Island guide to incredible Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan

Island guide to incredible Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan

Nusa Lembongan is one of our highlights as a place to stay on in our 3-week Bali Itinerary. The island is just a 25-minute boat ride from Sanur, Bali. It’s a lot quieter compared to the Main island of Bali. Together with the near located islands Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida the Nusa Islands offers a full holiday outside of Bali mainland including white beaches, coastal cliffs drop, hiking and snorkeling with Manta Rays.

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6 things to do on Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan

Nusa Ceningan and Lembongan are actually connected via the well-known yellow suspension bridge which is just wide enough to cross it with a motorbike. To explore both islands you will need a full day since it’s so small. We recommend staying 3 to 4 nights on the Nusa’s if you include a day trip to Nusa Penida.

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1. Explore the islands

Nusa Lembongan has some incredible spots shaped by nature. It’s best to explore the island via motorbike, which is for rent at $3 – $5 per day.

Drive through the Mangrove Forest and head over to Devil’s Tear, from there, it’s a 5 to 10-min drive to the Yellow suspension bridge to Nusa Ceningan where you have! to visit Blue Lagoon. And if you like to see more of the Mangrove Forest, then go Paddle Boarding through it!

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2. Take a day trip to Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is the island you will see in a movie. When visiting Bali, Nusa Penida should be your highlight. More about ➳ A Nusa Penida Tour

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3. Relax at one of the many beaches

When coming to Nusa Lembongan you have to take a minute to see all the great beaches! The one busier than the other but all so good to relax. Our three favorite beaches:

Mushroom Beach

Located near all the bigger resorts but still a great beach to enjoy the sunset with a drink. Take a drink with you and sit down on the beach.

Dream Beach

Dream beach is located on the south coast of Nusa Lembongan island. There are a lot of rocks in the water so please be careful when swimming here. Our number one beach for sunbathing.

Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay is a beach located near Devil’s tear. It is one of the best places to enjoy the sunset on Nusa Lembongan but it can get very busy.

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4. Go snorkeling or diving with Manta Rays

Nusa Lembongan and Penida are very well known for snorkeling with Manta Rays. As far as we know they are not fed and it all goes in a good way. From Nusa Penida you will take a 20-min boat ride to Manta Point, dive in the water and be amazed by these gentle giants.

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5. Watch the incredible sunset

We talked about it before but the sunset on Nusa Penida is incredible. From Sandy Bay, it’s the best but most crowded. On Nusa Ceningan we stayed at Le Pirate where we had a perfect sunset and low tide.

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6. Try the best Cafes and Restaurants

We lined up our favorite restaurants including a yummy(😍) rating.

Lemongrass 😍😍
Bali Eco Deli 😍😍😍
Next Level Cafe 😍😍😍😍
Sea Breeze 😍😍

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Bonus: Swing around

Ok, let’s admit it. Swings are awesome. There are a few on the Nusa Islands.

Dream Beach: The first one is overlooking dream beach
Seabreeze Ceningan: Located in the water. Both beautiful in high or low tide! :)

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ATM’s on Nusa Lembongan

Getting money on Nusa Lembongan can be a challenge if you don’t have to right card. Visa and Mastercard are limited accepted. Lembongan has around 4 ATMs and Ceningan has none. On Nusa Lembongan they are at:

  • Hai Tide Beach Resort (on the resort, accepts all cards)
  • Bunga Bungalow (near this place, limited support for certain cards)
  • Lemongrass Restaurant (near this restaurant, limited support for certain cards)

How to get to Nusa Lembongan

From Sanur to Nusa Lembongan

Sanur Harbor to Nusa Lembongan is only a 25-min boat ride. On Nusa Lembongan, you can get a driver to your stay. Easy as that!

From Ubud to Nusa Lembongan

From Ubud, it’s a 2-hour drive to the coast and a 25-min boat ride. Boat schedules don’t really exist in Bali so be prepared for a lot of waiting!

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Where to stay on Nusa Lembongan

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Svaha Private Villas
Svaha Private Villas

Your own beautiful villa starting at $40 a night.

Le Pirate Beach Club
Le Pirate Beach Club

A cute little cabin with a pool overlooking the sunset! Starting at $80 a night.

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Blog comments (4)
  • I was on Bali last summer but sadly had no time to visit Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.
    Both looks very chill! Might check it out some other time :)

    • Hi Stephanie!

      Thanks for your comment!
      I’m sure you’ll love the Nusa Islands! It’s so much more laid back than the Gili’s and it’s so close to Bali :)

  • I’m thinking of revisiting Bali but was kind of put off by all the Hard Rock Cafes. This might make me change my mind!

    • Ah yeah, Bali itself has some really touristy places but the Nusa Island (especially Nusa Penida) are so quiet and beautiful.
      I really hope you’re gonna visit these Islands. I’m sure you’ll love it :)

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