Lembongan Surf Spots
In amongst the pontoons and floating water parks, Nusa Lembongan consists of at least five surfable breaks.
Located just an hour by speedboat from Bali many people travel to Nusa Lembongan for the day… and end up staying for a week. There are three main spots and two fickle waves that work every once in a while. Some are serious waves that will challenge all levels of surfers like the barreling waves at Lacerations or Shipwrecks. While there are more playful options to suit everyone as well. However, surfing is only one element of many that draw daily crowds of tourists from Bali to Nusa Lembongan.
What kind of wave is Playgrounds?
Playgrounds is the closest break to land and the most mellow surf break in the area. It produces a super fun peak that breaks left and right and is suitable for most surfers. But it’s also the most crowded spot on Nusa Lembongan. However, the constant current moves the lineup around leaving plenty of opportunities to snag 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, enabling a smores board of performance surfing sections. The right is a favorite for surfers of less ability, but beware, you’ll still hit the reef if you fall in the wrong spot.
What kind of wave is Lacerations?
What kind of wave is Razors?
What kind of wave is Shipwrecks?
What kind of wave is Tamarind?
Lacerations: Reef Break
Razors: Reef Break
Shipwrecks: Reef Break
Tamarind: Point Break
Playgrounds: Can be useful
Lacerations: Handy when small
Razorsr: Personal preference
Shipwrecks: Personal preference
Razorsr: Shortboard or mini-mal
Shipwrecks: Medium Crowds
Playgrounds: Crowds, sharp reef
Lacerations: sharp shallow reef
Razorsr: Reef, currents
Shipwrecks: Seaweed farm spikes
Tamarind: Current in big swell
Best swell direction:
Shipwrecks: Seaweed SW
Best wind direction:
What tide is best:
Playgrounds: High tide
Lacerations: High tide
Razorsr: Mid tide
Shipwrecks: High tide
Best tide movement:
Playgrounds: High to mid
Lacerations: High to mid
Best time of year:
Playgrounds: April – September
Lacerations: April – September
Razorsr: April – September
Shipwrecks: April – September
Tamarind: May – August
Other names for spot:
How do you get in and out of the surf at 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.
How do you get in and out of the surf at 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.
How do you get in and out of the surf at Shipwrecks and Razors?
Shipwrecks is a 500 metre plus paddle directly out front of Yogi Beach Bungalows.
What is the beach like?
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.
Where should I stay?
Cheapest Price Range – Megacahya Bungalow
Great location to access Shipwrecks by foot in a minute or two. Situated just off the beach it is not beachfront but very close to it. The accommodation is also very close to some of the best food on the island such as Ginger and Jamu, Kayu or Ohana’s. Medacahya is very clean, well managed, has a pool and the complex is quiet most evenings. Great option at a great price.
Affordable Price Range – Yogi Beach Bungalows
Yogi’s is a great beachfront accommodation option offered at good value for money and located directly in front of the surf at Shipwrecks and Razors. Family-run set of five bungalows with the essential comforts such as air conditioning and high-speed internet. It is also located near great eating options so you won’t have to venture far if you are wanting to clock up some time in the surf out front.
Mid Price Range – Lembongan Cliff Villas
Arguably the best view on Nusa Lembongan with easy access to the waves at Playgrounds and great views over Shipwrecks and Lacerations. Choose from one or two-bedroom villas and expect spacious rooms with quality furniture and chattels to make your stay all the more enjoyable. When you’re not surfing relax in the infinity pool or enjoy a meal overlooking the ocean.
Mid Price Range – Playgrounds Wave Lodge Lembongan
Playgrounds Wave Lodge provide modern comfort and practicality with Balinese touches and highlights of Nusa Lembongan. Inside the rooms, you experience a laid back feeling while enjoying the views of the sea and even the surf at Lacerations, Razors and Shipwrecks from your balcony or patio in most rooms. You’ve also got some great eating options directly across the boardwalk in front of the lodge.
Luxury Price Range – Lembongan Beach Club & Resort
Lembongan Beach Club is an award-winning resort and one of the leading Nusa Lembongan accommodation options when looking for luxury. Made up of 42 private villas, most with swimming pools, designed with natural materials in a modern Balinese style each villa provides ample personal space to retreat. The Beach Club Restaurant overlooks Razors and Shipwrecks surf breaks and provides international and local cuisine. Situated on the beachfront, you can relax in the infinity pool in between surfs or while enjoying the sunsets and their signature cocktails.
DEALS ON PLACES TO STAY IN NUSA LEMBONGAN
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.
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!
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.
What else is there to do in the area?
Panorama Point is one of the high points on the island where you overlook Jungutbatu Beach. It’s a spot you will naturally stop at to take advantage of the views for a moment before continuing along the road over to the other side of the island to the likes of Devil’s Tear Bay, Dream Beach, or the yellow bridge to Nusa Ceningan. One thing to be prepared for is the persistent local kids looking to make a quick buck by selling bracelets.
Devil’s Tear Bay is a great spot to see the raw power of the ocean as sets of waves crash into the jagged rock cliff face. It is a nice location to watch the sunset and walk around the rocks.
Dream Beach is a beautiful white sand beach that has become a very popular tourist attraction and therefore isn’t as peaceful and relaxing as it once was. It is not the best for swimming due to strong currents. There are many other beautiful beaches if you go a little further over the yellow bridge to Nusa Ceningan where you will escape the crowds.
Diving is one of the biggest attractions in Nusa Lembongan. There are various diving companies where you can organize snorkeling or scuba diving trips to many locations around the islands in the area. Marine life you can expect to see includes marble stingrays, ribbon and moray eels, reef sharks, scorpionfish, nudibranchs, sea snakes, turtles, and seasonal Mola Mola (Sunfish).
do I need
Playgrounds – Coconut beach or the Coconut Beach Resort.
Lacerations – The deck – multiple levels with a cool hip vibe. Lembongan Reef Bungalow, Bar and restaurant. Oka 7 the deck and rooftop bar make for great viewing of lacerations as the sun goes down and you can see surfers silhouette in the barrel with the light shining through the back of the wave.
Razors and Shipwrecks – Blue Corner Bar & Restaurant is a great spot to watch the surf.
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.
How to get to Nusa Lembongan?
The best way to get to Nusa Lembongan is from Bali by fast boat.
The trip across to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur usually takes approximately 30-60 minutes arriving at Nusa Lembongan.