Nusa Ceningan, Bali – Guide and Accommodations

Nusa Lembongan’s little sister, Ceningan, has much more to offer than its size suggests. Besides the many things to discover, there are also good accommodations to choose from.

Despite being a tiny island nestled in Indonesia, Nusa Ceningan boasts a whole host of exciting adventures, stunning views and beautiful beaches. Whether you’re a beach-bum or an avid surfer, head to paradise island and get your fix.

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Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Ceningan. Photo by Aussie Assault

Where is it

Nusa Ceningan is an island just off Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia. The two islands are connected by a famous yellow bridge, barely wide enough to fit two lanes of moped traffic! This smaller island is often overlooked but has so much going for it. It is not o be missed if one is visiting the Nusa Islands.

Nusa Ceningan
Ceningan Scenery. Photo by Dennis Keller

Where to Stay

There are some beautiful and cozy accommodation options on Nusa Ceningan. You will find the options here more affordable than the ubiquitous luxurious hotels in Nusa Lembongan. You will be surprise to find yourself in a private paradise with only mid-range prices (50 – 100 USD) such as:

Svaha Private Villas Ceningan
These beachfront villas come with a mix of modernity with the traditional Balinese style. They come with private pools and stunning views. With top rated service, these villas are arguably the best on this island.
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The Bridge Huts
If you’re looking for a bungalow hut experience, here is the place for you. Charming privates huts with world class swimming pool, it is the best mix of both worlds.
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The Palms Ceningan Hotel
Complete with an infinity pool and plenty of peace and quiet. This is one of the most popular hotel this little island.
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Le Pirate Beach Club
Another popular hotel in Nusa Ceningan, this is the ultimate getaway if you’re after a huge pool, delicious beach-side cocktails and great views.
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Budget (below 50 USD)

For those on a budget, best places to stay are the Secret Point Huts, Yellow Bridge Guesthouse * and The Dafish Accommodation Bar & Cafe *.

What to Do

We suggest staying here for a few days, to really give yourself time to get into the swing of the island life. During your visit, make the most of the island by exploring all that it has to offer.

Relax and Unwind

The beaches around Nusa Ceningan are beautiful – picture white sand, palm trees and sparkling azure water. There are plenty of hotels with pools that you can use, normally for a small outside-guest fee. Swim in the ocean and admire the crystal-clear waters, or rent a snorkel and get in touch with the marine wildlife.

Nusa Ceningan
Bridge to Ceningan. Photo by Aussie Assault.

Blue Lagoon and Mahana Cliff

The Blue Lagoon is a sight you may be familiar with if you follow any Indonesia-based Instagram accounts! These blue waters are absolutely stunning and well worth a trip. For the braver among you, visit Mahana Cliff – the famous cliff-jump spot on the island. The waters are generally safe (make sure you don’t go alone though!) and the views are amazing.

Dive Deep

Whether you’re new to the wonder of scuba or already have several qualifications under your (weight) belt, the waters around Ceningan have to be explored! Join the team at Ceningan Divers and experience the ocean in the best way possible.

Nusa Lembongan
Island Views. Photo by Aussie Assualt.

Take a Hike

Nusa Ceningan is natural beauty defined. This island is covered in lush greenery, with plenty of local wildlife to spot. Spend a day hiking through the jungle and get lost in the wonderful world of Indonesian nature. Be sure to take plenty of water and sunscreen though, it gets very hot!

Yoga

Yoga is one of those things that is always spiritual and incredible, so imagine that with stunning views in the most serene environment. Head to Ceningan Yoga Shala for a truly magical experience. This little zen-den is home to great classes for all abilities, and offers the perfect blend of uplifting, energizing and soothing.

Nusa Ceningan
Ceningan Views. Photo by Selamat Made.

Seaweed Farming

Yes, you hear that right! Ceningan’s south-side is home to seaweed farms and is a very popular trade with locals on the island. Head down to watch them hard at work, or offer to join in or simply soak in the local everyday life.

