advisable), we were majorly disappointed. That was when one of the staff members recommended us to take a trip to Nusa Lembongan Island Bali, and oh boy, how did we never think about it in the first place. 🙂

The Journey to Nusa Lembongan…

It took us barely 10 minutes to book our trip to Nusa Lembongan (after browsing a bit over the internet) and sharp 8 A.M the next morning we were there at the Sanur Shore to catch our speed boat which would take us to the other side of Bali.

We quickly got seated on the speed boat and it took the captain no more than 5 minutes to catch up the speed. It was literally banging against the water currents and we felt that we were in for a rollercoaster ride of a lifetime.

I see Harsh making his way to the top deck through the stairs on the outside of the cruise, and it looks a bit dodgy to me. I don’t put my opinion about it and remain busy in capturing him making his way up to the deck on my Snapchat – captioned, “My bunny manages to reach to the top.”

So when I don’t hear from him for the next 5 minutes, even I decide to hop over to the top too! **Why should I be left behind** So with all the eyes (of other visitors) glued onto me, I rather climb the staircase with the help of a cruise member who reassures me in a meek voice, “Don’t worry, it’s safe.”

The turquoise blue waters were gushing at us at such an enticing thrust that we enjoyed being on the top of the cruise just to get a bit drenched and feel the wildest pitter patter onto ourselves.

You are promised messy hair and tans here and there, but all seems so worth it!

Now just imagine being marooned on a big island for a day where you do not see much civilization. Hey, but there’s Wi-Fi, surprisingly! Or, I should not underestimate Bali.

For us, everything worked just fine. From the weather to the breeze in our face to those cotton candy clouds – everything was just perfect.

The moment we reached ashore, a member of the company with whom we had booked our Lembongan Island trip, greeted us. We took our time to take in the gorgeousness of the landscape. This was a different Bali, for sure!

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The first glimpses of Nusa Lembongan

How the Day Unfurls at Lembongan…

1. Ride in a Pickup Truck

Sitting on the pickup truck, I felt like I was on a movie set of 18th century wherein I was playing a drug peddler, going to meet some drug mafia on a secluded island. Adding to the character were the roads which weren’t flat on the island.

Perhaps, there are no cars on Nusa Lembongan Island Bali and one is transferred to these pickup trucks or scooters only. It took the truck about 20 minutes to get us to the Mushroom Bay, where Mangrove tour awaited.

2. The ‘Dreamy’ Mangrove Tour

We hadn’t set any expectations about the tour and that is what had set the tone of the entire Lembongan Island tour right!

We both glided quietly over the clean still waters between mangrove trees. Swiftly the local guide rowed the wooden canoe, while I couldn’t stop envisioning the most romantic scene from  Nick Cassavetes ‘The Notebook’.

The entire journey was magical and it certainly brought us a little closer to nature. Blue water crashing onto the sand, the natural little alleys amidst the mangroves, watching the fishes dancing below us – couldn’t have been better!

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Trying to soak all the beauty

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There was a nip in the air

3. GO Snorkelling

Lose yourself in the wonderful, crystal clear waters of Nusa Lembongan’s Bay. Coming face to face with a myriad number of colorful fishes will leave you speechless. It will be an amazing experience and you wouldn’t crave for anything other than lazing on the white beach for some time!

On a side note, various daily trips for snorkeling and diving are organized on the island so you do not have worry about slots!

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Water activities galore

4. Enjoy a Scrumptious Meal by the Beachside

Once we were done snorkeling, we came back to the point from where we had started to have our lunch. Our veggie meal was prepared on special request as Bali is famous for its seafood. But to our surprise, the sandwiches and beans were actually delectable. Made from region’s fresh produce with tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs from the garden, those sandwiches were exceptionally filling.

What added to the overall magic of the beachside lunch at the shack was the sudden rainfall. It was a sight to behold and I just couldn’t do anything but soak in the beauty.

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A meal to this view

5. Hike to the Panorama Point

A perfect photo stop, Panorama Point offers a charming view of orange color houses perched atop the hills.

It’s just ideal for stopping by and taking a few pictures while admiring the stunning views. You just need to stay on the main road from Jungut Batu and move up a steep hill to get to the Panorama Point.

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A quick photo stop

6. Capture Dramatic Swash at Devil’s Tears

Devil’s Tears is one place that stood out on Lembongan Island for both of us. Well, you might think that the name sounds intimidating, but wait until you discover the site for yourself!

Just don’t let this bay fool you with its false sense of composure as it would lose its serenity within seconds. Despite being majestic, the scenery is quite menacing. We were left awestruck at the daunting showcase of Mother Nature’s violent streak, which was stunningly beautiful.

The merciless, thundering sound created each time the giant waves hit the narrow limestone cliff gave us all sorts of goosebumps.

