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Nusa Lembongan Guide 2023

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Nusa Lembongan in Bali!
Are you ready to discover one of the most beautiful and secluded islands in Bali and in the world? Nusa Lembongan is a true paradise, with crystal clear waters, stunning beaches, and endless adventure opportunities.

In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey through the island’s best sights, activities, and hidden gems. From delicious local food to the best snorkeling spots, we’ve got you covered. So pack your bags and let’s dive into the ultimate Nusa Lembongan experience!

Nusa Lembongan Location

One of the best kept secret of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is a small island located off the southeast coast of Bali, Indonesia. This beautiful island island is situated in the Badung Strait, between Bali and the neighboring island of Nusa Penida.

Nusa Lembongan is just 8 square kilometers in size and is a part of Klungkung Regency. It is a great destination for tourists and Yoga lovers looking for a quieter, more secluded alternative to the busy beaches of Bali or the hectic city of Ubud.

Best time to visit Nusa Lembongan

The best time to visit the island for the best weather is between May – September, which is the dry season. It also happens to be a perfect time for catching some waves and surfing!

The tropical climate is warm all year round, and the rainy season falls between January through to March and between November and December. The amount of rainfall can vary but usually it only rains for a short period once day; then followed by bright sunshine for the rest of the day.

Best Way to go to Nusa Lembongan

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To reach the island from Denpasar International Airport (DPS), you will need to take a taxi and ferry. From the airport, a taxi takes around 30 to 40 minutes (prices around IDR 150,000) to Sanur Harbour. There are several boat operators operating from Sanur Harbour. Our favorite one is Arthamas Express as it will drop you right next our yoga shala after a 30 minutes journey.
Other company includes Rocky Boat Cruise, Scoot Fast Cruise and Glory Fast Boats.

It is highly recommended to buy a return ticket for the ferry online or at the harbour, which is roughly $40 per person. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are offered by some boat operators.

Important Note: the last ferry to Jungut Batu is at 17:30. We recommend to come at least 1 hour earlier as during high season, the pier can get very busy!

Best places to eat

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Tigerlillys

Nestled amongst the jungle, and quietly tucked away is the popular brunch spot of Tigerlillys. If you are after some of the best coffee on the island – look no further! Whether you are after a frothy cappuccino or a smooth latte, they use aromatic beans from Bali. For breakfast try their chilli scramble or French toast. For lunch, choose from hearty rice bowls, fresh tuna tacos or sticky bao buns. Or why not wind down in the evening in their alfresco-style garden with a cocktail or two?

Ginger & Jamu

Ginger & Jamu are here to give you delicious, healthy food made with love! Priding themselves on not just being a cafe, but a community and an experience, they serve some nourishing, fresh food for body and soul. The menu includes gluten-free, vegetarian and veggie options; and all their food is free from MSG or low-quality oil. For breakfast choose from their popular breakfast bowls, crunchy granola or a traditional egg breakfast. If you want to try a hearty meal, order their Chicken Satay Burger with fries or choose from their selection of salads. If you need your caffeine fix, their coffee is organic and handpicked from Indonesia. Grab a beanbag, and watch the sun go down with a fresh juice – bliss!

Ombak Zero Waste Cafe

Ombak is Nusa Lembongan’s first zero-waste cafe! Set on the beach, Ombak offers delicious food from 7 am – 9 pm. Their menu has options for everyone, including veggies and vegans. Relax with a nutritious smoothie or try their fluffy pancakes with local fruit. Or recharge with their Bombie Brekkie after catching some waves. Head down to their weekly live music events and watch the sunset over the ocean. With the environment at the heart of what they do, Ombak has created its Plastic Exchange Scheme. For plastic collected from local communities, they exchange this for bags of rice.

The Coconut Hut

For a unique experience, head to The Coconut Hut for its tasty food, friendly vibe and 18-hole mini golf course. Open from 8 am – 11 pm, they provide an extensive menu of flavourful, fresh food with something for everyone. Try their wagyu beef cheeseburger or their flavoursome tomato vegan pasta. The menu offers traditional Indonesian dishes as well as many Western favourites. Or try one of their famous cocktails and stay for the funky tunes!

Thai Pantry

A popular spot for stunning waterfront views and authentic Thai food, Thai Pantry has dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open from 7:30 am – 9 pm, they have daily specials and an extensive list of traditional Thai curries, from jungle curry to green, yellow and red curry. Or try a dish from their stir-fried noodle selection, including the classic Pad Thai. Another great spot for watching the sunset, try a cocktail or two or a non-alcoholic Thai orange iced tea.

