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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Nusa Lembongan, Bali – What to Do, Where to Stay

Nusa Lembongan is tucked away in Indonesia, despite being relatively unknown to tourists, it has lots of things to do and beautiful places to stay.

Whether you’re looking for amazing surf, stunning views or just some downtime, Lembongan is the perfect destination. Nearby Nusa Ceningan is definitely worth a visit, too.

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Ride around and explore Nusa Lembongan

You can easily rent a moped and zip around the island. I’d definitely suggest doing this for a day if you can, as there is so much to see and explore. Half of the island’s charm, for me, at least, were the hidden spots; the places with no names. One of the joys of traveling is finding your own way, so hop on a bike and ride until you want to stop. There are some modern roads here that are great for beginners. Build up your confidence and head up the hills, along dirt paths and between towering trees to find the best views over the island. Make sure you have plenty of petrol before you head off on an adventure. There are plenty of roadside spots to fill up at – keep an eye out for old alcohol bottles full of yellow liquid! It is also polite to return your bike with at least half a tank left, so bear that in mind when you’re riding home.

 pont vers Ceningan, Nusa, Lembongan,
61 pont vers Ceningan, Nusa, Lembongan, Indonesia. Photo by Patrick Chabert

Drive on to Nusa Ceningan

This nearby island is pretty tiny, and very beautiful. It is home to great diving, yoga studios and plenty of nature to immerse yourself in. Take the bridge across from Lembongan and explore by moped. Not all of the roads here are perfect, but that just adds to the fun. Friendly locals will point you in the right direction of the main viewpoint here, so make sure your camera is fully-charged and heap on up and up.Blue Lagoon is one of the most stunning little bays you will ever see, with bright aqua water. Make time to visit this spot and bask in the glory of nature here. Secret Beach in Nusa Ceningan is likely to be empty, unsurprisingly, and offers great snorkelling and swimming water.

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Secret Beach in Ceningan, Indonesia
Secret Beach in Ceningan, Indonesia. Photo by Aussie Assault

Amazing view and sunset at Devil’s Tear, Dream Beach

This is a stunning area of natural beauty right near Dream Beach. Expect lots of tourists but don’t let that put you off. This can be a dangerous area, so pay attention to the warning signs and be sensible. The Devil’s Tear itself is a little inlet into the land where waves get sucked into holes in the cliff face. They are then jetted out and shoot up into the air and across the cliff. Don’t get too close, but make an effort to visit this spot. The power of the waves here is stunning. Just a few minute’s walk from here is the best sunset spot on the island. Rocky cliff juts out into the ocean and gives you a stunning view of the island, as well as all the colours in the sky.

Devil's Tear, Nusa, Lembongan, Indonesia
Devil’s Tear, Nusa, Lembongan, Indonesia. Photo by Aussie Assault

Outdoor activities at Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan

Surfing at Nusa Lembongan

Lembongan is famed for its surfing, and the beaches here are truly designed for it. The waves around the island are generally for the more experienced surfer, but there are some good beginner beaches, too. Playgrounds is the ideal beach for surfers and gets busy without being crammed. Head to Coconut Bay and paddle out from here to the waves. You can rent boards and have surf lessons here, too. Dream Beach isn’t for swimming but is a lovely beach to hang out at. The surf can get pretty good here as well, and is better suited to experienced surfers. Head over to Ceningan for great breaks, too! Wherever there are good waves, there’ll be a shack on the beach with boards to hire out.

Playgrounds in Nusa Lembongan
Playgrounds in Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Sutherland

Stand-up Paddle Boarding at Mushroom Bay

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is such a fun activity, and this island has some amazing beaches to try it out at. Some waves tend to be too strong or high, and these beaches tend to be reserved for surfers. If you fancy a swim, snorkel or SUP session, head to the calmer beaches. Mushroom Beach is the place to head for a relaxing afternoon of lazing on the beach and trying out water-sports. This is a really easy beach to get to and is surrounded by cute restaurants and road-side warungs (local eateries). Expect some tourists here, but don’t worry about it being crowded. Hire out a paddle board from one of the stalls on the beach, just don’t forget your sunblock!