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The menacing Devils Tears

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Time for a picture

7. Visit the Dream Beach

Witness the fierce force of Indian Ocean here at the Dream Beach in Nusa Lembongan. To the South of Devil’s Tears, this beach is a striking narrow strip of white sand that is renowned for big tides.

Harsh couldn’t resist the temptation of turquoise blue waters, and without a second thought, he plunged into the pool.

Ah, the big waves! No doubt, it is one of the most favorite hangout spots for the European backpackers!

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The ‘Dreamy’ Dream Beach

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Everything looks surreal

Highlights & Tips

♣ The best time to plan a visit to Nusa Lembongan Island is between the months of May and September. You should avoid a visit during January and February as the island receives rain during these months.

♣ Nusa Lembongan is an island paradise where neither hawkers nor traffic dampens the gorgeous imagery. You’ll be lured by pure aqua blue waters and the slower pace of life, two things you can never get enough of!

♣ The authenticity of the island reflects in its people and the community. They indulge in farming, cutting up coconut trees and collecting seaweed to fend for themselves.

♣ Visiting Lembongan Island is pretty easy as it is just 30 minutes ferry ride away from Sanur.

♣ It is an altogether different side of Bali and dramatically contrasting to its sister island. You can rent a scooter for dirt cheap here and go around exploring the island yourself.

♣ If you plan on staying here for a week or so, you can get yourself accommodated in a thatched roof beach hut that you’ll get for around $40.

Everything moves at a languid pace in Nusa Lembongan Island Bali. There’s no worry and no rush in this part of the world. Locals just care about making the ends meet and life is extremely simple here.

If you wish to book a one-day excursion to Nusa Lembongan Island in Bali, contact us as we might help you plan it for a relatively inexpensive price. 😉

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Have you been to Bali? If NOT, let these pictures set the mood for taking a trip to the island nation.

Author: Prerna

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13 Comments

  • Reply Flo July 17, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Panorama Point and Devil’s Tears look so picturesque! I’ve heard great things about Nusa Lembongan and it looks like a stunning place to spend a few days.

  • Reply Ada July 17, 2017 at 11:34 am

    wow Nusa Lembongan does looks like a paradise island! I am planning my trip to Bali this year and I am looking whats around! I am glad I found it as I might now visit Nusa Lembongan! I can not resist a clear water like that 😀 Great photos !

  • Reply Tracie Howe July 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    I also ended up in Nusa Lembongan instead of the Gillis! I was so happy to find myself there too! It’s a gorgeous island, and I loved how it was still pretty quiet and not too touristy. I didn’t make it to the Mangrove area, but I did get to go snorkeling. Did you see the Manta Rays?

  • Reply Maria July 17, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    everything looks so pretty!

  • Reply jen July 18, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Very stunning! I wish i had visited this place when I and my bf went to Indonesia. We had an epic adventure in Mt. Bromo though. But will comeback for this.

  • Reply Suma - Tales of travelling sisters July 18, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    What a beautiful place! Seems like you got lucky when you couldn’t visit Gili Islands. Couldn’t ask for a better way to spend time than on an isloated island.

  • Reply Elena July 18, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    It seems like you were lucky after all. I know that is difficult when you have to change plans, but even when you end up in a new destination you discover that it has something good to offer.

  • Reply Iza Abao July 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

    This place is beautiful and tranquil. There are a lot of fun things to do as well. I would like to join the banana boat ride. You have mentioned that Bali is famous for its seafood. I can imagine myself being there and eating a delicious seafood dish. Yum!

  • Reply Sandy N Vyjay July 20, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Nusa Lembongan Island looks so mesmerizing. A paradise on earth. Love the seclusion of the place. This is one of the lesser visited islands and hence retains a pristine charm that seems untouched as yet,

  • Reply Kate July 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Looks so relaxing! Seems like there is a lot to do even for it’s size. I would love to take that canoe trip!

  • Reply Adrenaline Romance July 23, 2017 at 6:35 am

    What a scenic place and full of adventures. The Devil’s Tears is really interesting; dangerous places like these (we are assuming that jumping/swimming there is prohibited) helps us realize just how powerful Mother Nature is. Is scuba diving allowed in Lembongan? We would love to dive there.

  • Reply Only By Land July 23, 2017 at 8:52 am

    hen I finally visit Bali I will definitely do the Lembongan tour. Devils Tears looks like such an Instagrammable spot as does Panorama Point. The cruise out there sounds fun too!

  • Reply SindhuMurthy July 24, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Woow! I m getting goosebumps reading about the devil’s tears. Truly, nothing can beat mother nature in its fury. Also, the dreamy beach definitely looks dreamy. I m already dreaming of lazing on the pristine sand there

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