Top things to do on Nusa Ceningan – a 2020 guide
Nusa Ceningan is small but mighty. The geographical baby of the Nusa islands found just off the coast of Bali, yet still with its own collection of stunning natural wonders that make it well worth a visit. Due to its size, you can explore most of the island in a day – and these are the seven top things to do on Nusa Ceningan that you shouldn’t miss when there.
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The Yellow Bridge
If you’re heading across to Nusa Ceningan from Nusa Lembongan, you’ll tick this landmark off your list as it’s your point of passage. Following the collapse of the original bridge in 2016, a new bright, shiny and yellow one was built. It connects these two neighbouring islands making super easy to travel between the two. The bridge’s jolly colour also makes it rather photogenic so it’s worth taking a trip there to snap some pics even if you’re just staying on Ceningan.
Secret Beach at Nusa Ceningan
Another top things to do on Nusa Ceningan is to pay a visit to the Secret Beach. Although it’s probably one of the worst kept secrets on the island, it is still very idyllic. The beach is clear and shallow waters make it perfect for swimming, and its sandy shore is great for relaxing on with trees to shelter you from the sun.
Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan
The Nusa islands were surrounded by some of the most beautiful blue and turquoise water I’d ever seen. And the Blue Lagoon, like its name suggests, was no exception to this. Here, high rocky cliff tops curve round to form a basin of crashing waves and a beach below. Although there’s no access to the beach, you can still walk down to some of the lower rocks and find a peaceful spot to watch the ocean swirling below.
Sea Breeze Nusa Ceningan Pool & Bar
This little restaurant & bar on the north side of the island is just the spot for some R&R. Stop off and enjoy some Balinese fare, or sip on cocktails in the pool. Or for the ultimate relaxation experience, there’s even several swings and hammocks in the sea just beyond the bar you can chill out on during low tide.
Nusa Ceningan’s Mahana Point
If cliff jumping is your thing then make sure to add Mahana Point to your top places to go on Nusa Ceningan. There are two points to choose from – a 10-metre jump and 5-metre jump. These cost 50,000 rupiahs and 25,000 rupiahs respectively. The jump points are just around the corner from Secret Beach so the water is calm and it’s easy to climb out. If you don’t want to join in the jumping, sit back with a drink in the adjoining restaurant and watch everyone else!
The seaweed farm
Situated in shallow waters between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan is extensive seaweed farm. Although this might not be first on the list of top things to do on Nusa Ceningan, the farm does make an interesting photography subject, particularly if you have a drone.
How to get to Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Lembongan: Just walk or drive to the Yellow Bridge where you can cross over the Nusa Ceningan side.
Nusa Penida: Take a boat from Nusa Penida’s harbour to the base of the Yellow Bridge on the Lembongan side. Then all you need to do is walk across.
Bali: Take a fast boat from Sanur Beach to Nusa Lembongan. Once you’re there, hop on a scooter and head to the Yellow Bridge to cross over.
How to get around Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Ceningan is the smallest of the three Nusa islands so it is possible to walk around the island. However, if you want to make the most of your time there, it’s best to hire a scooter. Unlike some of the other islands roads’, the main road on the Nusa Ceningan is both well built and maintained.
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