Lemongrass Bar & Restaurant

Described a jewel of Lembongan, Lemon grass Bar and Restaurant has an extensive menu, live music and an upbeat vibe! Perfect for lunch, dinner or inducing in their Happy Hour. They offer tasty worldwide cuisine, from Italian favourites to traditional Indonesian dishes. Highly rated is their fresh fish dishes and all food is carefully presented.

Pondok Baruda Warung

If you are after an authentic Balinese experience in an intimate traditionally decorated setting, look no further than Pondok Baruna. Offering wholesome local food, from Nasi Campur to the highly recommended Chicken Satay, the Gado Gado is popular too! The atmosphere is warm and the staff are very friendly.

Kawans Inn Coffee Shop

Another contender for some of the best coffee on the island (and a firm favourite with the All Yoga teaching team!) is Kawans Inn. They serve premium coffee, from capacious to espresso – and much more! A cosy cafe located behind the bustling Jungut Batu beach, they are open every day from 7 am – 9 pm. Some favourites from the menu include cold veggies soups, healthy salads, fresh fruits, fresh yoghurt, granola and homemade cookies and cakes.

Eco Deli

If you are after a relaxed, quiet place to unwind look no further than Eco Deli. Open for breakfast and lunch, you can indulge in buddha bowls, pitta platters, French pastries, fruit platters or the best cookie ever (as said by Eco Deli themselves!). They also have plenty of other sweet treats to try. Other healthy options include their fresh and delicious smoothies. If you bring in plastic bottles for them to recycle you can get 10% off your order. They also donate some of their profits to local farmers. Currently, they have a small farm that provides them with almost half of the electricity they use and they aim to be 100% off grid in the new future.

Best place to stay in Nusa Lembongan

Place to Stay
All the places listed below are our favorite picks that we recommend to our students. They are all within a walking distance from the All Yoga Shala. Each of those options are managed by friendly local families.

Nyuh Gading Homestay

A trusted guesthouse a 1 minute’s walk away from the shala, and recommended by us is Nyuh Gading. We offer complimentary shared accommodation for the first 10 sign-ups, as part of our 200-hour Bali Yoga Teacher Training course. Recently built, the 20-bed dormitory includes curtains around the bed for privacy, a personal power point, a light, a USB point and a big locker per person. The guesthouse also offers affordable double or twin rooms. There is an outdoor pool and a relaxing chill-out area for guests. They offer cheap water bottle refills so you don’t have to work about buying extra plastic bottles. Ideally located, it is within a close walking distance to the beach and a 3-minute walk to the main street for restaurants, bars and shops.

Distance from Shala: 20 meters (2 minutes walk)
Price: From 20USD/night for shared accommodation
Amenities: Swimming pool, breakfast, WIFI
Website: Nyuh Gading Homestay

Krisna Homestay

Just 50 yards from Jungutbatu Beach, Krishna Homestay is another ideally located homestay, close by to the All Yoga Shala Room options include a shared dormitory, standard room, twin room and a bungalow. Free wifi is included and guests can book rooms with air-conditioning. The accommodation is simple and clean and the homestay boasts a stunning garden. They also have a restaurant located on-site.

Distance from Shala: 20 meters (2 minutes walk)
Price: From 15USD/night for shared accommodation
Amenities: Wifi, breakfast, restaurant
Website: Krishna Homestay

Dwiki Putra Homestay

Another great option for closeness to the All yoga Shala is Dwiki Putra Homestay, which is only a one-minute walk away! Guests can book double or twin rooms with either ocean or garden views. Additionally, some rooms come with a terrace. Free wifi is provided as well as private bathrooms with hot showers. Some rooms have air conditioning. There are several cafes and restaurants nearby too.

Pondok Baruna Frangipani

A 3-minute walk away from the shala is Pondok Baruna Frangipani, offering modern and cosy double or twin rooms. The rooms come with a terrace with some rooms overlooking the swimming pool. The air-conditioned rooms come with a beautiful view, wardrobe, desk, personal safe and a flat-screen TV. Free toiletries are provided in the en-suite bathrooms. Room service and laundry are available, and guests can book a free breakfast.

Locomotive Hotel

Boasting an outdoor pool, restaurant and spa, Locomotive Hotel is a modern-classic hotel. Situated on the main street, the hotel is close to many restaurants, bars and cafes. The All Yoga Shala is a 5-minute walk away. There are twin or double rooms available, some have a balcony with garden views. The front desk is 24-hour and each room has a flat-screen TV, bottled water and a private bathroom. Free wifi is included as well as the option of a daily breakfast.

