Getting around Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan 2015.07.13

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Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are two small islands surrounded by exceptionally beautiful coral reefs and white sand beach, just 30 minutes by boat from Bali.

Both islands can be explored in about two hours by bike. You'll see cafes with superb views, quaint villages, beach clubs, seafood warungs, and a retro suspension bridge that joins the two islands. Accommodation also ranges from affordable bungalows to luxury resorts.

Grab a map of the area, get on a bike and go explore Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan!

Crossing over from Bali

Fast boat from Sanur and Serangan Island

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There are several companies that operate daily fast boats between Bali and Nusa Lembongan, either from Sanur or from Serangen Island. Most departures from Bali are between 8am and 9am, with the boats returning to Bali from Lembongan around 3pm to 4pm.

Guests can also enjoy a day trip, but if you want to see and do all there is on both Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, then it's recommended to spend a night or two there.

Renting a bike

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When you arrive in Nusa Lembongan from Bali, it will be at the main beach called Jungut Batu. Usually you can rent bikes at the beach, however if none are available there then just take a walk up to the main road of the village and look for "Bike Rental" signs outside restaurants, bars and tourist offices. Many accommodations can also arrange bike rentals for guests.

In Lembongan, the daily rate for bike rental is Rp.100,000 regardless of whether you rent a bike for the whole day or for just 3 hours. When returning the bike, there's no need to fill up the petrol used, as this is included in the rate.

Recommended stops

Mangroves

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A massive part of the north-eastern side of Nusa Lembongan is covered by mangroves, and many of the local warungs offer mangrove boat tours.

From Jungut Batu, head north along the main road and continue all the way along the coast until you reach the mangroves. Some accommodation is available in this area, and its also possible to rent snorkeling gear.

Seafood at a local warung 

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Nusa Lembongan is surrounded by coral reefs teeming with fish, so it's no surprise that the seafood on the island is as fresh as it gets, and also at considerably lower prices than in Bali.

Our Editorial team recommends Prema Warung in the mangrove village, where fisherman go out at 4am every morning to find the catch of the day.

Panoramic view point

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Known as "Panorama Point" this scenic spot is the perfect place to stop for a photo across Nusa Lembongan.

To get to "Panorama Point" you need to take the main road from Jungut Batu and continue up a steep hill. The viewing point comes up fairly quickly on the right-hand side once you've reached the top of the hill, so don't go too fast or you might go straight past!

It's a good place to stop and admire the view and there's also a restaurant opposite where you can have a bite to eat and a drink.

Cross the yellow bridge to Nusa Ceningan

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After "Panorama Point", head south towards Nusa Ceningan passing through Lembongan village. You will soon come to a charming yellow suspension bridge that links the two islands.

The bridge can only be accessed by bike or on foot as it's too narrow for cars to pass along. There's also a belief that if you stop and kiss at the middle of the bridge you will have good fortune!

Relax at Le Pirates Beach Club

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Nusa Ceningan is even more laidback than Nusa Lembongan, and there isn't as big a selection of accommodation available. Having said that, the accommodation on Nusa Ceningan is charming in its own way, including the delightful Le Pirates Beach Club.

The blue and white "beach boxes" have become synonymous with Le Pirates (they also offer similar accommodation on Gili Trawangan) and there's nothing quite like sipping on an ice cold Bintang beer and admiring the view from the swimming pool.

Staying in Nusa Lembongan

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As mentioned, accommodation on Nusa Lembongan ranges from budget-friendly guest houses and home stays to luxury resorts and private villas.

Our Editorial team stayed at Bunga Bungalows, located right on the beach at Jungut Batu. For Rp. 400,000 a night you can get a quirky double room with hot shower and air-conditioning. Breakfast is also included.

Another hotel that we can recommend is Wahyu Guest House. Although not located exactly on the beach itself, there is a lovely swimming pool. The rate here is Rp.250,000 per night which includes air-conditioning, hot water and breakfast.



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