Whether it is your first time to Bali or you’ve been to the island many times before, you have to add Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan to your travel itinerary.
Nusa Lembongan has the clearest turquoise water and sandy beaches. Visitors can enjoy swimming, standup paddleboarding, surfing and snorkelling around the island.
Whereas Nusa Ceningan has a more laidback vibe where you can hang out and enjoy the island life. Chill at one of the cafes by the beach, sip a Bintang and sit on one of the many swings in the shallow water.
In this blog post, I’ll show you how you can see Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan on a one day trip from Bali.
And if you have an extra day on either Nusa Island, discover Nusa Penida because you will not want to miss some of the nicest coastlines and amazing diving spots.
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What you need to know before visiting the Nusa Islands
Before you visit the Nusa islands, take a look at my post on everything you need to know before going to Bali. I included a lot of information, including how to get around Bali, how to get a prepaid SIM card and other essential Bali travel tips.
Here are few additional tips for travelling to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan:
- When you arrive at the Sanur pier, you can park your scooter in the parking lot. It is safe to leave your scooter there even for a few days.
- The best way to explore Nusa island is by scooter. You can rent one when you arrive on the small island.
- Bring enough cash for scooter rental and food for the day. I don’t recall seeing an ATM but I’m sure there is one. But bring enough just in case.
Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan Day Trip: What to Bring
You can explore both islands on the same day! But make sure to bring some essentials:
- a small backpack for all your belongings
- a pair of versatile shoes that you can swim with and hop back on the scooter
- quick dry clothing because you will be in and out of the water all day
- bathing suit because there are many gorgeous beaches
- small towel to dry off or to sit at the beach
- enough cash for the day since most places will only take cash
- plenty of water for hot summer days
- lots of sunscreen to block all the UV rays while you are scootering around
- hat and sunglasses to further block any sunrays
How to Get to Nusa Lembongan
It is possible to see all the attractions in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan in one day.
First, you have to get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali.
There are many kinds of boats going to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur in Bali including luxury excursion boats, fast boats, public fast boats and slow public boats.
Depending on what your preferences are, you may want to choose a specific transportation mode.
However, I would suggest taking a fast boat to Nusa Lembongan because of the pick-up and drop-off services and the ease of purchasing and securing tickets online.
Fast Boat to Nusa Lembongan
There are few fast boat companies, and they are all along the beach in Sanur at the end of Jalan Hang Tuah. I would recommend Scoot Cruise.
Tip: if you can get to Sanur beach yourself, you can park your scooter in the designated spots for bikes at Sanur beach for a few days. It is safe to leave your scooter there.
Scoot Cruise is a reliable boat company that will take you from Bali to Nusa Lembongan in their comfortable, fast boats. I’m familiar with Scoot because I took one of their fast boats from Senggigi in Lombok to Gili Trawangan. I have motion sickness, and the fast boat was a very comfortable ride. You can book your ticket online or in-person.
Below are details of the fast boat schedule and price:
- Sanur to Nusa Lembongan schedule: 9:30am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, 5:15pm
- Nusa Lembongan to Sanur schedule: 8:30am, 10:45am, 12:30pm, 4:30pm
- Duration: 30 minutes
- Price: one way (400K IDR), return (650K IDR)
Note: Price includes hotel pick up and drop off. Pick up areas including South Bali, Ubud and other areas. They will also drop you off at any hotel in Nusa Lembongan.
I recommend going to the Nusa Lembongan as early as possible with either fast boat company. You can either tour both islands the entire day and leave on the last ferry or stay overnight at one of the accommodations recommended below.
I recommend going to the Nusa Lembongan as early as possible with Scoot Cruise or other fast boat company. You can either tour both islands the entire day and leave on the last ferry or stay overnight at one of the accommodations recommended below.
How to Get Around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
Once you arrive at Jungutbatu Beach, either the fast boat company you hired will take you directly to your accommodation, or you can rent a scooter and go there yourself.
The best way to get around both Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan is by a scooter. The roads are relatively narrow, i.e. the entire road is wide enough for one car and one scooter.
Scooter rental is about 80K IDR per day, and it includes petrol. There are scooter rentals by Jungutbatu Beach.
Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan 1 day tour
There are many things to do on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. I included all the attractions on the map below.
1. Mushroom Bay Beach on Nusa Lembongan
Some fast boats will take passengers from Bali to Mushroom Bay Beach. The white sand and blue water is definitely a welcoming scenery!
Plus, there are quite a few more options for cafes and restaurants.
2. Devil’s Tear on Nusa Lembongan
One of the highlights of Nusa Lembongan is the Devil’s Tear.
Big waves crash along the shore created the jagged limestone edge and small mists of water spray into the air which you will feel if you are close to the edge. The entire coastline is rugged and rocky, but you can still walk across without any difficulty.
And there are at least two tide pools along the edge. The entire coast is picturesque and is one of the best spots for sunset in Nusa Lembongan.
