Nusa Ceningan is located between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, south of Bali, in Indonesia. It is the least visited and smallest of the three islands. Although Nusa Ceningan is a small island, it is breathtakingly beautiful and well worth a visit.
To see Nusa Ceningan in one day from Bali I recommend taking this tour: From Bali: Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan Island Tour with GetYourGuide.
To get to Nusa Ceningan from Bali, take a fast boat from Sanur Beach Harbour to Mushroom Bay on Nusa Lembongan.
It’s best to reserve your boat ticket ahead of time, especially during peak season. Book your fast boat tickets on 12go.Asia for the best price.
The morning is the best time to take the fast boat because the ocean is calmer. Nusa Lembongan is approximately 30 minutes by fast boat from Sanur.
When taking the fast boat to and from Nusa Lembongan, wear shorts and thongs because there is no dock, and you will have to walk in the ocean to board the boat.
Nusa Ceningan is connected to Nusa Lembongan by a famous yellow bridge. This yellow bridge is very narrow so it’s best to rent a scooter to get across.
The best way to see Nusa Ceningan is on a scooter. You could also get around Nusa Ceningan on foot since it’s such a small island but this might not be the best due to the heat!
The island is so small that you can ride your scooter from one end to the other in 13 minutes!
Contact Agus, owner of Mesari Hut and Kelle Transport via WhatsApp at +62 81238 627 206 to hire a scooter on Nusa Lembongan.
It costs 50,000 IDR per day to rent a scooter and 20,000 IDR to fill it up with petrol.
No one on scooters in Nusa Ceningan wears helmets and so they don’t offer one in the rental. Don’t worry, the roads are relatively quiet, and you won’t be going very fast.
I would recommend staying on Nusa Lembongan due to the abundance of hotel and villa options, which surpasses that of Nusa Ceningan. Additionally, Nusa Lembongan is a larger island with plenty of activities and sights to explore, while Nusa Ceningan can be fully discovered in just one day.
If you do decide you want to stay in Nusa Ceningan then Blue Lagoon Avia Villas would be the best option.
Situated atop a cliff overlooking the stunning Blue Lagoon, this location boasts an incredible view and exceptional service from the hospitable staff.
It’s essential to note that Nusa Ceningan doesn’t have any ATMs, so it’s crucial to bring sufficient cash for any necessary purchases.
Take a photo, walk across and visit the famous Yellow Bridge
The first thing you will see before you get to Nusa Ceningan is the iconic yellow bridge. It’s the bridge that connects the two islands.
You can walk along this bridge and take photos, but keep an eye out for scooters as you cross.
Mahana Point is the best place to park your scooter as there are some shady spots and it’s close to the start of the trail.
Instead of walking to Mahana Point, return to the road you came from. On the right side, there is a small graffiti building. It’s just to the left of a sign with a red tub on top and a penguin written on the front.
Wherever you see a clearing in the bush walk through until you get to a concrete lot.
Cross the concrete lot and make your way through the bush to the field.
Keep to the left trail and you will eventually reach the Blue Lagoon Viewpoint. It is only about a 5–10-minute walk.
Here at the Blue Lagoon, you will see the bluest, milkiest water you have ever seen!
There is no shade once you reach the viewpoint so make sure to bring plenty of water with you.
Shiroi Lookout and Kevisato Viewpoint are right next to each other and very close to the Blue Lagoon viewpoint.
It’s on the left along the ocean as you return from the Blue Lagoon. You turn it off just before returning to the concrete lot.
You can walk around the cliff edges, but be cautious because some areas are very slippery and rocky. It’s a great place to watch the waves crash against the cliffs.
Mahana Point is a restaurant/bar that offers cliff jumping.
There are 2 diving boards you can cliff jump from but it does come with a cost. Cliff jumping from the 10 m platform costs 50,000 IDR, while the 5 m platform costs 25,000 IDR.
This rocky outcrop hangs over the ocean, making it a picturesque spot for a drink. If you don’t want to cliff jump, it’s a great place to enjoy a drink and watch others do it.
The water here is crystal clear, allowing you to see the coral and ocean floor. It’s a great place to cool off and take in the scenery.
Klyf Club is located within Blue Lagoon Avia Villas close to the Blue Lagoon Viewpoint.
The bar/restaurant has the most incredible view of Blue Lagoon. If you purchase a drink or a meal from the restaurant you can swim in the infinity pool overlooking these gorgeous blue waters for free.
Driftwood Bar is a popular tourist destination on Nusa Ceningan because of the zip lining you can do here.
It costs 100,000 IDR to zip-line over the ocean. Even if you don’t want to do zip-lining it’s still worth visiting just to see the unreal views!
Driftwood Bar also has an infinity pool with a view of the ocean, where you can swim for free if you buy a drink from the bar.
Sea Breeze Cafe is a popular spot for lunch and drinks while enjoying views of the ocean. With its pool, hammocks, swings, beach, and music, this place exudes beach club vibes. The best time to visit is during high tide.
Secret Beach is a privately opened beach by Villa Trevally that can only be accessed by walking through the resort.
The road leading down to Villa Trevally is narrow and in poor condition, so proceed with caution if riding on a scooter.
To visit this tropical beach, you will need to purchase food or drinks. With its white sand, clear blue waters, and surrounding palm trees, it is one of the best beaches on Nusa Ceningan.
Secret Point Beach can only be accessed through Asmara Villas. Walk through the villa property and at the end on the right there are stairs down to the beach.
Secret Point Beach is great for surfing, paddle boarding and snorkelling.
On the main road of Nusa Ceningan as you drive past Sea Breeze Cafe away from the yellow bridge you will see a sign on the right of the road for Twilight Huts and Dream Point.
The road leading down to Dream Point is in poor condition so take care if driving a scooter. The tree and swing provide excellent views of the seaweed plantation and the sunset.
Nusa Ceningan is definitely worth a visit! Despite its small size, Nusa Ceningan has a lot to offer tourists with beautiful beaches and breathtaking views and deserves at least one day to be explored.