- Blue Lagoon
- Seaweed cultivation
- Weekend trip
- Island life
- Trekking and hiking
- Laidback atmosphere
- Diving and snorkelling
Tiny Paradise next to Lembongan
Nusa Ceningan is a small island situated between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. The whole area of this island is only about 3 square kilometres, so you only need a few hours to explore several natural attractions here. Mostly tourists come to snorkel, dive or enjoy the beauty of Blue Lagoon and the seaweed cultivation.
Many things have changed in Nusa Ceningan within the last few years. To cater to the needs of tourists; several restaurants, villas, hotels and places to hang out have been built rapidly throughout many prime locations on the island. Before, tourists only visit Ceningan for a half-day tour and prefer staying in Lembongan as it has more choices of accommodation.
Nusa Ceningan Brief
Beaches near the yellow bridge is relatively safe for swimming, but Blue Lagoon is strictly forbidden for any watersports. There’s a surfing spot near Ceningan Reef, but it is only surfable when other breaks are too small.
Food options are relatively limited in this area. Still, you will find some nice little warungs cater mostly to tourists, as well as an increasing number of funky small restaurants serving high-quality international fare. In average it will cost you between USD 3,5 -7 for one person/ meal. Most places offer menus for vegetarians and vegans.
Some of the cafes/ bars or clubs by the beaches have live music shows at night. Some restaurants also have jazz, reggae or traditional music show once/ twice a week.
There is no direct boat trip to Ceningan Island, but most of the boat companies provide drop-off service to the yellow bridge. There are three recommended entry points that you can choose to reach Nusa Ceningan: #1 Sanur, Daily cruise from Sanur to Lembongan Island is started on 09:30, and the latest departure will be around 17:00. It will take 45 minutes boat trips, and the price is around Rp. 400.000/ person. #2 Benoa, Daily cruise from Benoa Harbour to Lembongan Island is started on 09:00; there will be only once departure daily, make sure you don’t miss it. It will take 30 minutes of boat trips, and the price is around Rp. 300.000/ person. #3 Serangan, Fast boat from Serangan to Lembongan Island is started on 08:30, and there will be only once departure daily, make sure you don’t miss it. It will take 45 minutes boat trips, and the price is around Rp. 260.000/ person.
You can explore the island by walking or riding a scooter that you can find in Nusa Lembongan.
Mid-range hotels, homestays, losmens are dominating the accommodation types on the island, which will cost you around USD 10-25 per night. 4 to 5 stars hotel/ villa are available starting from USD 120/ night. Please be noted, most of the accommodation doesn’t have access to fresh water, which mean the water in your bathroom will be saltwater. You may ask for mineral water bottle for brushing your teeth.
In this 3 square kilometres island, we can find some activities near touristic area Blue Lagoon and Yellow Bridge, some of the beach clubs on this island have similar atmosphere and awesomeness just like clubs in Canggu. Mangrove forest tour is also a popular activity in Nusa Ceningan. Imagine exploring the wildness of mangrove forest by kayaking on jukung (traditional boat) while looking at birds flying freely in the air it is a rare experience that you probably won’t be able to find in Kuta or Denpasar.
Nusa Ceningan is a part of Bali-Indonesia, a developing country, which means that social security and health care, environmental conservation, infrastructure, education are still not the best in the world. We believe that every visitor can support a more sustainable form of tourism, by not only spending money here but spending responsibly, rewarding the businesses that are concerned about Ceningan, its environment and its people. It’s always our choice whether we are part of the problem or part of the solution.
Numbers of health facilities are very limited. Mostly are only small clinics serving locals. If you have a health issue during your stay in Nusa Ceningan, you can head to Lembongan to find doctor or pharmacies; but if it’s something serious you most likely need to go back to Bali main island. It is also recommended to bring enough basic medication for your stay in Ceningan.