Kawans Inn

Kawan’s Inn is a family-run guesthouse, ideally located on the main street. The Yoga Shala is a 5-minute walk away and there is easy access to shops, restaurants and bars. There is a very popular coffee shop on site, that comes highly recommended by the All Yoga teaching team! Guests can choose from a twin room, a double room with a balcony, a double room with a pool or a family room. All rooms have a private bathroom, with either a bath or a shower. Room service is also available.

Pondok Baruna Garden

Only 40 yards from Lembongan Beach, Pondok Baruna Garden offers clean and simple rooms. Room options include a double or twin room with an outdoor terrace. The air-conditioned rooms have a personal safe, desk, wardrobe and a private bathroom. There is a large outdoor swimming pool on site. Laundry service is also available. There is the option of a daily breakfast either in the rooms or in the shared dining area. The yoga shala is a 3-minute walk away.

Bamboo Bungalows

Presenting newly renovated bungalows, hammocks and a stunning private garden; Bamboo Bungalows offer twin or double rooms with private balconies. The private bathrooms are spacious and clean. The guesthouse has an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFI for guests. Situated 100 yards from Jungutbatu Beach and close to Paradise Beach and just a 3-minute walk away from the All Yoga Shala.

The Best Activities in Nusa Lembongan

Best activities

Explore Mushroom Beach

Mushroom Beach is a charming white sandy beach, with clean and protected clear waters. With great options for restaurants, cafes and bars, Mushroom Beach is a great place to unwind for the day and take in the beautiful views. Rent surfboards, paddle boards and kayaks to explore the turquoise waters. The waters are calm here for swimming or staying on the beach and soaking up the sunshine. Some of the best sunsets you can see on the island are from Mushroom Beach and it is a popular place to see one of the Nusa Lembongan’s iconic sunsets.

Relax at Dream Beach

Another highly recommended beach is Dream Beach, think crystal waters and fine, white sand. Only a few hotels overlook this beach so it’s the perfect place to relax and stay for a Nusa Lembongan GuideAll Yogastunning sunset. It’s a secluded beach that offers up some fantastic restaurants and bars – you’ll never want to leave! A great spot for soaking up the sun and surfing. The waters at Dream Beach are less suitable for swimming.

Visit Devil’s Tears

Close Dream Beach is the spectacular and famous Devil’s Tears. It is a natural water blow, or blowhole, that sends waves from the Indian Ocean meters into the air and crashes into the rugged cliffs. Years of erosion from the ocean have carved out many holes causing the waves to reach high into the air. It’s a popular spot to see the natural wonder of Nusa Lembongan and the power of the ocean in all its glory! To really see the natural wonder put on a show, time your visit when the tide is high.

Cycle to Mangrove

Take some time out to cycle around the island and watch the local seaweed farmers at work at low tide, day and night. Located in the traditional, quiet village of Mangrove, you’ll be able to see the seaweed drying in the sun at the sides of the road. Not far from the village you’ll also be able to explore the dense mangrove forests. Hire a boat and guide to take you through the forests for an unforgettable experience. Many guesthouses and homestays offer bicycle rentals for guests.

Day trip to Nusa Penida

Take a day trip to another small island of Nusa Penida. Hike to Kelinking Cliffs to see Bali’s most iconic view, visit picturesque Broken Beach to see the manta rays, snorkel in turquoise water at Crystal Bay, climb the one hundred steps to Goa Giri Putri Temple or visit the waterfall and beach near Tumbling Cave. The island has many stunning viewpoints to choose from and beaches to explore; it’s the perfect day trip from Nusa Lembongan!

Best Yoga Studios in Nusa Lembongan

Bali Yoga Studio

All Yoga Training

Deepen your yoga practice by joining an All Yoga for a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course. The open air shala is right on a white sand beach, designed to let the gentle sea breeze flow through. The shala is also exclusively for students of the course to use. The view of the horizon is the perfect spot for practicing deep meditation and for turning your perspective inward too. Become an empowered, confident and knowledgeable yoga teacher whilst learning functional yoga anatomy, the art of meditation, the history of yoga and how to find your own voice as a teacher.

Explore different yoga styles from ashtanga vinyasa, creative vinyasa flow, to rocket yoga taught by experienced, international yoga teachers that blend their years of experience with an intuitive teaching methodology. Students will receive a certificate of completion as recognized by the Yoga Alliance. All courses are taught in an intimate small class setting of no more than 20 students, and there is the option of free accommodation for the first 10 students who sign-up.