Eat

As always, eating is a huge part of the culture when traveling through Indonesia. Ceningan is home to a huge array of eateries, ranging from traditional ‘warungs’ (picture roadside stalls serving delicious local food) to Western-style restaurants. For tasty Indonesia treats, head to The Dungki Bendega Resto and indulge yourself. Those craving a taste of home should make their way to Next Level, home to pizzas, Aussie-style smoothie bowls and fresh salads. Kill two birds with one stone and grab some delicious food while taking in the views at Ceningan Cliff Restaurant.

Day Trips

If you have time, why not hop over to a nearby island for a day or two? The trio islands of Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida are all well-linked and boat rides are cheap and easy to sort out. Bali isn’t too far, either, but we’d suggest giving yourself some time out to relax among these three paradise islands.

Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan. Photo by Aussie Assualt.

Nusa Lembongan
Whether you visit Lembongan on your way to or from Ceningan, give yourself a few days to fully explore it. There’s some incredible surf, great little spas and delicious food. Lembongan offers a good mid-point between busier Bali and quiet little Ceningan. Rent a moped and zip around – there are so many lovely beaches and hikes that you can enjoy!

-> Read What to Do and Where to Stay in Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Penida
This island is bigger than Lembongan and Ceningan, and has a lot more going on. Head here for a day and soak up the hustle and bustle of island life. Go diving, take a trip to the stunning Pasih Uwug or just enjoy the beauty around you. Nusa Penida was to be one of the most photographed areas of Indonesia, and there’s a reason for it. Head here and see for yourself.

-> See Top 10 Things to Do on Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida. Photo by Anastasia R.

Why visit

For anyone seeking that perfect paradise life – lazing beach days, salty hair and sunshine – Ceningan is probably the ultimate destination! Popular Bali is beautiful but can sometimes lack the serenity that this tiny island offers. Nusa Ceningan is the perfect place for taking a break from it all and just enjoying the natural beauty that this world has to offer. Switch off, tune in and enjoy.

How to Get There

Nusa Ceningan is best reached from Nusa Lembongan, via the famous bridge. We’d suggest heading to Lembongan for a day or two before nipping across the bridge to Ceningan. To get to Lembongan, fly into Bali and take a fast boat from one of the main ports there. Sanur is one of the biggest harbors in Bali, and is a 30-40 minute drive away from Bali’s airport. From there, a boat will take you around 30 minutes, with the price varying with each boat company and season you visit in. Once you’re in Lembongan, hop on a moped and drive on over!

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Padang-Padang Beach, Bali

Padang-Padang beach was one of the first beaches I head right to in Bali. I read it somewhere that it is one of the secretive best beaches in Bali, though it turns out not that secretive anymore, it is still one of the best.

This beautiful beach is surrounded by big rocks and overgrown plants and monkeys. The beach is covered with huge rocks and small caves for exploration and when the tide is high, it is also good for swimming. Just beware of sharp corals and sea urchins.

Padang-Padang beach, Bali
Padang-Padang beach, Bali. Photo by Philip Al

Where is it

Located close to the Uluwatu temple in the southwest of Bali. If you are heading from Kuta or Ubud, just ride to the west and down the coastal line.
-> See Uluwatu Temple Guide

Why visit

If the crowd is not a problem, come here for the long sandy bays of golden sand. With all year consistent surf break, it is popular for surfers. Non-surfers come here to soak up the vibe and relax on the beach. Currents may be strong but swimming is possible with some care and sticking to the shallow waters.

Surfing at Padang-Padang, Bali
Surfing at Padang-Padang, Bali. Photo by Sam

When is the best time to go

All year round is a good time to go to Padang-Padang beach. If the sun is out, the more reason to get there as soon as possible, be it to surf or just to soak it all in.

