Nusa Lembongan, a small island between Bali and Nusa Penida in Badung Strait, is the perfect holiday hideaway with few visitors and pristine un-spoilt beaches.Inland the terrain is scrubby and very dry, with volcanic stonewalls and processional avenues crisscrossing the small cactus-covered hills. Overlooking Sanghiang Bay with its clear blue waters, the Nusa Lembongan Resort offers a panoramic view of eastern Bali and the majestic silhouette of Mount Agung.
Have you ever dreamt of lying on a hammock on a deserted tropical island, palm trees aplenty, basking under the warmth of sunny blue skies, hidden white sandy beaches with amazingly beautiful shades of aqua water lapping at her shores and sunsets which will leave you gasping in amazement?This would be like dreaming of Nusa Ceningan - or as it is sometimes referred to, Ceningan Island.
Nusa Penida is a small island located just off the south-east coast of Bali that largely remains in its natural state, relatively untouched by tourism development. Regardless of the chilly water temperatures, the ocean surrounding Nusa Penida lends itself to some spectacular diving and snorkelling opportunities.
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It takes about 30 minutes by fast boat transfer from Sanur beach. There is also available scheduled public boat start from 08.00 AM at Sanur beach. Ship Cruise leaves from Benoa harbour is available with one day earlier booking.
Nusa Lembongan has a tropical climate being just located below the equator. Temperatures average around 30′C all year round.
The wet season occurs October to March, and as with all tropical climates the humidity at this time can be oppressive. The dry season occurs from April to September, with less humid conditions and sunnier weather. This is usually the most popular time to travel to Bali.
Most rainfall in Nusa Lembongan will occur during the wet season, but downpours are typical and can occur at anytime, usually not lasting too long.
Diving Sites surrounding Nusa Ceningan, Lembongan & Penida
Nusa Ceningan and its surrounding islands offer some of the best diving to be found anywhere in Bali. All three islands have locations suitable for diving, with the clean, clear water being home to some magnificent coral.
Diving in this area is tidal and most dives are drift dives, as currents can be ripping between the islands, particularly as the tides change. *These dive sites are NOT suitable for beginers.*
Pelagic are the main attraction here and you have a good chance to see jacks, mackerel, tuna, turtle and mantas. Sharks are common and big mantas are frequently sighted.
When the water gets cooler, you have a much better chance of seeing the giant Mola Mola (sunfish) which prefer the colder waters. Mantas can be seen consistently during certain times of the year.
Sental Buyuk: Located on the North coast of Nusa Penida, this dive site offers a great drift dive. The coral here is in extremely good health and the site itself is teeming with aquatic life. A current is always present and ranges from a pleasant, relaxing 1 knot drift, rising up to 4 knots, visibility is very clear approximately 20 - 30 metres.
Toyapakeh: Located on the North side of Penida Island. This location is probably the single most popular dive site and is regarded by many as the best. Populated with big gorgonian and soft coral bushes the topography is excellent and it is possible to view very striking coral formations. The dive suits experienced divers
Manta Point: This is a lime stone rock off the southwest coast of Nusa Penida, known as a cleaning station for the manta rays. It is an amazing opportunity to view these magnificent creatures glide to the rock with large mouth open to allow the smaller fish to go about there cleaning.
Blue Corner: Located on the northwest of Nusa Lembongan, this is a very popular drift dive location. Caution must be taken, as the current can be strong and can try to pull you downwards. Shark, manta, tuna, barracuda, can be found here and mola-mola can be seen in the season of August to September.
Lembongan Point: The Lembongan Point dive site is located on the coast of northern Nusa Lembongan.Running to a depth of 16 meters or more, a current is always present in this area meaning diving will always be a drift, ranging up to a pleasant, relaxing, 4 knots.
Crystal Bay: Located on the south west of Penida Island and across the channel from Ceningan Island, Crystal Bay is a sheltered cove with a rocky island in the middle. The visibility is generally perfect and the clear water teems with all kinds of small aquatic life.
Ceningan Wall Dive: Ceningan Wall dive is located in the Channel between Ceningan Island and Penida Island. The current is continuously changing between north or south, and is quite unpredictable, hence, this is considered a very challenging dive and should only be undertaken by the most experienced of divers with a highly experienced back up team.
