Belonging to an archipelago of three islands, Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan are considered the little sisters of the larger and more famous Nusa Penida. Yet these two islands have nothing to be ashamed of. With their impressive cliffs, white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters, these idyllic islands have over the years become an essential part of your Bali itinerary.

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How to get there?

The quickest and easiest way to get to Nusa Lembongan is by boat directly from Sanur on the island of Bali:

  • by slow public boat: prices start at around $5 for a journey of about 1 hour
  • by fast boat: prices start at around $15 for a journey between 30-45mn

P.S.: be prepared to embark with sandals or bare feet, as you’ll be disembarking directly into the water at Nusa Lembongan.

How to get to Nusa Ceningan & what’s the best way to visit the islands

From Nusa Lembongan, the journey to Ceningan is easy enough: just cross the famous yellow bridge on foot or on two wheels (cars are not allowed and there are few on the island itself).

Once on the islands, the best way to get around and enjoy the scenery is to rent a motorcycle. The pace of life is even slower than in Bali, and traffic is a far cry from the madness of the mainland. Roads are generally well maintained, making exploring the islands easy and enjoyable.

Nusa Lembongan

1. Jungut Batu Beach

In Nusa Lembongan

The first thing you’ll see when you disembark or step into the water, this beach marks the beginning of your island adventure.
With its turquoise water, long stretch of sand and ideal location for swimming or snorkeling, Jungut Batu beach is popular with locals and tourists alike.
And if you’re hungry, why not grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants located right on the beach?

2. Mushroom Bay Beach

Mushroom Bay beach in Nusa Lembongan

Although this beach is renowned as a place to swim and relax, I found it too busy during the day, especially with the boats that bring tourists from Bali.

Instead, it became one of my favorite places on the island to watch the sunset. I was finally able to appreciate the tranquility of the place as the landscape slowly changed from a blue sky to this golden hue. I’m so impressed!

3. Song Lambung Beach Coastal Walk

Coastal walk in Nusa Lembongan

Sometimes you stumble across these gems and can’t wait to share them. This easy coastal walk impressed me with its beauty, so much so that I didn’t want to leave the place.

My friend and I stopped there purely by chance, as the scenery looked quite beautiful. And we weren’t disappointed.
Put Song Lambung Beach on your map and follow the steps to the right of the beach. This is where the “coastal promenade” begins.

Now I understand why so many restaurants and bars have chosen this spot to set up shop. You can simply walk past all the food and enjoy the panorama that surrounds you. There are also some great photo spots.

View in Nusa Lembongan

Follow the seaside path to the port of Jungut Batu and fall in love with Nusa Lembongan all over again!

4. Dead Pool (as an alternative of the Devil’s Tears)

First of all, I’d like to tell you that the Devil’s Tears are no longer free (there’s a small fee of IDR 25,000, about $1.60), they’ve also put up a fence to stop people getting too close to the edge. Despite this, some people continue to risk their lives to get what they consider to be the perfect photo…..

I’d planned to go too, but after chatting with some locals, I ended up going to a secret, less crowded spot that was free to visit.

Wilder, and with only two other people visiting, it was for me a perfect substitute for the famous Devil’s Tears. You’ll have to take an unfrequented trail and cross a field of cows before reaching your destination. Here’s the map:

I’m sure this gem won’t remain hidden for long, as the Nusa islands become more and more famous. But it’s well worth a visit, and you’ll enjoy the tranquility of the place while listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the cliffs.

Dead Pool in Nusa Lembongan
Another view of Dead Pool in Nusa Lembongan

You can walk to the other end, but as always, be careful not to get too close to the edge. Safety first!

5. Dream Beach

Dream Beach in Nusa Lembongan

The first of many swings on the islands because the locals really seem to love them, or is it all for Instagrammable photos??? In any case, I’m not going to complain, because more than taking photos, I love swinging on the swings!

Probably one of the most beautiful beaches in Nusa Lembongan, you still need to be careful of the strong currents and only get into the water if you’re an experienced swimmer.

Dream beach's picture in Nusa Lembongan

Playing on the shore in the waves is also fun and less risky! A place to relax, try to get there in the morning, as you’ll probably have the beach all to yourself.

Nusa Ceningan

6. Yellow Bridge

Yellow bridge in Nusa Ceningan
Photo by Dean McQuade on Unsplash

Linking the two islands of Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan, the famous Yellow Bridge has become a symbol of the island. It can only be crossed by motorcycle, as it is very narrow.

People, especially couples, love to take photos here at sunset. So it’s become a romantic spot where people enjoy the scenery, which, I have to say, has an undeniable charm.

7. Secret Point Beach

Secret Point beach in Nusa Ceningan

A unique beach nestled in a cove surrounded by nature, this spot is an idyllic getaway with its crystal blue water and picturesque scenery. Have fun on the swings, swim or simply relax on this undiscovered stretch of sand. There’s even shade if you don’t feel like leaving this place any time soon.

The photo above was taken from the Big Wave viewpoint. Before you reach the Secret Point Beach trail, simply walk down what looks like an abandoned resort until you reach a platform overlooking the magnificent coastline.

8. Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon in Nusa Ceningan

THIS blue, I mean probably the bluest I’ve seen in the ocean. No filter is needed when it comes to Mother Nature and her wonders. It makes me want to jump in the water! Some people actually do it, and although I love jumping off cliffs, I didn’t try it here as the swell was quite strong. If you want to give it a try, remember to be cautious and choose calm days to jump. And above all, never jump alone!

Blue Lagoon's views in Nusa Ceningan

The mesmerizing colors, views and unique rock formations make the Blue Lagoon a must-see on Nusa Ceningan. There are plenty of vantage points around the lagoon, so grab your camera and take the best shot you can!

Why visit the Nusa Islands?

Most people travel to Indonesia to visit the famous Bali and sometimes miss out on the island experience. Although Bali has a certain charm and lively atmosphere, you should check out the Nusa Islands, which are also part of Bali.

Quieter, with breathtaking scenery and more authenticity, island life isn’t just about sunbathing on the beach. The Nusa islands are teeming with magical marine life and splendid secret spots, so don’t miss the chance to visit them and live your Bali experience to the full!

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