Nusa Ceningan is the smallest of the three Nusa Islands and a popular destination for tourists just off the southeast coast of Bali. This laidback little island is the perfect spot for chill island vibes and adventure. Think surfing, cliff jumping and snorkeling galore!
If Nusa Ceningan is on your bucket list, we’ve put together this helpful guide to 8 fun things to do while you’re on the island, as well as how to get there and which tours to book.
Best time to visit Nusa Ceningan
Bali is the last place you want to be during the rainy season, so you’ll want to time your trip to Nusa Dua with dry season, which is from April to October. You can try your luck with the shoulder months of March and November for fewer tourists, but you may still cop some rainy days.
If you’re wanting to surf, you can check the Nusa Ceningan surf report here.
How to get to Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Ceningan is the smallest of three Nusa islands. We stayed on Nusa Penida and visited Nusa Ceningan as part of an island hopping tour with Island Time Bali. If you have the time to spend a few days exploring the islands, then we’d recommend this.
If you’re short on time another alternative is to book an 8-hour day trip tour on GetYourGuide, departing from Sanur port on mainland Bali. The trip includes both Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan islands with stops at all the major destinations.
Of course, you can always do a DIY tour around Nusa Ceningan. It’s a car-free island so you’ll need to rent a scooter or walk. The island is very small – only an hour’s walk from top to bottom.
Nusa Penida Tours
If you’re interested in having your Nusa Penida tour all planned out for you without any inconvenience or hassle, then the best thing you can do is book online with GetYourGuide.
There are a bunch of different tours to choose from, but here are some of the top-rated:
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Best Things to do in Nusa Ceningan
Blue Lagoon is one of the most impressive attractions on Nusa Ceningan island. We were blown away by the incredibly blue water (hence the name) – it was by far the bluest we had seen in Bali.
From the viewpoint, you can enjoy panoramic views of the lagoon out to the open ocean, and with the whitewash mixing with the blue it gave it a milky appearance. The beach below is mostly rocks with a few sandy patches, so the appeal really is the blue water.
2. Lunch at Mahana Point Restaurant
Mahana Point is one of those establishments you just have to go to during your visit to Nusa Ceningan. This clifftop restaurant and bar features all the Indonesian staples like Nasi Goreng, plus plenty of fresh-caught seafood and a killer view of the surfers below.
More than just a restaurant, the beach at Mahana Point is a popular surf spot for experienced surfers. Mahana Point is regarded as the only surf break in Nusa Ceningan, so if you’re into surfing then you’ll definitely want to check it out. It’s a left-hand wave, usually best at low tide.
For a more detailed guide to surfing at Mahana Point, you can read this blog.
4. Cliff Jumping
Cliff jumping is a very popular activity at Nusa Ceningan, with a number of different spots to “send it”. We – okay, just Carson – cliff jumped at Mahana Point where two platforms have been built at the restaurant.
Depending on how brave you’re feeling, you can jump from 10 metres or 5 metres. From the water, it’s an easy swim across to the ladder and back up to the restaurant.
Kelingking Viewpoint – Things to do in Nusa Penida
Another cliff jumping spot is on the far side of Blue Lagoon, however, we were unable to jump there during our visit. We’ve heard it’s a good spot and the blue water definitely gives it some appeal, but keep in mind it’s a bit more of a scramble up the cliffs to get back up.
5. Yellow Bridge
The Yellow Bridge at Nusa Ceningan is an iconic landmark that connects the island to neighbouring Nusa Lembongan.
The bridge is too narrow for cars, which is how Nusa Ceningan remains peaceful and laid back. Other than a very necessary route for locals and tourists, Yellow Bridge also makes for a great photo opportunity!
6. Visit Seaweed Farms
Seaweed farming is a major source of income for the locals of Nusa Ceningan who haven’t transitioned to working in the tourism industry. Both Nusa Ceningan and Lembongan are known for their traditional seaweed farms.
You will see farmers out and about tending to their farms, as well as harvested seaweed drying on the roadside. If you’re into photography, it’s a great opportunity to capture the local culture through your lens.
You can’t visit the Nusa islands without swimming with the manta rays! We snorkeled with these majestic creatures during our stay in Nusa Penida, but you can do a tour departing from Nusa Ceningan.
There are many local tour companies, but we recommend booking with either Island Time Bali or on GetYourGuide.
It’s an unforgettable experience seeing manta rays in the wild and swimming alongside them as they effortlessly glide through the water. This was by far the highlight of our Nusa islands trip.
8. Day Trip to Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan
Whilst you’re in Nusa Ceningan, you’ll definitely want to day trip to Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. Lembongan is easier as you can just cross the Yellow Bridge by foot and you’re there, but you will need to hire a boat to go to Nusa Penida.
Once you’re on Penida you can visit all the incredible sights like the famous Kelingking Beach and viewpoint, Diamond Beach and Broken Beach. For a complete list you can read our guide to the 21 best things to do on Nusa Penida.
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