How to Explore Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan

On March 31, 2016 by Novita Karana

Kelingking BeachBali Island has 3 more photogenic islands that worth for you to pay a visit.
Have you heard about Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida? I almost forgot that three islands still located at southeast Bali, and also a part of Bali Island.


Do you want to experience surreal landscapes, snorkeling with manta rays, get excited inside at Gala Gala underground house, and discover The Underwater Buddha Temple? Or do you want to dive with mola mola (sunfish)?
Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan will answers all that questions.


Bali Island MapHow to reach Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida?

Nusa Lembongan can be reached by public speed boat from Sanur Harbour with duration 30 minutes. Nusa Lembongan has 2 harbours: Mushroom Bay and Jungut Batu.
Mushroom Bay is an attractive and sheltered bay. This is the main beach for day tripper from Bali to Nusa Lembongan. The bay surrounded by fancy cafe and fancy accomodation. If you arrive here, you will find a little portable table with man behind the table. The man is selling speed boat ticket. If you plan to do day trip, you can buy the ticket here upon your arrival. The accomodation around this area usually cost higher than Jungut Batu.
Jungut Batu is located in the northwest of the island, and has myriad homestay, hotels, and cheap eateries. This is the area which attracted almost backpackers and surfers to stay in this island. You can find the accomodation from Rp. 150.000 – Rp. 300.000. The fan room usually costs Rp. 150.000/room/night exclude breakfast. The air conditioner room usually costs Rp. 250.000 – Rp. 300.000/room/night exclude breakfast. If you love the atmosphere of cafe, Jungut Batu is the right place. I felt easy to find cute cafe and Western restaurant, event the heatlhy restaurant can be found here.

Nusa Ceningan can be reached only by motorbike or bicycle from Nusa Lembongan Island. The only way to access Nusa Ceningan is yellow suspension bridge, which finally become an icon of the island, and everybody feels like to have a photostop here or making video when passing the bridge.

Nusa Penida can be reached by public speed boat from Sanur Harbour with duration 45 minutes, or by ferry roro from Padang Bai Harbour with duration 2 hours. There’re 2 stops at Nusa Penida: when you take speed boat, you will arrive at Buyuk Harbour. If you choose ferry roro, you will arrive at Sampalan Harbour. Nusa Penida seldomely visited by tourists, and without any permanent tourist infra structure, it is the perfect getaway for those looking for a quiet day without the masses and noises.

How to reach Sanur?
How to reach Sanur Area and buy the speed boat ticket? Just type Warung Mak Beng on your Google Map.
The Sanur Ticket Box only 1 minute walking from Warung Mak Beng. 

Warung MakBeng Sanur
Warung Mak Beng is well known restaurant from 1941. They only have one menu and also become their signature package. The package comes with white rice, fried fish with chili condiment, fish head soup that will make you craft for more. The package price is Rp. 45.000 for one package. One package can be shared for 2 persons, just order one more white rice :D

You can reach here by taxi, Grab Car, or Grab Taxi. I ordered Grab Car from Legian Area, and it only costs Rp. 60.000/way.  Pretty cheap!
The Schedule of Public Speed Boat and Ferry Roro
I wrote the schedule below based on information that i got on February 2016 from Sanur ticket office. To be note: schedule and rate can be changed anytime. If you want to make sure, you can direct visit the office Opstal Boat, or call 082-339-665-478.
schedule boat Nusa Lembongan dan Nusa PenidaFerry Roro from Padang bai to Nusa Penida

We took a colourful ferry from Padang Bai to Nusa Penida. The ferry was clean and you can buy cold water inside the refrigerator. It’s my first time to sail with Ro-Ro (roll off roll on) ferry. It takes 2 hours, but we fell a sleep during the journey :D 

The Itinerary to Explore The Three Islands: Nusa Penida – Nusa Lembongan – Nusa Ceningan

