12 x Things To Do on Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan – The Complete Guide

12 x Things To Do on Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan – The Complete Guide

12 x Things To Do on Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan – The Complete Guide

Two tropical islands with pristine white-sand beaches just off the Bali coast. Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan are two popular yet relatively quiet islands that have to be on your Bali itinerary. A yellow bridge connecting the two islands making it a perfect island getaway. Expect impressive coastal cliffs sides, great beaches & beach clubs, snorkeling with Manta Rays and so many more things to do in Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan. 

Save this on Pinterest to read it later  

Save
nusa lembongan ceningan guide

12 Things To Do in Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan are small islands. They can be both be explored by motorbike under one hour. However, it offers quite a list of great things to do to fill up two or three days.

1. Discover Nusa Lembongan’s beaches

Not all the great beaches of Bali are located on the Bali mainland. The Nusa Islands have a handfull of soft white-sand beaches great for sunbathing. Nusa Ceningan has stunning Mahana Point and Secret Beach. Lembongan beaches are Dream Beach, Mushroom Bay, Coconuts Beach, and Jungutbatu Beach.

Save
things to do nusa lembongan Dream Beach

2. Cliffs at Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon is a stunning viewpoint and cliff jumping point on Nusa Ceningan. The silky blue water is wild and swimming near the coastline isn’t recommended. The viewpoint goes all around the cliff and there is a small blowhole behind when you walk past the bushes. 

Save
things to do nusa ceningan blue lagoon

3. Beach clubs at Nusa Lembongan

The Nusa Islands have beautiful beaches and the same goes for the beach clubs. Chill the afternoon at one of the many clubs and dip into their pool or the sea in front to cool down. The beach clubs are incredibly picturesque and some offer outstanding meals as well!

➳ Find a hotel in Nusa Lembongan

Save
best beach club lembongan

On Nusa Lembongan visit Ginger and Jamu, Ohana’s and Sandy Bay beach club with the last two on the more expensive side. 

The Sand and Le Pirate Beachclub on Nusa Ceningan are a little more intimate and affordable to hang for the day.

4. Day trip to Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is one of those places that, one day, will be featured in a movie scene. The 200-meter high cliffs (that you are able to hike down!) offer some of the most stunning views of Bali and is one of the things you must do in Bali! A single boat trip to Nusa Penida only takes 15 minutes and from there you can explore the island by car or motorbike – an easy but absolutely great thing to do from Nusa Lembongan.

➳ Also read: 19 MUST-DO’S on Nusa Penida

Save
nusa penida day trip diamond beach

5. Cloudland Bar at sunset

Grab a beanbag, order a Bintang or another drink and fully enjoy the sun going down after another incredible day in Bali. The cloudland bar is a great, nothing fancy or posh, bar at the cliffside of Lembongan. It is a little hard to reach as there is no good road, however, Google Maps is right about which path you should follow.

➳ See all hotels in Nusa Lembongan

Save
things to do nusa lembongan Cloudland Bar sunset

6. Lembongan Mangrove Boat Tour

Take a small boat or stand-up paddleboard through the mangrove forest on the north-east side of Nusa Lembongan. Enjoy the calming river ride, clear waters and serenity. 

Save
nusa lembongan mangrove

7. Surfing at Lembongan

Lembongan offers great year-round surfing for the beginner and intermediate surfers. Spend the morning taking surfing lessons at Coconuts Beach or go extreme at Mahana Point in Ceningan. 

Save
nusa lembongan surfing

8. Devil’s Tear – Dangerous thing to do on Nusa Lembongan

Experience the powerful waves crashing into the cliffsides on Lembongan islands. Devil’s Tear is an impressive, somewhat dangerous, blowhole where the water can easily reach meters-high into the air. Please do not get too close to the edge. 

9. Dreampoint viewpoint

A second great sunset point is Dreampoint on Nusa Ceningan located next to the hotel Twilight Huts Lembongan. The old tree and swing offer a good view and during low-tide, you are able to walk down see the fisherman getting their catching of the day.

➳ See all hotels in Nusa Lembongan

Save
nusa ceningan dreampoint sunset viewpoint

10. Dive or Snorkel with Manta Rays

In between Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida are well-known diving and snorkeling spots to see Manta Rays, the Mola-Mola sunfish, and dolphins! A 20-minute boat ride from Nusa Lembongan gets you to the Manta Point. Get ready to dive into the water and be amazed by the size of these gentle giants. Respect their environment and make sure to never touch them.

Book a snorkel trip in advance

Save
things to do nusa lembongan manta rays.

11. Swing!

Okay, let’s admit it. Swings are awesome and especially when they’re in the water. Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan are in love with these so you can find them all over the islands. The Sand, Sea Breeze and Dream Beach are just a few to name. Can you find more? 

Save
best swings nusa lembongan bali

12. Yellow Bridge

An icon for these two Nusa Islands is the Yellow suspension bridge connecting them. The bridge is just wide enough for two motorbikes to cross each other. In between the islands, at the location of the bridge it gets extremely low-tide during sunset. Sometimes as low so you could walk from one side to the other.

Save
nusa lembongan yellow bridge

Best Restaurants in Nusa Lembongan 

Both Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan own great cafes and restaurants. Make sure to get a meal at least at one of these places.

