Ultimate Guide to Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are the smaller and more developed of the Nusa Islands. They are home to some of the most impressive coves, beautiful beach bars, and thrilling cliff jumps we've seen. Here's our complete guide to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan with our favorite things to do on these islands!
Things to do in Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan
1. Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon, a cove in Nusa Ceningan, is famous for its stunning baby blue waters. While there is no direct access to the beach below, you can explore all along the surrounding cliffs and at the entrance of the cove is a cliff jumping point! After seeing the crazy color of this water we couldn't wait to jump in. There are jumps here of 8m and 13m and the water is so deep you can't see the bottom. To get out of the water need to climb up some very sharp cliffs so wear shoes. The waves can get very large and there have been severe injuries here so use judgment before jumping. Read the full post and watch our video on this cliff jumping spot here.
2. Devil's Tears
Devil's Tears is a spectacular spot to observe the amazing power of nature. After a wave crashes into the cove, the overhanging cliffs seem to suck in the water before letting out an explosion of mist. If you're here on a sunny day, you're likely to see a rainbow in these massive sprays! You should plan to come here at high tide for the biggest bang. When the swell is big, standing at the edge of these cliffs can be dangerous so keep your distance. This is the most popular attraction on Nusa Lembongan so expect crowds of tourists unless you get here before 9am or after 5pm. Also make sure to explore all the beautiful tide pools in the area around Devil's Tears which are especially nice at sunset!
3. Yellow Bridge
This aptly named bridge is the only connection between Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan so you'll likely see it without trying. Behind this brightly colored landmark is a sad story: In late 2016 the bridge collapsed, taking the lives of 9 people and injuring dozens more. It has since been rebuilt, with access restricted to pedestrians and scooters, and named "The Bridge of Love". You'll likely see people coming here to pray and place offerings at the ends of the bridge.
4. Mahana Point Cliff Jump
If you want a tamer, more regulated cliff jump than Blue Lagoon, head to Mahana Point just around the corner in Nusa Ceningan. This cliff jump is interestingly located inside of a restaurant. They have two jumps: one 5m which costs 25k IDR per jump, and one 10m which costs 50k IDR per jump. The staff will let you know if it's safe to jump when you get there but try to go at high tide for the best chances. To exit the water, there's a ladder along the edge of the cliff and they even have a rope tied to a floatie for times when the current is too strong to swim.
5. Swing by the Beach
When exploring the coasts of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan, you'll inevitably run into several beach swings and hammocks run by the bars and restaurants behind them. Two of our favorites, the swings at The Sand and Sea Breeze, are on northwest side of Nusa Ceningan and are beautiful spots to watch the sunset. These swings can get crowded at this time so get there a little early. For a less crowded beach swing, check out Kimantri Beach Club on the northeast coast of Nusa Lembongan. You'll have stunning views of Mt. Agung and can even see the sunrise from here.
There are a host of other beautiful enclosed beaches on these islands which offer activities such as snorkeling, surfing, renting glass bottom boats and more! Some beaches to check out are Dream Beach, Sandy Bay and Mushroom Beach.
6. The Mangroves
At the northeastern tip of Nusa Lembongan is a dense mangrove forest. There are three ways to explore the mangroves: rent stand up paddle boards, rent a kayak, or take a boat tour. We rented two SUP boards for 150k IDR each and spent an hour paddling our way through the mangrove maze. You'll likely spot numerous crabs, fish and other wildlife here. It was a pleasant way to spend an hour out of the sun but we really would only recommend this if you're looking for some time to kill.
How to get to Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan
Coming from Bali
We booked our boat on Bali Fast Boats for about $18 USD each way. The Glory Express boat leaves from Sanur 3 times a day and takes about 30 minutes to arrive in Nusa Lembongan. It seems as though delays are common so don't make any plans for right after you're supposed to arrive! Also note you'll have to walk through the ocean to get in the boat so wear water shoes and shorts so you aren't damp for the whole ride. There are also several other boat companies at the port in Sanur so you might be able to get a cheaper price if you buy a ticket in person there.
Scooter parking is available in Sanur for 10k IDR for as long as you'd like. The parking lot is hidden on the right side of the road as you approach the harbor, but you'll see several attendants. Make sure to lock up your helmet or take it with you as one of ours was stolen while we were gone!
Coming from Nusa Penida
Local boats regularly leave from Toya Pakeh Harbor in Nusa Penida to the base of Yellow Bridge in Nusa Lembongan. You'll have to wait for a minimum number of passengers before they depart, or pay extra to have the boat leave immediately.
Getting Around Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan
Rent a Scooter
Renting a scooter is the cheapest and easiest way to get around these islands and you can easily find one for about 80k IDR per day. The islands have decent roads, and Yellow Bridge, which connects the two islands, only allows scooters and pedestrians, making scootering our suggested mode of transport. One thing to note is that there are almost no helmets on the island so bring your own!
Hire a Driver
There are drivers near all the major tourists hubs, willing to drive you in shaded trucks but these will be much more expensive. We were quoted 150k for a ten minute drive, although the prices are flexible to bargaining. You can also book a day tour where they will drive you to all the major spots on these islands.
Where to Eat in Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan
Tropical Burger and Grill - Crazy burger creations and colorful interiors.
The Sand - Hip beach bar with hammocks, swings, and hot pink dragonfruit coladas.
Lemongrass - Amazing chicken satay and wide variety of other options. Often booked for dinner so make reservations ahead of time.
Sea Breeze - Great place to watch the sunset from their infinity pool and beach swings.
Bali Eco Deli - Limited but tasty food options with good wifi and water bottle refills. Their green curry is amazing!
Where to Stay in Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan
$$$ - Tamarind Lembongan