Jungut Batu Village

Jungut Batu Village

Jungut Batu refers to both the seaside village and its coast in the north-western area of Lembongan. It is one of the two main beachfronts, and the longest stretch on the island, where you’ll find most of the hotels and restaurants. The small rocky cliff to its south provides great views over the island’s main

Jungut Batu refers to both the seaside village and its coast in the north-western area of Lembongan. It is one of the two main beachfronts, and the longest stretch on the island, where you’ll find most of the hotels and restaurants. The small rocky cliff to its south provides great views over the island’s main surf breaks, namely Shipwrecks and Lacerations, together with the beautiful sunsets over mainland Bali afar.

The island of Nusa Lembongan is just 30 minute’s boat ride from Bali and makes a relaxing break when the traffic and tourists of the South gets too much. Boats for Lembongan depart from Sanur and you can either go by slow boat or the more expensive fast boat.

Most boats from Bali will drop you off in Jungut Batu, one of the two main villages on  Nusa Lembongan. There’s a range of accommodation within walking distance, however if you plan on staying at Mushroom Bay, Dream Beach or any of the other areas on Lembongan then you will have to arrange your own transport there.

Bear in mind that whether arriving by fast boat or slow boat, you will have to wade through shallow water to get on to the beach, so wearing shorts and slip-on shoes is recommended.

The Beach

There is plenty of sand obviously and some hotels do put out deckchairs, but there is a fair amount of refuse and you just don’t see many people swimming here. That’s not to say it isn’t a pretty beach though. The sunsets can be fabulous and at low tide the entire seaweed industry will be laid out for you to observe. Fascinating and very photogenic. You cannot swim here at low tide.

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Note that much of the immediate off-beach area here is used for drying seaweed and it has a very distinct, well, seaweedy smell. You get used to it after a while, but some find it gag-worthy. Although the beach at Jungut Batu may not be the best place to swim due to all the boats anchored off shore, it’s still possible to find a small stretch to take a dip and cool off in. Just look at the village kids who do this on a daily basis and see how much fun they have!

The beach also offers stunning views across to Mount Agung in Bali on a clear day, and the sunsets from this side of the island are some of the best we reckon. Heading south from the main beach, there’s a lovely little walkway that takes you up to the bukit or hill, where more upmarket accommodation is available. This area is also great to enjoy sunset drinks and views across to Mount Agung in Bali. (IBP/net)



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