Known for its incredible surf breaks and scuba diving, Nusa Lembongan is one of the most popular islands close to Bali. And the sunsets here are pretty spectacular too!
The Nusa Islands are more expensive than Bali, so consider that when you’re choosing where to stay. Hostels are a good option, as you can still experience everything Nusa Lembongan has to offer without breaking the bank.
With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of the best hostels in Nusa Lembongan (and a few in Nusa Penida) to help you make the most of your trip. Let’s check them out!
Best Hostels in Nusa Lembongan
Best Overall Hostel in Nusa Lembongan – Devadav Hostel
The beautiful designed Devadav is a small hostel on Dream Beach Street and just a five minute walk from one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. Should you want to head out further onto the island, you can rent a scooter or motorbike too. Back at the hostel, take advantage of the swimming pool to cool off in the Bali sunshine, or order some delicious local food for the restaurant. There are only three rooms here, so it never gets crowded!
Best Party Hostel in Nusa Lembongan – Good Cheer Hostel Lembongan
Now, you’re not going to find a party hostel in Nusa Lembongan like you would in Kuta or Seminyak. It’s not quite the same vibe. However, that doesn’t mean to say you won’t find somewhere lively and fun like Good Cheer Hostel. There are a bar and cafe where you can play drinking games before hitting the nightlife, or you can lounge around the pool on bean bags with fellow travellers at this sociable hostel.
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Nusa Lembongan – Nyuh Gading Home Stay
Set around a pool, this beautiful home stay style hostel is an easy place to meet fellow travellers to explore the island with. Or just to have a beer with at the end of the day! There’s a ten meter swimming pool, which you can use to get warmed up for scuba diving and snorkelling later in the day. If you prefer to stay dry, there’s a shaded common area by the pool and a bunch of sun loungers too. Feeling hungry? The on-site restaurant serves up some of the best local food there is!
Best Hostel with a View in Nusa Lembongan – Candy Hostel Ceningan
If you don’t want to leave your hostel to watch one of Nusa Lembongan’s stunning sunsets, then you’re best off heading for Candy Hostel Ceningan. Take in the scenery from the back of a floating flamingo, or stay dry at the poolside on a colourful beanbag. Obviously, you won’t want to spend ALL your time at the hostel, so it’s a good job that there’s scooter rental here so you can get out and explore the island. Though the candy theme might pique the interest of families with kids, there’s a strict policy of no under 12s here.
Best Small Hostel in Nusa Lembongan – Uma Hostel Nusa Lembongan
Sometimes, you might want a quiet and intimate experience without splashing out on hotel or villa prices. Let us present Uma Hostel. Another of the most popular hostels in Nusa Lembongan, there are sixteen beds, so it’s easy enough to find fellow travellers to chat with if you’re looking for that. There’s a continental breakfast included in the morning, so you can fuel up before exploring the island!
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Nusa Lembongan – Mai Hostel Lembongan
Being a digital nomad means you can work from anywhere. So, why not pick somewhere that will put a smile on your face? Offering quick Wi-Fi and a power plug and reading light in your bed, you don’t even have to get up to work! Once you’ve done what you need to for the day, check out the chilled out swimming pool or chat to other guests in the common room. Perhaps you’ll find someone to explore nearby Dream Beach, Sandy Bay, and Sunset Point with.
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Nusa Lembongan – Suba Guesthouse
This modern hostel in Nusa Lembongan not only has a range of private rooms, but small dormitories too, which would suit a small group of friends perfectly. However you’re travelling, make the most of a beautiful Balinese accommodation set around a swimming pool. There’s an open kitchen where you can prepare meals and a common area where you can meet other travellers. You’re in Lembongan village, so all of the island’s attractions are within easy reach.
Best Hostels in Nusa Penida
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Nusa Penida – Nuansa Penida Hostel
With 50 beds across this beautiful Nusa Penida hostel, it won’t be too long before you meet someone with whom you can share a drink or explore some of the island. Dorms here come in traditional Balinese style bungalows around the swimming pool, with private balconies and sofas where you can chill out on a lazy day. If you want some help finding your way around the island, you can book a whole manner of activities at reception. Think snorkelling, diving, group tours, and boat tickets to Nusa Lembongan and Bali.
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Nusa Penida – Write Hostel
With free Wi-Fi and a few places where you can set up your laptop, Write Hostel is a dream for digital nomads in Nusa Penida. As well as seating areas in all rooms, there’s a cool outdoor terrace. If you don’t want to go out looking for a cafe before starting work, you don’t have to as you’ll get a complimentary American breakfast on site. However, if you do fancy a change of scenery, you have Sampalan Beach within a stone’s throw and lots of cafes where you can work or take some well earned rest.
Best Boutique Hostel in Nusa Penida – Double’D Hostel
Who says you can’t have hotel style luxury when staying in a hostel?! This family owned hostel in Nusa Penida’s ‘capital’ Sampalan offers that. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast of toast, fruits, and coffee under the shade of colourful umbrellas on the outdoor terrace before renting a scooter and getting out to explore the island. If you’re in a big group, you can even rent a car here to take out on the island!
Best Hostel with a View in Nusa Penida – Olala Virgin Hostel Penida
Want to take in the views across Nusa Penida and out to the ocean without leaving your hostel? No problem. The Olala Virgin has the sort of view you’d expect from a five-star hotel, rather than a humble hostel. And as you can see, there’s an infinity pool! Set across 14 buildings, this beautiful hostel has a restaurant on site, so there’s no need to head back down to the port. But if you want to, it is just seven minutes away. You are paying above the island’s average hostel price for this place, but it’s well worth the extra expense. This is a great option for a couple or a solo traveller who want to pamper themselves!
Best Beachfront Hostel in Nusa Penida – Apit Lawang Hostel & Resto
Just when you thought there couldn’t be anymore stunning hostels in Nusa Penida, BANG! Apit Lawang Hostel and Restaurant is a little west of Sampalan and looks out over to Bali. Couples can take advantage of a private double room, while solo travellers could save some money and book into a mixed dorm. Both types of room boast a complimentary breakfast. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of town life, this Nusa Penida hostel is perfect. The sound of traffic and partying will be replaced by chickens crowing and birds twittering away. Lovely!
Final Thoughts on the Best Hostels in Nusa Lembongan
Well, there you have it. Those are the fifteen best hostels in Nusa Lembongan. Whether you want to stay up till the early hours in a party hostel, get out into the ocean from a dive hostel, or simply just chillout in an upmarket boutique option, there’s a hostel in Nusa Lembongan for you.
Out of the hostels above, there is sure to be more than one that fits your travel style and budget. If you’re still struggling to decide on one, just go for our overall best hostel in Nusa Lembongan: Devadav Hostel. It offers incredible value for money just five minutes from Dream Beach and there’s a spa on site!
Featured image: Nuansa Penida Hostel