Bali has been romanticized in books and films for its dreamy temples and the sacred vibes, however today, its misplaced a whole lot of its attraction as a result of overwhelming recognition. Fortunately there’s another choice – the Nusa Islands.
The Nusa Islands are, to me, the proper choice for many who need to expertise Bali with out the crowds and visitors. The tradition is way the identical, however the seashores and surf breaks have far fewer folks, particularly Nusa Ceningan.
It’s also known as the Bali of 30 years in the past.
There are three Nusa islands they usually’re simple to succeed in by way of a brief ferry journey from Bali.
Nusa Ceningan is the smallest, nestled between Lembongan and Penida. Whereas it’s not almost as fashionable as Nusa Lembongan, I truly assume it’s the a lot, significantly better choice between the 2. It’s quieter, extra lovely, and has much less visitors.
I stayed on Nusa Lembongan and did a fast day journey over to Ceningan, nonetheless I’d reverse it if I had been to do it over once more, and keep on Ceningan and bike over to Lembongan for the primary sights like Satan’s Tears.
For the easiest way to get to Nusa Ceningan, learn the primary part of the Lembongan guide for the ferry information from Bali, then take a motorcycle over the yellow bridge – it’s fast and straightforward. Should you’d quite not take a motorcycle, you will get a truck journey over to the crossing, take a brief boat journey over, and ask your accomodation on Ceningan to come back decide you up. They might even be keen to take action from Lembongan.
Issues to do
It’s simple to hit the primary vacationer sights on Nusa Ceningan in a day, although in the event you pool and seaside club-hop across the island, it might simply stretch into a pleasant enjoyable week! These are a couple of of the highlights:
Upon crossing the bridge over to Ceningan you’ll discover how dazzlingly blue and clear the water is. I’ve truthfully by no means seen a shade that child blue anyplace else. Should you veer proper, one of many first belongings you’ll come to is The Sand, a cool, open air bar and restaurant.
I cherished the sunshine colours of the driftwood bar, the swings, and particularly the hammocks over the water! They’ve a every day pleased hour beginning at 4pm and once I went, three puppies (although they do are inclined to develop). I really like that they serve their drinks with paper straws as nicely. A+ for caring concerning the atmosphere, guys!
The Blue Lagoon
About three minutes from The Sand you’ll see an indication for the Blue Lagoon in your left and belief me once I say you’ve by no means seen water this child blue in your life. I’ve searched excessive and low all around the tropics and it simply isn’t this hue anyplace else!
The cliffs over the water present the proper vantage level for the superb lagoon. There’s additionally a cliff soar, which you’ll see straight throughout from me within the picture above, although rumor is it’s now closed as a result of risks. That mentioned, it’s simple sufficient to stroll to in the event you’re decided. You’ll have to keep watch over the waves for security’s sake in the event you determine to aim it.
Mahana Level Cliff Bounce
For a smaller and extra manageable cliff soar, you’ll discover Mahana Level throughout the road from the Blue Lagoon. It’s a bit annoying because the small soar prices 25,000 IDR and the upper one prices 50,000 IDR per soar, so there aren’t that many individuals leaping.
Nonetheless, the restaurant on the level serves up a pleasant no-frills lunch and the view of the surfers and Bali’s Mt. Agung within the background certain is gorgeous.
Secret Seaside is one other fashionable cease on Nusa Ceningan and whereas pretty, that is most likely finest for at the least a couple of hours of chilling and consuming quite than for a fast dip. The resort on the seaside, Villa Trevally, requests that those that use the seaside at the least spend 35okay on the restaurant, or 100okay to be used of the pool and the seaside. The highway to get there leaves a lot to be desired as nicely.
At this level I used to be a bit aggravated that all the things gave the impression to be privatized and value cash to get pleasure from so I stored exploring.
Zipline at Driftwood Bar
The Zipline at Driftwood Bar might be one of the picturesque ziplines on this planet, zooming over that child blue water. It’s a brief zipline and prices 80okay. Afterwards, benefit from the infinity pool and the view.
Ceningan is one other good spot on the Nusa Islands for browsing. The primary spot is close to Mahana Level as talked about above. Once I was there, I solely noticed 5 surfers within the water. Not unhealthy if you would like a wave nearly to your self!
Diving and Snorkeling Excursions
You’ll see diving and snorkeling outlets all around the island, although Ceningan Divers has the most effective opinions. Dive within the mangroves, lease a SUP, and take a snorkeling tour over to Penida to swim with the Manta Rays.
Should you’re into yoga, you will get your repair with out having to journey over to Nusa Lembongan! Ceningan Yoga Shala affords courses for each ability stage. My solely yoga expertise was at Yoga Shack on Nusa Lembongan so I can’t touch upon the standard of courses, although it’s rated nicely on Journey Advisor. Discover the schedule here.
Relating to laid again islands with loads of comfy lodging choices, Nusa Ceningan appears excellent to me. Although I want a few of the actions, like seashores and cliff leaping, had been free. That mentioned, different superior issues just like the bridge crossing, the Blue Lagoon, and browsing all had been, so it’s all about steadiness!
Should you’re deciding between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, I hope this edged to a bit nearer in the direction of Ceningan. It’s so laid again and lovely!