Nusa Ceningan is an island nestled between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, other islands that make up the trio of Nusa islands just off of the southeast coast of Bali. These three islands are home to cliffs, stunningly blue waters, rugged roads and jaw-dropping scenic sites.
You won’t want to miss the Nusa islands on your Bali trip! Nusa Ceningan is the smallest by far and is easy to get to by foot or scooter from Nusa Lembongan. It is often overlooked but even a quick trip here will please you. From resorts with cliff side pools to white sand beaches, surfing, hammocks and cliff jumping, Nusa Ceningan is worth a stop!
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What's in this article
- 1 How to Get to Nusa Ceningan
- 2 Getting Around Nusa Ceningan
- 3 Nusa Ceningan Itinerary
- 4 Bali Essentials
- 5 Things to do in Nusa Ceningan
- 6 Nusa Ceningan Accommodation
- 7 Must-Reads for Bali!
How to Get to Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Ceningan is best accessed from Nusa Lembongan, where most people stay. There is a yellow bridge that connects Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan that can be crossed by foot or bike. You can get to Nusa Lembongan by either fast or slow boat and you can find all information in my detailed Nusa Lembongan guide.
From Nusa Penida, you can catch a local boat from the Toya Pakeh harbour. The ride is about 15 minutes and it costs 50,000 per person.
Getting Around Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Ceningan is so small that you could easily walk to all of the main attractions. However, the Indonesian heat will most likely be a bit much so I recommend renting a scooter to get around.
Bike rentals are 60,000 for a day. It will take you about 25 minutes max to drive across the entire island.
Nusa Ceningan Itinerary
Nusa Ceningan is so small that you don’t even need an itinerary. You can easily explore this island in half a day or take your time and relax on some of the beaches or at the resorts for a full-day.
Or you can visit Nusa Ceningan as a part of a day trip along with Nusa Lembongan.
Things to do in Nusa Ceningan
What to do in Nusa Ceningan for the perfect day on this tiny island!
Gawk at the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon has waters that are so incredibly blue that it will blow you away. It’s a small scenic spot, a cove, on the island where you can sit on the edge of the cliff and overlook the stunning waters below. Stop here for some epic pictures and if you have a drone you’ll be able to get some extra good ones!
Chill Out at Secret Beach
I’ll let you in on a little secret, Secret Beach is not so secret. But that doesn’t make it a bad spot to be. This beach is at the bottom of hill where a resort sits. You’re welcome to hangout at the resort pool if you purchase something overlooking the beach. Or you can make your way onto the perfect, soft white sand. There are no lounge chairs here, just the sand and the water. It is not great for swimming but there is plenty of shade in the afternoon.
Get Adventurous, Try Cliff Jumping
Head over to Mahana Point where you can watch the surfers catching some waves and jump into the same waters from the cliff. There is a restaurant on the cliff and they will charge you to jump off of the lower jump but there is also a higher one off the side for you souls who love adrenaline.
The Mahana Cliff jump is 15m high and people have been injured doing this at low tide so be aware of the water level! There is also more cliff jumping at Blue Lagoon Cliff which is 14m high.
Soar across the cliffs and blue waters on a zipline on top of the island. The Abyss Zipline is located at the Ceningan Island Resort. The resort also has a cliff top pool and bar.
Kick Back at a Pool
There are many restaurants and resorts around Nusa Ceningan that have great views and are super laid back. Some great options are the Ceningan Island Resort where there is a cliff top pool, Driftwood Bar and Twilight Lembongan. The Sand doesn’t have a pool but it does have awesome hammocks right by the water!
Practice Some Yoga
Find yourself relaxing by the water at the Ceningan Yoga Shala. There are also yoga options on Nusa Lembongan.
Nusa Ceningan Accommodation
Nusa Ceningan may be a small island but it has some prime spots to stay with ocean views and it’s so peaceful.
- Twilight Lembongan | BOOK NOW: Booking.com
- Secret Point Huts | BOOK NOW: Booking.com
- Yellow Bridge Guest House | BOOK NOW: Booking.com
- The Bridge Huts | BOOK NOW: Booking.com
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