Explore 3 islands with Limited Time 
For those who has limited time to explore, and want to add lots of landscape pictures to instagram, i think 2 days 1 night is enough to explore the highlight of the three islands. Based on my experience, I will suggest the itinerary which cover almost the instagramable places in these 3 islands:
Day 1: Sanur Harbour – Nusa Penida Island – Nusa Lembongan
Take 07:00AM speed boat to Nusa Penida, explore the West Area : Bana Cliff, Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Sunset at Crystal Bay. West area has more places than East Area. After enjoy sunset at Crystal Bay, take private boat from Nusa Penida to Nusa Lembongan. And overnight at Nusa Lembongan.
Day 2: Nusa Lembongan – Nusa Ceningan – Nusa Lembongan – Sanur Harbour
Explore Nusa Lembongan, start from Devil’s Tears, Dream Beach, Gala Gala Underground House, Pass the Yellow Suspension Bridge, and arrive in Nusa Ceningan in 3 minutes :D Next, explore Nusa Ceningan, start from Secret Beach, Blue Lagoon, Mahana Jump Poin, stop at Le Pirate, pass Yellow Bridge again, and chill at The Deck while waiting your speed boat depart. Take 04:00PM / 04:30PM speed boat to Sanur.

Explore 3 islands with A Relaxing Way 
For those who want in depth experiences, and want to add tons of landscape pictures to instagram, i suggest 4 days 3 nights to explore the three islands. The itinerary will make you stay in Nusa Penida 2 nights, the biggest island among the two. Based on my experience, I will suggest the itinerary:
Day 1: Sanur Harbour – Nusa Penida Island West Side
Take 07:00AM speed boat to Nusa Penida, explore the West Area : Bana Cliff, Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Sunset at Crystal Bay. West area has more places than East Area. After enjoy sunset at Crystal Bay, enjoy dinner at Penida Colada and overnight at Nusa Penida.
Day 2: Nusa Penida Snorkeling Day Trip
08:00AM you will be picked up for snorkeling day trip. Nusa Penida has surronded by snorkeling spots. If you do day trip to Nusa Lembongan, check the snorkeling spot, you will find out that almost all snorkeling spot is located at Nusa Penida :) If you take the snorkeling package tour, it usually visits some spots like: 1) Manta secret point at Broken Beach 2) Crystal Beach Spot and lunch here 3) Toya Pakeh Wall  4) Gamat Bay at Penida / Buddha Statue at Ceningan (depends on your group)  5) Giant Travelly Spot, where you can find the 80kg fish swim around you. Try to enjoy dinner at ToyaPakeh area and overnight at Nusa Penida.
Day 3: Nusa Penida Island East Side – Nusa Lembongan
Today, you will explore the east side of Nusa Penida. You can discover Underground Temple Giri Putri, Atuh Beach, Sawehan Beach, and Teletubbies Hill. After that, back to the central and take private boat from Nusa Penida to Nusa Lembongan. And overnight at Nusa Lembongan.
Day 4: Nusa Lembongan – Nusa Ceningan – Nusa Lembongan – Sanur Harbour Explore Nusa Lembongan, start from Devil’s Tears, Dream Beach, Gala Gala Underground House, Pass the Yellow Suspension Bridge, and arrive in Nusa Ceningan in 3 minutes :D Next, explore Nusa Ceningan, start from Secret Beach, Blue Lagoon, Mahana Jump Poin, stop at Le Pirate, pass Yellow Bridge again, and chill at The Deck while waiting your speed boat depart. Take 04:00PM / 04:30PM speed boat to Sanur.

Places that You Will See in Nusa Penida.
Nusa Penida is the biggest island among the other. It has lots of breathtaking landscapes that you never forget. No sign board, no ticket box, no warongs or food sellers. All landscape spots in Nusa Penida still original and untouched by tourists. The guide said the majority is Hindu religion, but there’s a Kampong Moslem also, where you can find halal food. So here’s some places that worth for your time to visit: Toyapakeh Beach Toyapakeh beachToyapakeh Beach
You can make a stop and admire the Mount Agung from Toyapakeh beach. In the afternoon, you can meet naked local children swimming here. They looks welcome with tourist and being photographed.

Bana CliffBana Cliff
This place was our first stop.  Step at the edge of the cliff, i guarantee you will say “wow”. See the majestic cliff stand bold, a boat crossed from a far and left the white line. You will feel like you don’t want to leave this island soon.

