I recently spent 4 days on the islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan. 30 minutes from Bali by boat you are greeted with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters the moment you step onto any of these three islands.
I based myself on Nusa Lembongan, the more popular tourist island and toured Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida as individual day trips. Read my recent post Indonesia’s Nusa Islands In Four Days for a detailed itinerary and information on how to get there, where to stay and how to get around.
The most touristic of the three islands, many visitors arrive in Nusa Lembongan and do not adventure off the island. There is plenty to see and do to fill your time here, from surfing some easy to more advanced breaks, visiting dream beach to enjoy sunset, snorkel and dive tours, cocktails at The Deck and day trips to the mangroves.
Suggested stops: Walk the full length of the main beach; Dream Beach; Mushroom Beach; The Deck for sunset.
The largest of the three islands and the least visited, Nusa Penida retains the charm of an unspoiled paradise. Organised tours to the island can start at over $180.pp making it less attractive to many tourists, however if you are willing to spend some time asking around with locals and at your hotel, and essentially ‘winging it’ you can find your way over to the island by boat and organise either a driver or moto for significantly less. This also allows you to plan your own tour and avoid other tourists, a plus when you see how small the view point is a Kelingking Beach!
Suggested stops (in order of images): Kelingking Beach; Broken Beach; Angels Billabong; Crystal Bay.
Nusa Ceningan lies across a small channel from Nusa Lembongan, and was previously connected by foot and bike bridge. In October 2016 the bridge sadly collapsed claiming many lives. Until a new bridge is built the island is still accessible by boat for 10,000 rupiah per person each way, and 30,000 if you want to take your moto over. Once on the island you will be free to explore some stunning views out over the ocean including the blue lagoon and secret beach.
Suggested stops (in order of images): View from Le Pirate; Blue Lagoon; Secret Beach.