You’ll find the top 5 best things to do in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan here, after we narrowed it down from our fun-packed trip.
1. Devil’s Tears
Devil’s Tears was the first stop of our Nusa Lembongan Bali tour.
The rightfully earned name ‘Devil’s Tears’ comes from Mother Nature’s raw power of the ocean crashing, so violently against the sub-merged bays in the cliffs of Lembongan.
Then, after the crash of the waves against the rocks, you see dozens of mini waterfalls cascading down back into the ocean.
We arrived early in the morning and it definitely set us up for a full day of exploring Lembongan.
Offering panorama views of the coast line and some of the craziest waves we’ve ever seen, it’s a pretty cool spot for photographers. Definitely one of the top things to do in Nusa Lembongan Bali.
If you like things booked in advance, the Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan Island Tour takes in Devil’s Tears as well as other top attractions.
Massive waves break into a narrow bay of limestone cliffs on the Eastern shore of Nusa Lembongan, producing a dramatic swash with an eery, thundering sound.
The outcrop sucks the water in before it explodes out with a boom, creating the tears of the devil.
Not only does it make the devil cry but the spray also creates a rainbow on many occasions. The ocean spray dampens everything on the shore.
But be warned, don’t stand too close to the edge as it can be very dangerous.
It sounds crazy, but when we were there we saw a tourist get knocked clean off her feet by a huge wave crashing over the edge!
There have been occasions where tourists have been swept in too. Stay very aware of your surroundings when you’re there.
2. Dream Beach
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 beach to see what all the fuss was about. And it didn’t disappoint!
With restaurants at the top, and an accompanying infinity pool over looking the beautiful white sand beach, this is definitely a hot spot for some down time whilst in the Nusa Islands.
The beach is clean and the water is clear. The infinity pool restaurant charges 50,000 IDR to use the pool. Or you can head down the steps and laze on the sand for free.
The waves aren’t too harsh so it’s great for cooling off in the water as a break from exploring the island. We just wish we could have spent a little longer there!
Perched on dramatic limestone cliffs above one of the dreamiest beaches on Nusa Lembongan are the Dream Beach Huts.
They are a laid-back Balinese-owned hideaway made of sun, sand and sea, and are infused with the carefree spirit of the island.
You can choose your sandy sanctuary from 28 thatched-roof bungalows inspired by traditional rice barns, relax on your private terrace overlooking lush, tropical, turquoise sea.
If you’re looking for a beach stay overlooking, then Dream Beach is your place.
3. Yellow Bridge
The iconic Yellow Bridge connecting Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan is something you definitely cannot miss.
Being the only connection between the two islands, the bridge had gone through too much strain over the years.
In October 2016, The Yellow Bridge sadly collapsed. 8 people died from the collapse and 42 were treated as the bridge gave way into shallow waters.
The Yellow Bridge has since been rebuilt, in February 2017, and been given the worthy title ‘The Bridge of Love’. Although is still only wide enough for motorcycles and pedestrians.
Also, if you are looking to catch a ferry to Nusa Penida, the boat launch for those ferries are right below the bridge, with motorbike parking available. Be careful driving, as many pedestrians use this bridge as well.
You’ll no doubt cross the bridge if you are heading from Lembongan to Ceningan or vice versa. Also, if you get the chance to catch it at night, the bridge lights up in a beautiful array of colours.
Many tourists go to pay their respects and take photos of the brightly coloured landmark. The yellow coloured bridge has certainly added to the beauty of the islands.
A visit to this iconic bridge is included in the Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan Island Tour.
4. Blue Lagoon
Located down in Nusa Ceningan, lays one of the most photographed places of all three Nusa islands – the incredible Blue Lagoon!
This hidden gem is also included in the Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan Island Tour.
There’s a tiny sign and no real car park leading to the Blue Lagoon 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!
The cliff edges and rock formations make for an awesome setting to sit and watch the waves crash. Or if you’re feelings super brave you can head over the other side for a spot of cliff jumping! Please be sure to check for high tide though and know your limits.
We arrived at low tide so we weren’t able to fly into the water. Although even still, the walk around the cove is beautiful and surprisingly not too over populated with people.
If you’re lucky, you might even find some puppies on the way home from the Blue Lagoon. We found a bunch of four pups playing around in a locals garden and we couldn’t help but stop and get a photo.
If you’re on the hunt for cliff jumping in Bali, then the Blue Lagoon is your spot. Be sure to add it to your list of things to do in Nusa Ceningan.
Not forgetting Mahana Point Cliff Jump, where you also have the opportunity to fling yourself off a cliff. Even better, you can chill at the cafe and grab a drink with a sunset view.
5. Mahana Point Cliff Jump
Mahana Point Cliff Jump is just a minute away from the Blue Lagoon, and is the ultimate spot for adrenaline junkies on Nusa Ceningan Island. This unique spot 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.
The restaurant and bar offers cliff jumps with proper platforms, a ladder to climb back up and of course food and drinks.
There are two jumping platforms. The higher 10m jump for 50,000 IDR and the lower jump 5m for 25,000 IDR. Prices are charged per person, per jump.
This hipster spot is popular from sunset drinks, surfers and cliff jumpers.
Unfortunately, just like The Blue Lagoon, we visited too late in the day and the low tide prevented us from cliff jumping. Although the views from the top of Mahana Point were still worth the trip.
Just as sun was setting we hung around to snap some surfers heading out into the waves. The music and graffiti’d wall art made for one of the coolest settings on Ceningan.
Where To Stay In Nusa Lembongan
Luxury – The Acala Lembongan
Set in Nusa Lembongan, The Acala Shri Sedana is 1.2 miles from Mushroom Bay.
Among the various facilities are an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, as well as a terrace.
Guests can enjoy a selection of Asian dishes in the in-house restaurant.
The property offers free scheduled shuttle service to Yellow Bridge, Mushroom Bay, and Jungut Batu.
All guest rooms at the hotel come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries. Some rooms have a balcony, however all feature air conditioning and a desk.
Mid-Budget – Bali Nusa Villa
Bali Nusa Cottage is located in Lembongan, 100 yards from Mushroom Bay and 0.6 miles from The Sandy Beach Club.
Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Every room comes with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Some units feature views of the pool or garden.
Every room comes with a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower.
There is also luggage storage space at the property.
Budget – Pandan Wangi
Located in Lembongan, 350 yards from Blue Corner, Pandan Wangi features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking.
Some rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Some rooms come with a terrace or balcony. However, every room comes with a private bathroom.
Pandan Wangi features free WiFi and there is a free shuttle service at the property.
The staff can also arrange scooter rental and snorkelling tours with additional charges. Bike hire is available at this homestay and the area is popular for snorkelling.
For more places to stay in Nusa Lembongan, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.
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Wednesday 15th of February 2023
Hi Charlie, Great travel report on Nusa Lembongaw & Nusa Ceningan,
My Wife and I are staying at Sanur in August and thought this would be a good day trip. What is the easiest way to get there and would you say ridding a scooter is safe on the islands. Than k s Brett
Wednesday 15th of February 2023
Hey mate, thanks for the feedback. Definitely riding a scooter is the easiest/fastest way to get there and is very safe down in the south of Bali. Otherwise renting a driver for the day from your accommodation or using GoJek app (which is like Uber)
Thursday 27th of February 2020
Was it just you and your boyfriend there? I'm wondering how could you get soo many photos of you both, did you ask people to take photos of you or???
Sunday 1st of March 2020
Hey, we use a tripod to capture all of our photos and sometimes have to be a little patient.
Saturday 17th of November 2018
nice and interest article. enjoyed reading.