The Devil’s Tear is a big tourist spot; you’ll see bus-loads of tourists being dropped off here. To avoid the crowd, walk further along the coastline since most people are so busy taking photos closest to the point of drop off.
3. Dream Beach on Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan has some of the most beautiful beaches in Indonesia, and Dream Beach is no exception. The beach is part of a small cove near Devil’s Tear. With fine sand and clear crystal water, you’ll want to spend some time here.
Simply follow the direction to Dream Beach and walk down the set of stairs to the serene beach. There are restaurants in the area as well.
4. Yellow Bridge connecting the Nusa Islands
The famous Yellow Bridge linking Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan was damaged and collapsed in October 2016. It has since been rebuilt since and it is better than ever. It doesn’t cost anything to cross the bridge. You can either walk over or take your scooter with you.
5. Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan
The Blue Lagoon a rocky cove with the brightest blue water.
Follow Google Maps to the end of the road and leave your scooter on the side of the road and walk over to the Blue Lagoon. It doesn’t look like an official entrance nor are there any signs pointing to the Blue Lagoon. Just follow your google map and follow the narrow path towards the edge of the water.
Once you approach the edge, you will see the vibrant blue water washing up against the shore. The water looks a bit cloudy, but the shade of blue is brighter and more vibrant than the ocean water.
Most people will take photos along the edge, but some people might attempt to jump into the water. Whatever you decide to do, be careful when you are walking along the edge.
6. Secret Point Beach on Nusa Ceningan
After seeing the blue waters of Blue Lagoon, walk north for a few minutes and find the Secret Point Beach. At the top, you can see the entire beach including the clear water, palm trees and beach huts lining the sandy beach.
7. Jungutbatu Beach on Nusa Lembongan
Most ferry boats from Sanur arrive at Jungutbatu Beach, including Scoot and Sunrise.
And as the longest beach in Nusa Lembongan, it wraps along part of the western coast and all the way to the north end of the island. Since the water is quite calm, it is an excellent spot for standup paddleboarding, swimming and snorkelling.
The long stretch of beach also has many beachfront restaurants and cafes. It is an excellent beach for watching the sunset while sipping a Bintang, a local beer.
And from Jungutbatu Beach, you can see Mount Agung on the island of Bali.
If you have an extra day on Nusa Lembongan
If you are staying an extra day on Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningan, consider taking a day tour to Nusa Penida. You will see Crystal Bay Beach, Broken Beach, Angel Billabong and the famous tyrannosaurus rex looking coastline by Kelingking Beach.
You can either do a self-guided tour (by scooter or private car) or join one of the many tours.
Where to stay in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
My Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan one-day itinerary does not require you to stay overnight on either Nusa Island.
But if you like the slow pace of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, definitely stay at least a night or two.
Here are some suggestions on where to stay on both islands:
- Indigo Blue Ceningan ($) – get a modern double room with sea view at this new hotel on Nusa Ceningan.
- Check for the current rate and reviews: Agoda
- Le Pirate Beach Club ($) – get a beach box (double bed) at this eco-friendly hotel on Nusa Ceningan. The idyllic little white cottage has a hammock and a view of the sea.
- Check for the current rate and reviews: Agoda
- Tigerlilly’s Boutique Hotel ($$) – the boutique hotel is located near Jungutbatu beach on Nusa Lembongan. Get a bungalow with a thatched roof made of grass. If you are on the second floor, it feels like you are living in a treehouse.
- Check for the current rate and reviews: Agoda
Where to eat in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
There are several good warungs and cafes around the Nusa Islands. Here are some of the cafes and restaurants I tried:
- Pondok Baruna Warung ($) – the local restaurant serves the best Indonesian food at affordable prices. I tried one of the daily specials – a grilled pork belly with rice and vegetables and the chicken curry.
- Warung Oka ($) – The quaint little restaurant facing the water serves the excellent seafood dishes. Their grilled red snapper comes with rice and vegetables. And their grilled prawns are pretty good too!
- Blue Corner Bar & Restaurant ($) – After a full day of island hopping and discovery, spend the afternoon sipping drinks during happy hour at The Blue Corner Dive. Sit in one of the bean bags, and people watch during the sunset.
- The Deck Cafe & Bar ($$) – Sit at one of the tables facing the water and enjoy the best views of Nusa Lembongan. Food and drinks are slightly more expensive, but you have the best view on the island. If you come later in the evening, you can order drinks from their happy hour menu and enjoy the sunset.
Are you including a day trip to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan in your Bali itinerary?
The small islands’ vibe is so different from the rest of Bali that you’ll be glad you went. You can enjoy all the highlights of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan on a day tour. But if you are keen, stay for a few extra days to experience island life.
And make sure you have enough time to explore Nusa Penida too as there are so many scenic spots on the island!
I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day at Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. So much so I included in my 10-day Bali solo travel itinerary.
Does this post inspire your upcoming travels? Let me know in the comments!