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Nusa Lembongan Island

I just arrived Nusa Lembongan. It is 3 p.m. on Friday. I reserved the room on the beach at Linda’s bungalows this morning. Around nine dollars per night; not bad at all. Especially when you consider that there is a perfect surf spot just off my front door step. In fact I am looking at it now. Lacerations to my left. And shipwrecks to the right. We reserved the room number two; it has the best view of the lot. On the horizon in the distance is Sanur. Just over the rooftops to the right on the horizon are two active volcanoes hidden behind the clouds. I’m hoping they will show themselves tonight or tomorrow morning. The water in front of the hotel is no more than 3 feet deep. It gets no deeper than 3 feet until you get beyond the reef roughly 250 yards out. Where the waves meet the reef is where the surfing gets good. The locals of Nusa Lembongan Farm seaweed from the shallows surrounding the island. It is exported and used in the cosmetics industry. I’m not sure if this seaweed is sushi grade.

I should have a chance to catch some waves around 4:30 p.m. when the tide drops. Right now I have some urgent business to take care of for Johannes. I saw an Internet café down the way a little bit; hopefully I will be able to connect and post as well as upload the changes to his sea kayaking website.

This would not be a bad place to work from for a month or two. Not much to do besides work, surf, and stare at the beautiful view.

The big yellow catamaran just departed; it is heading back over to Benoa harbor. Evidently the Japanese pay big bucks for the tour. When the catamaran arrives it hooks up with this massive wharf complete with a water slide, restaurants, and trampolines. I suppose that it could be fun.

I can see where they have planted the seaweed; it shows up as a deep green color whereas the areas not yet planted or recently harvested are very light green. When the tide goes down you can see the wooden stakes surrounding each plot. It is common knowledge among the locals not to impale your self on these stakes while surfing.

There doesn’t seem to be a power outlet out here; when are those scientists going to invent wireless electricity?

I think I will take a cat nap as well; talk to you on the other side.

How to get there??

Took the ferry from Sanur. It was 140,000 rupiah for a round-trip ticket. The boat leaves from the beach just east of Dunkin’ Donuts and KFC. When you’re heading on the main highway going north through Sanur take the right when you see Dunkin’ Donuts. This intersection is the next intersection after McDonald’s. The beach is just 200 m down the road. You can buy your ferry tickets here. There are two ferries leaving from here; the public ferry and the tourist ferry. The public ferry is only 50,000 rupiah one-way but this boat is usually overcrowded with locals who smell bad and are throwing up nonstop because of seasickness. The tourist ferry is referred to as “Perama”. This ferry is not overcrowded, has more comfortable chairs, and has far less people throwing up over the side. There was only one lady who ended up getting sick out of 25 or so people. And on the way back nobody got sick.

It takes about one hour to get to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur. The ferry ride is not rough because the ferry has outrigger pontoons to keep the boat steady. If the weather is clear you will be able to see both volcanoes. On super clear days Lombok is visible to the east. As the ferry travels northeast along the shoreline the black sand beaches of Keremas are also visible. I guess there are a couple good surfing spots around Keremas but I have yet to check them out. One of the few waves in Bali that goes right.

Once you arrive Nusa Lembongan the ferry will have to negotiate its way through the reef and seaweed farms before dropping you off on the beach. Upon arrival there will be touts offering you accommodation and to carry your bags. I usually ignore everybody and make sure they aren’t following me while checking out the bungalows and guest houses that line the beach.

Things to do at the Lambongan island

Rent motorbike for the day to try and find our perfect beach. Went around the entire island, saw about five different beaches Nusa Ceningan island is good view to see, Dream beach is nice for relax and have some cold beers, Mushroom beach is also nice and snorkeling is ok too. The calmest waters are actually on the beach we were staying at but it used mostly by locals for sea weed plantations so not much fun to swim in either. Very good for surfers.

Things to do: From Lambongan island to Nusa Ceningan island by motorbike


Things to do: Visit Dream beach: you can take a refreshing swim, but please pay ATTENTION to the strong current, especially when it is high tide and there are big waves. you are only aloud in the middle of the beach where you can see like a white line of sand in the water. Never go close to the cliffs of the left side!!Click here to see map.

Dream beach

Dream beach

Dream beach bar

Dream beach bangalow

Things to do: Visit Mushroom beach by motorbike

The best things to do next is snorkeling to see beauty coral many fishes and visit sea weed plantations under the sea. Great place for diving and don't forget to bring your surf to have fun at Lambongan.


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