Seminyak is hands down one of the best places to stay in Bali (if we say so ourselves). However, what’s a vacation if you don’t explore the surrounding regions. One of our favourite places to visit for a day is Nusa Lembongan. It is a quiet, peaceful place, perfect for some relaxed time away from the tourist hubbub. The beaches are beautiful and uncrowded most of the times.
Getting to Nusa
You can get to Nusa, first by taxi to the ferry, which will take you 30 minutes, and then by ferry, which will take you 20 minutes. Ferries leave every 1 hour, so you can slurp on coconut water while you wait. We at Chandra, take pride in providing personalised services to all our guests. You can let us know in advance about your travel plans to Nusa, and one of our chauffeurs will be happy to drive you to the ferry.
Jon Olsson went on a day trip to Nusa Lembongan and chronicled his adventures – his amazing beachfront villa, having local beer, swimming with manta rays and ending the day watching the sun go down from their villa.
What to do in Nusa
1. Pod Chocolate Factory Tour
It’s all in the title. Yes, you can visit an actual chocolate factory in Nusa. Watch cocoa beans being processed to make chocolate, and even make your own chocolate elephant! You shouldn’t miss this unique experience if you’re on the island.
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2. Elephant Ride
If you’re on the way to the Pod Chocolate Factory you actually pass by Bali Elephant Camp. A 30-minute elephant ride will take you around the camp to look at monkeys, birds and other wildlife. So get the best seat in the house and tour the beautifully landscaped camp via elephant! After the elephant ride, you can take a long trek along the beautiful Valley of Ayung River.
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3. Snorkelling & Scuba Diving at Jungut Batu and Mushroom Bay
Jungut Batu and Mushroom Bay are famous the world over for their pristine clear waters and colourful sea life. Explore under the water and meet the sea creatures up close and personal without the hassle of an overcrowded beach. After diving, you can relax on the beach and enjoy some delectable local dishes and drinks.
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4. Sandy Bay Beach Club
Stunning views of the sea, wind flowing through your hair and gourmet food that lights up your senses – this pretty much sums up the amazing experience at Sandy Bay Beach Club. Book a table close to the water and arrive half an hour before the sunset. You will be in for one of the most spectacular sunsets from an amazing vantage point. If you have just one day in Nusa, you must visit this restaurant even just for a quick drink.
Stay at Nusa Lembongan Villas
If the magic of Nusa captures you and you decide on extending your day trip, rent out a luxury villa from Nusa Lembongan Villas. From beachfront to budget villas, from 1 to 6 or more bedrooms, you can choose the villa of your choice.
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