Nusa Ceningan Island is one of my favorite destinations in Indonesia! For those of you looking for the best things to do in Nusa Ceningan, you have found the right blog.
Nusa Ceningan is one of three Nusa Islands just a short 30-minute boat ride from mainland Bali. You have the option of a Nusa Ceningan day trip or you can spend a few days exploring Nusa Island’s which I highly recommend if you have the time!
I have put together this complete guide of the Top 3 Things To Do In Nusa Ceningan to help you craft together your own itinerary.
Also in this Nusa Ceningan Travel Guide, I have included some useful information on how to get to Nusa Ceningan, where to stay in Nusa Ceningan and the best way to get around!
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HOW TO GET TO NUSA CENINGAN
Ferries operate daily to the Nusa Islands from Pemelisan Harbor in South East Bali. You can book the ferry online in advance to guarantee the lowest price.
The ferry ticket to the Nusa Islands also includes a hotel pick-up from your accommodation in Bali and dropped directly to the pier at Pemelisan Harbor. The boat trip takes approximately 45-minutes to Nusa Lembongan Island.
Get your ticket: Ferry from Bali to Nusa Islands
Once you have arrived on Nusa Lembongan Island you can access Nusa Ceningan Island via the iconic Yellow Bridge that connects these two islands.
GETTING AROUND NUSA CENINGAN BALI
Renting a scooter is the cheapest and most convenient way of getting around Nusa Ceningan. As soon as you arrive at the port at Lembongan you will most likely be approached by the locals asking if you need a scooter rental.
If not, you can ask at your accommodation and they will be able to assist you. I paid 50,000 Rupiah per day for scooter rental, so put your bartering skills to the test and try to score a deal at this price.
WHERE TO STAY ON NUSA CENINGAN
Nusa Ceningan has dozens of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Nusa Ceningan to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Le Pirate Beach Club
Le Pirate Beach Club is one of the best accommodations on Nusa Ceningan Island! Located right on the beachfront featuring a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, free wifi and ocean views! The beach bungalow rooms are fitted with beach decor, large comfortable beds, spacious living, thatched roofs, seating area, hammock and private bathroom. Great place to stay for couples, friends and families!
Mid Range: Aurora Beach View
Aurora Beach View is a great value-pick accommodation and centrally located on Ceningan Island. Featuring a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, well-kept gardens and free wifi. The rooms are modern and spacious with air-conditioning, flat-screen tv, work desk, seating area, ocean views and private bathroom. Breakfast is also included for all guests. Recommended place to stay for couples, friends and families!
Budget: Ceningan Inn
Ceningan Inn is an ideal budget accommodation on Nusa Islands for solo travelers, couples and groups of friends. With a great location on Ceningan Island, this property features a hot tub, garden terrace, free wifi and included breakfast for all guests. Choose from either a dorm room or a private room with air-conditioning.
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3 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN NUSA CENINGAN
#1 BLUE LAGOON NUSA CENINGAN
Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan is a beautiful cove with the most electric blue colored water I have ever seen. It is also a cliff-jumping haven for those adventurous, thrill-seekers out there.
WHERE IS BLUE LAGOON NUSA CENINGAN
Blue Lagoon is located on the western coastline of Ceningan Island. If you are staying on Lembongan, you can access Nusa Ceningan Island via the yellow bridge that connects the two islands.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BLUE LAGOON NUSA CENINGAN
The jump-off point to Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan is easy to find as you can see from the roadside as soon as you arrive at the pin location on google maps.
You are free to roam around the outside edges of the cliffs which is the perfect opportunity to get some photos of Nusa Ceningan Blue Lagoon. The water inside of Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan is a milky blue color that looks good enough to drink and will make your photos pop without even having to edit them.
If you’re facing towards the ocean, there is a dirt track to the right-hand side which leads through some bushes and down on to a viewpoint on the lower section of the cliffs. From here you can grab another awesome perspective of Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan.
