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 things to do on Nusa Ceningan.
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.
How to get to Nusa Lembongan (right next to Nusa Ceningan)
The ferry leaves multiple times per day from Sanur (east Bali) If you book it in advance often you can have your pick-up from the hotel included. To book it online in advance for the guaranteed lowest price you can click the link below to reserve your ticket.
Book your ticket: Sanur(Bali) to Nusa Lembongan Ferry
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.
Read the full blog post here: Blue Lagoon Cliff Jump on Nusa Ceningan
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. If you love cliff jumping, I wrote a detailed guide about the 10 best cliff jumping spots in Bali.
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.” It was definitely at least the clearest water on the Nusa Islands.
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!
Read the full blog post: Mahana Point Cliff Jump
5. Nusa Ceningan Yellow Bridge
On your way from Nusa Lembongan, you will have to cross the iconic yellow bridge. The bridge is quite a significant landmark and has a sad history. In 2016, 9 people lost their lives and almost 20 others were injured when the entire bridge collapsed into the shallow ocean beneath it. The bridge has been rebuilt and has been titled ‘The Bridge of Love’. If you are ever in the area at night, make sure to check out the bridge, which is adorned in lights and is fast becoming a spectacle for tourists!
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WHERE TO STAY ON NUSA LEMBONGAN
Swara Homestay 2 – Budget: On my first trip to Nusa Lembongan we stayed at Swara Homestay 2, which set us back $10 a night for a private room with a bathroom. It was incredibly basic but we weren’t there to enjoy a fancy room so it worked for us. It was a great base for our adventures as we got stuck into all of the things to do on Nusa Lembongan. Along the beachfront, there are plenty of fancy resorts if you have the cash to splash but you can get a private room with everything you need for under $20 a night with no problems.
Check rates and availability: Swara Homestay 2
Sukanusa Luxury Huts – Value/My Favorite: These beautiful huts are what a Nusa Lembongan getaway is all about. I think the most important part of accommodation is the view or how unique it is. These huts are the ultimate getaway and although they seriously are a mix of island life and luxury. Definitely check these out before you book a luxury hotel for hundreds of dollars.
Check rates and availability: Sukanusa Luxury Huts
Tamarind Resort – Luxury: The second time I stayed on Nusa Lembongan was with my Nusa Islands Blogger Workshop. It was an upgrade from Swara Homestay 2! We stayed at the fancy Tamarind Resort, which was an insane property. It was a paradise hideaway with an awesome restaurant, gym, several infinity pools, and sunset views. If you are looking for an epic place to stay on Lembongan I would definitely recommend the Tamarind Resort!
Check rates and availability: Tamarind Resort
MORE NUSA ISLANDS BLOG POSTS
I also wrote detailed guides for all of the adventurous things to do on Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Penida, and the Nusa Lembongan. You can read them by clicking on the post below.
Nusa Ceningan Map