ABOUT NUSA CENINGAN
Nusa Ceningan is the smallest of the Nusas and is a haven of peace and tranquility. This island has only 3 square kilometers that can be covered in a couple of hours if you go by motorcycle or a little more if you cross walking from its neighboring island, Nusa Lembongan.
Although it is a tiny island, Nusa Ceningan has some absolutely stunning natural spots. In this article you will find a list of the best places to see in Nusa Ceningan and a map to locate them.
HOW TO GET TO NUSA CENINGAN
Every day there are both public and speed boats going from the ports of Serangan, Sanur and Padangbai to Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan. To get to Nusa Ceningan, you will have to take a boat to Nusa Lembongan and from there cross the yellow bridge by motorbike, bike or walk. There are accommodations in Nusa Ceningan that also offer the option of pick-up by small boats.
As it is situated near Bali, the boat trip to Nusa Lembongan takes approximately 30 minutes by fast boat. The price is between 125,000 IDR and 300,000 IDR (€7.5 – €18) per trip, depending on the company and the port of departure. Check the schedule and prices on the 12go.asia website.
From Nusa Penida
From the Toya Pakeh port in Nusa Penida there are boats leaving every day for Nusa Lembongan. These boats do not have fixed schedules but leave as soon as they are full. In Nusa Lembongan, the boats stop next to the yellow bridge for the descent of passengers and from there you only have to cross the bridge.
The trip between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan takes between 10 and 15 minutes and the price of the ticket is 60.000 IDR (less than €4) per trip. Check the schedule and prices on the 12go.asia website.
From Nusa Lembongan
As we mentioned, to go from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan you just have to cross the yellow bridge. This bridge can be crossed by foot, by bike or by motorcycle.
WHAT TO SEE IN NUSA CENINGAN
Blue Lagoon is one of the best known places in Nusa Ceningan and certainly one of the most spectacular. This lagoon is almost completely surrounded by cliffs, with the ocean water entering only through a small opening.
The color of the water of Blue Lagoon is an impressive light turquoise, it seems that here they have mixed milk with turquoise ink. If you visit Nusa Ceningan, Blue Lagoon is a unique place that you cannot miss.
Secret Beach is a beach that has a bit of sand and a bit of rocks and coral. At Secret Beach the water is crystal clear and this is a good place to snorkel on days when the ocean is calm.
If you arrive at Secret Beach on a day with a lot of waves, the best thing to do is to take a walk along the shore and have a drink with a view of the sea at the bar on the beach. From Secret Beach you can see some of the beaches of Nusa Penida from the distance.
Mahana Point is located in the southeast of Nusa Ceningan and is a very famous spot for surfers and also for a very popular activity to do in the Nusa Islands, the “cliff jump”. At Mahana Point there are two platforms from which you can jump, one 5 meters and one 10 meters and the water is deep enough to make these jumps.
To jump from these platforms you will have to pay 25,000 – 50,000 IDR (€1.5 – 3) depending on the height. If you like adrenaline, the cliff jump can be an activity to do on your visit to Nusa Ceningan. We recommend that you do it with maximum caution and that you are aware of your limits.
If you want to practice surfing, in the area you can rent a board for 70.000 IDR (less than €5). At Mahana Point there can be strong currents, so this site is only recommended for more experienced surfers.
Secret Point Beach
Secret Point Beach is another beach in Nusa Ceningan and although the name is very similar, it is not the same beach as Secret Beach. Secret Point Beach is very close to Mahana Point and is a small beach with white sand, turquoise water and surrounded by vegetation.
To reach this paradise beach you will have to go down some stairs that reach the same sand. In Secret Point Beach, the waves are not as strong as in Mahana Point, but it is also a place known among surfers. Secret Point Beach is hidden under a resort and very few people go there, so if you’re lucky you might find it empty.
Although Nusa Ceningan is a very small island, like Bali and its neighbors Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, it is a Hindu island and therefore you can find some temples here as well. Lebaoh Temple is a small one located on a cliff near the sea.
This temple is very sacred to the locals and is dedicated to the Balinese goddess Ida Ratu Niang Lingsir, whose statue you can see inside the temple. Lebaoh temple is surrounded by a very peaceful environment and is ideal for the practice of yoga or meditation.
Like the famous underwater statues of Gili Meno, the Buddha Statues of Nusa Ceningan are also well known among travellers who visit this little paradise. To get to the Buddha statues you have to book a snorkelling tour as you have to travel by boat.
In this curious place there are several Buddha statues of different sizes and some miniatures of the stupas of the Borobudur temple in Java. Being a place with certain fame, it is very likely that it is full of people who go on snorkelling tours as well.
The ideal time to see them quietly and take some pictures is from the time a boat leaves until the next one arrives.
WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA CENINGAN
Being such a small island, Nusa Ceningan does not have a large number of accommodations, but there is plenty of variety. You can find from simple guest houses to luxury resorts at very affordable prices.
WHERE TO EAT IN NUSA CENINGAN
Most of the restaurants and cafes in Nusa Ceningan are located on the beachfront, in front of the neighbouring island of Nusa Lembongan. Here you can find a variety of very modern and beautiful restaurants and cafes.
WHAT TO DO IN NUSA CENINGAN
The most outstanding activities you can do in Nusa Ceningan are water sports like snorkelling, diving or surfing. If you have more time you can visit the neighbouring islands, Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan or even take a boat to the Gili Islands.