Padang-padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Mossy rocks by the Padang-Padang beach. Photo by indrabastari

Where to stay

Suarga Padang-Padang

A luxurious beachfront villa with a grand mix of modern and Balinese interior design. One of the best places for honeymoon and couples due to its privacy. Best of all it is a sustainable resort and supports the local communities.
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Pinkcoco Bali

An alternative and more affordable option with prices starting only from 75 USD is this eclectic and modern resort. It is situated a short walk from the beach. Every room is air-conditioned with own private balcony. The service is also well known to be great and friendly!
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Dreamsea Bali

Another steal at a good price, this still a secret resort is located on the cliffs. Bright rooms with lots of sunlight and nature-inspired design that overlooks the seas. This place is true to its name. This place access directly to the secluded side of Padang-Padang beach.
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Get in and get around

You would need to get pass the narrow passage and steep steps to this hidden paradise. If you are coming by car or a bike, there is a parking space available before the steps at the beach entrance.

Nearby tourist attractions

Bingin Beach – one of the best beaches in Uluwatu. Well known for surfing but also for swimmers.

Uluwatu Temple – one of the best temples in Bali that should be visited to round up your trip in Bali.

Jimbaran beach is also just a stone’s throw away. Why not head there in the evening for a romantic sunset dinner by the beach.

Guide to Seminyak, Bali – Beach, What to do, Nightlife and more

Seminyak is Bali’s expat hub, home to a beautiful beach, quirky boutiques, delicious restaurants and the coolest nightlife in Bali. There are also a lot of things to do in Seminyak. Hundreds flock there to see and be seen, thanks to its Instagram-friendly charm, but there are secret spots for those who prefer to keep a low profile.

Seminyak is often dismissed as being a mere tourist attraction, with beachfront bars and Aussie-ran restaurants making it a far cry from the ‘real’ Bali. There’s actually a lot more to this vibrant city than meets the eye, with plenty of little local eateries tucked down side-streets, a great surf scene and a whole host of friendly locals who’ll let you hop on their moped for a guided tour of this Balinese gem.

Seminyak Beaches
Seminyak Beaches. Photo by Marc Veraart

What to Do

Relax

Bali is one of the most chilled out places in the world, but Seminyak can feel a bit hectic and busy at times. Head to one of their world-class spas to escape and unwind. Spa at The Samaya is the best of the bunch, with a huge range of relaxing, holistic treatments. Head to The Spa at The Amala for tropical vibes centred on healing elixirs, aqua-pilates and feel-good vibes.

Seminyak Spas
Seminyak Spas. Photo by McKay Savage

Shop

Seminyak is home to some amazing little boutiques, stocking everything from hand-crafted jewelry to locally-made fabrics and clothes. Load up on delicious herbs and spices, as well as Balinese delicacies as you wander the streets. If you’re craving a bit of class, don’t worry – there are streets lined with popular brands, such as Gooseberry Intimates, as well as a Seminyak Village shopping mall that is home to international stores like Bamboo Blonde. There are always fun market stalls just outside the mall that offer dinky souvenirs and fun, bright jewelry and sarongs.

Surf

Seminyak has a few beaches, the best surfing one being Double Six beach. Head to surf school Bali here for surf lessons or rent a board and get stuck in. The waves depend on the season, so speak to a professional if you’re not 100% sure what you’re doing!

Surfing in Seminyak
Surfing in Seminyak. Photo by Farley Roland Endeman

Yoga

Did you even go to Bali if you didn’t get a yoga session in? Luckily, there are loads of places to practice, so get your kit on and get bendy. Jiwa Yoga is a calm oasis tucked in the centre of Seminyak, so is really easy to get to from most hotels and hostels. Seminyak Yoga Shala is another fantastic choice for those looking to wind down.

Seminyak beach

Some of Seminyak’s beaches aren’t great for swimming, sadly, so we’d suggest heading to world-famous Potato Head Beach Club if you fancy a dip. Get here early if you want to grab a sunbed or lounger as it gets very busy! It’s attached to the hotel so you can only imagine how many people flock poolside… There’s normally a DJ or live music later on in the evenings, but try and get down for sunset if you can – their infinity pool is lined with palm trees and gives you an amazing view of the sun setting into the ocean in front of you.

