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Nusa Lembongan: Day Trips and Tours from Bali

Discover the natural wonders and adventures in Nusa Lembongan, famous for its sandy beaches, surf waves and beautiful coral reefs.  The snorkeling alone would make your Nusa Lembongan day trip from Bali an essential part of your holiday.

Add in the mangrove forest and the Devil’s Tears where water powerfully crashes onto the cliffs, and you have an experience you won’t forget.

Here's all you need to know about Nusa Lembongan, one of the most famous destinations for day trips from Bali.

How to get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali?

Nusa Lembongan is part of the three Nusa islands located southeast of Bali. Depending on where you are leaving from, the boat ride can take 30 minutes to reach the island from Bali.

From Bali to Nusa Lembongan by boat

You can travel to the island by traditional boat in 90 minutes or a fast boat for 30 minutes.

Speed boats have three daily return departures from Sanur Beach to reach the island.

Guided tour to Nusa Lembongan from Bali

Travel to the island with a group snorkeling tour or for a day-trip island hopping. Your guides know the best places to spot ocean life, so you’ll get a full-spectrum experience.

What is the typical itinerary of a day tour to Nusa Lembongan from Bali?

Most tours to Nusa Lembongan begin with a pickup at your hotel and a drive to Sanur Beach. Here, you will get on a boat to take you to the island. Depending on the type of trip you booked, you will either be dropped off or taken to more locations on the island. Some include multiple stops for snorkeling and sightseeing as well.

What kinds of tours are available?

There are several different tours to the island, including a full-day excursion to Nusa Lembongan and a roundtrip transportation from your accommodation to the island.

Day trip to Nusa Lembongan plus Nusa Penida from Bali

You can choose to see both of these islands in the same day. You can snorkel and marvel at the prime spots, just board the final boat. Nusa Penida is known for its interesting temples and wild monkeys that roam the streets.

Snorkeling guided tours to Nusa Lembongan from Bali

Some Nusa Lembongan tours include snorkeling, swimming with manta rays and visits to many of the top attractions like the Devil’s Tears and mangrove forest.

Shuttle transfer without guide to Nusa Lembongan from Bali

Shuttle transfers provide pick up services from your hotel to Sanur Beach, and a speedboat ride to the island several times a day. You can then explore the island for yourself and select one of the available return times to head back to your hotel.

Day tour to Nusa Lembongan plus Nusa Ceningan from Bali

This Nusa Lembongan day trip allows you to check out the third Nusa island, Nusa Ceningan, known for cliff jumping from its two cliffs, sitting at 5 meters and 13 meters.

2-Day tour to Nusa Lembongan plus Nusa Penida from Bali

For those who wish to spend more time on these beautiful and exciting islands, choose the 2-day tour and spend the night on Nusa Lembongan. Snorkel at your leisure and visit more locations on the island than on a normal day trip.

How much does it cost?

The costs of each tour and trip will vary depending on what is included, the group size and how long you are going for.

  • Snorkeling guided tours to Nusa Lembongan from Bali cost an average of US$90 per person.
  • A Shuttle transfer without guide to Nusa Lembongan from Bali costs US$30 per person.
  • For a 2-Day tour to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida from Bali, expect to pay around US$180 per person
  • A full-day trip to Nusa Lembongan plus Nusa Penida from Bali will cost US$140 per person.
  • For a Full-day tour to Nusa Lembongan plus Nusa Ceningan from Bali, expect to pay between US$40 and US$100. Price is dependent on transport.

What will you see and do on a Nusa Lembongan day trip from Bali?

On a Nusa Lembongan day trip, begin with the fun speedboat ride and continue onto an abundance of natural wonders.

Snorkeling is the main attraction in Nusa Lembongan. Many different snorkeling spots offer high chances to spot sea turtles, manta rays, coral reefs and a multitude of marine life. Most tours will stop at several locations to give you the best idea of what the island has to offer.

The Devil’s Tears

Located near Dream Beach, the Devil’s Tears is a huge cliff where you can see and hear the water crashing onto the island in a majestic display of the force of nature.

Most tours will take you through the vibrant mangrove forest, either in a tour boat or kayak.

When is the best time to visit Nusa Lembongan?

The best time to visit Nusa Lembongan is between May and September when the rainy season has ended. You will have better visibility conditions to enjoy the vivid sea life.

To avoid crowds, it is better to come before July and after August, although the island tends to remain tranquil all year round.

Travel tips

  • A common issue people have while snorkeling is getting burnt on their backs, so wear sun cream and avoid the hottest parts of the day where possible.
  • Bring an underwater camera to photograph the amazing sights you will see while swimming, snorkeling or diving.
  • Head over to Nusa Lembongan early in the day to make the most of your time here.