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!

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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.

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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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Top 10 Things to Do on Nusa Penida, Bali

Nusa Penida is slowly getting the attention it deserves, rugged and beautiful with many things to do. Surprisingly there is a lot to do on this remote island of Bali, and choosing the best of the best has not been easy, but we have come up with a list that is all rounded from exploring into the deep sea or on land around the island and also finding all the secret nooks and picturesque spots.

Speedboats zip across daily from Sanur, Bali but mostly designed for people to go over and stay the night. This is all the better as this island has a lot of beautiful places to be explored and you would definitely more than a day to do that.

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Snorkeling off Crystal Bay. Photo by Haryanti via Wikimedia commons

Here is our list of recommended top 10 things to do on Nusa Penida just for you:

Snorkeling off Crystal bay

This postcard worth beach aptly called crystal bay is one not to be missed on Nusa Penida. During low seasons, this beach is practically deserted, giving exclusivity which is now hard to find in the area of Bali, although it may not have the whites sand. Wedged between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, the seas here are clear and it is also a great place to snorkel and enjoy the rich marine life.

Snorkeling off Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida, Bali

Nusa Penida, Bali. Photo by Marc

Dive in the seas off Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida along with its sister Nusa Lembongan are popular islands for scuba divers. This is because the sea surrounding here is rich with marine life such as manta rays and whale sharks and the abundant corals. You will be able to find many tour operators that will take you out for dive trips here. The few popular diving spots around here are crystal bay, manta point, and blue corner.

Limestone rock on the sea of Nusa Penida, Bali

Limestone rock on the sea of Nusa Penida, Bali. Photo by gcnmrk5ii

Chill at Atuh Beach

This secret beach will take some time to find, surrounded by an amazing high cliff of limestone walls. The drive to get here is stunning and the trekking down the steep path to the beach gives the experience to remember. This beach is relatively unknown or the regular tourists just do not take the effort to come here, hence it’s well worth your time. Once arriving here, do spend the whole day chilling on this beautiful beach.

Kelingking Beach Secret Point

This beach is one of the must visit on Nusa Penida, and it is probably the most photographed section as well. The view from the cliff is simply beautiful, as you gaze off to the cliff stones that looks like a dinosaur chilling by the beach.

Kelingking, the secret point at Nusa Penida

Kelingking, the secret point at Nusa Penida. Photo by James Connolly on Unsplash.

Marvel at the Broken beach / bay (Pasih Uug)

Thanks to its unique natural formation on the coastal rock, many people came here just to take a view and of course a photograph of the scene. Despite its name, it is not a beach but a sea tunnel through the cliffs. This hollowed cliff is also known as the bridge and is definitely a traveler’s favourite hunt.

Broken beach / bay at Nusa Penida, Bali

Broken beach / bay at Nusa Penida. Photo by Georgi Kovachev, via Wikimedia Commons

Take a dip at the Angel’s Billabong lagoon

This is a lagoon set in between black volcanic rocks. It is located on a cliff down from the broken beach. Many people came here just to take pictures and some also attempt to swim but do be careful of the powerful waves that swept in. At the mouth of the river, the green-hued water is calm and clear.

Broken beach / bay at Nusa Penida, Bali

Angel’s Billabong, a lagoon at Nusa Penida. Photo by By Georgi Kovachev via Wikimedia Commons

Explore Gua Karang Sari cave

This cave is also known as Giri Putri, and it is more of a tunnel of 200m long. Many Buddhists and Hindus come here too to pray, as there is a temple located inside it. Besides the usual stalagmites and interesting cave features, there is also a stream that is believed to be of holy water.

Visit Pura Penataran Agung Ped temple

This temple is set in a pond and is greatly revered by worshippers from as far as Bali. It is located in the Ped Village on the main road. It is one of the most visited temples on this island and rightly so.

Pura Penataran, Ped temple Nusa Penida, Bali

Pura Penataran, Ped temple. Photo by Marine Dalleas

Take a swim in Tembeling water spring

This is a natural swimming pool in a rainforest surrounded by limestone cliffs. The fresh springs come from a cave that runs into the pool and then back into the ocean. Taking a swim here is special due to the dense forest surrounded it. Take note that there are separate pools for men and women.

Explore the island on two wheels

As there are still so many places unexplored in Nusa Penida, it is a good idea to rent a bike and go around hunting for your very own secret spots. Besides, you will be able to see more of the village life and check out other beaches that are dotted all over the island.

Nusa Penida with its rugged cliffs and clear blue seas are still quite unchartered despite being so close to the popular Bali. Come visit here before the rest of the world finds out. You will definitely find the sense of adventure here with its underwater activities and secret tourist attractions. If you want to explore further then head on to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningan, the islands right next to it.

Working in a seaweed farm on the island of Nusa Penida, Bali

Working in a seaweed farm on the island of Nusa Penida. Photo by Matthew Kenwrick

How to get to Nusa Penida and get around

There are speedboats from Sanur to Nusa Penida daily. There are also public boats daily but are not timed for day trips. Note that the seas are rough and you may have to wade through the water to the boats. Getting around Nusa Penida takes time because the roads are not well-maintained and steep, and the transport is limited. Most tourists rent a motorbike or charter a bemo or ojek.


Where to stay on Nusa Penida

Finding a place to stay in Nusa Penida * is not difficult. The top favourite hotel here is the Semabu Hills Hotel Nusa Penida *, or if you are looking more for bungalow types, then it is either the Ananta Bungalow * with its traditional Balinese huts or the Kulkul Bungalows * for a homestay atmosphere.

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