Potato Head Beach Club
Potato Head Beach Club. Photo by Lavinia Elysia

Cook

Get stuck in with the local culture and learn some life-skills at Nia Cooking Class! This is a wonderful place to meet new people and have fun getting experimental in the kitchen. Go with an empty stomach and an open mind… You’ll be taken a foodie’s tour of Seminyak (expect spice-filled markets) before enjoying a jam-packed cooking class.

-> See Top 10 Things to Do in Seminyak

Seminyak Temples
Seminyak Temples. Photo by Marc Veraat.

Where to Stay

Villas are particularly popular in Seminyak but besides that, there are a lot of options of places to stay here. Booking.com is a good place to plan your accommodation in Bali because most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Seminyak:

The Legian Bali, Seminyak
For those who wants a well located beachfront villa with modern and high-class style. This hotel comes with pool that seems to run into the ocean, the feeling of tucked in an oasis all by yourself, and a well-designed garden with goldfish pond. There’s also yoga every morning and customized breakfast.
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The Oberoi, Seminyak
For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasions. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notables are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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Swiss-Belhotel Petitenget
This hotel is hands down one of my favorite places I’ve stayed while in Seminyak – the pool is glorious, the rooms are huge and very clean and the breakfast buffet is full of a delicious mix of Western and Balinese food.
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If you’re on a budget, book a bed at Capsule Hotel New Seminyak – the friendly staff make it feel like home, and the beds are arranged into little pods to give you privacy. It’s very cheap, with the option of private rooms, too.

-> Best Luxury Hotels in Seminyak and more
Seminyak Sunset
Seminyak Sunset. Photo by Graham Hills

Seminyak Nightlife

Those after a night out have a lot of choice, too, but these are our two top picks. There are some super classy wine bars (head to Vin+ for a huge wine menu and stunning surroundings) or La Favela for old-school fun and great music. The club is covered in plants and cool bits and bobs, as well as interesting people from all walks of life.

What to Eat

Any foodies will be totally spoilt for choice in Seminyak, as there are many good restaurants in Seminyak. If you’re a brunch-fiend, get your body down to Café Organic and indulge in great coffee, vegan delights and interior-inspo! Café Moonlight Bali is definitely on my hot list of food spots in Seminyak and is full of healthy juices, amazing pancake stacks and really friendly staff.

Sea Circus is famous for its food as much as its colorful wall – just head to their Instagram page to see what we mean. Motel Mexicola is one of the most fun restaurants in Seminyak and is a haven of avocados, tequila and positive vibes!

->Find more at Best Seminyak Restaurants – a foodie’s guide

Motel Mexicola, Seminyak
Motel Mexicola, Seminyak. Photo by nydia hartono

How to Get There

Seminyak is close to Bali’s main tourist airport, Denpasar International. A taxi ride will take around 30 minutes, depending on traffic, and there are set prices so you know you’re being charged a fair amount – expect to pay around IDR175,000 (around $12). Uber does exist in Seminyak, but there are ongoing disagreements between Uber and taxi drivers so it’s up to you what you feel comfortable doing.

If you’re already in Bali and fancy heading to Seminyak, it’s a pretty easy destination to reach. It’ll take around an hour or so to get here from Ubud, another popular place in Bali, and around an hour to drive up from Uluwatu. You can easily come from Lombok if you fancy flying, or you can get a boat-taxi shuttle service from Lombok and the Gili islands.

While in Seminyak itself, walking is probably the easiest way to get around. If you want to escape the heat, hop in a cab – make sure it’s an Uber or a BlueBird car though! There are some taxi services around Bali that take advantage of tourists and newbies, but this company use a meter and are reliable and safe. There are some copycat taxis in town with similar names and logos, but look out for light blue taxis with clear ‘BlueBird’ branding and you’ll be fine!

