Indonesian Island Paradise
Warm water barrels for all abilities
Daily boat taxis to the surf
Exploration to empty waves
Tropical island life and breath-taking sunsets
Imagine Bali, then roll the clock back by thirty years. Beaches that are straight from the Bounty chocolate bar advert. Welcome to our bodyboarding island retreat – Nusa Lembongan!
Water Temperature: 28°C
Local Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Local Beer: Bintang
Local Food: Nasi Goreng
Surf 2ft – 8ft
Exploration to empty waves
A smorgasbord of eateries
Yoga and massage available
World class diving and snorkelling
We’re returning to one of our favourite Indonesian islands and settling in to our accommodation right in front of one of our favourite breaks. If you poke your head out of your bedroom door you’ll see our infinity pool, then a beautiful natural lagoon fringed with perfect right and left breaking waves. We’d like to take you to our island paradise for a week of chilling, re-focusing and of course 7 days of immersion in to some of the best bodyboarding waves of your life. White sands fringed with palms and iridescent aqua marine waters boasting an abundance of perfect bodyboarding waves. A pace of life that puts everything into focus. With the best sunsets that we’ve ever seen.
Organise a flight to Bali, we’ll pick you up from the airport and after a welcome meal you will have a great night’s sleep at our hotel. Bali is the gateway to your island adventure, the following morning we will bodyboard on Bali’s east coast before boarding our boat to take the short journey (under an hour) to the neighbouring island of Nusa Lembongan.
Lonely Planet describes the island as ‘The surfers dream’ for good reason. As you arrive, you’ll sail slowly through the 5 surf spots that fringe the lagoon in front of our accommodation and you’ll feel the mellow island vibe wash over you.
With a population of only 4000 people the pace of life is very chilled and you will have time to immerse yourself in to this dreamy existence and benefit from our 20 years of travel to this location.
Put on your sunglasses, grab a cold drink and settle yourself in the shaded end of our infinity pool. Then look across the blue water expanse of the lagoon in front of you.
To the south end of the bay you will see the fun, deep water peaks of Playgrounds.Still a world class wave on its day, it is generally a mechanical, playful peak that makes improving your bodyboarding easy.
To the right is ‘Lassos’. This is a longer right and shorter left. The intensity of this wave can be high on the right swell and tide. The expert bodyboarders that have joined our trips have revelled in the long blue funnels that this wave supplies as it hits the reef. It also works well as an excellent coaching wave when the swell is smaller.
To the southern end of the lagoon are the fast-breaking left handers of Razors and the running right hand walls of Shipwrecks.
From the breaks that you can see from the pool alone there is plenty to keep the stoke levels high for day after day of bodyboarding, however we have explored further to other areas of the island where we have named numerous waves and have never seen other surfers. You will benefit from our exploration.
A new experience for many will be being picked up from the white sand beach by our boatman before each session. For a small fee he will drop us to our line up of choice. The boat then waits for us in the channel allowing you to return to the boat to grab a drink, apply sunscreen, take photos or chill out. It’s a fantastic system that you will soon learn to love.
We stay in separate bungalows with twin or double beds. Each has an en-suite with air conditioning and its own balcony for chilling out with a book and hanging out board shorts to dry. Prepare to relax and base your life around the tides and the swell. There is an onsite restaurant with open sides, which is a great place to eat breakfast and watch the waves. The accommodation always receives great reviews from our guests.
The typical March and October weather is a nightly downpour and daily sun with the odd days of scattered cloud. Expect tropical island temperatures. The heat can be searing when you are spending hours in the water so the cloud can be very welcome. Due to the fortunate shape of the island we can generally find clean waves each day. This is the end of the wet season and the beginning of the dry season. The benefit of visiting at this time of the year is the low crowds and empty line-ups.
We’ll visit a variety of restaurants and cafés which have an incredible selection of Indonesian food, western dishes, Japanese, Argentinian, and Italian menus. The choice is incredible and the prices are around £5 ($7USD) per meal. Our favourite Vegan restaurant can not be missed.
The variety of Indonesia’s surf breaks means we’ll always be able to find quiet peaks offering mellower, long walling waves – perfect if you’re a beginner learning the basics or an intermediate rider looking to reach the next stage. Then there are more challenging reefs for the advanced rider. We split the group by abilities to cater for all levels of bodyboarding experience. It’s an amazing location with a veritable fun park of waves to suit all skill sets.