Andus BeachAndus Beach 2Andus Beach or Pasih Andus.
In my opinion, Andus Beach is a place that combined devil’s tear and blue lagoon. You can see the water blows and also some beautiful lagoon. We found this place during our way to Broken Beach. At Pasih Andus, you can be entertained by the natural phenomenon of the ocean shooting into the air as a result of the waves crashing against the cliff wall and funnelling through a small channel. Every so often, as we wait in anticipation, the water truly blows up into the air!

Kelingking BeachKelingking Beach, or Dream Beach.
Locals say Kelingking. Kelingking means pinkie in English. They said the rock looks like pinkie, but i think the rock looks like a whale, or a dolphin. Whatever they said, but the view was worth for your time. The guide said, you can see this view only in 2 places in the world. There’s a little temple beside the photo stop point. The guide said not to step in into the temple, or sit in the temple. We saw an offering near the cliff. It just so beautiful, and make me said, “can we live in Nusa Penida? “Kelingking-Temple

Kelingking Beach 2There’re some spot to see the breathtaking view of Kelingking Beach. All these spots were hidden without any sign and nobody there. So our suggestion, better take a tour to explore the untouchable Nusa Penida.



Broken BeachBroken Beach, or Pasih Uug.
Locals say Pasih Uug. Pasih Uug means “pantai yang rusak” in Indonesian and broken beach in English. We think the word broken is not suitable, since this site will make you say “wow, beautiful” in many times.  Broken Bay, or Pasih Uug, is one of the most unique natural phenomena on Nusa Penida. The name Pasih Uug comes from the local dialect and means broken bay or beach. You can clearly see the gaping hole and arch that gives Broken Bach its name. You will meet group of succulent around the photo spot area.
It is located on the Western side of the island, and access to this location is quite difficult, with the road in fairly poor condition and directions quite complicated. No signboard at all. If you’re not one hundred percent confident in your skill on a scooter or in a car on the rocky roads, it is best to enlist tour services of a local experienced driver. You may have to spend a little bit if you wish to use their services, as Broken Beach is fairly isolated, and a challenging drive.

Broken Beach
Unfortunately, we can admire the view from above, there’s no way to go down. The water was so clear and impressive and we can see fish from a far! You can walking at the top of the bridge.
cows at Broken Beach
Broken BeachIf you’re lucky, you will meet the cows having lunch at the natural bridge. It just beautiful as shown in the picture above. Green grass, cows, ocean, and blue sky. What a perfect composition for instagram picture XD. 
This place also a home sweet home for manta rays and dolphins. We saw group of dolphins say hi to us and some playful manta rays. The manta rays here seems to be very happy, and not afraid to snorkellers and divers. When we swam very closely, maybe only 15 centimeters in distance, they show off the circular dance and keep swimming around us. How lovely and tame they are <3



Angel BillabongAngel’s Billabong
Locals say Billabong. Billabong words taken from English, means “The Rivers Edge Of A Dead End”.  A wonderful place to swim and cool off, Angel’s Billabong is a natural infinity pool in Nusa Penida that you can’t find somewhere else. . You can float and relax while taking in the beauty of the sea that lies just beyond the edge of the pool. It is told that the name of Angel’s Billabong reflects the view that a place this beautiful must be the bathing pool of the angels themselves.
The popularity of Angel’s Billabong began in June 2015, with the help of social media – so see it quickly, before too many people discover this secret!  The best time to visit the Billabong is hwen dry season, between 9AM -11AM. At that time, the waves of the ocean beyond are calm and still, imbibing the experience of floating in serenity as one of true heaven.  Rainy season will make the colour of the lagoon turns into brown not green. Tips: If you love swimming, don’t forget to wear swimsuit. i guarantee you will swim in this lagoon like an angel :D  Some of my guests said the highlight of the West trip to Nusa Penida is Angel’s Billabong.

Crystal BayCrystal Bay
Crystal Bay is everyone’s favourite place to admire the sunset. There’s a small warong that sell hot Balinese coffee, coffeemix, fried rice, or fried noodle. You can enjoy the magic moment here. Crystal Bay also a good place for swimming and snorkeling. You can rent the snorkel, goggles at the warong for around Rp. 50.000 for a day.
Crystal Bay is also famous amongst divers and snorkellers. It has a small temple on an island just off shore, great for sunset silhoutte photos. If you have an underwater camera, you will be rewarded with photos of rich coloured corals and striking tropical fishes. For a panoramic photo of the entire bay, try climbing the stairs on the left side and extend your walk and continue on to the next secluded beach. Alternatively you can relax on the beach, have a lunch or coffee at the local warung.


