Indonesia has over 14,000 islands – Bali being only one of them. We left Bali to visit Nusa Lembongan, which is another island in Indonesia that’s known to be far less busy than Bali and a great place to relax. It also has incredibly clear water that’s aqua blue in color, so many people go there to snorkel.
The moment we stepped off the boat and began walking up the beach, locals were already there waiting for us and began asking if we needed a taxi or if we wanted to rent a scooter. Most of them assumed we had just arrived in Indonesia on vacation, especially with it being Christmas and all, so they tried to charge us nearly 10 times the regular amount to rent a bike. At this point, we’d already been in Indonesia for several weeks and were very familiar with bargaining and the prices for renting scooters, so we were able to avoid getting ripped off.
In the mornings, we walked along a stone pathway surrounded by jungle-ly plants that literally made it feel like a maze to get to the cabin where they served a homemade breakfast.
Enough about our Airbnb! Lembongan had some great restaurants that we really enjoyed (in Indonesia, we went out for nearly every meal since buying groceries was nearly impossible).
Being an island, Lembongan has some beautiful cliff edges where the water changes color to more of an aqua blue and there’s nothing quite like watching the waves splash against them.
Not long after arriving in Lembongan, we decided to visit another island, Nusa Penida. This island is a lot more hilly and drier than Bali, but it’s well known for having great diving spots, incredible cliffs, and as always, gorgeous water. It’s also considered the most exotic out of the 3 “Nusa” islands.
Once we arrived on the island, we had to rent a scooter and then take about an hour or more ride to reach a gorgeous cliff and beach that you’ve probably seen pictures of: Kelingking Cliff Point & Beach (also in featured photo).
We heard there was a hike that you could take if you wanted to reach the beach, so we decided to go. It turned out to be the most sketchy hike we’ve ever done because it was very steep with a drop off to the left the entire time. We probably wouldn’t do it again, but the beach almost made up for it.
It seems that whenever you pull out the camera, the action stops – know the feeling?! Well these waves were constantly coming in at a minimum height of 20 feet, but unfortunately, you’ll just have to take our word for it.
After the hike, we returned to Lembongan. It didn’t take us long to decide that we wanted to go snorkeling, so we booked a tour and headed out for our best snorkeling excursion yet.
Lastly, we also visited Nusa Ceningan, which is between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. We were able to reach it from Lembongan by crossing the Yellow Bridge, which was a narrow suspension bridge connecting the 2 islands.
From what we saw of Indonesia, we can confidently say it’s beautiful and well worth a visit.
Hi! I'm originally from the the midwestern part of the U.S. and I love to see, experience, and learn new things as I travel around the world with my husband, Hunter. We hope you enjoy following our adventures!