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Nusa Ceningan Bali: 8 Epic Things to do

by Steph

Nestled between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, Bali is often overlooked since it’s not as popular as the neighboring Nusa Islands, which means that it’s not overrun by tourists, yet.  

Nusa Ceningan has the most spectacular landscapes with some pretty awesome cliff jumping opportunities. As soon as you set foot on this tiny island, you’ll be amazed by what Nusa Ceningan has to offer! 

From spectacular viewpoints to the bluest water you’ll ever see, here are 8 best things to do in Nusa Ceningan Bali!

Secret beach viewpoint on nusa ceningan bali
Visiting Secret beach viewpoint is one of the best things to do in Nusa Ceningan, Bali

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HOW TO GET TO NUSA CENINGAN?

To get from Bali to Nusa Ceningan, you first need to take a high-speed ferry from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan. From there, you just have to cross the yellow bridge to get to Nusa Ceningan. Head over to my Nusa Lembongan travel guide for more information about that. 

If you’re coming from Nusa Penida, you can take a boat for about IDR 50k (US$ 3.50). The boat will then drop you off at the yellow bridge.

Once you’re on the island, I recommend renting a motorbike which should cost about IDR 70k (US$ 5). Alternatively, you can get around Nusa Ceningan on foot since it’s fairly walkable.

palm trees on nusa ceningan bali

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8 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN NUSA CENINGAN

For those traveling to Nusa Ceningan and wondering what to do, here are 8 epic things to do on the island!

NUSA CENINGAN YELLOW BRIDGE

One of the best things to do in Nusa Ceningan is visiting the famous Yellow Bridge. The yellow bridge is the island’s most iconic landmark that connects Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan and by far, the most popular photo spot on the island. 

In 2016, the bridge collapsed during a religious ceremony and killed about 8 people, and injured several others. They have now rebuilt the bridge, but it’s only wide enough for motorbikes and pedestrians to go through.

yellow bridge separating nusa ceningan from nusa lembongan
The Yellow Bridge

CENINGAN CLIFF RESTAURANT AND VIEWPOINT

If you’re on the hunt for the best views in Nusa Ceningan, you’ll be served at Ceningan Cliff. The roads leading there are extremely bumpy but the view is absolutely worth it! 

Honestly, the food isn’t the best but the panoramic view over Nusa Penida should be enough reason for you to visit.

Girl siting on a wooden bridge at ceningan cliff restaurant
Crazy views over Nusa Penida!

There are two swings and a makeshift bridge where you can get some cool Instagram photos! You’ll also find stairs along the cliff that lead down to the ocean.  

swings at ceningan cliff restaurant bali
Just hang on a swing at Ceningan Cliff Restaurant and enjoy the view!

BLUE LAGOON

The Blue Lagoon is the most scenic bay in Nusa Ceningan with strong waves crashing against the cliffs creating a white foam over the electric blue water. 

The main section is very popular but if you take the path on the right, you’ll find a secluded area overlooking the ocean. 

There are also a few cliff jumping spots on the left side of the lagoon.

blue lagoon - things to do in nusa ceningan
Can’t get enough of Nusa Ceningan’s cliffside views at the Blue Lagoon!

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SECRET BEACH NUSA CENINGAN

Secret Point Beach is a private beach own by Villa Trevally. If you want to visit the beach, you’ll have to spend money at the hotel by buying a drink or eating lunch there. The beach itself a bit rocky and thus not that great for swimming.  

If you want to save some cash, keep going along the main road towards the southernmost point of Nusa Ceningan. The road leading there is in really bad condition, so you might need to get down and push your motorbike.

On your left, you’ll find a little path in between the jungle that leads to a bird’s eye view of the beach.

view of secret point beach on nusa ceningan guide
Secret Point Beach viewpoint

THE OLD TREE AT NUSA CENINGAN

Within the same area as the Secret Beach viewpoint, you’ll find a tree with a little swing which is the perfect photo spot. 

The “Old Tree” definitely offers the best vantage point to watch the waves crash against the cliffs. If you visit on a clear day, you’ll also be able to spot Mount Agung in the distance.

Old tree with swing at Nusa Ceningan Bali
Old Tree at Nusa Ceningan

MAHANA POINT CLIFF JUMP

For any thrill-seeker looking for some epic cliff jumping opportunities, head over to Mahana Point Warung and Bar found a few meters from the Blue Lagoon.

You’ll know that you’re in the right place when you see the graffitied wall in the photo below. Keep in mind that they do charge a fee of IDR 50k (US$ 3.50) for the 10-meter jump and IDR 25k (US$ 1.75) for the 6-meter one.

You can also rent surfboards from the restaurant owner if you want to catch some waves. 

Mahana point Nusa Ceningan things to do
Mahana Point

ABYSS ZIPLINE AT DRIFTWOOD BAR

For a quick adrenaline rush, you can go on the zipline at Driftwood Bar. Although the zipline is quite short, it costs only IDR 100k (US$ 7) which is a steal considering you get to zipline over the ocean with one of the most epic views on the island.  

Tip: If you eat lunch at the restaurant, you can enjoy the pool for free!

LE PIRATE BEACH CLUB

Le Pirate Beach Club is truly a photographer’s dream. Each bungalow has a cute hammock where you can just lie down and enjoy a view of the ocean. 

The hotel has a nice pool overlooking the ocean and serves some of the best dishes. I had a burger and a watermelon smoothie which tasted amazing! It’s definitely a must-visit in Nusa Ceningan!

WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA CENINGAN?

Candy Hostel Ceningan 

This new hostel in Nusa Ceningan has clean and modern dorm rooms that can accommodate up to eight people for only US$ 6 per bed, including breakfast! Candy Hostel is located less than a 10 minutes’ walk from the Blue Lagoon and Secret Beach. 

Check prices and availability for Candy Hostel Ceningan here

Ceningan Inn 

If you’re looking for a budget place to stay, take a look at Ceningan Inn. The hotel has both dorm and private rooms starting from US$ 7 and US$ 14 respectively and even has a pool! 

Check prices and availability for Ceningan Inn here

waves and cliffside views bali

Maha Guru Huts  

Maha Guru Huts features clean and spacious rooms with a balcony and a swimming pool. There are only a few bungalows on the property, thus ensuring a quiet night’s sleep. Prices start from US$ 21 for a double room without breakfast or US$ 25 including breakfast.

Check prices and availability for Maha Guru Huts here

Sunset House Ceningan  

The Sunset House Ceningan is located just a few minutes’ walk from the yellow bridge and a wide selection of restaurants. The hotel has an infinity pool with a view over the ocean, perfect for watching the sunset. Prices start from US$ 25 for a double room with a sea view, inclusive of breakfast.

Check prices and availability for Sunset House Ceningan here


I hope you found this guide to the best things to do in Nusa Ceningan helpful and if you have any questions, just comment below.

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2 comments

Ann (travelgirlto) August 17, 2019 - 5:04 pm

Looks lovely. I’ll be in Bali in Jan and will have to check this place out!

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Steph August 17, 2019 - 9:17 pm

Definitely do! Nusa Ceningan is one of my favorite places in Bali! I hope you’ll have a great trip 🙂

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