JULIE'S NUSA LEMBONGAN TRIP REPORT - visited July 2012
Beach Blogger was keen on staying at his favourite Dream Beach but the facts that it is islolated from other restaurants/activities and that I would be in a constant state of nervous tension (see later) caused us to choose Mushroom Bay, a location neither of us has stayed at before.
Our resort did not have sunlounges along the sea wall as at some Mushroom Beach places, but you can see that the beach is a very short walk from the lower of Tanis Villa's two pools.
EATING AT MUSHROOM BAY
There would be at least half a dozen resort restaurants and the same number of stand-alone places. We only had time to sample 3 others besides Tanis Villa's.
The building on the left is the beachfront BARBARELLA restaurant. This seemed to be the most popular on the beach with a good crowd every night. Get there early if you want one of the beachfront tables which have nice views of the lights of Sanur and south Bali once it gets dark. Our meal here was very good with prices in the same range as Tanis Villas and Mushroom Bay Bungalows.
But our favourite restaurant was about 3 minutes walk up the road on the right at ALEM NUSA SPA. Set in a small garden setting, the food here was excellent in taste with big servings and the prices genuinely bottom budget. Service was terrific.
There were other budget priced restaurants in this area but we found Alem Nusa so good we didn't try them.
AROUND MUSHROOM BAY
Beach Blogger says this is Bali's best beach. But not in my eyes. I got nervous the half hour we sat in the restaurant watching these people fool around in the swash/backwash area. Rip currents are often hard to spot but I can see one just off their part of the beach. The surf here is downright dangerous - it was the the previous time I visited and BB tells me that big south-east swell is a consistent in dry season on account of the strong south-east trade winds blowing all the way from Australia. If I stayed here I would worry constantly that someone is going to get into difficulties. There are no life guards, so guess who would go in to drag them out? Now BB is a very fit and experienced big surf swimmer, but without a rescue board or other flotation devices even professional life guards can get into difficulties supporting and then towing in a half drowned swimmer who in panic is likely to grab them around the neck or jump on their back. And experience has shown that it is often more than one swimmer who gets into difficulties. Frequently a parent attempts to rescue a child and also gets into trouble.
Please if you visit here go no further than these people into the surf unless you too are experienced swimming in big nasty conditions. Being a good swimmer is not enough - you need to be able to spot the rips, know how to escape them, avoid breaking your neck in the shore break etc.
BB tells me this beach could be benign for much of wet season when the winds reverse making this is a lee coast - so if you visit between say November and the end of February this indeed could be a nice beach (some wet season days are very sunny, excellent for the beach). But neither of us has visited here in wet season, so maybe any reader who does could post in and tell us about the surf.
Fortunately swimmers and sunbathers have an excellent alternative at the resort, Dream Beach Huts - this twin rim pool (notice the lower front pool) area had a good supply of sun lounges. The view isn't bad either. If you are a non guest, Beach Blogger tells me that he legitimizes himself at such places by buying some food/drink from the restaurant or bar. I don't have that kind of front.
So we had oour drink in the adjacent restaurant. If you can tear your eyes away from possible drama on the beach the outlook is pretty fine. Restaurant prices here seemed to be in the same range as at Tanis Villa, Tamarind and Mushroom Beach Bungalows.
I don't enjoy the coastal track around to Jungubatu bay. Tamarind and Coconut beaches are not all that attractive. However BB told me I would be amazed by the transformation of the southern headland of Jungubatu beach. Which indeed I was: when we stayed there in 2006 our Coconuts Resort was one of only a few developments on the headland. Now it is approaching fully built out. Click-expanding the image will give you a better idea.
This is as good as the beach at Jungubatu gets. Unlike Tamarind and Coconut beaches at least it is clean of flotsam and sea-weed which is a credit to the locals seeing this corner section is the area of maximum sea weed farming (just offshore) and also gets pretty intensive boat traffic. There are a fair few cheap resorts, small stores, boat offices etc along here too. Like most of the rest of the beach, the sand is wet right up to the break-wall - it is not a good high tide location.
TOM'S NUSA LEMBONGAN TRIP REPORT - visited February 2010
Last time I was there was 1992 so quite a bit has changed - but Lembongan is still a very relaxing place. The weather has been absolutely beautiful, almost no rain season at all this year.
I stayed at Linda's bungalows, a pretty good place and great food. Bungalows are 100000 but the best are the 2 rooms she has in the private villa,200000 rp absolute beachfront,amazing views and huge balcony to relax on.
I checked a few other places very close to Linda's on Jungubatu Bay but they were quite a bit higher: Ketut 250-400000 , next door to Ketut's the heavily redeveloped Mainski Inn at 250000/night. Agung was a good cheapie for 70000 but nothing compared to Linda's.
Jungubatu Bay south of Linda's.
The best way to see the island and other beaches is renting a motorbike (70000 /day) and this what seems most people are doing cos although it is not a big island it is very very hot and the walk to lets say Mushroom Beach is at least 45 minute walk, Dream Beach and Sunset Beach over an hour.
The nicest beach is Dream beach and although it was pretty flat when I was there there was still a good undertow so certainly not advisable on windy days.
Restaurant and bungalows at Dream Beach Huts. Very nice views from the upper deck of restaurant.
Snorkeling off the beaches is very mediocre, best is at Mushroom Bay which is the best swimmimg beach.
I took the Perama boat from Kuta at 125000 including shuttle bus to Sanur, quite a comfortable boatride - surprisingly for this time of the year. The public boat (above at Sanur) was 60000 (but no transfer from Kuta) and looks quite ok as well if there are no rough seas.
Low tide from the headland at Jungubatu shows seaweed farms - at high tide the lagoon is very scenic. Linda's is on the beach at far end of the photograph.
Thanks Tom:If you want to do a Trip Report on Lembongan or any other beach or island pleased send text and/or any photos and captions to firstname.lastname@example.org - with enough contributions we can keep people more up to date than my visits every year/second year or so manage.
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