Things to do in Nusa Lembongan with kids
Nusa Lembongan is one of the three chains of islands located on the southeast of Bali. Together with Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceninga, Nusa Lembongan makes up the Nusa Penida district. Thanks to its remoteness, Nusa Lembongan remains an unspoiled spot for adventurers and nature lovers alike. The waters are vibrant with marine life and colorful corals while the land is alive with wildlife! Heading to Nusa Lembongan? You might want to check out these exciting excursions for the whole family:
Walk on the Ocean Floor
Known as the most popular attraction in Nusa Lembongan, the Bali Marine Walk allows you to walk underwater to see the colorful marine life below. Sea walking is perfectly safe for anyone 8 years old and above so your kids, so tag the kids along! For a safe and secure tour, guides will be there to assist you as you walk across the ocean floor.
Guests will wear a special helmet that enables a person to breathe comfortably underwater. A hose connects the helmet to scuba tanks for continuous air supply throughout the tour. The inside of the helmet is fitted with a defogging device to ensure a clear view of the ocean bed.
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Visit Gala Gala
Another exciting tourist attraction in Lembongan is the Gala Gala Cave. A unique and historical underground house, Gala Gala was built by Made Byasa, a priest, and shadow puppet performer. It took Made Byasa 15 long years to complete the house that sits under a 4-hectare land.
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Photographs of Made Byasa are displayed on the front of the house to commemorate his colorful life. Located on the front of the house are two Balinese buildings, a small shrine, a well, and a sacred Banyan tree where religious rituals are usually performed. Inside the house is a labyrinth that leads to the bedroom, kitchen, dining area, a working bathroom, and a spare room. The space between the floor and roof is quite small measuring only about 2 meters so there will be times when people need to bend in order to move around the house.
Take a Tour
As Nusa Lembongan waters are abundant in marine life, there are several cruises your family can enjoy. For one, there is the island reef tour, which offers a wide array of activities over and under water. The cruise ship anchors along the coast of Lembongan Bay giving the passengers a chance to go around the island. Here they can watch the sea creatures living in corals through the semi-submersible coral viewer.
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Those who want to take a dip can also swim in the waters, go snorkeling for a closer view of the marine life, or have an exciting ride of the banana boat. Guests can also go on an island tour or ride a motorbike to see the different sights of the island. They can also cross the hanging bridge that connects Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida.
For an exhilarating experience, go parasailing and get a bird’s eye view of the amazing coastline of Nusa Lembongan. A boat will tow you at great speeds to lift you up in the air with heights measuring up to 100 meters. You can take the ride alone or with a companion for about 10 minutes as you go on an aerial cruise above water. If you’re not confident about your parachute maneuvering skills, you can also ask the operator to assist you while taking off and landing.
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Ride in an Underwater Scooter
Riding an underwater scooter is a unique and amazing underwater activity that allows you to travel the sea bed! The scooters are designed to reach up to 20 meters deep with speeds of up to 2 km/hour. You don’t have to be a great swimmer or wear bulky breathing devices to ride an underwater scooter. The 30-minute tour requires riders to wear special helmets that allow a person to breathe underwater. Throughout the tour, you will see sunken man-made structures like temple mounds and Buddha statues all over the seabed.
Nothing is more thrilling than a deep-sea adventure! Good thing Bali happens to be one of the best scuba spots in the world! The best spots for scuba diving in Bali are Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida! The waters surrounding these islands feature an eye-popping variety of sharks, manta rays, large species of fish and of course, miles and miles of coral reefs! The best dive sites in these areas are Gamar Bay, Crystal Bay, Blue Corner, Toyapakeh, Cheningan Wall, Manta Point and Lembongan Bay.
Bali Submarine Safaris
Now for something that the whole family will enjoy, go on an underwater safari! If you or your kids are not the most confident swimmers, don’t worry. Bali Submarine Safaris promise an unforgettable nautical adventure. The 45-minute submarine tour is submerged up to 150 feet below the Amuk Bay near Candidasa or off the coast of Nusa Lembongan so you and the rest of the family get a full view of the undersea below! The submarine has a capacity of 36 guests and large portholes to check out the sights.
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Head over to the Mangrove Forests
Here’s a unique and educational excursion that’s perfect for nature lovers and families, a mangrove forest tour in Nusa Lembongan. The Mangrove forest is about 1,300 hectares and is often used for research and educational trips.
The forest includes a short discussion about the conservation efforts of the locals followed by a relaxing cruise down in the middle of a swamp. With the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Mangrove Forest continues to bring a sense of wonder for generations to come.
Visit a Seaweed Farm
Who knew seaweed farming can be fun? Over the coast of Nusa Lembongan, seaweed farming remains one of the major sources of livelihood among locals.
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Seaweed farming is deeply ingrained into the local culture. The process itself is simple yet fascinating. This tour is also a great way to meet the locals, learn more about local culture as well as discover the history and traditions behind seaweed farming! And if you’re worried about refreshments, there are loads of warungs nearby!
Tour a Temple
Indonesians are deeply spiritual people and the thousands of Hindu and Buddhist temples all over the archipelago are a testament of the locals’ spirituality. One of the most popular attractions in Lembongan is the Pura Puncak Sari Temple. Located on the top of the hill, Pura Puncak Sari Temple offers a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean as well nearby islands, Nusa Penida Island and Nusa Ceningan Island. We recommend visiting just before the sun sets to watch the legendary Lembongan sunset.
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What do you think? I really want to try some of these – especially the submarine! Have fun on Nusa Lembongan 🙂