Foundation level Instruction
Indonesia caters for bodyboarders of all abilities, and you’ll often find gentler, mellower waves breaking at one end of the beach or reef, when at the other there are waves offering barrels and steeper sections for more advanced riders. This is great if you’re looking to test yourself without jumping in at the deep end. A great mix of waves for all abilities.
Whatever your level, our coaching team is on hand to offer daily guiding and tuition should you want it. This is tailored to your ability, with instructors who are in-house qualified and fully insured, and includes beach, water and classroom-based tuition.
Our team comprises experienced lifeguards, some of whom have 20 years of surfing and worldwide travel behind them, all trained by multiple-times British National Champion and Team Coach Rob Barber.
We’ve got your back whatever your ability, and that’s a promise. Don’t stress if you’re only now giving it a go – on this trip there’s something for everyone, and we all have to start somewhere.
In fact, you’ll be amazed how quickly you master paddling out to catch good-quality waves, and we’re committed to patiently helping you progress.
Foundation level tuition includes
- An oceanography class at the start of the week to understand breaks, rips and currents
- Video and photo analysis
- Bodyboarding safety, beach awareness, and how to catch waves
- How to paddle out, gain speed, duck-dive and wipe out safely
- Learning moves such as cutbacks, barrel rolls and 360 spins
- How to get the most from your equipment, while having heaps of fun
Our instructors are on hand with groups in the water, able to give extra tips on the beach, and give detailed feedback during our informal classroom analysis.
As well as coaching, we’re also keen to develop your learning and understanding of the sport in general. This is why we offer a separate Q&A sessions, answering all things bodyboarding: equipment, travel, safety, surf prediction, understanding pressure charts and bodyboarding fitness.
Intermediate and Advanced Instruction
There is good reason why there are so many amazing bodyboarders making an annual pilgrimage to Indonesia. The waves lend themselves to high level bodyboarding and we can help you perfect specific moves from carving reverse spins to airs. Ben Player would regularly use Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Canngu as his pre-season training ground when he competed on the world tour, and for good reason too. The variety of the waves in this area is huge and as a result we can focus on every aspect of your riding. Or put more of a focus on guiding you to the best waves each day and letting you enjoy them while being videoed by our team.
Photography and video analysis will be available throughout all sessions to help improve your riding. There is simply no better way to see your riding sky rocket than to benefit from slow-motion analysis of your biggest moves. By the end of your trip we guarantee that you will feel that you have up’d your game. If coaching isn’t your thing, then you can benefit from our guiding, to know that you’re in the best spot for the waves each day.
You need to make your own travel arrangements to Denpasar International Airport, Bali. Those flying from the UK, we suggest calling Dial a Flight on 0330 100 2220. We then arrange airport pick-ups for those arriving on the first day of the trip. It is essential that on the final day of the trip your flight departs no earlier than 4pm.
We have our welcome meeting at 6pm on the first day of the trip so please try to arrive in good time.
Shortly after everyone arrives we’ll have a group welcome meeting to discuss the epic road trip ahead.
4 – 18 October 2019 – 14 nights – £1429
4 – 12 October 2019 – 8 nights – £749
11 – 19 March 2020 – 8 nights – £749
Non bodyboarding partner:
£429 for an 8 night trip
£819 for a 14 night trip
£939 for 8 night trip
£1749 for 14 nights
Bali’s quiet neighbour, our Indonesian Island paradise, is straight out of one of those glossy luxury travel magazines.
We’ve been visiting this Robin Crusoe-esque tropical island for 20 years and we are still blown away by the clarity of the water and its breath taking sunsets. The island offers world class snorkelling and diving, and perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to happen upon a huge Manta Ray swimming effortlessly with the tide, an experience you’ll remember forever.
Something that you will also long remember is the Nusa Lembongan sunsets. As the sun dips below Bali to the west, rays of orange, red and yellow light illuminate the lagoon and evening drinks are all about enjoying this natural light show.
A tour of Nusa Lembongan and its neighbouring islands Ceningan and Penida (linked by a suspension bridge), is a must! Hooning along with careless abandon on your motorcycle is the best way to get around and take in the incredible coastal views, idyllic beaches, ancient religious temples, seaweed farms and mangrove forests.
It’s important to make sure you have the right kit before your trip starts, so all you need to think about is the surf, sea and sun!
