Indonesia

Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan

Nusa Lembongan

We just had to do an island tour in Bali and our first choice was Nusa Lembongan due to its proximity to Sanur, our base upon arrival. We left close to midday and didn’t have a lot of time but still had fun doing a bit of exploring.

The beach already looked so tempting near the little port where the boats dock. This was definitely a great sign.

The island is quite big so to move around we rented a scooter for a few hours. You can also get someone to drive you around if you don’t know how to drive.

Our first stop was Dream Beach. The approach to this coast provides an amazing view of the water below.

The waves are huge and the current is strong so this is not a place for swimming. It’s nice to lie down on the sand and just let time pass and when you’re feeling too warm, play catch with the waves at a safe spot like we did.

girl in black swimsuit jumping by the beach
Man in the middle of waves in beach

There was a little restaurant on the cliff overlooking the beach where we our lunch.

plate of pork and veggies in Indonesian sauce kecap manis
Pork with Kecap Manis, a sweet and thick soy sauce

Next stop: Devil’s Tears. We spent quite a lot of time here despite the strong sun because of the captivating water. At first we didn’t see so much action here but after a few minutes, the bigger waves started to come and we were treated to spectacular displays.

Rainbow created by the spray of water over the cliff
Girl with cliff behind her and water spraying on the rocks

While we were on another island called Nusa Ceningan, we saw this place from afar during high tide and the waves were even bigger and more magnificent!

spray of ocean waves over cliff
man with outstretched arms looking over cliff

Nusa Ceningan

We decided to do another island tour a few days after, this time to Nusa Ceningan. It’s a small island that’s connected to Nusa Lembongan via a narrow yellow bridge. You can cross on foot or via motorcycle.

Girl with backpack walking on narrow yellow bridge

We didn’t rent a scooter this time around and just walked along the road to explore this smaller island.

man walking by the side of the road in Nusa Ceningan Bali

Our villa was fantastic! For a very good price, we had our own personal pool which was a good size. It was great to come home to this after walking outside under the hot sun.

Girl floating in pool in front of villa
Girl sitting by the pool eating noodles
Bought some fried rice and fried noodles from a little eatery

We just walked around and stumbled upon treasures on our way to different destinations. There’s no shortage of amazing views on this island.

girl looking at beach view from cliff
guy standing on cliff looking at ocean

This view to Blue Lagoon was right next to our villa compound. We didn’t even know at first and just walked right past the empty lot which was the access point. Once we walked in further we found a magnificent sight.

Blue lagoon view in Nusa Ceningan Bali
Spraying ocean waves over cliff

The water appears so strong and beautiful at the same time. It could look really violent especially as the waves crash into the rocks and spray onto the cliffs but the light shades of blue make it really soft and attractive.

Now for some swimming! Nusa Ceningan has shallow beaches in some parts, perfect for a nice dip on a hot sunny day. When we first went to this area at The Sand during the afternoon, it was so shallow that we couldn’t really swim! The water was around a foot deep even if we walked farther. We came back morning of the next day and it was a bit deeper and better for swimming.

Girl in swing being rocked by sea waves

We enjoyed some meals and drinks here. The place had a nice, relaxed vibe and a great view that’s perfect for relaxing.

plate of indonesian noodles mie goreng
traditional Balinese Hindu daily offering
Daily Balinese Hindu offerings

One of the highlights of our stay was a magnificent sunset near Mahana Point. We found this little wall that had an opening in the middle, which led to a small cliff. It was our personal view deck.

girl with hand outstretched like she's holding the setting sun in her hand
bright orange setting sun over beach

There’s still so much that remains to be seen on these two islands. Add to the list the other Nusa island, Nusa Penida, which we haven’t explored yet! You’ll definitely be inspired by the beauty of nature no matter how much or how little time you have to explore. Going back to Bali and its islands is most definitely an option.

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