Beach in Nusa, Lembongan
Stand-up Padding in beaches in Nusa, Lembongan, Indonesia. Photo by Scott Pham

Diving at Nusa Lembongan

Indonesia’s underwater world is beyond beautiful and is peppered with stunning marine life, including majestic turtles and colourful coral. Diving is one of the best things to do here, and the island’s schools cater to all levels of experience. Get up early or spend an afternoon diving amongst the island’s oceans. The dive sites around Lembongan are full of amazing underwater marine life, such as manta rays, which people travel here just to see. Diving is taken seriously, and there is a duty to the dive centres to be professional and respectful of the waters. Nusa Ceningan also offers beautiful underwater views and great diving opportunities.

Marine Life, Nusa, Lembongan
Stunning marine life, Nusa, Lembongan, Indonesia. Photo by 究及

Cliff Jump

Don’t attempt this on your own! Make sure you go with a company who know when and where it is safe to go out, and who will look after you. Cliff jumping is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Nusa Lembongan, and is the ideal way to spend an afternoon if you’re an adrenaline junkie. You’ll basically jump off a cliff into the ocean and can snorkel and swim to your heart’s content in lovely, clear waters. You can find companies that offer this in Lembongan, and some that will take you to Ceningan. Lembongan Cliff Jumping comes very highly recommended, and offer a number of packages for those seeking adventure.

Fly High

Abyss Zipline company over in nearby Ceningan offer one of the most fun activities around! If you fancy zipping through nature and taking in stunning views of the island, add this to your to-do list. The staff here take safety very seriously, which is good considering you’ll be swinging across the ocean! Make time to head here and reward yourself with a dip in their infinity pool afterwards.

Relax and unwind at the Nusa Islands

Massage

Take some time to really relax and make the most of the local spas. They may not be big or fancy, but they’ll be full of local ladies who’ll pummel the knots out of your back. Traditional Balinese massages can get pretty heavy but will do wonders for a well-travelled body.The prices of massages here tend to be very low. Despite being on a small island, prices haven’t been driven up by tourism too much. Grab yourself a bargain and get some me-time in.

Flowers at Desa Sini
Vibrant Flowers at Desa Sini. Photo by Insiya Rasiwala-Finn

Yoga

If you fancy taking some time out from all the water-sports and hiking, head to a yoga studio and chill out. The studios here tend to be pretty affordable, and there’s a really lovely, relaxed vibe to the island, in general, that’s reflected in the studios. Many of the studios here offer amazing views over the ocean, or are set up in the forest. Either way, you’re guaranteed a beautiful experience!

What to Eat at Nusa Lembongan

The food here tends to be pretty local, although there are some lovely Western joints. Head to the beach for fresh seafood, or wander down side alleys to get an authentic experience. Indonesian food focuses on fried rice (nasi greng), fried noodles (mie goreng) and tasty curries. Desserts aren’t huge here, but make sure you try banana pancakes at least once while you’re on the island. They’re pretty popular across Indonesia and are delicious!


Where to Stay on Nusa Lembongan

Most popular place to stay here on Nusa Lembongan is this beachfront resort Batu Karang Lembongan Resort and Day Spa *. These spacious beachfront villas come with its own pool and spa services.

For those who are looking for villas with a good environment for family, Jingga Villas * is the place, with its own pool and just a minute walk to the beach. Its services are also well rated by guests.

A good mid range choice here is Sunset Garden Nusa Lembongan * at Mushroom Bay with beautiful garden and sunset view. Just 9 minutes walk from the beach, the price from just 89 USD is well worth it!

If you are looking for a more cozy environment, The Akah Cottage, only 3 minutes walk from the beach, is the place for you. It comes with bike rental facilities and an outdoor pool. It is also good for value with prices starting only at 35 USD. Water Blow Huts * is another well-loved choice in this range to stay near Dream Beach in Lembongan.

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