We’ve spent decades travelling to Indonesia, so we know the difference between the ‘need to bring’ stuff and the ‘nice to bring’ stuff. Please don’t hesitate to email or call us on 01637 879571 if you have any questions.
If you need equipment, we recommend the Bodyboard-Depot, which offers free shipping on every sale over £50, a free pro leash with boards costing more than £100, and free fin savers with fins costing more than £35.
Alternatively, if you’ve run out of time to get the kit you need before you leave, let us know and we can source equipment in Indonesia so it’s waiting for you when you arrive. The more advanced notice the better please. We can arrange rental equipment if you can’t travel with your board/fins.
The warm waters and heavy waves of Indonesia make many boards turn to jelly. If you have an older PE board it’s likely to get very flexible in the heat. Therefore, we recommend boards with a PP or low-density PP core. Also look for warm water waxes.
It’s essential to use a pair of comfortable, powerful, bodyboarding swim fins to get the most from the awesome waves on the trip. Taking a spare pair of fins is advised if you have room in your luggage.
It’s a simple insurance policy on any trip, so don’t forget – bring an extra leash. The day you snap one you’ll thank yourself.
Bodyboard travel bag
A decent board bag will keep your kit safely protected throughout your journey, especially when you consider the brutality of some baggage handlers. They range from £20 to more than £100 – the more you pay, the better protection you get. The best on the market is the Creatures wheelie bag, it’s heat-reflective, padded and you can wheel it around, saving your arms and shoulders for paddling.
Board socks perform a dual purpose, protecting your board from the harsh Indonesian sun, and drying you off as it’s a handy towel. The humble board sock is an awesome piece of kit for travelling (or home use).
Fin slippers and socks prevent rub on the foot and Achilles heel, and also save you from needing to wear full-length fin socks. Absolutely worth picking some up.
If you don’t wear wetsuit socks and want to prevent rub around your heels, it’s worth considering a set of heel shields. They make fins comfortable, stop chafe and have different thickness levels to suit the snugness of your fin.
Finserts are (in our opinion) the ultimate foot protection from fin rub! Definitely have a look at buying a pair.
Don’t let a lost fin ruin the rest of your trip. Bag a set of tethers and know you’ll pop up from every duckdive and wipeout with both fins still attached.
Shorts and rash vests
On any tropical trip, it’s important to invest in a good pair of high quality, lightweight, stretchy board shorts, and a good lycra vest to help keep the sun off. In fact, make that two pairs of shorts – it’s not worth risking getting caught short if you rip a pair.
There are a range of sun creams geared specifically for bodyboarding abroad. We can attest they actually stay on in the water, and we’ve tested them in some searing conditions.
We strongly advise you buy surf-specific sun protection that are 100% natural and biodegradable, non-natural sun creams contain toxins that are detrimental Indonesia’s pristine coral reefs.
Maximise your surf time by keeping the sun off your head. If you don’t already have one, please purchase a surf hat, especially if you have a shaved head or have fair skin. Trust us, it will make your trip much more enjoyable.
General things to make your life more comfortable
You will be sleeping in fairly close proximity to others in traditional buildings, and noise travels through this jungle area. Whether that is the wildlife, people listening to music in the bar/eating area or somebody snoring in your room, it’s a good idea to pack some ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.
Cool, light clothing. You will spend most of your time in just shorts. Make sure they are lightweight and ‘quick dry’ – heavy denim shorts will be uncomfortable in the tropics, especially when travelling.
Lycra shorts to wear under your boardshorts. Just in case you missed it, here it is again: Lycra shorts to wear under your boardshorts.
A good book or a Kindle, a stack of music on your phone, and movies to watch on your tablet.
Sunglasses (and spares if you are prone to losing/breaking them).
Flip flops / sandals.
Your own refillable water bottle – always stay hydrated.
A waterproof bag to help keep your kit dry if you go out on a boat.
Earplugs for use in the water.
First Aid Kit
While we do have a trained first aider on-site throughout the trip, it is always best practice (and polite) to bring your own first aid kit.
Accidents can happen when travelling and/or around camp, and there is the chance of a rub on the reef at some point during a trip. It’s important to be aware of this, and to bring a first aid kit with contents ready for it.
