NUSA LEMBONGAN and NUSA CENINGAN
The Nusa Islands, consisting of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and most famously, Nusa Penida, have been a progressing tourist spot over the past few years for those visiting Bali. They are home to crystal clear waters, polished viewpoints and activities so dangerous, you might need to double check your insurance documents….
My time on the Nusa Islands latest five days, which was enough time to get all the hot spots done but equally for those desiring a more relaxing and casual trip, a longer stay would also fit. Three of these days, we spent on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. They are the second smallest and smallest islands of the three, with a combining population of roughly five thousand. Here you can find affordable bars, sunset points and beautiful beaches.
These are some of my tricks and tips from these beautiful islands.
1. Yellow Bridge
Since being rebuilt in 2017 after its catastrophic collapse the previous year, The Yellow Bridge has been renamed ‘The Bridge of Love’ and is beautiful during the day and after dark (as it is illuminated.) It connects the two smaller islands, is a famous Instagram spot showcased to thousands of tourists daily, and is a must visit. However, due to this volume of tourists, be cautious on your bikes and on foot as the ride across can feel quite claustrophobic and sketchy.
2. Ceningan Beach Bars
During the day, this strip of beach bars, approached immediately after crossing The Yellow Bridge, are the perfect position for dipping your toes in the sand, soaking up the sun and getting your tan on. Equipped with hammocks, Bintang and miniature infinity pools, they are also picturesque for sunset. My favourites are The Sand, Sea Breeze and Le Pirate.
3. Beach Spots
Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan have an array of beaches to head to inclusive of both adventure locations, and relaxing sandy beaches to grab drinks at or do some swimming. I would recommend Dream Beach and The Devils Tear on Nusa Lembongan. Be sure to ask the locals to tell you horror stories regarding The Devils’ Tear; they’ll make you wince...
Popular for perilous cliff jumping and water as blue as Jude Law’s eyes, Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan is a spot you’ll want to get across to in the morning before tourists flock to it. It can be accessed from either side to get different perspectives.
Secret Beach is another to put on your list. It’s not on the hit list for day tours so remains super secluded and beautiful. The infinity pool and peace and quiet is a unique experience on these islands. I don’t have any pictures so you’ll have to experience it for yourselves…
4. Cash points
Even though we journeyed across the entire island, checking every single one of them, Nusa Lembongan had absolutely no working cash points. We resulted to paying 10% commission at a money exchanger on the harbour, which wasn’t ideal at all. TAKE CASH.
5. (Some) Dodgy Locals
Be careful of locals who try to scam you. Unfortunately Callum and I had quite an uncomfortable experience with a local who insisted we followed him on our bike as we were lost. He took us to a remote cliff edge and demanded money after a mere two-minute journey with aggression, despite us thinking he was sincerely trying to help. Maybe don’t follow locals along dirt tracks just in case….
Ultimately, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are quieter islands that are 100% worth a visit. They are tranquil and offer everything necessary for an island getaway as well as being affordable and adventurous. Nusa Penida blog to follow...
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