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. 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!
2. Dream Beach
While there are many beautiful enclosed beaches on these islands, Dream Beach is by far the most popular and one of our favorites. There’s a restaurant with an infinity pool which overlooks the beach and umbrellas if you need to cool down and get out of the sun. The one downside is that many tourists stop here on day trips, so it can get crowded in the middle of the day.
Alternatively, you can also visit one of the less popular beaches including Sandy Bay, Mushroom Beach, or Tamarind Beach. Many offer activities such as snorkeling, surfing, renting glass bottom boats and all the usual water sports!
3. 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’d really only recommend this if you're looking for some time to kill.
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. Mahana Point Cliff Jump
For a smaller and more regulated cliff jump than Blue Lagoon, head to Mahana Point just around the corner. 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.
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. The Beach Swings
On the northwest side of Nusa Ceningan, is a strip of beach bars and restaurants which have installed various structures like swings and hammocks right over the ocean. It’s a fun place to chill and watch the sun go down with a piña colada in hand. Two of our favorites are The Sand and Sea Breeze.
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 60k-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
Bali Eco Deli - An eco friendly restaurant with delicious, organic food and plenty of vegan options. We had to resist eating at this place 3 times per day. Try their date smoothie bowls for breakfast and their curries for lunch and/or dinner.
Maria’s Boemboe - A small local warung serving incredibly cheap and delicious Indonesian food. They also have an entire section of the menu dedicated to vegetarian options!
The Sand - This hip beach bar is equipped with hammocks, swings, and hot pink dragonfruit coladas. It’s one of our favorite sunset spots on these islands.
Sea Breeze - Another great place to watch the sunset (and just down the road from the Sand) with an infinity pool and beach swings.
Where to Stay in Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan
$$$ - Tamarind Lembongan