The Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan island is a must see during your trip to Bali! This little island is located just off the East coast of Bali and is close to Nusa Lembongan as well as Nusa Penida. The Blue Lagoon is a must see as the water colour is like nothing I had seen before! I’ll be telling you how to get here, the best time of day for photos as well as where to stay and eat on Nusa Ceningan!
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How to get to Nusa Ceningan from Bali?
There are many boats that leave each day from Sanur port on Bali and Nusa Lembongan as well as Nusa Penida. I would recommend looking on 12Go.Asia for the best ticket. You can also get them once you arrive at the port but it is hard to tell who is an official seller. I paid 300k each return which is about £15 each to Nusa Lembongan. As Nusa Ceningan is so small, there is a small bridge that leads to it and this is how you get here!
How to get to Sanur port?
Sanur Port is on the East side of Bali island. Therefore if you are coming from Canggu which is all the way west, then it will take around an hour and a half to get to Sanur port. If you decide to get a pick up which some boat companies provide then they will pick you up around 2.5 hours before your departure. On your ticket it will say to come at least an hour before departure. In high season I would definitely recommend this as the port was really busy when I was there in June with people all over the place. In low season for example in January, the place will be relatively empty for 30 minutes before departure should be ample time.
How to get to the Blue Lagoon, Nusa Ceningan?
Nusa Ceningan really is tiny so you only need one day to explore here! Once you cross over the yellow bridge from Nusa Lembongan on your scooter, turn right and the blue lagoon is right at the end of the road on the West part of the island. When you arrive, there will be some fencing and a few signs for the blue lagoon. Just park your scooter anywhere along here and head inside where there is a break in the fence. There is no entrance fee it is just open to walk around. From the yellow bridge it is around an 8 minute drive to the Blue Lagoon.
What to see at the Blue Lagoon, Nusa Ceningan?
The bluest water! It really is unique as the water is a really light blue colour and it incredible to see. There is not much else but it’s a great photo spot. There are some trees nearby, so for an even better shot you could climb up here for a new angle. It also looks nice at sunset but the bluest water will be during the day and is best for photographing.
What else to do on Nusa Ceningan Island?
Nusa Ceningan is small, but there are so many amazing beaches that if you want to chill for a few days then it is the perfect place. Just drive around on your scooter and see what you can find. I will also add my favourite beach below as well as the best beach club and some recommendations on where to eat and stay on Nusa Ceningan.
Go for a swim at Secret Beach
This is a not so secret Secret Beach but it was lovely to swim in! Some beaches have huge waves on these islands or not so clean water but Secret beach was lovely. The entrance to the beach is actually via a hotel but it is not a private beach. They will ask you to buy a drink as payment but that is really up to you whether you want to do that. There is a nice pool here though if you want to chill by a pool after swimming in the sea.
Chill at Le Pirate Beach Club
This place really is instagrammable! This cute beach club has a few huts you can stay in, a restaurants with great food and a small pool! They also have. Few sun loungers that face the sunset. We had a great lunch here, I had chicken satay, a very Indonesian dish. Boyan had a hotdog and it looked amazing.
Where to stay on Nusa Ceningan?
Le Pirate has private 1-2 person ‘beach boxes’ as well as some rooms with 4 bunk beds. They all look super cute and I would definitely love to stay here if I came back!
How to get to Nusa Lembongan?
Back over the yellow bridge! Nusa Lembongan is the larger of the two islands and has a lot of great places to stay and restaurants. It also has a very long stretch of sandy beach as well as lots of smaller beaches.
Top things to do on Nusa Lembongan?
Watch the sunset at Ohana’s Beach Club
We spent the day here once and had the best day! They have amazing food. It is a bit more pricey than the places around but the food is good! There are plenty on sun loungers right on the beach or you can rent a small beach hut by the pool. There is a minimum spend but you will easily spend it if you have lunch and a few drinks here.
Have lunch at Ginger and Jamu
The BEST option for food in my opinion on Nusa Lembongan. We ate here for one meal each day and it is super cheap, delicious and great vibes. You can sit right on the sand and it is a great sunset spot too, just next door to Ohana’s!
