Finally I’m able to share with you my experience with those beautiful islands. This is our second visit to Bali and this time we decided to go beyond the well known Paradise Island and explore some more of the places surrounding it.
We heard about Nusa Islands and how close they’re to the “Main Land” so we made a decision that it’s time to visit them. And that was the best choice ever.
How To Get to Nusa Lembongan / Nusa Ceningan
To go to Nusa Islands you should take a boat from Sanur Harbor to Nusa Lembongan. You can get a taxi from the place you’re staying – from Ubud it’s a 2-hour drive to Sanur, from Kuta about 1-hour, from Canggu about 1.5-hour, it really depends on the traffic. Then with the boat from Sanur Harbor it’s only about 25-minutes ride. When you arrive on Nusa Lembongan you can get a taxi to your stay. It’s super easy!
Please make sure to check the boat shedules from Bally-Ferry Company Website here before you go.
How to get around the Islands
Nusa Ceningan and Lembongan are connected via the well-known yellow sunspention bridge which is wide enough to be crossed with a motorbike, but not enough wide for a car. To explore both of the islands 1 day is completely enough, but depending on what you’re up to I suggest you to stay for 1-2 or 3 nights and get the maximum from the experiences the islands can offer you.
We stayed in Nusa Ceningan at a lovely local villa called D’reborn Guest House so when we arrived with the boat in Nusa Lembongan we were picked with a taxi to the Yellow Bridge and we had to cross the bridge by walking which was easy as the distance is really short. When we arrived on the other side already on Nusa Ceningan land we were warmly welcomed by a group of locals asking us where we’re staying.
We were lucky enough to meet our host, who was also waiting there with his motorbike, because he expected us to arrive that day and wanted to help us with the transportation. Then he called his wife – she came with a motorbike so they let us drive it after them, and they picked our luggage on the other motorbike and brought it to the villa. That was really unexpected and so nice from them!
What to do in Nusa Ceningan& Nusa Lembongan Islands
First thing we done after checking in at our villa was to rent a motorbike from the sam fe place. The price was 3 $ for a day which is really a good deal. So we followed our hostst advices and recommendations and decided to first explore Nusa Lembongan and then to watch the sunset at Nusa Ceningan.
1. Visit Devil’s Tear
We headed straight to the first spot – called The Devil’s Tear which was about 15-minute ride from our place, through the Yellow Bridge and it was super easy to find because there were signs almost everywhere leading to that place. That is my favorite spot in the island and I really recommend visiting. But next time I will make sure to go see the sunset from there because it should be incredible.
Devil’s Tear is a magically beautiful place shaped by the nature and what makes it really special is in the name. Waves are coming and crashing into the cove and then like a blowhole are coming spitting out with such force they’re blowing a mist of “tears” up into the air. Not only does it make the devil cry but the water spray also creates a rainbow on many occasions. It is so incredibly beautiful! This location gets a bit crouded from tourists but it really worth visiting.
2. Relax at one of many beaches
After about 1-2 hours spent on Devil’s Tear Zhivko and I thought it’s time to refresh ourselves on the beach. And the Dream Beach met all of our expectations. It was a very dreamy beach indeed. We had a great time swimming in the decent shore break waves, we lied under the warm sun and we had a coconut, of course. The perfect place to hang out for the day with a good access to drinks and food.
We didn’t visited that beach because we had only 1 night at Nusa’s Islands but next time we make sure to do! What I saw on photos is something really incredible. Just google it and you will see.
Another must visit beach that is perfect for spending your they at with some refreshing coconuts. It’s near the Devil’s Tear and it’s one of the best places to watch the sunset on Nusa Lembongan but it can also get very busy.
3. Visit Blue Lagoon
After this long day of exploring Nusa Lembongan we got back to Nusa Ceningan just in time to watch the sunset from Blue Lagoon – a rocky cove of the brightest blue water I’ve ever seen. We saw a big Manta Ray from the top which was so incredible and that was my first time seeing a manta ever! And it was beautiful!
We enjoyed the crystal clear blue waters from above for few minutes and then decided to go explore arround taking the right way through the cliffs. Then we arrived at the perfect point to watch the most incredible sunset.
4. So Many Other Things To Do
So that was pretty everything from our experience in Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan Islands and everything I wrote about is quite enough for a full day of adventures around the islands. And that was all we did for our 1 day spent there, but there’s so much more to do for at least 1 or 2 more days. Like paddle boarding throught the Mangrove Forest, cliff jumping, snorkeling or diving with manta rays as the islands are full of manta rays points and you can take a boat ride and dive in the water and let yourself be amazed by those incredible creatures. We just wanted to spend more time at Nusa Penida so the day after we took a public transport boat early in the morning from the Yellow Bridge to Nusa Penida and spent 3 days there.
But you can also take a one day trip to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan and stay more time at the islands. In my opinion it is much better to spend at least 1 or even 2 nights at Nusa Penida as it is my favorite Bali Island and I felt like in Paradise there. I really recommend visiting. And Zhivko and I aren’t exactly the tourist type travellers, so when we have this opportunity we like to go to the places by ourselves, rent a scooter and explore the place by our own with the google map in hand and with lot’s of passion and love.
Where To Stay in Nusa Ceningan & Nusa Lembongan Island
So I hope this little Island guide will help you and you will visit those 2 magnificent islands on your next trip to Bali. If you have any questions please leave your comments bellow. If you also have any other experiences to share, please feel free to do so!
You will find out what to do in Nusa Penida in my next article. So stay tuned, and see ya soon!