Nusa Ceningan is a small tropical island, which is part of Bali in Indonesia. The island is nestled between popular Nusa Lembongan and the large island of Nusa Penida. The trio of islands is an awesome spot to explore and get away from the craziness of mainland Bali. In this article, I will highlight four of the best Nusa Ceningan things to do!
I spent five nights on Nusa Lembongan and day tripped to Nusa Ceningan, which is accessible by bridge. Ceningan is quite a small island and I didn’t even rent a moped, instead, I opted to discover the coast by foot with my two mates.
1. The Nusa Ceningan Blue Lagoon
After crossing the bridge we walked for about thirty minutes and headed straight to Blue Lagoon.The Nusa Ceningan Blue Lagoon is a rocky cove of the brightest blue water I’ve laid my eyes on.
The Blue Lagoon isn’t just for looking at, you will find a prime cliff jumping spot at the entrance of the cove. There are relatively safe jumps from heights of 4m, 6m, 8m and 13m. The water was very deep and we didn’t could see the bottom was way too far to worry about touching it.
To get out of the water once you are in you will swim to your right back towards the coast and clamber up the cliffs when you find a gap in the waves. If the swell looks too big maybe save the jump for another day as you don’t want to get stuck unable to get out. The day we went had some decent waves but none to cause too much trouble. We all finished the day without a single scrape, just a big smile plastered on our faces.
2. Driftwood Bar
After the Blue Lagoon we headed along the coast in search of Secret Beach. On the way, we accidentally stumbled into a classy hotel, which had an infinity pool overlooking another stunning blue cove. The hotel was called ‘Driftwood Bar’ and I definitely recommend stopping for a smoothie and enjoying the pool on your way to Secret Beach
3. Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan
We walked our way through a maze of hedges along the coast to finally arrive at a lookout over Secret Beach. I waited at the lookout and snapped a shot of my friend Jorden down in the water before finally joining them on the beach. See if you can spot him in the photo below! One other family was at the beach but other than that it was empty and lived up to its name.
A shallow reef spanned almost the entire beach, which didn’t make for great swimming. However, one small strip of sand had us snorkeling in what Jorden called, “The clearest water of his life.”
4. Mahana Point Nusa Ceningan
Time was ticking on our day on Nusa Ceningan Island so we packed up and started the trek back towards another cliff jumping spot. This time we walked back past the Blue Lagoon and headed across to the other side of the cliffs. We came across a sunset bar with diving boards called Mahana Point. A 10m and 6m board overlooked a popular surf break. A few beers and a quality sunset topped off our amazing day on Nusa Ceningan!