Nusa Islands Guide to Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan

Nusa Islands Guide to Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan

Nusa Islands Guide to Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan

Nusa Lembongan is one of our highlights as a place to stay on in our 3-week Bali Itinerary. The island is just a 25-minute boat ride from Sanur, Bali. It’s a lot quieter compared to the Main island of Bali. Together with the near located islands Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida the Nusa Islands offers a full holiday outside of Bali mainland including white beaches, coastal cliffs drop, hiking and snorkeling with Manta Rays. Also, check out our 3-week Bali Route.

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6 x Things To Do on Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan

Nusa Ceningan and Lembongan are actually connected via the well-known yellow suspension bridge which is just wide enough to cross it with a motorbike. To explore both islands you will need a full day since it’s so small. We recommend staying 3 to 4 nights on the Nusa’s if you include a Nusa Penida day trip.

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1. Explore the islands

Nusa Lembongan has some incredible spots shaped by nature. It’s best to explore the island via motorbike, which is for rent at $3 – $5 per day.

Drive through the Mangrove Forest and head over to Devil’s Tear, from there, it’s a 5 to 10-min drive to the Yellow suspension bridge to Nusa Ceningan where you have! to visit Blue Lagoon. And if you like to see more of the Mangrove Forest, then go Paddle Boarding through it!

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2. Take a day trip to Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is the island you will see in a movie. When visiting Bali, Nusa Penida should be your highlight.

➳ More about: Nusa Penida Tour

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3. Relax at one of the many beaches

When coming to Nusa Lembongan you have to take a minute to see all the great beaches! The one busier than the other but all so good to relax. Our three favorite beaches:

Mushroom Beach

Located near all the bigger resorts but still a great beach to enjoy the sunset with a drink. Take a drink with you and sit down on the beach.

Dream Beach

Dream beach is located on the south coast of Nusa Lembongan island. There are a lot of rocks in the water so please be careful when swimming here. Our number one beach for sunbathing.

Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay is a beach located near Devil’s tear. It is one of the best places to enjoy the sunset on Nusa Lembongan but it can get very busy.

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4. Go snorkeling or diving with Manta Rays

Nusa Lembongan and Penida are very well known for snorkeling with Manta Rays. As far as we know they are not fed and it all goes in a good way. From Nusa Penida you will take a 20-min boat ride to Manta Point, dive in the water and be amazed by these gentle giants.

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5. Watch the incredible sunset

We talked about it before but the sunset on Nusa Penida is incredible. From Sandy Bay, it’s the best but most crowded. On Nusa Ceningan we stayed at Le Pirate where we had a perfect sunset and low tide.

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6. Try the best Cafes and Restaurants

Both Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan own some great cafes and restaurants. These are our favorites:

Next Level Cafe – The absolute best Smoothie Bowls
Ginger & Jamu – Delicious food with an ocean view
Yuyu Resto – Fresh Fish for a good price
Bali Eco Deli – Tasty healthy food
Sandy Bay Beach Club – Enjoy the sunset with a cocktail

7. Swing around on the Nusa Islands

Ok, let’s admit it. Swings are awesome. There are lots on the Nusa Islands.

  • The Sand Ceningan
  • Sea Breeze Ceningan
  • Dream Beach
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ATM’s on Nusa Lembongan

Getting money on Nusa Lembongan can be a challenge if you don’t have to right card. Visa and Mastercard are limited accepted. Lembongan has around 4 ATMs and Ceningan has none. On Nusa Lembongan they are at:

  • Hai Tide Beach Resort (on the resort, accepts all cards)
  • Bunga Bungalow (near this place, limited support for certain cards)
  • Lemongrass Restaurant (near this restaurant, limited support for certain cards)

How to get to Nusa Lembongan

From Sanur to Nusa Lembongan

Sanur Harbor to Nusa Lembongan is only a 25-min boat ride. On Nusa Lembongan, you can get a driver to your stay. Easy as that!

From Ubud to Nusa Lembongan

From Ubud, it’s a 2-hour drive to the coast and a 25-min boat ride. Boat schedules don’t really exist in Bali so be prepared for a lot of waiting!

 Read more: 14 x Things to do in Ubud

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Where to stay on Nusa Lembongan

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  • 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 :)

    • 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 :)

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