Nusa Lembongan: A Penida Gem

My latest trip overseas was a three week jaunt in Indonesia this past September, and yes, it did take me this long to actually write about it. Although it was the shortest trip I’ve taken it may have been the most eventful to date considering that within the span of 17 days I got seven stitches, lost my debit card and was attacked by a monkey. More on all that later though..

I made a nice little circle around Indonesia by spending the weekend catching up with friends in Jakarta, jetting over to Bali for a week, moseying up to Sulawesi for some mummies and ending up back in Jakarta to head home. I’d write about Jakarta, but there isn’t much to share, however, for those interested in it I’ve generously provided a picture and nice little summary in the form of a haiku: 

Jakarta streets

People, litter, cars.
Toilet bowl built on sidewalk?
Why Jakarta, why?


There are three islands off of the southeastern tip of Bali: Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Cenigan and Nusa Penida. Most people who plan a trip to these islands simply say they are going to Nusa Penida (myself included) though you’ll likely spend the least amount of time on Penida and probably won’t even be staying overnight there since there are maybe five options of accommodation to choose from. Instead, most stay on one of the smaller islands and take a boat over for a day trip. During my 5 days I spent 3 on Lembongan and one day each on Cenigan and Penida.

If I were to do it again or offer advice, I’d suggest one day exploring Lembongan, one day for Cenigan, and two days for Penida (it’s bigger than it looks, trust me). I’m hoping I’m not too lazy and end up writing a post for each, but I thought I’d start off with the one I stayed on, Nusa LembonganI’m not sure why there isn’t more hype around Lembongan because it’s a small gem in it’s own right; a lazy little island with pure blue water, cliffs with crazy huge crashing waves and a decent beach to lay on for the afternoon if it so tickles your fancy. There is also a rapidly growing surf and dive scene and I hear the manta rays are a fun bunch to hang out with down under. 

Devil's Tear, Nusa Lembongan

Balinese Hindu Offerings


I’m a fan of seeing sights on my own time so I usually opt for a motorbike, which I rented from my hotel (50-75k IDR/day). If motorbikes aren’t your thing there are also bicycles for rent, golf buggies (yes, you read that correctly), and walking isn’t off the table since it’s such a small island. You can also catch a ride on one of the handy-dandy local pickup trucks that function as the island’s mini-bus.

Nusa Lembongan motorbike rides



**DREAM BEACH BONUS**Tourists in Nusa Lembongan

Stand dangerously close to a Chinese tour group and you’ll involuntarily be grabbed by several strangers wanting to take pictures on your phone. General rule of thumb: the older the lady, the tighter her arm grip. It’s great, seriously, try it. Or don’t because it’s incredibly awkward and all you’ll be thinking about is how to successfully run away without falling off the cliff.

DEVIL’S TEAR.Waves at Devil's Tear (Nusa Lembongan, Bali)

Waves at Devil's Tear (Nusa Lembongan, Bali)

Cliffs at Devil's Tear (Nusa Lembongan, Bali)

Holy moly, these waves are something else. I walked around the craggily rocks for at least two hours watching in pure awe at these massive waves rolling along intense blue waters and thunderously crashing against the cliffs. The water is probably 40 feet below from where you stand and the waves still reach unbelievable heights. I know I’m really geeking out over these waves, but holy smokes were they phenomenal. AND DID I MENTION THAT THEY WERE HUGE?


Panorama Point on Nusa Lembongan, Bali


Temples on Nusa Lembongan, Bali


It’s like people watching, but 1000x better. Plus, you can randomly go pet them and they don’t get mad at all, the same can’t be said for people.Beach dogs of Nusa Lembongan, BaliThis woofer was not to be disturbed as he worked on his tan

These shy and sleepy puppers were hungry for petsIMG_3116This floof just wanted to keep cool on a toasty beach day

These two good boys were ready for their close-upIMG_3355Does anyone know this breed of doggo? Do tell.

IMG_3108And let us not forget the back of this fluffer’s head and his camera-shy friend


THE DECK CAFE & BAR.View of Mount Batur, Nusa Lembongan, Bali

Walk a little up the hill to this sweet little place and I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed. Plus, there are cozy pillows to get comfortable and take in the view of the water and Mount Batur way in the distance. Sure, it’s a bit more expensive (by Indonesian standards) yet worth every penny.


This was my go-to breakfast place! Semi-outdoors, eco-friendly (obviously), and home to delicious coffee. There are also super cool looking tables if, you know, you’re into that sort of thing.



Puri Kirana Bungalows($25/night) are super clean, have a friendly staff and a pool with palm trees right outside the windows! One of the staff even drove me to the boats when I was unable to walk there without looking like a pathetic gimp (another story for another day perhaps).

And that wraps up my super short yet incredibly sweet trip to Nusa Lembongan! Make sure you visit and pet the dogs, eat all the foods, see all the things, stare in awe at the waves and enjoy every sun-soaked minute at this gem of a place.



And here is a handy-dandy map:

Nusa Lembongan Map


Happy travels!





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