- Mosquito repellent (an obvious one, but easy to forget)
- Antiseptic wipes / wash / cream
- Sterile saline solution
- Steri-strips / sutures
- Wound dressings
- Bandages / sterile gauzes
- Band aids / plasters (a good selection of sizes)
- Waterproof tape / duct tape (basically fixes everything)
- Latex gloves
- Cotton tips
- Stainless steel scissors
- Stainless steel fine point tweezers (key for removing bits of coral)
- Safety pins
- Tourniquet / triangle sling
- First aid manual (or better yet get some training)
- Deep Heat / muscle rub gel
- Hydrogen peroxide / iodine water purification tablets
- Scorpion sting remover
- Anti-histamine tablets
- Super glue
- Compeed (pads for fin rub)
- Hydration sachets
- Imodium / travel sickness tablets
- Zinc lip cream
- Cold and flu tablets/Lemsip
- 8 or 14 nights accommodation
- Airport pick ups and drop offs
- Surf guiding to find the best waves to suit your ability
- Video and photo analysis to advance your riding
- Expert tuition tailored to your ability
- A bonus surf session on Bali’s east coast
- Guaranteed good times!
We also offer several excursions whilst in Nusa Lembongan, that give you a chance to sample more of island life. These include;
- Nusa Penida Island
- Snorkel Safari
- Mangrove Tour
Please note these activities will incur an additional charge.
8 – 16 March 2019 – 8 nights
4 – 18 October 2019 – 14 nights
4 – 10 October 2019 – 8 nights
11 – 19 March 2020 – 8 nights
Frequently Asked Questions about our Nusa Lembongan Trip.
Do I need to arrange my own flights and transfers?
You need to book your own flights to Bali, to arrive on the first day of the trip and leave on the last day of the trip. The dates are on the website so please check before booking. It is important that on the last day of the trip you fly home after 4pm.
Indonesia Trip (example only)
Dates: January 23 – February 1
You arrive on January 23 and leave on February 1 (after 4pm)
You need to fly in and out of Denpasar International Airport (welcome meeting arranged)
If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, that’s fine. We’ll let you know where and when to meet us on the first day.
Which Islands will I visit?
Your arrival night will be spent on Bali. The following nights you will spend on Nusa Lembongan.
Do I need a visa?
British nationals (and 140 other nationalities) can visit Indonesia for thirty days without a visa. However, entry into Indonesia may be refused and airlines may turn you away if you have less than six months left on your passport validity or you don’t have an onward ticket out of the country. For more or updated information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia
Please check international travel requirements for your nationality. Please contact your travel agent or airline if you have any further questions.
What age will you be during the trip?
If you will be 60 or over we need to chat on the phone prior to booking. Please call the office or email us to arrange a time for a call +44 1637 879571
How will I know where to go once I’ve arrived at the airport?
Once you’ve collected your bags we’ll meet you at arrivals, our representative will have a clipboard that clearly states ‘Your name’. We’ll be looking for people with bodyboard bags and once you’ve been located, we’ll check you in. You may have a short wait at the airport as the rest of your group assembles. We recommend bringing a book, kindle or iPod to amuse yourself during this period! You’ll then make your way to our accommodation and be shown to your room, after which we’ll have a group meeting to chat about the holiday ahead.
Can we contact you if we have travel problems?
On the day that you travel please keep your mobile phone handy so we can stay in touch in case of delays and flight changes. Please inform us at the airport if you’re early or delayed for any reason. If you need help to book your flight then drop us a line.
If you can’t find our representative at the airport stay there and wait, they won’t be far away having tracked your arrival time. However, if you’re having real problems finding them please call Grant on +62 81338440707 or the office on 01637 879571. Please do not leave the arrivals area, one of us will be sure to locate you.
What kit should I take on a bodyboarding holiday?
You can buy any of your kit from the Bodyboard-Depot. If you’re unsure about what you need then drop us a line, we’ve travelled to locations across the globe on many occasions so we know what’s essential or handy. Please remember – it’s important to make sure you have the right kit before your trip starts so all you need to think about is the sun, sea and waves! In Bali the water is warm enough for just boardies and a rash vest. We would recommend a PP board.
Ask for Guy at the Bodyboard-Depot to discuss all your kit list needs.
Can I hire equipment?
Yes, we have a full range of kit.
Pro standard Bodyboard Hire £40 per week
Wetsuit £40 per week
Fins £20 per week
What’s the best way to transport my bodyboard and kit?