Surfing The Islands
Various great surfing opportunities exist around Ceningan and Lembongan, with March through to September being the best time of the year for surfing these locations...
Ceningans: A very consistent left-hander which, while a little unruly during bigger swells, is easier to surf than most spots in Bali. A good bet when tide too low for Lasso's etc and on small days when Shipwrecks,
Shipwrecks: A fast, short, right hand wave that jacks up at the right moment to produce a hollow barrel, works best at mid to high tide, currents can cause problems.
Lacerations: Located to the right looking back from Shipwrecks. Lacerations is a fast, shallow right hand wave with broad barrels, works in 2-5ft of swell.Low tide is very dangerous and shallow so better to surf mid tide or higher.
Playgrounds: To the very south of the bay, Playgrounds is easier to get to and less dangerous. A left and right reef break, it suits the less experienced especially if Lacerations and Shipwrecks are too big to surf. It is however, hollow and fast, with just as much potential for getting sliced up on the coral.
Go snorkeling to explore and discover the fascinating under water world at Lembongan Island and surrounding Ceningan and Penida Islands.
Visit three islands (Lembongan, Ceningan & Penida) on a boating and/or fishing trip aboard a "Jukung" (Balinese traditional boat). Two hour tour rates available, min. 2 persons. Boat tours exploring the beautiful and unique mangrove forest are also available.
Enjoy our massage service in private. You may completely relax in harmony with nature and the islands surroundings.
For unforgettable times join our water activities, such as : banana boat rides, snorkeling, kayaking, under water exploring.
Nightlife on Nusa Lembongan is pretty relaxed, but Scooby Doo Beach Bar & Restaurant certainly stands out from the crowd. You can find this popular bar halfway along Jungutbatu Beach, right next door to Big Fish. By day, funky tunes play quietly as you sit and watch boats come and go, tourists milling around on the beach or the local seaweed farmers hard at work. Enjoy a cold drink or one of the many cocktails on offer as the sun sets and take in the view.
By night, Scoobys becomes one of the most popular bars on the island. Great food at affordable prices is available until late and tables right on the beach allow you to bury your toes in the sand while soaking up the atmosphere. Scoobys also plays popular international sports on wide screen TV, which normally draws a crowd – yet another excuse for a beer!
Effective Jan 26, 2010, visitors holding valid passports from certain countries (Please check with your nearest Indonesian diplomatic mission or Tourism Indonesia office to know eligible countries) can now only obtain a 30-days visa on arrival (VOA).
The official entry requirements for the issuance of this 30-days visa-on arrival:
Passport must be from one of the countries listed above (Please check with your nearest Indonesian diplomatic mission or Tourism Indonesia office to know eligible countries).
Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months from the expected date of departure from Indonesia.
Payment of US$25 must be paid at the gateway.
Onward or return tickets are compulsory.
Visitors must enter and exit through one of the 15 airports or 21 seaports officially approved as an "international gateway" by the Indonesian Immigration department.
Please make sure that you have one entire blank page for the placement of your visa. If there is no page available, you run the risk of being turned away from Indonesia.
The visa on arrival facility will only be available at the following international gateways:
Airports: Medan, Pekanbaru, Padang, Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta), Halim Perdana Kusuma (Jakarta), Surabaya, Bali, Manado, Yogyakarta, Solo, Mataram (Lombok), Balikpapan, Makassar, Kupang.
Seaports: Batam, Tanjung Uban (Bintan), Belawan (Medan), Sibolga (Sumatra), Dumai, Teluk Bayar (Padang, Sumatra), Padang Bai (Bali), Jayapura (Papua), Padang (Sumatra), Bitung (North Sulawesi), Tanjung Balaikarimun, Tanjung Mas (Semarang), Kupang, Pare Pare (South Sulawesi), Makassar (South Sulawesi).
For further information, please check with your nearest Indonesian diplomatic mission or Tourism Indonesia office.
Following a number of deaths resulting from the consumption of local arak contaminated with methanol in 2009, travellers to Indonesia are advised to be extremely cautious when consuming local liquor. Most of the fatalities have occurred in Bali, the Gili Islands and Java.
The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering Indonesia.