Atuh BeachAtuh Beach
Atuh Beach located at the East side of the island. Some photographer said, the best moment is during sunrise. This area is a photographers paradise, with stunning sunrise vistas. A 2o minute walk down the steps will land you on the white sands of with crystal clear blue waters to dip your toes in. Do not be surprised if you are the only ones there. The effort put into getting there is well worth it. Note: picture above taken from google
Suwehan beachSuwehan Beach
Suwehan is well known for a rock that looks like volcom logo. Suwehan and Atuh have a heavy trek to go down. Better go with a guide. Note: picture above taken from google


Giri PutriGiri Putri Temple
Giri Putri Temple, or the Princess Cave Temple, one of the most famous temple on the island. This temple is thought to be around one hundred years old. Many Hindus and some Buddhists from all over Indonesia come to Pura Goa Giri Putri to search for inner peace, to pray or to meditate. A short walk up the stairs (which includes breathtaking vistas of the ocean) leads to the temple entrance. A small hole in the rock opens up into a magnificent cave housing the temple. Walk through to the end and be rewarded with a view out the other side of the hill. Traditonal temple attire is required, we rent the sarong for Rp. 5000 at the entrance.

Nusa penida underwaterThe Underwater Nusa Penida
Don’t underestimate the underwater of Nusa Penida. It will make your day! From swimming with playful manta rays at secret manta point, discover Toyapakeh Wall, get amazed at Giant Travelly Spot (you can swim with 80 kilogram fishes with ugly and scary face), see Afro Buddha at Buddha Temple, and cliff jump!

Sea Walker Nusa PenidaSea Walker Nusa Penida
You can play with trumpet fish, bat fish, and some colourful fish with sea walker experience in Nusa Penida. It was our first sea walker experience. You will be go down to the water with special shoes and 40 kilogram helmet that connect to oxygen tank with a hose. I felt hard to move inside the water with the helmet. In one depth, you will feel not convenience on your ears. Just swallow one or two times, and your ears will be ok.

The sea walker package includes sea walker equipment, special shoes for sea walker, biscuit for fish feeding, refreshment drink after the activity, and transfers. It’s nice to experience the activity during your stay in Nusa Penida.

Places that You Will See in Nusa Lembongan.

Nusa Lembongan is the closest island to Bali and very touristic island, in my opinion. Upon arrival in Mushroom Bay or Jungut Batu, you will be welcomed with cafe, restaurant, and some man that offer motorbike rent. The price of rent motorbike is fair enough, Rp. 80.000 for full day with fully fuel. So, let’s explore Nusa Lembongan.

devils tearDevil’s Tears
This is the place with flat escarpment between Dream Beach and Sunset Beach. You can wander around, explore the wate’s edge and get great shot of Dream Beach and wave actions.
Dream beach
Dream Beach
The picturesque beach with heavy wave, not perfect place for swimming. Before enter the beach, there’s a warning sign, you can swim at your own risk.  Sit and relax while enjoy your coconut is the best way to enjoy this beach.

Gala Gala Underground HouseGala Gala Underground House
The unique place that located in village area. Yes, Gala Gala is a house, located underground, that made by hand with simple tools like handspike. There’s no fix entrance fee since no ticket box. Step into the area, i say, “where’s the house?” We just see a garden with some trees. There’s a man that sit in front of the garden. “Come on, see the underground house, only Rp. 10.000 each” (on February 2016) Maybe we looked like local, so we got cheaper price. I heard the foreign tourist paid Rp. 25.000 – Rp. 50.000 each. So, maybe you can bargain for the entrance fee. Like the other tourists, i want to take picture in the entrance. The entrance comes in small hole. Be carefull when you take a picture. I fell and got some bruises on my leg and hand.

TheDeckThe Deck  This place suits after strolling in a hot day. Their homemade gelato was perfect, the cappucino tasted awesome, the view also perfect to spend with your love one. My friend who reccommend this place @pashatama also said the pizza tastes like heaven. So, drop by and give a try! A spot where you can see all the surf breaks, witness the islanders harvesting their seaweed patches and the everyday activity of Lembongan

Places that You Will See in Nusa Ceningan.

