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Travel Guide To Nusa Lembongan for Female Solo Travellers

There is a place in the world where you can watch the sunsets until they turn red, have amazing food or drinks right by the beach and admire the white bright sand. In this blog post, I will provide a full travel guide to Nusa Lembongan for female solo travellers because that place exists and I’ll take you there right now.

Where is Nusa Lembongan?

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Nusa Lembongan is a beautiful island in Indonesia right next to Bali. Most of the tourists would go to Nusa Dua or Nusa Panida, but really, Nusa Lembongan is the place to be right now!

How to get there

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The quickest way to reach the island from Bali is by taking a speedboat from Sanur. I took the Rocky Fast Cruise but you can pick any boat from the Direct Ferries website. From Sanur to Nusa Lembongan, it’s only 30 minutes. If you’ve never been on a speedboat, make sure to sit at the back of the boat so you will feel the waves less than if you were sitting in the front. If you normally tend to be motion sick, I would suggest getting a seasick pill at the market or asking for one from the hotel staff.

What can I do On The Island?

Sunset in Nusa Lembongan

Activities on the island

There is so much to do on this small island. The first thing to do would definitely be to walk around. This island is very walkable and exciting to explore. The ideal place to stay is anywhere close to Jungut Batu. There is a parallel road to the sea which is their local high street. You will find loads of independent shops, cafes or anything you need. You can also rent a scooter there for less than £10 a day. Once you explored the area, these are the activities you can try:

  • Explore the beaches. My favourites were Jungut Batu and Mushroom Bay where I spent most of my time. These beaches are great for a relaxing day on the beach, they are really well served with healthy restaurants and services too. You can also explore Coconut Beach which is great for snorkelling, Tamarind Bay which is perfect for snorkelling or swimming and finally, and Dream Beach which is only suitable for advanced swimmers as there might be large tides.
  • Yoga at the Yoga Bliss. There are quite a few Yoga spots around the island but I went for a yoga retreat at the Yoga Bliss and I loved it! The retreat also provides accommodation. You will be located in a beautiful wooden tiny house with a big bedroom and a bathroom at the back. It includes air conditioning and storage for your luggage. The retreat includes 2 classes per day and breakfast in the morning. It’s really easy to meet new people and make meaningful connections!
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Yoga Bliss accommodation in Nusa Lembongan. Silvia in her yoga outfit looking at the trees.
  • Surf: Surf spots in Nusa Lembongan are not beach spots. This means you have to get on a boat on a short trip until you find the perfect wave breaks to surf, this spot away from the beach is called the “playground”. There are quite a few playgrounds, especially on the north side of the island.
  • Scuba diving classes or licences: Ask your accommodation for scuba diving trips, classes or licence courses. The same goes for snorkelling. The hotel staff would organise these activities directly or know a trusted organisation.
  • Watch the sunsets every day. My favourite spot was by the Ginger & Jamu cafe at Jungut Batu Beach.

Visit Nusa Ceningan!

Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are connected by a tight yellow bridge which is only crossable by motorbikes, bikes or walking.

The Aurora Villas hotel in Nusa Ceningan. Silvia looking at the sea in her towel.

I would recommend booking your accommodation at Aurora Villas because it’s stunning! I went during the rainy season and paid £14 per night. That included breakfast, a room with a view, an amazing swimming pool and a view over the seaweed farm. If you don’t have your scooter you can still walk to shops and amazing cafes/restaurants on the road. If you’re interested in seaweed farms, you can ask the farmers to help or ask the knowledgeable hotel staff more about it!

The Sea Breeze Cafe was my favourite above all. They do Indonesian and Western food with lots of smoothie options. I ate everything, even desserts!

Best Places To Eat In Nusa Lembongan

I’ll make a list of my favourite places but I think you can hardly go wrong in Nusa Lembongan! There are also quite a few local stands on the road which look very promising! The first two suggestions are located in the Jungut Batu area whilst the last two are around Mushroom Bay.

  • Ginger & Jamu: This place is right by the beach. You can watch the most amazing sunsets from here and have healthy delicious meals! The smoothie bowls are delicious but they also have burgers and many veggie options. This cafe is in such a beautiful location, I could stop my list now and just say to go here for every single meal of your day! But I’ll carry on!
  • Fin Island: This is the perfect restaurant to go to after watching the sunset. It’s very spacious, relaxing and there is live music nearly every day.
  • Sembali Restaurant Lembongan: This is a great Balinese restaurant not too far from Mushroom Bay
  • Hai Bar And Grill: This is the perfect lunch spot by Mushroom Bay. They have lots of healthy options, and the cuisine is both Balinese and Western.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this travel guide to Nusa Lembongan for female solo travellers. Little reminder. The island doesn’t have many ATMs, so before going there, make sure to take some cash out in Bali or wherever you are coming from. You can still pay with your card at restaurants and shops but for some experiences such as snorkelling or surfing, you would need to pay cash. If you want to grab some local food you also need cash so keep this in mind before heading here.

If you’re into yoga make sure you check out the best yoga retreats in Nusa Lembongan for solo travellers here!

Ciao for now,

Silvia x