Ginger & Jamu – Best food on Lembongan
Next Level Cafe – The tastiest smoothie bowls owned by a local
Yuyu Resto – Great priced fresh fish
Bali Eco Deli – Tasty healthy food
Sandy Bay Beach Club – Sunset cocktails

Getting to Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan

The Nusa Islands are all very easy to get to from Bali mainland. The main harbor is Sanur, the second option is Kusamba port and from both it a 25-minute trip. There is no actual pier and you have to walk a tiny bit to get onto the boat. Therefore it is best to wear shoes or sandals that are easy to remove. From Ubud or Uluwatu, it both is a 60 to 90-minute drive (without traffic) to Sanur harbor.

Save
nusa lembongan boat

Boat price to Nusa Lembongan

A return ticket from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan including hotel transfer costs 500.000 IDR (35 USD) for two persons. You can buy a one-way ticket per person at the harbor of Lembongan as well for 20.000 IDR (2 USD)

Contact our friend Yande and his team on Messenger to book your trip in advance.

How to get around Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan

The two islands can be seen by motorbike in one hour of driving. The two islands are a bit slower-paced than Bali and easy to discover if you are comfortable with driving a motorbike. Lembongan can also be explored by renting a car + driver but unfortunately for Ceningan, this is not an option as cars can’t cross the bridge.

Save
motorbike rental nusa islands

Hotels in Nusa Lembongan

There is a wide selection of hotels, resorts, and hostels on the Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan islands. Pick something that suits your budget and keep in mind that Lembongan is a bit more lively compared.

➳ See all hotels in Nusa Lembongan

Hostels on Lembongan

Hotels on Lembongan

Resorts on Lembongan

ATM’s on Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan

Take enough cash to Nusa Lembongan as the island has limited ATM’s and sometimes they tend to be empty for a few days. Visa and Mastercard are accepted both some other cards seem to give problems. Larger beach clubs and restaurants offer to pay by card.

https://goo.gl/maps/1hqrVCNRWh5kNWnr7
https://goo.gl/maps/SRQZBQTk3mD7LecN6 (in this area)

Did you see more or new ones, please share them with the Salt in our Hair community in the comments.

12/10/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/bali/nusa-lembongan-guide/
Blog comments (20)

Get a direct answer from the community, join our Travel Group on Facebook.

  • Hi, loving all your information and photos on all the places you have been too. It’s just great to see. I have a question if you only had 3 nights to do an island, would you do Gilis or go to the Nusa Islands. We do like to snorkel and a little bit of relaxing but also like to go for walks and explore. Just wondering if the Gilis won’t have enough to do or see for 3 days for us. We don’t dive.

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Julie,

      Both would be good options for 3 days! The Gili’s are definitely much more chilled, amazing snorkelling and you can hire bikes to explore Gili Air. They also have more options in terms of accommodation and places to eat and drink. If you want a little bit more adventure then choose Nusa Islands, especially Nusa Penida where you have to do a bit of walking to find the best beaches. You can also snorkel with the Manta Rays here. Enjoy your trip!

  • We are travelling to Bali for 3 weeks in October and wanted to visit Nusas for 3 nights which one you would suggest? Was also curious if we would be able to take our big suitcases on the boat from Bali to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida?

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Renata! All of them are lovely but it depends what you are looking for. If you want more availability of accommodation and restaurants it’s probably best to stay on Nusa Ceningan or Nusa Lembongan. You can still do a day trip to Nusa Penida from these. If you want to see Nusa Penida without the day trip crowds then we would suggest staying there…it’s a bit less developed and more rugged- all of them are beautiful!

  • Great article we have been on Nusa Lembongan for 3nights definately our pick for to stay……Nusa Penida is incredible but still very remote so not for all travellers…….I landed on you blog for best places to watch sunset we’ll head down to Le Pirate on Nusa Ceningan :)
    Thank you!!!

  • Hey Nick,

    We are wanting to stay in Lembongan for 3 nights and wondered what you would recommend in terms of getting to Nusa Penida as early as possible to beat the crowd.. Would we need a private boat to take us super early and then have to coordinate with a driver once on Nusa Penida – curious of the best way of doing this.. Thanks!

  • Hi
    If we stay in Nusa for 3nights..
    Where would you suggest us to stay and cover all the 3 Nusa’s
    Nusa Penida or Lembongan or Ceningan?

  • Hi there. Would love to check out nusa penida. Can you offer any legit tour company cos theres just too many. And if you can sum up the total cost for your penida tour. Thanks!

  • nice and interest article. enjoyed reading.

  • What a beautful place to visit. Thank you about useful picks and information about prices on island.

  • I’m thinking of revisiting Bali but was kind of put off by all the Hard Rock Cafes. This might make me change my mind!

    • Ah yeah, Bali itself has some really touristy places but the Nusa Island (especially Nusa Penida) are so quiet and beautiful.
      I really hope you’re gonna visit these Islands. I’m sure you’ll love it :)

  • I was on Bali last summer but sadly had no time to visit Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.
    Both looks very chill! Might check it out some other time :)
    x

    • Hi Stephanie!

      Thanks for your comment!
      I’m sure you’ll love the Nusa Islands! It’s so much more laid back than the Gili’s and it’s so close to Bali :)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

This travel blog was about
Nusa Islands Nusa Lembongan

More travel blogs? Follow us on Facebook!