Nusa Lembongan is located 12 miles south east off the East Coast of mainland Bali. Lembongan can be reached by fastboat from Sanur in 30 minutes, or slowboat (jukung) in 1 hour, across the Badung Strait. These times are flexible of course, in true Bali style!
Originally ‘discovered’ by surfers in the late ‘60s, Lembongan has seen an increase in tourism, due to its rich culture, natural beauty and local charm.
Nusa Lembongan is approximately 8 square kilometres in size with a permanent population of 5000 people.
Lembongan is one of three offshore islands, the others being Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan which surrounding ocean waters are part of the Nusa Penida Marine Protected area. The group of three islands share a similar Balinese dialect, although English is quite common on Lembongan and Ceningan. All three islands are surrounded by coral reefs, small limestone cliffs on Lembongan, to the very large on the southwest shores of Ceningan and Penida.
Lembongan also hosts a large area of mangroves totalling 212 hectares. The large lagoon, which frames Jungut Batu Beach, formerly used by seaweed farmers is now popular for water activities, and amazing sunsets over Bali and Mount Agung.
Lembongan has been assimilated to the Bali of Old, there are no hawkers or hassles like in the South of Bali. With its narrow roads, rich Hindu culture, and warm lokals, Lembongan is a great family holiday destination. Water-based activities including surfing, scuba-diving, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, are at its centre, the waters are nutrient rich and diverse in marine life. Other activities include yoga, surf lessons, taking part in a Balinese ceremony, visiting a beautiful old temple, or doing a day tour of one of three islands.
Lembongan is easily navigated by foot, pushbike, motorbike or buggy.
The best way to take in Lembongan is to stay a while and let it unravel you…. and Villa Samudera is a great place to do this...