CLIFF JUMPING AT BLUE LAGOON NUSA CENINGAN
There is a range of cliff jumping heights at Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan starting at 4 meters and reaching heights of up to 13 meters. We had all intentions of jumping from the cliffs at Blue Lagoon Ceningan this day although the waves were too big and there was a lot of water moving around.
Make sure to assess the situation before jumping because the only way out of the Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan is to climb up a small cliff face and back to dry land.
It is possible to jump on either low tide and high tide as the water at Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan is deep enough for a smooth landing. I would advise making sure you have a buddy with you in case things get hairy. Know your own limits and take care.
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#2 MAHANA POINT NUSA CENINGAN
The Mahana Point Cliff Jump on Nusa Ceningan Island attracts thrill-seekers from around the world. A 10-meter diving platform hangs over the rocky cliffs at Mahana Point and it’s one of the best things to do in Nusa Ceningan
Mahana Point Ceningan is a must-see location on the Nusa Islands for few hours of cliff jumping, surfing, swimming and relaxing over at Mahana Beach.
WHERE IS MAHANA POINT NUSA CENINGAN
Mahana Point is located on the southwest tip of Nusa Ceningan Island.
From Blue Lagoon, continue driving along the same road for a couple of minutes to reach Mahana Point surf beach and cliff jump.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT MAHANA POINT NUSA CENINGAN
When you arrive at Mahana Point you will see a restaurant on the cliffs and this is where the Mahana Point Cliff Jump can be found.
There is a fee of 50,000 Rupiah to take the leap off the diving board at Mahana Point which is a little bit expensive in my opinion, though the owner uses this money to maintain the upkeep of the 10-meter diving platform.
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The restaurant here on the Mahana Point in Nusa Ceningan has a range of food options available, cold drinks and excellent service.
Mahana Point is also a well-known surfing location on Nusa Ceningan. The left-hand reef break at Ceningan Surf attracts medium to large swells and it works best on a high tide.
Surfboards can be rented from the owner of the restaurant at Mahana Point for a reasonable price of 60,000 Rupiah for 2 hours.
CLIFF JUMPING AT MAHANA POINT
There is a smaller diving platform at Mahana Point that sits at about 5-meters above the sea level which is recommended to warm yourself up on before braving the much higher 10-meter cliff jump.
The depth of the ocean water beneath the 10-meter platform at Mahana Point is around 3 to 4 meters, so it is unlikely you will hit the bottom. It is best to jump after the sets of waves that crash up against the cliffs and jumping on high tide is also recommended.
Once you have braved the jump, you will have to swim around towards Mahana Beach to where there is a steel ladder on the side of the cliff that can be used to climb out of the water.
If the current happens to be strong, a rubber ring attached to a rope can be hoisted out into the water to assist those trying to climb out.
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#3 SECRET BEACH NUSA CENINGAN
Secret Beach is a hidden gem surrounded by cliffs on Nusa Ceningan and it can’t be missed during your adventures around the island!
WHERE IS SECRET BEACH NUSA CENINGAN
Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan can be found along the southeast coast of Ceningan Island.
It’s a short 5-minute drive from Blue Lagoon and to access the beach you will have to park in the parking lot at the front of Villa Trevally, walk down the driveway and through the restaurant on to the shoreline.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SECRET BEACH NUSA CENINGAN
A colorful coral reef stretches across the bay at Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan, making it a great spot for a snorkel to discover the underwater world at this location.
If you adventure down to the far left corner of Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan you can find a sandy spot to walk out past the reef and body bash in the waves.
If you have a hammock on hand, there are two palm trees on Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan that are perfect for hanging it up and beach bumming for a while!
You will also find an infinity pool at the front of Villa Trevally which overlooks Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan. If you purchase something to eat and drink from the restaurant you are allowed to use the pool.
Hammock chills on Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan
Exploring Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan
The infinity pool at Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan
NUSA CENINGAN ISLAND MAP
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AIRBNB NUSA CENINGAN
Another option for accommodation is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Nusa Ceningan.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR NUSA CENINGAN
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF NUSA CENINGAN
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