The Yoga Shack

Located in the heart of Nusa Lembongan, The Yoga Shack offers a wide variety of yoga classes to suit all levels and abilities. With experienced and passionate instructors, a beautiful and peaceful studio, and a welcoming community atmosphere, Yoga Shack is the perfect place to deepen your yoga practice.

Island Yoga

Island Yoga is a serene and peaceful yoga studio located on the beautiful island of Nusa Lembongan. With a variety of classes and experienced instructors, this studio is perfect for yogis of all levels. The studio itself is beautifully designed, with high ceilings and plenty of natural light, creating the perfect atmosphere for yoga.

Ocean Yoga

Located just steps away from the beach, Ocean Yoga offers a truly unique yoga experience. With the sound of the waves in the background and the salty ocean breeze blowing through the studio, this is the perfect place to connect with nature and find inner peace. The studio offers a variety of classes and experienced instructors, making it suitable for yogis of all levels.

Lembongan Yoga

Lembongan Yoga is a peaceful and serene yoga studio located in the heart of Nusa Lembongan. The studio is beautifully designed with high ceilings, plenty of natural light, and a calming atmosphere. The studio offers a variety of classes, including Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yoga Nidra, and is suitable for yogis of all levels.

Nusa Yoga

Nusa Yoga is a beautiful and peaceful yoga studio located on the island of Nusa Lembongan. The studio offers a variety of classes and experienced instructors, making it suitable for yogis of all levels. The studio is beautifully designed with high ceilings, plenty of natural light, and a calming atmosphere, creating the perfect environment for yoga practice.

Yoga House of Om

As part of Isla Indah Retreat, Toga House of Om is a multi-style modern yoga studio in Nusa Lembongan. Practice different yoga methods from Yin, Vinyasa, Power, Hatha, Gentle Yoga and Sunset Moon Flow. Explore more yoga and meditation practices, whilst enhancing your skills that’ll help you with surfing and free driving. Cacao ceremonies are also regularly offered as part of their weekly events.

Best diving centre

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Two Fish Divers Lembongan

The award-winning Two Fish Divers will take you to the magical underwater world to some of the most beautiful dive spots in Nusa Lembongan. As a PADI 5-star centre, their dive instructors are very professional and safety is their number one priority. Choose to learn a PADI course or book a snorkelling trip to see tropical fish, coral and even manta rays and turtles! Rp250,000 per person for a full set (see their website for more details) or 2dives from Rp1,300,000. Diving price includes: Dive guide & boat, tanks and weights, Snacks and refreshments on the boat, coffee & tea at the dive centre and free flow refillable drinking water.

Best surfing school in Nusa Lembongan

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Haleiwa Surf Lesson

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to surf, Nusa Lembongan is the perfect place to ride some crystal-clear waves! Haleiwa Surf Lesson offers attentive and accommodating surf instructors in a relaxing and fun environment. Wala who runs the school is an ex-Ripcurl surfer and has years of local surf experience. The instructors will message you the day before to let you know the best surf times and waves, relevant to your level of experience. There are also a maximum of 3 x students per instructor, to give students personalized help.

Best Spa

Kemilau Spa And Wellness

Kemilau Spa and Wellness offer over 20 treatment in their modern-traditional spa setting, with a range of treatments from body and beauty to foot treatments. Packages include; Aromatic Spa (2 Hours), Blissful Kemilau (3 hours) and the Soothing Kemilau package (4 hours). Or choose Kemilau’s signature traditional Balinese massage blending and shiatsu techniques for the ultimate way to unwind and ease sore muscles. Other treatments include sunburn saver, back booster, relaxing massage and a warm stone massage. Welcome drinks are offered before any treatment and local fresh fruits are served after.

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Conclusion

Make your trip to Nusa Lembongan memorable with an array of activities to explore, or see where the mellow feel of the island takes you. There is no rush here! With an abundance of cafes, restaurants, guesthouses and hotels, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you want to relax listening to the waves, take in the tropical jungle, or to immerse yourself in the friendly Balinese culture, Nusa Lembongan is the perfect place to begin your Yoga Teacher journey. So what are you waiting for? You never know, you make take some of that island magic home with you!

About Georgia Brent

Avatar Georgia turned to yoga after years of battling recurring depression and anxiety during her teens and early twenties. After finding the courage to go to a class, she hasn’t looked back and found that yoga gave her the strength to deal with life and all its challenges like never before. Three years later, she is a now a freelance writer and a yoga teacher, with a deep-rooted passion for helping others tap into their own source of self-love, self-acceptance, and empowerment.

She has extensively travelled across the globe and her adventures have led her to teach in Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia. Georgia has also continued to study yoga in Mysore, India. She is currently based in Wiltshire, UK.

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