In the south of Bali are the 3 Nusas: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The last one is the smallest of the three and one day is enough to visit it and relax on its paradisiacal beaches.
How to get to Nusa Ceningan?
You can get there by fastboat, which usually leave from Sanur harbour. All places offer fastboats along with the transfer to the harbour.
The price is Rp. 250,000, $USD 18, per person (including transfer from the hotel to the port and the fastboat from Sanur to Nusa Ceningan).
The transfer takes about 4 hours in total, leaving very early in the morning and arriving at the island at about 10:30, ideal to start touring the island!
From Nusa Penida:
There are boats leaving from the harbour every half an hour and it takes 10-15 minutes to get there, the islands are very close to each other. The boat will drop you off at the yellow bridge on the Nusa Lembongan side, just cross the bridge and you will arrive on Nusa Ceningan.
The boat is $50,000 rupees ($USD 3.5).
How to get around the island?
Motorbike: The island is very small and ideal for touring by motorbike. The roads are in very good condition and there are almost no big climbs.
Walking: As we said the island is small and it is possible to walk around it, there are no big climbs either which makes it easy to walk.
What to do in Nusa Ceningan?
1. Yellow Bridge
The islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are connected by a bridge, the yellow bridge!
2. Relax in hammocks by the sea
On the way to Blue Lagoon you will see a lot of bars on the beach. Come in for a juice, sunbathe in the hammocks overlooking the sea and chill out!
This spot is also a great place to watch the sunset. When the sun is setting, choose the one you like the most and enjoy a beer while watching the sunset.
3. Blue Lagoon
For us, it was one of the most enjoyable spots on the island.
It is an inaccessible beach surrounded by cliffs where a kind of lagoon forms. The blue of the water is an amazing colour!
4. Mahana Point
A few steps from the Blue Lagoon is the famous "cliff jump" from where you can jump into the sea from different heights. When we went there the water was very rough and there were huge waves so it was not safe to jump.
So we took the opportunity to have lunch at the restaurant right there while watching the incredible waves forming.
5. Secret Beach
This beach with crystal clear waters can be seen from Mahana point. It is ideal for relaxing after lunch.
6. Snorkelling with Buddha Statues
On the island there are Buddha statues under the sea that can be seen by snorkelling. A tour is required to see them.
Where to stay ?
The island is very small, so any spot you decide on is going to be good.
We stayed at Yellow Bridge Guest House which is a few steps from the yellow bridge that connects the island of Nusa Ceningan with Nusa Lembongan. The attention was super good, the owner took us the motorbike to buy the fastboat ticket and helped us with everything we needed. The price per night in a private room was $USD 13.