Nusa Ceningan is the smallest island among the three. The only access is the iconic yellow suspension bridge that connect Lembongan and Ceningan. Or, you can access this island by private boat (this costs around Rp. 350.000/Rp. 400.000 for one boat transfer from Penida).

DCIM100GOPROG0084214.Yellow Suspension Bridge
Yellow suspension bridge that connect Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan and allows the visitors to easily access each island. This narrow and swinging bridge only allows access on foot, by bicycle or motorcycle and it is unsuitable for cars. Usually tourist take pictures here, or make video while crossing the bridge.  The noise that the bridge makes can be quite scary, and contributes to what is an all-round Indiana Jones-type experience.

Secret BeachSecret Beach
This beach is located inside The Villa Travelly. The infinity pool with spectacular Secret Beach View and cold mojito is perfect to spend for weekend escape. Since the villa only has 7 room, the atmosphere will be very quiet and peaceful.

Blue LagoonBlue Lagoon
Blue lagoon in Nusa Ceningan also my favourite place to sit and relax. It was a cliff jump point across a place that i sit, but closed now for some security issue.

Mahana JumpMahana Point Secret Hut
If you a cliff jump lovers, or just chillin while sipping your cold drink while watching sunset, Mahana Point is perfect for you. The jump poin view was different from any others i’ve ever seen. The ocean and wave sounds will pulse you adrenaline. Mahana also has wifi, so you can still update your social media statues :))

Le PirateLe Pirate Beach Club
If you want to have pictures with cute place, you can make a drop here. A serene atmosphere with cute hut and swimming pool will welcome you. With minimum spent Rp. 150.000/person, you can swimming and take pictures around. If you want to overnight here, the cost Rp. 800.000 for low season and Rp. 1.200.00 for high season. A little bit pricey but worth for the cutest property.

Where’s to stay in Nusa Penida?
There’s some accommodation in Nusa Penida that made me fall in love with. Every accomodation has plus point and minus point. And here’s my favourites:

full moonFull Moon Bungalows
Rate: Dormitory wth share bathroom Rp. 125.000/night/person. Fan Room with toilet Rp. 200.000/room/night. AC Room with toilet Rp. 350.000/room/night.
Note: Exclude breakfast, doesn’t have beach front access.
Plus: clean, super friendly staff, fast wifi.
Location: pretty good, near restaurant and cafe area

Nusa Penida Beach Inn

Nusa Penida Beach Inn
Rate:  Rp. 450.000/room/night.
Plus: clean, minimalis room, wifi, beach front with walking 1 minute only, rent snorkeling available.
Location: pretty good, near restaurant and cafe area

namasteNamaste Bungalows
Rate: Rp. 500.000/room/night (room for 2 persons) – Rp. 990.000/room/night (family room for 4 persons)
Note: Doesn’t have beach front access.
Plus: include breakfast, has small pool, cute lumbung room style with pink paint.
Location: a little bit far, near Crystal Bay area

warung cocoWarung Coco Resort / Coco Resort
Rate: Rp. 725.000/room/night (room for 1 person) – Rp. 1.250.000/room/night (family room for 4 persons)
Note: Doesn’t have beach front access.
Plus: include breakfast, has big pool, lumbung room style with minimalis touch
Location: a little bit far, near Crystal Bay area

IMG_7141While Nusa Lembongan already become tourist destination, I hope Nusa Penida still untouched and always be in wild condition.  I also hope the tourists who come here responsible to keep the nature clean and don’t leave any garbage. I saw some trash like mineral water bottle, snack packaging, and any other packaging at some spots in Nusa Penida. You will not meet trashcan in everyspot in Nusa Penida, so please bring a plastic bag to put your trash to keep Nusa Penida clean.

For arrangement land tour, snorkeling tour, or diving tour, you can friendly contact me. So. let’s explore the Hype Nusa Lembongan, the Marvelous Nusa Ceningan, and the Untouched Nusa Penida! See you :)

PS: If you dropped by at Crystal Beach, would you please say hi and give Blacky hug and some food? He’s very nice, polite, and has eyes for begging food :))


And here’s a video for Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan, enjoy :D

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