Don’t get confused, Nusa Penida is a sole island and not connected with Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan is much a smaller island compared to Nusa Penida. It is also connected by a bridge with the neighboring island, Nusa Ceningan. However, both of them offer beautiful and serene scenic views with limestone ocean and white sands. Since the size of the island is much smaller than Nusa Penida, you can’t expect the island to provide you a much different experience. It is more like a getaway to relax on a tranquil island. From different beaches, restaurants, and Yoga studios, here are our 15 top destinations in Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan!
1. Dream Beach
Dream beach is a choice of serene and quiet beach in Nusa Lembongan. It offers a scenic view of a white sandy coastline with turquoise ocean water. Other beaches in Nusa Lembongan are usually very crowded with small boats, but Dream beach is clear from boats. The beach has a healthy population of corals and many colorful fishes. Therefore, creating a safe enclave to snorkel. The natural cliffs surrounding this beach create a whole different ambiance, and you can climb them too from a stair. While the point of view from the cliff is amazing at sunset time. So, make sure you don’t miss this heavenly beach!
2. Mushroom Bay Beach
Mushroom bay beach is one of the most famous beaches in Nusa Lembongan. No wonder there are just so many boats coming and leaving on this beach. like any other beach in Nusa Lembongan, it has white sandy coastlines and a crystal clear ocean. There are many activities on this beach according on the time you visit. In the morning, you can go here to jog, sunbathe, and even play some canoe and kayak. You can even rent some banana boats here too! This beach is also famous for the rich species of coral reefs and unique fish. So many people come here to snorkel as weel.However, you can also visit this beach at night since this beach is the center of nightlife in Nusa Lembongan. There are many bars and small cafes surrounding areas.
3. Devil’s Tears
Located in Nosa Lembongan, this place offers one of the best sunsets on the Island. It offers a scenic show of various epic tides in the middle of the day. It is called the Devil’s tears for a reason. The huge tide sometimes blows a mist of water into thin air, making you wet without you realizing it. If you are lucky enough, you can catch a rainbow on between the cliffs. However, this destination can be very deadly, especially when the tides are extremely huge. Since there is no safety fence yet, make sure you are not too close to the edge of the cliff. It can be slippery and wet therefore increasing the chance of falling down.
4. Mangrove Point
Nusa Lembongan does not only provide beautiful beaches. There is a panoramic mangrove point on the edge of the island. Here, you can ride a small boat for a cheap price going around the mangrove forest. The ambiance is very peaceful and relaxing, perfect for a family activity on a good weather day. The best thing about it is that you can even come in the middle of the day and not having to deal with the searing sun. The tall trees offer fresh air and shadow you from the sun. Overall, a must-visit in Nusa Lembongan.
5. Blue Lagoon
From the famous Mangrove point to the Blue Lagoon only takes about 25 minutes ride. However, to reach it you will have to go through bumpy roads and plantations. But the track is not that hard. When you arrive, you will be rewarded with a turquoise ocean and natural cliffs surrounding it. However, you can only enjoy this panoramic scene without touching the water. The cliffs are too high and the waves are way too strong for you to swim. Sometimes, the wind can be too strong and causes people to fall! The area is unspoilt so don’t expect any warungs or even a cafe.
6. The Deck Cafe & Bar
With over a thousand reviews in Trip Advisor, the Deck Lembongan Cafe & Bar is definitely a must-visit. Located just by the harbor, the restaurant is pretty accessible. Though you have to climb some stairs to reach the restaurant, the altitude, creates a panoramic scene you can’t find anywhere else. It offers a direct view of the limestone ocean and picturesque surrounding islands. They also provide western cuisines such as pizzas and sandwiches. This place also offers fresh coconut as a refreshment in the middle of the day! The price is pretty affordable, starting at Rp.29,000 to Rp.300,000.
7. Sandy Bay Beach Club
If you are wondering if Nusa Lembongan has a beach club, this place is for you! Sandy Bay beach club offers a pool by the beach and varieties of cuisines as well as some cocktails to choose from. The concept of the club includes a rustic beach-chich elegance, dominated whit an off-white theme. With over two thousand reviews on Trip Advisor, people just love this place! The best thing is they provide fresh seafood from the local fisherman. The food ranged from Rp.71,000 to Rp.286,000. With this price, you can enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool while witnessing the best sunset on Lembongan Island. Definitely a must-visit!
8. Nick’s Place
with over a thousand reviews from Trip Advisor, Nick’s place is one of the leading restaurants in Nusa Lembongan. It may not offers panoramic views of the beach, however, the delicious meals make people keep coming back! From grilled ribs, steaks, pizzas, and top with its famous BBQ sauce, Nick’s place is the perfect option to refuel your energy after a long day exploring the island. lastly, they offer a fast delivery system so you don’t even have to walk to their place! click here to check their website.
9. Yellow Bridge Point
This iconic yellow bridge is the point connecting Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. This bridge also becomes a tourism icon by virtue due to the colorful night lighting which adorns the bridge. The surrounding ocean is heavenly with clear turquoise color. From here, you can enjoy the panoramic scene of the boats hustling around.
10. Secret Beach
just like its name, the secret beach is one of a hidden spot where nobody visits the beach. It is a unique one because it does not have sands along the coastline only natural rocks and rough. However, be prepared because you can’t swim on the beach nor sunbathing. Moreover you can always come and have the place for yourself.
11. Sea Breeze Cafe
Sea Breeze Nusa Ceningan is a beach club that offers unique and picturesque instagrammable photo spots. Providing western and Indonesian delicacies, the sea breeze is the perfect place to recharge your energy after an exhausting morning strolling on the beach. The chic and modern style will stay forever in our memories. You can even enjoy your cocktails while swimming in their infinity pool!
12. Ceningan Cliff
Another scenic restaurant to visit is the Ceningan Cliff. Though located pretty far that is by the beach on top of a hill, this restaurant offers panoramic scenery of Ceningan Island. It also provides authentic Indonesian cuisines such as the famous Lumpia. As a hidden gem, the restaurant actually has an infinity pool! It serves food from breakfast, brunch, lunch, to dinner!
13. Yoga Dunia Studio
Yoga Dunia is an open yoga studio with a private garden and a beautiful swimming pool for an after-class session. They also own a juice bar to fuel your energy with nature’s goodness. The yoga teachers specialize in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, and Classic Indian Yoga. It provides classes with different horizons, experiences, and created a beautiful fusion to create blissful harmony and serenity.
14. Santosha Yoga Insitute
Santosha Yoga studio is probably one of the best Yoga studios in Nusa Lembongan. Not only it is situated on a scenic cliff by a beach, but it also offers a whole different curriculum compared to other yoga institutes. It focuses on the inner and deeper meanings of yoga included topics like philosophy and self-reflection. It also covers practices of Balinese mantras, kirtan, and pranayama. This particular yoga institute also immerses Balinese traditional philosophy which is Tri Hita Karana or the cases of well-being into its practices. Overall, a perfect yoga site to try.
15. Gala-Gala Underground House
Gala Gala underground is something very unique and peculiar in Nusa Lembongan. Gala-Gala underground house, exactly like its name, is a real house which was made by digging the ground then paved the rocks. It’s a real human who built and designed the entire house in the 1960s. The man behind it is Made Byasa. The owner was inspired by the Mahabarata story. He wanted a place all to himself so he can meditate peacefully. It took him 15 years to finish this masterpiece with just an ax. Not only just a cave but there are also many had carvings around the walls. Overall, it’s a must-visit!