Nusa Ceningan Travel Guide

Good to Know About Nusa Ceningan

  • The location of Nusa Ceningan
  • How to get there
  • History, local legend and folklore
  • Beaches and viewpoints
  • Where to stay in Nusa Ceningan
  • Best places to eat
  • Tips on planning holiday to Nusa Ceningan

A tiny piece of heaven at the south-east of Bali

Nusa Ceningan is a small island located between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, it is also the smallest island compared to two other islands nearby Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, the area of this island is only about 3 square kilometers so you only need few hours to explore the whole island using a motorbike. Nusa Ceningan well known for its beauty of blue lagoon and the seaweed cultivation.

To get into Nusa Ceningan, you can just simply go cross the yellow suspension bridge from the southwest side of Nusa Lembongan, motorbikes are also allowed to go across this bridge.


Right Now: Weather in Nusa Ceningan

broken clouds (75 %)
0.0 mm
27.0 °C 80.6 °F
humidity: 78%
Wind: 26 km/h, ESE
Pressure: 1014 hPa

Local Legends of Nusa Islands

In ancient times, Nusa Penida Island was led by a magically-powerful leader named Dukuh Jumpungan who was renowned for his skills in architects, maritime and martial-arts. Dukuh Jumpungan had a son named Aji Dalem Sawang who would be the successor for the royal throne of Nusa Penida if the King has died. Aji Dalem Sawang, has two sons named Prince I Renggan and Renggin, who both have talent in the maritime field, inheriting the greatness of the Grandfather. The young prince I Renggan was able to make a boat that was believed to be able to split the land through which would be turned into an ocean.

Prince I Renggan aspires to conquer the island of Bali by using his magical boat so that the island of Bali and Mount Agung would be torn apart and turned into an ocean. After preparing his fleet, he sailed toward Bali main island, but the intention of the prince was known by Ida Bhatara Toh Langkir who immediately sent “aji sirep” or some kind of spell that could make a person fall asleep, so that I Renggan fell asleep when he was directing his boat. Until finally the boat crashed into the mainland, in the Padang Bai area, that is why small islands group was formed such as Biye Island that we can still see until today. After failed in his first mission, The Prince decided to return to Nusa Penida, but because of the strong spell he received, the boat was stranded again and hit the Suana peninsula which now renowned as Batu Medawu Temple. But the prince still did not want to give up on his dream, he made another bigger and more powerful boat to carry a larger number of troops heading towards the island of Bali again. But fortunately, again Ida Bhatara Toh Langkir, who resided in Mount Agung, knew the prince's bad intentions, and this time it was no longer a sleeping spell sent to dispel I Renggan and his troops but a great storm and waves that finally drowned the magical boat.

Finally, I Renggan’s boat sank in the west of Nusa Penida, petrified and turned into the island of Ceningan. While the pawn of the I Renggan’s boat (Bidak) boat was petrified and turned into Lembongan and Jungut Batu islands. The father, Dalem Sawang was sad and angry at the sinking of the prince, with the troops of Nusa Penida. So with his supernatural powers, Dalem Sawang turned the I Renggan’s troops into wong samar (invisible people) who often preyed on Balinese who stay in Bali mainland.


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Hotels in Nusa Ceningan
Accomodations in Nusa Ceningan

Hotels in Nusa Ceningan

There are a number of hostels, stays and mid-range hotels located nearby the beach. Some locals are also offering their house for guests who want to enjoy the island overnight.

Stay in Nusa Ceningan

Places to Eat in Nusa Ceningan
Culinary Spots Nusa Ceningan

Places to Eat in Nusa Ceningan

Eating options in Nusa Ceningan is getting more variative nowadays. Many warung offer fresh grilled fish/ seafood, some even have vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free diet menus.

List of Restaurants in Ceningan

Best Activities Nusa Ceningan
Surf, Dive and Cliff Jumping

Best Activities Nusa Ceningan

This tiny little island is not as monotonous as what we think, some beaches are definitely great for surfing, some diving and snorkeling are also can be found at this island.

Let's Do Ceningan!

Beautiful Beaches in Nusa Ceningan
White Sand Beaches

Beautiful Beaches in Nusa Ceningan

White sands, good waves, and hot sunny day! What are you waiting for, get your surfing board and get ready to ride the waves!

Summer Vibe!

Temples in Nusa Ceningan
Sacred Temples Nusa Ceningan

Temples in Nusa Ceningan

Just like another area in Bali, Nusa Ceningan is also a home for many beautiful and unique sacred temples.

List of Temples in Ceningan

Blue Lagoon
Beautiful Rocky Cove

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon is an absolute must-visit spot in Nusa Ceningan. Here you can see and hear the beautiful of blue crystal clear ocean hitting the coral reef. This place is also one of the place in Nusa Ceningan to see the sunset view.

A Must Visit in Nusa Ceningan

Protected Tropical Marine Paradise
Ceningan Marine Protected Area

Protected Tropical Marine Paradise

Nusa Ceningan with other two Nusa islands are were established as a marine park with the twin aims to safeguard the island’s waters and to sustain the island’s communities since 2010.

MPA Zoning

Yellow Suspension Bridge
Iconic Yellow Bridge

Yellow Suspension Bridge

This bridge is connecting Lembongan and Ceningan island. Sadly, it collapsed in 2016, but it's rebuilt again after then. It is also known as Jembatan Cinta "The Bridge of Love".

The Bridge of Love

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1,2,3 Let's Jump!

Cliff Jump

Nusa Ceningan is also famous as a place to do some challenging activity cliff jumping, Blue Lagoon and Mahana Point are the famous spots to do this adrenaline rush action. Remember, always stay safe and only do it when you have good skill in swimming.

Seaweed Farming Nusa Ceningan
Seaweed Cultivation

Seaweed Farming Nusa Ceningan

Nusa Ceningan was reputable as a place for their seaweed plantation, a few years back before it is known for the beauty of its lagoon, many locals worked as a seaweed farmer. But right now, not many local still doing seaweed cultivation.

Seaweed Cultivation

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Unique Accomodation Nusa Ceningan

Le Pirate Nusa Ceningan

Le Pirate is hotel with beach club set on a prime position on a low cliff with direct beach access, overlooking turquoise waters and puts you in "the box seat" to catch spectacular sunrises and incredible sunsets over the Bali volcanoes.


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