Nusa Lembongan Surfing – Indonesia
Surfing Nusa Lembongan
The sleepy little island of Nusa Lembongan is home to some world-class waves, though it’s a bit harder to get to and is more fickle than most Bali waves. The waves are only really any good when it’s medium to high tide. With the tide lowering, the surf breaks around Nusa Lembongan become shallow and treacherous. Be very careful when surfing here! It’s odd to say, but when it’s crowded, go surf. If not many people are out, most likely they’re tourists getting scraped up on the reef.
Playgrounds is the easiest surf spot to get to. You can paddle out from Coconuts Beach and surf right away. It has a fun, long left, and (depending on the tide) a right-hander that is either mushy or short and barreling.
A better wave is a bit further out past Playgrounds. Lacerations is a bowling right that is accessible by paddling past Playgrounds and through the boat channel. This spot is usually a little more crowded because it’s a better barrel and usually has a little more size.
It’s called lacerations because it’s super shallow and breaks over reef. In my experience, all the breaks here should be called Lacerations. But the locals don’t seem to be bothered by the danger, and they all rip!
No Man’s is between Lacerations and Shipwrecks. This wave is deceptively perfect. It looks like the best wave ever, but every once in a while you can tell why no one surfs it. No Man’s gets big and heavy and can close out without notice. It breaks on exposed reef, something you don’t see from a distance.
Shipwrecks is a right that you’ll need to hire a boat to take you out to and also to pick you up at. Paddling out to Shipwrecks would be exhausting. This is probably the best wave out here, and usually less crowded. But it also needs decent swell to work.
Ceningan Point is a left-hander that you need to hire a boat to get to. On the other side of Nusa Lembongan, and off the southern coast of Nusa Ceningan, this spots gets a lot less people surfing it.
If you’d like to review Nusa Lembongan surf spots, please comment below.
We’d like to thank Natalie Brown for her Nusa Lembongan surfing photographs.