You are tempted by a little gateway in the Nusa Islands but don’t really know what to expect ? This article is for you. As I already did a Nusa Penida Complete Guide here, this article will be exclusively dedicated to its two neighbors : Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan.
Before diving right into the 5 best spots, here are some useful informations. If you’re in Bali, you can take a boat from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan harbor for 2OOk. A lot of different companies do this road every morning so you won’t struggle to find one in the early morning. For the accommodation, it’s better to stay in the south so everything will be cycling distance ! Cheaper and better for the environment. Renting a bike is as cheap as 40k per day and it gives you an amazing freedom.
For your stay, I couldn’t recommend more Gunung Hostel. For approximately 4e, you get a great bed, a very good looking swimming pool, a yummy breakfast and nice people who can even pick you up when you arrive and rent you a bike !
Now that you know everything, let’s jump into it. What are the best things to do in the two Nusa Islands ? The 3 first spots are on Nusa Lembongan and the 2 last ones, on Nusa Lembongan.
A bunch of snorkelling tours are offered all around the Island. They’ll usually take you to 4 spots : Manta Point, Crystal Bay, Gamat Bay and Mangrove Point. All that for 250k with Nusa Paradise Adventure ! You’ll get to swim with the well known majestic giants, the ray mantas, and with a lot of colorful pisces. The only thing is that you have to keep in mind that YOU are the one visiting their underwater world and not the opposite. Respect them and their environment, don’t chase the animals or go too close and don’t touch anything !! Coral dies as soon as it’s touched, which has terrible consequences for the eco system. But as long as you’re being respectful, it’ll be a once in a lifetime experience and you’ll always cherish those memories. The ray mantas are incredibly big creatures and seeing them move like this in the water is magical. If you want more informations, I wrote a complete manta rays guide for my travel agency Bali Passion here.
There are a lot of beautiful beaches in the Nusa. My favourite one is Dream Beach, the vibe there is really chill, the sand is white and soft, you can get in the water and there are a few great restaurants to fill your stomach or have a drink after a swim.
My favourite spot of the Nusa and one of the highlights of all my Indonesian trips… This place is absolutely unreal. I recommend going there at golden hour to really enjoy it as long as you can. It’s a mix of water puddles in front of the sea with sky reflections, breathtaking waterblows because of how powerful the waves are and the most incredible billabong I had ever seen. When the waves crash on the cliffs, they enter two holes and some smoke come out of them. It’s safe to say that I was blown away by this place !
Nusa Ceningan is reliable by a cute as hell Yellow Bridge. I believe it’s the only way to get to Nusa Ceningan for tourists. You can either drive or walk on it. It seems old but don’t worry, it can carry a lot of people.
The Blue Lagoon of Nusa Ceningan is a 10 minutes drive from the Yellow Bridge. It is definitely worth visiting as the water is SO blue and the waves are really powerful. For the most adventurous, there’s a jump spot from the restaurant. To be honest, the hardest part is not to jump but to swim in the waves afterwards. But even if you’re not jumping, the view is mad.
Enjoy your Nusa Adventures !