Sunset in Seminyak, Bali
Sunset in Seminyak, Bali. Photo by Simon_sees

One of the best ways to travel is to find your own paths as you wander. Seminyak is full of fun, tourist attractions but is also home to pop-up food stalls and great street food, beautiful (unofficial) shops on the side of the road and stunning temples nestled in backstreets. The joy of Bali is exploring, so take time to go off-track and discover Seminyak’s hidden gems.

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Best Time to Visit Bali

When to visit Bali depends of course on what you are planning to do there and not too much on the weather. The weather, in general, is pretty stable in Bali, and here are some tips to find the best time to visit Bali. If you are going there for specific reasons or activities or festivals, then you might want to plan around it.

Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Nusa Dua Beach, Bali. Photo by Adhi Rachdian

Weather in Bali

Bali’s has a tropical climate and it is considered to have only two seasons – dry or wet. The dry season is from April to October and the wet season from November to March.

In terms of weather, the best time to go to Bali is from July to August as the temperature is at its coolest at these times and also the driest in terms of rain. But it is also the peak season naturally, thus take note of the tourist crowds and do book in advance.

Also, note that the weather is also changing nowadays and it may differ from the usual schedule that we know about. Therefore, come to Bali with an open mind and heart and don’t let any weather changes affect your trip.

However, it is still possible to travel in the rainy season. It may still rain during the dry season and not rain for a week in the wet season, and it usually comes down in short blasts in the evening or late afternoons. Therefore if you must, traveling in Bali during the wet seasons is still possible if you do most of your sightseeing in the morning and early afternoons and rest in the evenings.

Pura Pura Tanah Lot @ Bali

Pura Tanah Lot, Bali. Photo by Kevin Poh

High/Peak and Low Season in Bali

From April to September will be the high season in Bali, as it is purportedly the dry season and also generally the summer holiday season in many parts of the world.

The quieter months are from October to March, and though it is considered the rainy seasons, most of the rains come only in the evening and leave pretty quickly. Therefore, it is still possible to enjoy Bali in this weather if you plan your days earlier and rest in the evening.

Best time to visit Bali

The best months to go to Bali in terms of weather and also the crowd are the shoulder seasons, that is either March or October. At these times, you will have a relatively dry weather yet without the tourist crowds!

Take note also of peak seasons, which are July and August during the summer vacations of the Europeans and mid-December to late January for the Australian school holidays. This is especially obvious in the famous touristy places like Bali, Lombok and Gili Islands.

Hike Volcano Mountain Batur, Bali, Indonesia

Hike Mount Batur, Bali. Photo by Kevin Poh

Festivals in Bali

If you want to visit some of the festivals in Bali, here are some of the popular and interesting festivals to visit that you might want to look out for:

February / March

Bau Nyale Festival – In February or March, hundreds of people will rush to Lombok to catch a glimpse of the first nyale (worm-like fish) at the huge fishing festival.

March / April

Bali Nyepi day – also known as the day of silence, is celebrated every year as the Hindu New Year (Saka new year). The date changes according to Balinese calendar every year but would usually fall between March and April.
Bali Spirit Festival – a gathering of world-renowned musicians, yogis and dancers from around the world for a celebration in April.

Opening Ceremony of Bali Arts Festival, Indonesia

Opening Ceremony of Bali Arts Festival. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

June / July

Bali Arts Festival – Normally around June-July, There will be performances from all remote corners of Indonesia, almost forgotten ritual and village dances, food and offerings, classical palace dance and even contemporary dances from the schools of Denpasar.
-> Check out more about Bali Art Festivals.

July / August

Bali Kite Festival – held yearly in July in Padang Galak Area, Sanur Beach, Bali. People from Denpasar villages will make their traditional giant kites and fly them in a competition.

October

Ubud Writer’s Festival – its mission is simply to create a literary event that encourages free speech among people from all walks of life, race and gender to celebrate the beauty of the written words.

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