Remember to check the baggage size and weight allowance with your airline and their procedure for carrying bodyboards. Baggage handlers can be brutal so a tough bag and intelligent packing are a must. Firstly, pack your board(s) in a protective, padded board bag then write fragile and Top Load Only on it in permanent marker. Wrap towels around as well for added protection. Place your shampoo and other wet toiletries in a separate sealed bag in case of leakage. We recommend locking your bag zips with a padlock.
Do I need personal travel insurance?
Please advise our coaching staff of any medical complaints or conditions prior to your trip. We will ask for travel insurance details upon booking so organise this nice and early. We will also ask you to fill out an enrolment form with these details before the holiday.
How can I find out about medical advice for travelling?
Health and safety medical advice for travellers can be found at www.doh.gov.uk. Otherwise, contact your GP or the Department of Health for further information. Or call the Help Line on free phone 0800 555777. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issues up to date information on safety issues for countries world-wide. Contact the FCO Travel Advice line on 020 7238 4503/4504 if you have any concerns.
Please contact your doctor if you’re unsure about vaccinations. We advise you take mosquito repellent to avoid getting bitten though we’ve never been aware of any malaria cases in the areas that we visit. According to netdoctor.co.uk the risk is very low.
What currency should I take?
It’s difficult to obtain Indonesian Rupiah outside the country so we recommend taking a debit or credit card and using cash points, there are some at the airport. Our accommodation has safety boxes for both passports and cash. You can exchange sterling cash with Balinese money-changers but this is less convenient than using cards. We recommend taking at least two bank cards in case one becomes lost or damaged. Stop two of the trip is to the island of Nusa Lembongan, there are no cash points there so we’ll visit one before heading over.
How should I budget for the trip?
If you budget approx 120,000 Indonesian rupiah (£7 sterling) per meal you will have sufficient money for food. You will need to pay for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. There are cash points available in Bali but we ask you to budget for your daily food/drink to avoid regular cashpoint runs. So, if you budget 420,000 Indonesian Rupiah per day that will be fine (there are safes to keep valuables in). Generally, you no longer need to pay a departure tax to leave Bali, but you should check this with your airline. There is a fee of 400,000 Indonesian rupiah for the boat to Nusa Lembongan. It is also 400,000 for the journey back again. As well as food and drink, while on the island you will need to budget 100,000 Indonesian rupiah per day for the surf taxi that takes us out to the waves and back again. You can paddle out and back if you want but most prefer to use all their energy for enjoying the waves.
To summarise the above:
Daily food money – 420,000 Indonesian Rupiah per day
Return boat Journey to Nusa Lembongan – 800,000 Indonesian Rupiah
Daily surf taxi while in Nusa Lembongan – 40,000 – 100,000 Indonesian Rupiah per day (7 days)
How do I pay?
Payments are all made via our online invoicing system called Simple Invoices. Once you have confirmed you wish to join a trip we will send you an online invoice via email. Within this email there will be a link where that will take you to our secure payment system where you will need to enter your credit or debit card details to make the payment. In some circumstances we can facilitate a payment plan, just let us know if you wish to discuss this. Full payment must be made 12 weeks prior to the holiday start date.
What happens if I want to cancel my booking?
If you can no longer join the trip please let us know as soon as possible via email, your cancellation will be effective from the date which it is received by Bodyboard-Holidays. Cancellation charges are payable as follows:
Over 12 weeks – deposit only (one third of the total trip price)
36 days to 12 weeks – 50% of total cost
21-35 days – 75% of total cost
Under 20 days – 100% of total cost
However if your cancellation is within the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to make a claim. Further information here. https://bodyboard-holidays.com/terms-conditions/
How to book
Once you have read all the info and made your selection. Book your holiday in 3 easy steps
Fill in the enquiry form below
We’ll confirm availability and explain payment plan options.
Pay your deposit, book your flights and complete the enrolment form. You’re on the trip!
“The guys at Bodyboard-Holidays excel is getting you on to the best waves, at the right times, that suit your ability. There are so many variables on this island with tides, swell/wind direction and the surf taxis that you need to get to the line-up that Rob and the team have absolutely dialled in here. If I could give Bodyboard-Holidays six stars, I would!”
“As a complete novice, I had no idea what to expect! From getting on a plane to being on a bodyboard was seemless. The experience is extremely easy and hastle free, leaving you to completely relax and enjoy the surfing.
Rob and his team strike the balance perfectly between professionalism and fun. Creating a no pressure environment to learn and have a laugh. I would 100% recommend these guys and will 100% be going away again. Fantastic. 10/10.“