Nusa Ceningan holiday guide (2020)

Nusa Ceningan


Indonesia Nusa Ceningan Guide

Tiny Nusa Ceningan is the smallest of Bali’s three Nusa Islands, snuggled between the more popular Lembongan and Penida. It’s connected to Lembongan by a yellow suspension bridge, nicknAmed “The Bridge of Love,” where views of the narrow strait between the islands is magnificent – especially when fully lit up after dusk. Both islands have similar natural and cultural features like coastal fishing villages and seaweed farms. Still, Ceningan’s charm is that it doesn’t have as many attractions as its more famous siblings. This means you’ll enjoy arcing seascapes, smattered with traditional fishing boats, mangrove forests, a bright Blue lagoon with a spectacular cliff-jumping spot, a secret beach, and turtle nesting areas, virtually alone.

As part of the Nusa islands, Nusa Ceningan can be found by looking out from the southeast region of Bali. The island is also boxed in on both sides by the relatively more significant Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, cordoning off much of the land it might have had to call its own. However, that allows this location better access to some of the best experiences offered on the two independent islands on the sides of it, as well as the bigger islands – Bali and Lombok – occurring in very close proximity.

Nusa Ceningan is not much, but that depends on what angle you are approaching it from. For those who are looking for a quiet getaway – a place to lay low while they still get the mellow holiday vibe around them – Nusa Ceningan goes above and beyond to deliver. The island has made a name for being a great way to experience the Bali lifestyle without having to deal with the plentiful population, crowd, and bustle that comes with it — compounding that with the promise of amazing beaches and easy access whenever you want to switch things up. Nusa Ceningan is a destination of choice for adventurous activities such as ziplining, diving, cliff jumping, and wild hiking.

Just like the other two islands which make up this region, the best time to visit Nusa Ceningan is between April and October. At these times of the year, the beautiful tropical island has its dry season in full swing with little to no rainfall at all. This creates room for exploration and enjoyment of all fun activities without weather involvement. January and February are the months with the most rainfall and unstable weather, so it’s recommended to skip Nusa Ceningan during these months.

We have consistently referred to the small size of Nusa Ceningan in this guide, and that helps when it comes to a place to stay. Almost all the regions on the island offer the same kind of feeling and vibe. Thus, you would not feel left out in any way by choosing a place to stay over the other. Seeing as you would most likely explore all of this island in a couple of days and begin island hopping, anyways, you shouldn’t bother too much about getting the ideal accommodation when they could all be great for you. Still, it’s not surprising that everything is booked during the high season. Be sure to book your accommodation in front to get excellent offers.

Bali and Lombok will be the choice islands close to Nusa Ceningan for those who want to have a taste of the busy tourist locations before they come back to their quiet abode. You can get yourself prepared for the action and activities on these two islands by going over to either of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, both sister islands to Nusa Ceningan. At the same time, we cannot leave out either of the three Gili islands; neither can we not mention the beautiful landscape and offerings at South Gilis.

Although close to Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan does not boast anywhere near the beauty of beaches to be found on this rival location. The presence of Crystal bay on Nusa Penida makes a lot of difference for those who like to swim, snorkel, and enjoy such other activities around clean waters. Of course, a simple ferry could get you over to Nusa Penida since these should not be significant dealbreakers for not staying on Nusa Ceningan.

It must have been evident from the above that Nusa Ceningan does not offer much in terms of fun on-site. It relies on the availability of these activities on very close by islands. This is not a bad thing, but it can take out the spontaneity that drives such activities in tourists. Besides that, though, the locations are basically the same – with Nusa Ceningan being the more laid back of the pack.

The main aim of going to Nusa Ceningan is to escape life over at Bali with the option of going to taste the experience if need be. Gili Trawangan does not bring such luxury to the table. Speaking of luxury, Nusa Ceningan might be small, but it does know how to treat tourists right. However, getting to Nusa Ceningan might not be as easy to access Gili Trawangan due to better-defined transportation routes and systems. Nevertheless, both islands do bring some original themes to the fore for the travelers lucky enough to visit.

Best islands to see from Nusa Ceningan

Nusa Lembongan


Nusa Penida


South Gilis






Gili Trawangan


Gili Meno


Gili Air