Nusa Lembongan is a tropical island located just 12 miles off the Bali mainland in the pristine waters of the Badung Strait. Often referred to as 'the Bali of 20 years ago', it is idyllic in its surrounds and retains the charm of traditional Balinese village life.
It has a local population of only 3000 people who enjoy a cultured and healthy lifestyle. The economy is supported by tourism and a fertile seaweed farming industry. With three world-class surf breaks, it has been a favourite surfing destination for many years, and is becoming increasingly popular amongst tourists who wish to escape the hustle-and-bustle of the mainland and relax in tropical paradise.
Visitors enjoy the friendly atmosphere, postcard scenery, spectacular water activities and exploration of this beautiful island.
Transport to Nusa Lembongan is convenient with Scoot Fast Cruises departing Sanur five times daily. Banking services on the island are limited so it is advisable to obtain local currency on the mainland before travelling to Lembongan. Basic supplies can be bought locally and there are numerous restaurants for cheap dining and great entertainment.
Nusa Lembongan is steeped in the culture of the Balinese Hindu religion and it permeates every aspect of daily life. Expect to see decorative offerings on every street, doorway and path. Don't worry too much if you accidentally step on one as the importance is placed on the initial offering of it.
As a visitor to Lembongan you are likely to experience one of many ceremonies that are the basis of Bali's rich cultural life. Foreigners are welcome in most local temples if decently dressed. Usually clean, tidy clothing and a traditional sash tied around your waist is an acceptable sign of respect. Some ceremonies and rituals call for 'ocean seclusion' where all ocean activity is prohibited, including boating, swimming and surfing. This can affect transfer to/from the island, so we try to advise our guests in advance if their travel plans are likely to be interrupted.
An important aspect of the local culture is the concept of 'sharing the wealth'. Many locals earn a living through tourism and there is a very strict code of conduct to ensure fair trade. When you arrive in Lembongan, you will be greeted by local guides who will offer to escort you to your accommodation. You can refuse their service, but your hotel is required to pay a 10% commission to the guide for simply following you. This is not the case if you have pre-booked your accommodation, so it is important to state that you already have a booking.
The many boat charter businesses that offer services to Lembongan are also bound by this custom. If you transfer to the island with one service, it is expected that you will return with the same service. Other carriers may refuse your business.