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SURFING NUSA LEMBONGAN

In amongst the pontoons, floating water parks and leisure craft Nusa Lembongan surf spots consist of at least 6 surfable breaks. 4 main surf spots and 2 fickle waves that work every once in a while. One of those main surf breaks is located on Nusa Ceningan and is the most exposed surf break to the open ocean than any of the other breaks. Surfing is only one element of many that draw daily crowds of tourists from Bali.

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What are the main surf breaks on Nusa Lembongan?

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Playgrounds surf spot is the closest to land and the most mellow out of the stretch of surf breaks off Nusa Lembongan and produces a super fun peak that breaks left and right. Suitable for most types of surfers it is also the most crowded, however, the constant current moves the lineup around leaving plenty of opportunities to snag a few waves.

Playgrounds breaks on any tide however at certain tide intervals the size of the wave can be double that of the opposite tide so keep checking it throughout the day. The left is much better than the right and enables a smores board of performance surfing and powerful carves. Outside of where the right pitches is a favourite for surfers of less ability but beware, you can still hit the reef if you fall off in the wrong spot. Check further down the page for some valuable tips on how to paddle out and back in at Playgrounds.

 

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Lacerations surf spot is a draining right-hand barrel where you take off on rail under the lip and race the next section for a 3 or more second barrel over a sharp and shallow reef. The end section slows up for a couple of turns as it approaches the channel. Can get up to about 5 foot on the biggest swells with the right direction.

Lacerations also has a left-hand wave, when the surf is small Lacerations forms peak that also breaks left over the reef where it usually closes out in bigger swells. Lacerations is the most challenging of all the waves on Nusa Lembongan, but that doesn’t usually deter the crowds either. The local boys have got this wave dialled down and put on a spectacular show which can be seen from land when enjoying a Bintang at the likes of The Deck Cafe & Bar.

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Razors surf spot is a long left-hander with a medium sized swell and loves the SE trade winds in the dry season. Hollow and fast on lower tides and long walls on higher tides. At size, Razors is a challenging wave for the hardcore surfer. The No Man’s section of the reef bares the brunt of any sets that hit this section of reef and the wide sets bend around the reef a little to provide long left-hand waves that break down the remainder of the wide reef.

On the highest tides, Razors can be a great surfing option for mini-mals and longboards, if you enjoy some power under your feet and hurtling you down the reef. Although it isn’t surfable all the time when the swell lines up right there will be plenty of waves to pick off. Paddle out through the same channel as Shipwrecks, for more information on this read on further down the page.

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Shipwrecks surf spot is the farthest from shore on Nusa Lembongan and the last in the lineup surf breaks spread along Jungut Batu Bay. Shipwrecks surf break gets its name from an old rusted ship bow that sits on the exposed reef. The wave breaks right serving up a variety of short sections, high and tight barrels that are super easy to set up for and make as well as large open faces ripe for big carves and maneuvers.

The size of the wave grows with the incoming tide and the currents can make sitting in the line-up a work out in itself at times. When paddling out and in be careful of metal spikes forged into the reef from the seaweeds farms that were once operational but have ceased due to more lucrative incomes in the Lembongan tourism industry.

What are the less known surf breaks on Nusa Lembongan?

Ceningan Point is a left-hand point break on the tiny island of Nusa Ceningan which is connected to Nusa Lembongan buy a bridge. The most exposed surf spot in the area Ceningan picks up a lot of swell as it rolls into Mahana Point and starts breaking to produce ultra-consistent surf. This long left-hander dishes out big bowls in the pocket and wide open faces, perfect for the ever-stylish power surfing. Strong trade winds from the southeast and currents can easily turn the waves soupy. Although Mahana Point does provide some protection from the winds in the dry season.

Ceningan works best on smaller swells and is a great low tide option when all the main breaks on Nusa Lembongan aren’t working. It’s not the easiest to access from land and is a long paddle out into the line-up so access by boat is recommended. The very eerie feel to it due to the currents, deep channel, open ocean aspect and the fact that when the swell jumps up it quickly gets super powerful and sketchy are other great reasons to go by boat.

Tamarind Point surf spot is a very fickle break and even when it is working it’s not the most appealing wave. Due to it being extremely protected from the open ocean, Tamarind needs a huge swell to start breaking and even then the feathering lip will crumble and send a fat wall of wave slowly around the point for a short ride if your on a longboard or something similar that can get you up and ripping. Even though it is the ultimate burger of a wave, in the peak season when the biggest swells roll in you will often see a lone surfer out there having some fun.

