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MUST SEE & DO in Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida, Bali | Rutele

I knew that Bali had amazing beaches but I really did not expect it to be quite like this…

When I decided to head on over to Nusa Lembongan / Nusa Penida I had very low expectations. I wanted to relax and just enjoy somewhat of a beach…maybe that is why I was so blown away by most of the places that I saw. I had only a few items on my “things I must see” list but I ended up meeting a couple of people that drastically changed my plans (for which I am very thankful). With my new found friends I explored some of the most beautiful places that I have laid eyes on and for that I am extremely thankful.

If you want to see drone footage of the most beautiful beaches in Nusa Lembongan/Nusa Penida, watch the video below.

My first day here consisted of nothing but relaxing.

I went to get some lunch at the ECO DELI which was amazing and I absolutely recommend it to everyone. All of their food is absolutely delicious and is super healthy with no frying, preservatives or GMO’s. Most of the food they serve is bought from local farmers and they are extremely into recycling which is really impressive.

Later on that day I wanted to tan a little bit and watch the sunset on the beach so I walked up and down until I found a place that fit my needs and looked the most inviting. This happened to be the Blue Corner bar. They are right on the beach, have comfortable puffs to lay on, good music and solid white sangria. The sunset from here was really stunning as well. You just cannot loose. Can you tell that I visited here more than once??

Perk of this place is the fact that you can also book dive trips from here. They have a pool where they do certifications and so forth.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  1. You can “attempt” to walk Nusa Lembongan by foot (takes forever)
  2. You cannot attempt to walk Nusa Penida by foot, you will need a scooter
  3. If you do not know how to ride a scooter, hire a tour car (it’s expensive)
  4. Apply tons of sunscreen
  5. KEEP HYDRATED or you will regret it later
  6. Get a mask for your face to prevent inhalation of about a ton of actual dirt while driving on the bumpy roads of Nusa Penida

 

Here is the list of what I would recommend everyone to see while on the islands, an official MUST DO/SEE list if you may. I personally think that if you miss these spots, you will regret it.

YELLOW BRIDGE

This was the place that I walked on foot to from my AirBnb, which was located by Mickey’s Sports Bar. My GPS took me through the woods and backroads to cut down the distance but even with that it took me about an hour. Nusa Lembongan is small, about 4 kilometers across but it’s very time consuming if you decide to venture on foot. This spot was the crossover into Nusa Ceningan, which is where some of the most beautiful spots are. You can walk this bridge but most people ride their scooter across. This is also the spot where you take a boat over to Nusa Penida. The views from the bridge are stunning but do bear in mind that if you go in the early morning the tide will be out and it will not look magical by any means. Afternoon to evening would be my suggested times to visit here.

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BLUE LAGOON

I think the pictures do this enough justice. With a scooter this took about 15 minutes from the yellow bridge. I would have hated my life walking to here because of the steep hills and the rocky roads so thanks to my wonderful friends who gave me a lift. The water is so clear and the sound of the waves crashing is so soothing.

KELINGKING BEACH

This is located in Nusa Penida and is quite a trek to get to. Even on a scooter it took about 30 minutes. The road varies from paved to very rocky and your butt will be upset with you…but this beach took my breath away and it was worth every second of the drive. The actual beach is positioned at the bottom of the hill. There is a set of extremely steep and unsafe steps to take in order to get down, which we unfortunately did not get to do. If you want to venture on down to the pristine beach I would suggest staying in Nusa Penida for two days and reserving a full day for here. The way down is about 30 minutes and the way up is about 40 minutes, with a good pace. Pack a lunch and spend the afternoon down there.

I can honestly say that because the way down is so difficult and so many people choose to not attempt it, the beach is basically untouched by man and that is exactly why it is breathtaking to this day.

BILLABONG BEACH

The ride to this was absolutely a nightmare. I am from Lithuania which is not particularly known for having all paved roads so I am used to back roads/ gravel roads/ unpaved roads but this is the worst road that I have ever been on. It literally took us about an hour to get to this wonderland but the ride was bumpy, slow, and extremely dangerous. I was blessed to ride with someone who has many years of experience on scooters so I was not worried about my life.

They used to let you swim in this but because of the uncertainty of the sea, I want to say about three people have lost their lives here. The waves can get pretty big and if they crash into this little lagoon, it will throw you against the rocks. There are now signs everywhere pointing out that you cannot swim and I think that is very logical of the locals. The view is stunning nonetheless and walking around the rocks is a pretty neat experience. This is really the perfect place to see how much power the water actually has.

BROKEN BEACH

This particular beach was one of the few things on my initial must see list and I am sure you can see why. The four cliffs in the distance, the break in the rock, the water color, the greenery…just everything is mind blowing. Places like this really push me to take a minute and appreciate how magnificent the Earth we live on is.

The cool thing here is that you can do a full lap around the broken beach which is neat in terms of seeing it from all angles.

CRYSTAL BAY

This was the last stop on the agenda for the day. Laying on the beach, tanning, relaxing and going for a swim was all that I wanted. After all of the bumpy roads I wanted to lay and not have to be on my butt. The day I was here the water was a bit rocky but this has a ton of rocks and coral so its perfect for snorkeling. If you want to see the sea life, this is the place to be and I mean you can’t go wrong with the view either. The sand is very fine and an interesting mix of black and white sand. You can rent puffs or chairs to lay on and umbrellas for very decent prices. I personally did not need any of that, just the sand and my towel was enough.

I have never fallen asleep on the beach before but something about this place was so calming that for the first time in my life I did. I must say that sleeping on the beach is my new favorite activity LOL.

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MY FINAL THOUGHTS:

I have had a tons of ups and downs all over Bali but I must say that Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida really brought it all home for me. I can now officially say that I am in love with Bali. For me personally the places that I visit and how I feel about them has everything to do with the locals and how they treat travelers…notice how I said travelers and not tourists (there is a huge difference and I think its pretty easy to distinguish between the two). The people here have absolutely blown my mind, especially the children. No one here is pushy which is a huge brownie point from me, everyone is so sweet and the children are amazing. They will literally run up to you, play with you, give you high fives and smile and wave every time you pass by. On top of all the scenery here is magnificent.

You know a lot of people from all over Bali said don’t go to Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan for more than a couple of days, there isn’t much to do. I spent 5 days here and I do not regret a single one. If you like to relax, take your time, really enjoy the moment, the stillness, the freedom to not rush this is the perfect place and 5 days is not even enough. If you want to take a break from the world…this is the paradise for you.

Have you ever been to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida? Did you love it? Let me know in the comments down below. I would love to hear your story.

XOXO, Rutele.

 

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