Brendon hits the playground island for Bali day trippers for surfing, sunbaking and even parasailing.
Fewer than 4000 people are fortunate enough to call Nusa Lembongan home. This small island, just 20km off the east coast of Bali, survives on the proceeds of fishing and seaweed farming.
The protected island measures 4 x 3 kilometres, has good surf, crystal-clear waters for snorkelling and diving and is very relaxing. There is not much traffic, no big hotels or pollution. It has two villages, Desa Lembongan and Jungut Batu, the latter offering the island’s best accommodation and water sports.
Surfers go there to enjoy reef breaks with names like Playground, Shipwreck and Lacerations.
Depending on the type of craft you choose, it can take 25 minutes or two hours to get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali and some travellers make it a day trip.
We found a couple of great places if you decide to spend a day or two – there is lots to do!
Bali Hai Tide Huts are designed in the style of the thatched traditional rice house or lumbung. They have king-size beds, air-conditioners, ceiling fans, large glass doors opening to an intimate verandah and a relaxing day bed.
Guests can enjoy all the Bali Hai Cruises Beach Club’s facilities, which include a large swimming pool, ocean kayaks, surf skis, snorkelling equipment, glass-bottom boat, banana boat, volley ball and restaurant and bar.
Island tours are available, as are surfing, fishing, diving and parasailing.
The Waka Nusa Resort is a private retreat of grass-roofed bungalows, each set in its own garden of tropical flowers and cactus. Its architecture is simple and attractive – polished woods, natural floors and alang-alang roofs.
Bungalows have a private balcony, ceiling fan, bathroom with shower, mini bar, refrigerator and telephone.
The resort’s luxury motor yacht or catamaran can collect you at Benoa Harbour so that you travel the 20 kilometres across the Badung Strait to Lembongan in comfort.
Once there you can rent a bicycle or motorbike for a ride around the island, take a mangrove tour, view the amazing seaweed farms or the underground house which took a priest 17 years to dig.
Maybe you would rather take it easy and be pampered with one of those famous Balinese massages, manicures or pedicures.
12 nautical miles off the Indonesian island of Bali
Qantas and Australian Airlines fly daily to Denpasar.
Freestyle Holidays has 4 night packages including return economy airfares, transfers and twin-share accommodation staying at Bali Hai Tide Huts starting at $937 from Darwin, $1100 from Perth and $1245 from the east coast and Adelaide, per person. Including accommodation at Waka Nusa Resort, rates are $792 from Darwin, $956 from Perth and $1099 from the east coast and Adelaide, per person, including breakfast.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.
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