No Man’s is exactly that, so don’t even think about it. It’s a real shame too because No Man’s picks up the most swell of all the surf breaks in Nusa Lembongan and is always at least double the size of Lacerations and Playgrounds.

SURFING CONDITIONS

    • Wave type:

      Playgrounds: Can be useful

      Lacerations: Handy on smaller swells

      Razors: Personal preference

      Shipwrecks: Personal preference

      Nusa Ceningan: Personal preference

      Tamarind: Not necessary

    • Wave difficulty:

      Playgrounds: Intermediate upwards

      Lacerations: Difficulty varies with the size of the wave

      Razors: Intermediate upwards

      Shipwrecks: Intermediate upwards

      Nusa Ceningan: Experienced upwards

      Tamarind: Beginner

    • What way does the wave break:

      Playgrounds: Left and right

      Lacerations: Right

      Razors: Left

      Shipwrecks: Right

      Nusa Ceningan: Right

      Tamarind: Left

    • Sea bottom:

      Playgrounds: Reef

      Lacerations: Reef

      Razors: Reef

      Shipwrecks: Reef

      Nusa Ceningan: Reef

      Tamarind: Reef

 

  • Booties:  

    Playgrounds: Can be useful

    Lacerations: Handy on smaller swells

    Razors: Personal preference

    Shipwrecks: Personal preference

    Nusa Ceningan: Personal preference

    Tamarind: Not necessary

  • Surfboard type:

    Playgrounds: Shortboard

    Lacerations: Shortboard

    Razors: Shortboard, mini-mal or longboard

    Shipwrecks: Shortboard

    Nusa Ceningan: Shortboard

    Tamarind: Fish, mini-mal or longboard

  • Crowd factor:

    Playgrounds: Ultra-crowded

    Lacerations: Ultra-crowded

    Razors: Uncrowded

    Shipwrecks: Crowded

    Nusa Ceningan: Uncrowded

    Tamarind: Uncrowded

  • Hazards:

    Playgrounds: Crowds and the inside still gets shallow even though it’s not as shallow as the other breaks.

    Lacerations: Sharp shallow reef (hence the name)

    Razors: Shallow reef and currents

    Shipwrecks: Seaweed farm spikes, shallow reef and currents

    Nusa Ceningan: Currents, sharks, heavy waves and shallow reef

    Tamarind: None

    • Best swell direction:

      Playgrounds: WSW

      Lacerations: SW

      Razors: SW

      Shipwrecks: SW

      Nusa Ceningan: SSW

      Tamarind: Huge SW swell

    • Best wind direction:

      Playgrounds: E

      Lacerations: E

      Razors: SE

      Shipwrecks: E

      Nusa Ceningan: E

      Tamarind: SE

    • What tide does it work best on:

      Playgrounds: High

      Lacerations: High

      Razors: Mid

      Shipwrecks: High

      Nusa Ceningan: Low

      Tamarind: Any

    • Best tide movement for surfing:

      Playgrounds: High to mid tide

      Lacerations: High to mid tide

      Razors: Rising

      Shipwrecks: Rising

      Nusa Ceningan: Rising

      Tamarind: Rising

 

  • How consistent is the surf:

    Playgrounds: Consistent

    Lacerations: Consistent

    Razors: Inconsistent

    Shipwrecks: Consistent

    Nusa Ceningan: Ultra-consistent

    Tamarind: Fickle

  • Best time of year for waves:

    Playgrounds: April – September

    Lacerations: April – September

    Razors: April – September

    Shipwrecks: April – September

    Nusa Ceningan: Year-round

    Tamarind: May – August

  • What is the vibe like in the lineup:

    Playgrounds: Changes from surf to surf

    Lacerations: Paddle-battles and hassling

    Razors: Mellow

    Shipwrecks: Competitive

    Nusa Ceningan: Mellow

    Tamarind: Peace and quiet

  • What other names do the waves go by?

    None

How to get in and out of the surf in Nusa Lembongan?

