Nusa Lembongan, Bali: The Deck
I left Nusa Lembongan bruised, burnt, and bleeding, but blissful. This gorgeous island is what I imagined Bali to be before I actually made it to Bali. Nusa Lembongan is a secluded island filled with sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters. The traffic is minimal and low levels of urban development make it as lush of an isolated island paradise as you could get.
For a taste of the good life, adventurers who boldly journey to Nusa Lembongan should hit up The Deck. Most of Nusa Lembongan is local and unchanged from before the days of tourism but there are a few spots catering to travelers looking for good food and good views. None of them are better than The Deck. This subtly nautical-themed restaurant, cafe, and bar overlooks some of the bluest waters you’ll ever see. Mount Agung, Bali’s highest point, towers over the hordes of boats docked in the harbor of Nusa Lembongan.
The Deck has a pretty good selection of food and drinks. Although the majority of the food (and prices) definitely cater more to Westerners and travelers, it serves as a welcome retreat for travelers who might be tired of winging it at the more local joints. The breakfasts, affectionately known by our group as “brekkie at the deckie”, are among the best we have had in all of Bali. That says a lot when you consider all of Bali’s iconic breakfast and brunch spots.
The pancakes are fluffy, the milkshakes are creamy, and the juice is fresh and colorful. If you’re looking for something a bit more savory, I highly recommend the burgers, fish and chips, or generously portioned nachos. Like I said, the menu is a bit more Western but you can only have nasi goreng and sate ayam every so often before you crave a taste of home.
It’s not hard to pass an entire day at The Deck. The view never gets old as the hustle and bustle of the colorful boats and people coming in and out of Nusa Lembongan’s main dock interrupt the serenity of the area. You can accidentally spent a lot of time and money at The Deck but you can’t really be too upset about it.
If you keep walking along the cliffside where The Deck is located, you will eventually stumble into a secret beach. It is small but the ocean water is refreshing and the sand is beautiful. It is a popular starting point for surfers and paddleboarders. It’s also just a perfect spot for people to just relax and take in the ocean air for awhile.
For a quiet island like Nusa Lembongan, a relaxed, peaceful spot like The Deck is hard to beat. During the day, there is no better place to chill. At night, it is one of the only places on all of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan that stays open relatively late. While Nusa Lembongan is far from a party island, The Deck is a great place to have some sunset beers or sip on some cocktails as the night goes on.
Batu Karang Lembongan Resort, Nusa Lembongan, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771
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