Take a boat trip through the Mangrove Forest
Nusa Lembongan is famous for its mangrove forest. You can either kayak through it or take a boat and explore these mangroves here. There will be a few people yelling at you for tours as you drive down the road leading to the mangroves but try to ignore them until you actually get there. There are also people who will make you park much earlier on so that you have to take their tours but KEEP GOING! At the end of the road will be a map and lots of boats. Here you can choose where you would like to go and discuss a trip that suits you.
Watch the waves at Devil’s Tears
This is a small area where the caves are shaped so that when the waves hit them, they burst upwards and spray everywhere! They have now built a fence all the way around so it doesn’t look as nice but if you’re nearby then just go for a look.
You never know what fish you might find. I always have my snorkel ready! I would recommend taking. Trip over to Nusa Penida if you want to snorkel though and find some manta rays. Read on to see where the best spot is to see manta rays!
If you have more time: Visit Nusa Penida!
What to do on Nusa Penida?
Head to T Rex Rock!
This is the spot you will see all over Instagram! A huge rock that many say is shaped like T-Rex. This is a beautiful spot, but it is a REALLY tough walk up and down. Just to warn you, take plenty of water as well as snack. You can buy drinks at the bottom on the beach too but they are 3 x the price as they know you will be desperate. Once you get down, just spend the day here chilling as there are a few trees which provide shade.
Start walking down at 9am latest as then part of the walk is in the shade. We went in January and I have never been so sweaty. However the beach is perfection! The waves are crazy but it is such a fun day by the beach. I did almost faint on the way back up so make sure you have some coke and eat once you are down there as we made the mistake of not having any lunch! Or you can just go and watch the sunset here instead!
Chill on Diamond Beach
This beach is another stunner! Another sweaty tough walk down but well worth it. At the bottom you also have a Bali swing and beautiful water. It is also stunning from the top though so if you can’t handle another climb like me then just have a look from above it is beautiful. The most instagrammable spot is right at the start of the walk so you don’t have to go far for a nice photo.
Relax on Crystal Bay
This is actually one of the easier beaches to get to! Once you drive to the bottom, you will be asked to pay a small parking fee and then you can walk straight onto the beach from here. It isn’t the most beautiful beach but it’s a great place for a swim and to go snorkelling. If you take a boat tour they will always bring you here at the end to snorkel. So if you don’t want to pay for a boat trip then just bring or rent a snorkel and go straight from the shore. The left hand side of the beach has all the best fish.
Snorkel at Manta Bay
I have been twice and haven’t seen any! What I’ve learnt is that manta rays like calm water and sun weather. The people who I have spoken to who have seen then also went at 7am! So make sure it is nice weather, the water is calm and go as early as you can. Also, the small wooden boats you go out on are much more pleasant with calm water. The waves are huge when it is a bit stormy! Take a waterproof bag if you can and as little as possible.
Marvel at Broken beach
Broken beach is an incredible rock formation with a small entrance where the water pours in from the sea to create a huge hole in the ground. You can wander around here and take a look for yourself. There is nothing more to do as you can’t actually get into it but its great to see. In high season it gets VERY busy so go as early as you can. In low season we went in the afternoon but also it gets so hot that you won’t want to be walking around so go in the afternoon if you can in low season.
Visit Angel’s Billabong
I went once in June and it looked amazing and once in January and it looked green and not very nice at all! I think it depends on the water flow. It is basically a small ledge in the rock when the waves are high enough the water pours in and back out. I would also not recommend going in here as the waves can come suddenly but I’ve seen some amazing drone shots here!
Get that insta shot at Rumah Pohon Treehouse
Another very instagrammable place on Nusa Penida! Right next to Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach. These are a few houses you can actually stay in. It is a perfect sunset spot. You see a lot of Instagram phots here but there are actually people staying here! So if you want a photo here, just book it for a few nights! But be warned, someone I know who stayed here said it was boiling and they were attacked my mosquitos all night!
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