Playgrounds – From Song Lambung beach it’s an easy paddle out to the line up at Playgrounds which is just a couple hundred metres away. When you come in if there is plenty of swell and a higher tide you can straighten out and go in as far as you can over the reef (just be careful the inside does get shallow especially if you kook it and fall off) then paddle across to Song Lambung beach, that way you avoid paddling against the current when you try to come in. On the small days, the current isn’t as bad.

Lacerations – Depending on where you are staying pay for a boat ride out from Jungut Batu Beach or Mushroom Beach. Or you can make the long paddle across from Playgrounds, just watch out for boats and large ferry’s coming in and out through the channel between Playgrounds and Lacerations.

Shipwrecks and Razors – Shipwrecks is a 500 metre plus paddle directly out front of Yogi Beach Bungalows.

 

How do I get a boat out to the surf in Nusa Lembongan?

Where the fast boats drop you off on Jungut Batu Beach you can kindly ask a local or anyone at the surf schools. If you are staying on Mushroom Beach or any of the other beaches you can do the same there.

The price you pay for a ride out to the surf will vary depending on if you want the boat to hang around for when you come in or whether you just want to be dropped off and picked up later. For example, some might pay IDR400,000 for half a day and others 50,000 one way from Jungut Batu. If it’s a once off expect to pay more than what you would if you are going to use the same boat over a few days. Find a friendly local, tell them what you want and for how many days and work it out from there.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

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What are the beaches like in Nusa Lembongan?

Nusa Lembongan has a tonne of beautiful beaches for you to choose from. With many beaches tucked away in different nooks and crannies when you go searching you can usually find a nice spot to kick back by yourself. The most popular beaches like dream beach draw visitors daily and are truly just as beautiful as any other beach in the world with soft white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. The beaches on Nusa Lembongan are a sure winner with even the most hardcore beachgoers and sunbathers.

Is there food nearby?

Although the cafe and restaurant scene on Nusa Lembongan isn’t as good as Bali’s cafe scene in the likes of Canggu it is getting there. You will find some trendy cafes like Ginger & Jamu or The Deck Cafe & Bar scattered across the island and when you get onto something you like, you’ll no doubt visit every day during your stay!

LOCATION

Where is Nusa Lembongan?

The small and very beautiful island of Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia is just 30 minutes southeast of Bali by fast boat and is situated immediately alongside two other small islands known as Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida.

Is Nusa Lembongan part of Bali?

Although separated from Bali by the Badung Strait the answer is yes. The group of 3 small islands collectively form the Nusa Penida District and are part of the smallest region of Bali known as the Klungkung regency. To the east Lombok Strait separates Lombok from the Nusa Lembongan.

How to get around?

Foot – Depending on how far you want to venture and where you are staying you can easily get around by foot in the Jungutbatu Beach area.

Bicycle –  Bicycles are a cheap way to get around if you have got the energy to burn and can be rented from many accommodations and shops in the resorts of Jungutbatu and Mushroom Bay. Depending on how go you are at bartering a full day’s rental should cost no more than a few dollars. Some places like Mainski Inn have a good variety of well-maintained bicycles.

Scooter – Hiring a scooter is a great option to get around quickly and efficiently. Scooters are also perfect for getting up and down the hills once you venture out of the main beach area around to Mushroom Bay and the other side of the island. Scooters are also the only form of transport that you can use to cross the small bridge to Nusa Ceningan from Nusa Lembongan.

Golf Buggy –  If you aren’t comfortable on a scooter than Island Buggy Hire provides a great alternative. Hiring buggies to venture around the small island is quite common and makes for a great form of transport if you are in a group and want to discover the nooks and crannies of beautiful Lembongan.

How to get to Nusa Lembongan?

The best way to get to Nusa Lembongan is from Bali by fast boat.

Step 1: Book your fast boat from Sanur, Bali to Nusa Lembongan online with one of the many companies to choose from. (Fast boats also travel from Benoa harbour and Padang Bai port in Bali as well as the Gili Islands).

Step 2: If you did not opt for a shuttle service when booking your fast boat get yourself to Sanur Beach yourself with plenty of time to spare.

Step 3: When your fast boat is ready your luggage will be loaded and then you can board.

Step 4: The trip across to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur usually takes approximately 35 minutes arriving at Jungut Batu beach Nusa Lembongan.

Note that if there are large ocean swells then all fast boats will be cancelled. In these circumstances, it is not uncommon for travellers to charter a helicopter on their return trip.