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5 Best Things To Do In Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan

Located about 12 miles off the southeast of Bali, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are two of a group of three islands known as the Nusa Islands.

Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are connected by a famous yellow bridge, making it easy to explore both islands during your visit.

These small islands are home to some amazing, naturally formed attractions, white sand beaches, beautiful blue waters, colourful coral reefs and coastal cliffs.

Here’s our top 5 best things to do in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.

1. Devil’s Tears

Devil’s Tears was the first stop of our Nusa Lembongan 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 most wild waves we’ve ever seen, it’s a pretty cool spot for photographers. Definitely one of the top things to do in Nusa Lembongan.

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 baffling, 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.

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One of the most popular things to do in Nusa Lembongan.
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It seems calm but the crash of the waves appear out of nowhere and it’s incredible to see.
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Devil’s Tears was definitely one of our favourite things to do in Nusa Lembongan.

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!

Also, perched on dramatic limestone cliffs above one of the dreamiest beaches on Nusa Lembongan are the Dream Beach Huts.

These wooden, laid-back Balinese-owned hideaways with traditional thatched roofs are perfectly suited to their surroundings of sun, sand and sea. They definitely feel infused with the carefree spirit of the island.

You can choose your sandy sanctuary from 28 bungalows that are inspired by traditional rice barns. Then just sit back and relax on your private terrace overlooking the tropical, turquoise sea.

If you’re looking for the perfect beach stay, then Dream Beach is your place.

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Our favourite beach in Nusa Lembongan Bali.
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The richest blues and purest sands at Dream Beach, Nusa Lembongan.

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 been well used over the years.

Consequently, in October 2016 the Yellow Bridge sadly collapsed. Eight people died from the collapse and many more were injured as the bridge gave way into shallow waters.

The Yellow Bridge has since been rebuilt and reopened in February 2017 following which it has been given the title ‘The Bridge of Love’. Although it’s still only wide enough for motorcycles and pedestrians.

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.

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The Yellow Love Bridge from Nusa Lembongan to Ceningan is a must see.
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This outstanding bridge has become quite iconic. Don’t forget to add it to your list of things to do in Nusa Lembongan.

4. Blue Lagoon

Located down in Nusa Ceningan, lies 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 feeling 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.

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THE bluest water in Nusa Ceningan.
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It wasn’t so busy when we visited Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan.
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Unreal views from this tranquil spot.
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The puppies we found on the way home!

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.

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Jump if you dare at Mahana Point Cliff Jump.
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A great day out if you’re a lover of jumping in the ocean.

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.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

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Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

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Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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5 Best Things To Do In Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan

Brett

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

Charlie Pauly

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)

Tindra

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???

Charlie Pauly

Sunday 1st of March 2020

Hey, we use a tripod to capture all of our photos and sometimes have to be a little patient.

Toni Santoso

Saturday 17th of November 2018

nice and interest article. enjoyed reading.