This is the second installation of the series on the island of Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia.
This article focuses specifically on Dream Beach – a wonderful sandy beach on the south of the island. Read part I of the article here.
As with many things, the best time ton visit Dream Beach is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Nusa Lembongan´s population tends to multiply by a factor of 8 at noon every day when hordes of tourists on day trips from Bali flock to it, which takes the shine off what is otherwise a peaceful island that is home to some very friendly locals.
While on Nusa Lembongan, be sure to explore the nearby islands of Ceningan (accessible by bridge) and Nusa Penida (a 10-min ferry ride will get you there.) Read my article on the island of Nusa Penida here.
You´ll find Nusa Lembongan just off Bali. If Bali is the raucous upstairs neighbour, Nusa Lembongan is the quiet old man who lives down the street. I love this island and I hope it remains as it is – relatively liberated from the pitfalls of mass tourism. You can easily walk around Nusa Lembongan (or take a scooter or taxi at night) and there are some great surf spots by Jungut Batu Beach!
In this article, you´ll find visual inspiration from Jungut Batu Beach, Mushroom Bay, Devil´s Tear and Sandy Bay. Part II of this article focuses exclusively on Dream Beach.
Scroll to the bottom of this article for tips on where to stay and where to eat.
Jungut Batu Beach
The main beach on the island, more touristy than the rest of it but it´s also where the surf breaks are and you´ll find no shortage of accomodation options + restaurants.
A much quieter alternative to Jungut Batu. Walk 3 minutes away from the beach and you´ll find yourself in jungle-like confines.
Sheer nature at its best. Go there either really early in the morning or late in the afternoon when all the day tourists are done flocking here in their hundreds.
A lovely little bay north of Devil´s Tear (walk here from the former – the seaside here is a story in itself.)
Where to stay
Naturale Villas – Basic but very charming. Read my Tripadvisor review here.
Where to eat
Hai Bar & Grill: Try the tuna steak! Read my review here.
Hai Ri Zen: Right alongside the aforementioned Hai Bar & Grill: It´s more upscale but I prefer the former.
Thai Pantry: Waterfont bliss – try one of their juices! Read my review here.
The Deck Cafe and Bar: Also by the water (on the quiet side of Jungut Batu Beach – a great place for morning juice / brunch. Read my review here.
Mola Mola Coffee Shop: A quiet cafe by Mushroom Bay – perfect for watching the sun go down. Read my review here.
Sandy Bay Beach Club: Amazing setting (right by the epic Sandy Bay,) average vibes. Read my review here.
Where to Surf
*The main breaks are all along the long stretch of beach called Jungut Batu.
* Of these, Playgrounds is the easiest but also the most crowded (get there early.) It´s also the southernmost break of the 4 main breaks here (excluding Tamarind which is further south but poor if you ask me
* Further up, you will find the breaks called “Lacerations,” “No-man´s land,” “Razors” and “Shipwrecks.” – in this order as you go up the coast. As the names suggest, these are not for beginners or intermediates so only paddle out there if you know what you´re doing.
* There are plenty of surf rentals along Jungut Batu (I prefer the ones that are not on the main beach.)
* Carry a water bottle with you if you, like me, walk from one end of the island to the other (you can also hitch a scooter ride.)
I started surfing about 4 years ago in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since then, this hobby has taught me more about myself than 25 plus years of competitive team sports have. The only pressure to perform here is how well you take your next wave.
Here are some of my favourite surf pictures and stories so far. I´ve been fortunate enough to surf on 4 continents, finding enjoyment in each and every break I´ve dragged my board onto.
Hawaii – where it all began
Mauritius – not the best waves by Le Morne (I had to take a boat out to them and they weren´t anything to shout home about but I did see some dolphins underneath my board and that was unforgettable!
Denmark – Cold, not known for surfing but oh such waves!
Løkken – the beach break closest to my home away from home in Jutland
Cold Hawaii, Klitmøller / Vorupør. My favourite surf spot in Denmark
Indonesia – a surfer´s paradise
Jungut Batu – Nusa Lembongan Island – my favourite surf spot in Indonesia – on a small island with very few cars on it
Balangan Beach – the first place I surfed in Indonesia. The break is quite a rough one and it´s popular but there´s a laidback feel to life in these parts that I liked
Batu – Bolong – an easy but crowded break in Canggu, Bali. Truly a surf Mekka