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Whether it is your first time to Bali or you’ve been to Bali 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 padding boarding, surfing and snorkelling around the island.
Whereas Nusa Ceningan has a more laidback vibe where you can hang out and enjoy the island life. Hang out 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. Doing a day trip as a solo traveller is super easy.
And if you have an extra day, discover Nusa Penida as you will not want to miss some of the nicest coastlines and amazing diving spots.
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.
Different Nusa Lembongan Boat Transfers
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 either Scoot Cruise or Sunrise Fast 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.
Sunrise Fast Cruise
Sunrise Fast Cruise has a similar schedule and boat as Scoot, but the price is a bit cheaper. I also noticed that fewer people are booking Sunrise. And when the boat is not full, Sunrise will put you in another similar boat. You can book your ticket online or in-person.
Below are details of the fast boat schedule and price.
Sanur to Nusa Lembongan schedule: 9:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm
Nusa Lembongan to Sanur schedule: 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm
Duration: 30 minutes
Price: one way ($15USD)
Note: Price includes pick up and drop off. Pick up areas including Jimbaran Bawah, Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak, Tuban, and central Ubud. Pick up from other areas is available for an additional $5 or $10USD. They will also drop you off at your accommodation 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.
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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 Cenigan 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.
Map of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
There are many things to do on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. I included all the attractions on the map below.
What to do in 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.
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.
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.
What to do in Nusa Ceningan
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.
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.
Where to Eat in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
Pondok Baruna Warung
Pondok Baruna Warung serves the best Indonesian food at affordable prices. I tried one of the daily specials – a grilled pork belly with rice and vegetables. I also tried a house favourite which is a chicken curry. It is one of the best curries I’ve had in Indonesia.
The quaint little restaurant facing the water serves the best seafood dishes in Nusa Lembongan. Their grilled red snapper comes with rice and vegetables. And their grilled prawns are pretty good too!
The Deck Cafe & Bar
The Deck Cafe & Bar has the best view in Nusa Lembongan. Sit at one of the tables facing the water. Food and drinks can be 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.
Blue Corner Dive
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 while the sun sets.
The Island Ceningan
One of the best cafes along the beachfront in Nusa Ceningan. The cute cafe serves Indonesian dishes and other healthy alternatives. Enjoy the sun and food on one of the beanbag chairs or lounge chairs. While you are there, hang out on the hammock or one of the swings in the water. Don’t forget to take a photo of the swing for your Instagram!
Best places to Stay in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
Tigerlilly’s Boutique Hotel
If you want to stay in Nusa Lembongan and close to Jungutbatu beach, stay at Tigerlilly’s Boutique Hotel.
It is a boutique hotel where you can stay in a rustic and natural environment. The bungalows have a thatch roof made of grass, walls are made of a coconut palm, and other natural materials are used as well. The interior of each guest room has beautiful finishes and luxury touches. If you are on the second floor, it feels like you are living in a treehouse. A very luxurious treehouse!
The hotel has a swimming pool, and a restaurant serving the healthiest and tastiest food.
Check for the current rate and reviews on Agoda.
Le Pirate Beach Club
And if you want to stay in Nusa Ceningan, choose Le Pirate Beach Club as your accommodation for the night.
The eco-friendly hotel has two types of accommodation options: either a beach box (double bed) or bunk beds (a quad of bunk beds). Both options are set in the idyllic little white cottages with your hammock at the front of your bungalow and with turquoise water as the background. All rooms have a wall fan, air conditioner, private bathroom and daily housekeeping.
The hotel is popular as it is located on the beachfront. And it has a swimming pool and lounge chairs which are perfect for lazy afternoons. And the restaurant serves some of the best Indonesian dishes and western food as well.
Check for the current rate and reviews on Agoda.
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If you have an extra day, visit Nusa Penida
If you have an extra day on either island, 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.
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i've been to bali many times but i always stay in canggu for the most part. this time around, i left canggu! *gasp* and explored some of the smaller islands. i love the island vibe and the slow pace of life. roads are narrower, less busy and things just move at a slower pace. it is possible to tour both islands on the same way from bali. check out my latest blog post on how you can do a one day trip to both nusa lembongan and nusa ceningan. if you like turquoise water, sandy beaches and the relaxing island vibe, you wouldn't want to miss it! link it is bio
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Are you going to Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan as a day trip? The 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, staying for a few 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!
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