We spent a weekend exploring the Nusa Islands and came back to share the knowledge. From the top things to do in Nusa Lembongan Bali to all things to do in Nusa Ceningan and how to get around them. Here’s our ultimate guide to the smaller of the Nusa islands.
How To Get To Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan
Travelling From Bali To Nusa Lembongan – Fast Boat To Lembongan Bali
From Bali you can grab a fast boat from Sanur harbour directly to Nusa Lembongan. There are many competing touts and they charge around 150,000 IDR one way or 250,000 IDR for a return ticket.
On the fast boat to Lembongan it takes roughly 30 minutes to get from Bali to Nusa Lembongan, and is a smooth enough ride depending on the weather.
To cross over to Nusa Ceningan there’s only one option – the big Yellow Bridge!
Getting Around Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan
If you’re travelling over from Bali you’ll most likely arrive at Mushroom Beach ferry port in Nusa Lembongan Bali. From here you can grab a scooter for around 70,000 IDR per day. Or barter with the local taxi drivers to take you around the islands.
Everywhere on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan is reachable within a one hour drive. So renting a scooter for the duration of your stay and exploring on two wheels is definitely the easiest option.
We covered all of the things to do on Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan in just a single day!
How To Get From Nusa Lembongan To Nusa Penida
To get from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida, the only option is to catch a fast boat from the famous Yellow Bridge!
It takes around 10 minutes by speed boat and costs as follows:
75,000 IDR for 2 people
50,000 IDR for 4 people +
We made the mistake of heading to Mushroom Beach the morning we aimed to leave Lembongan and had to pay for a taxi transfer down to the Yellow Bridge. Learn from our mistakes!
Top Things To Do In Nusa Lembongan & Things To Do In Nusa Ceningan
Devil’s Tears was the first stop of our Nusa Lembongan Bali tour.
We arrived early in the morning and it definitely set us up for a full day of exploring Lembongan. With some of the craziest waves we’d ever seen, and a pretty cool spot for photographers, it’s definitely one of the top things to do in Nusa Lembongan Bali.
With only a day to hit up all of the top spots in Nusa Lembongan we didn’t have time to go on a beach crawl.
Although with Dream Beach being the most popular stretch of sand on the island, we swung by to check out the highly rated Nusa Lembongan Bali beach to see what all the fuss was about. And it didn’t disappoint!
Since the famous Yellow Bridge connecting Lembongan and Ceningan collapsed in October 2016 it has been rebuilt and renamed ‘The Bridge Of Love’.
With many tourists coming to pay their respects and take photos of the brightly coloured landmark, we had to cross over it to get to Nusa Ceningan, so stopped to check it out.
There’s a tiny sign and no real car park leading to the Blue Lagoon Bali lookout. Although after walking through a small dirt track and passing a few palm trees, we arrived at the bluest water we’d ever seen!
If you’re on the hunt for cliff jumping in Bali, then the Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan is your spot. Be sure to add it to your things to do in Nusa Ceningan list.
Mahana Point Cliff Jump
The ultimate spot for adrenaline junkies on Nusa Ceningan Island. Mahana Point Cliff Jump is a bar come restaurant with a difference.
The difference being a 10m diving board attached to the side of the bar. So if you’re looking for a place to fling yourself off into the Bali Sea then you’ll love this spot. Don’t leave without completing this things to do in Nusa Ceningan MUST!
Luxury – The Acala Lembongan – Newly opened, we were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful Acala hotel and wake up to the amazing sunrise views over looking the infinity pool.
Mid-Budget – Bali Nusa Villa – Conveniently located just around the corner from Mushroom Beach, Bali Nusa Villa has great ratings as well a great location. The cottages come with A/C, breakfast and back onto a beautiful modern pool.
Backpacker – Pandan Wangi – Located in the north of the island and possibly the cheapest accommodation you’ll find on Lembongan.
For other accommodation on Nusa Lembongan you can check the latest prices here.
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