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Nusa Ceningan — An Overlooked And Under-Appreciated Island Gem In Bali

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Nusa Ceningan is a tiny island in Bali province. Nestled between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, this tiny island has been long overlooked and under-appreciated for its small but light tourism offering.

Nusa Ceningan At Sunset

Described on Google Maps as a “small, unfussy getaway with a lagoon”, this short sentence to written to summarise this island haven does the tropical retreat an incredible disservice.

Nusa Ceningan may be small, but she packs a punch. If you’re looking to escape the tourist crowds and indulge in a laid-back island retreat, Nusa Ceningan is the destination for you.

Getting to Nusa Ceningan is super simple. You access the island using the same fast boat service that operates multiple times a day between mainland Bali and Nusa Penida.

Nusa Ceningan is connected to Nusa Lembongan by the famous Yellow Bridge. In fact, the island sits so close to its neighbors that from certain viewpoints, the gentle flow of ocean that divides the islands could easily be mistaken for a river.

Blue Lagoon at Nusa Ceningan is perhaps the island’s most famous geological landmark. Eating glistening bright turquoise waters that lead far out to the open ocean, the Blue Lagoon looks like something you see in an issue of National Geographic. Its splendor really needs to be seen to be believed.

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Many travelers draw comparisons between Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. Many feel that Nusa Ceningan offers tourists the best of both worlds, noting how it is quieter and more beautiful than Nusa Penida. While others prefer to stay on Nusa Penida and hop across to Nusa Ceningan for a day of island exploration.

There are plenty of accommodation options in Nusa Ceningan, and even more reasons to stay longer than just one night as it has kind of become the standard itinerary for a visit. Stay longer!

You won’t regret it. One of the most highly regarded hotels in Nusa Ceningan is The Palms Ceningan Hotel and Restaurant. Offering understated and affordable luxury, mesmerizing sea views, and an infinity pool, The Palms surpasses guest expectations every single time.

For a truly up-market, luxury stay, be sure to book an ocean-view bungalow at Blue Lagoon Avia Villas. Bungalows start at just IDR 1,450,000 per night, and rates fluctuate seasonally.

Guests are invited to kick back and relax in their own private bungalow, surrounded by the level of comfort and style only offered by true boutique hotels.

The masterminds behind Blue Lagoon Avia Villas are also the team who have created The Klyf Beach Club.

Easily one of the best places to watch the sunset in Nusa Ceningan, The Klyf Beach Club is the perfect place to soak in the island vibes from the early morning until late at night.

Welcoming, social, and easygoing, The Kylf Beach Club has a super healthy menu and its own infinity pool overlooking the famous Blue Lagoon.


Speaking of day clubs, The Klyf Beach Club has some stiff competition across the tiny island. Le Pirate Beach Club is open to guests of the resort and non-residents.

Absolutely Instragrammable and described as a ‘barefoot experience,’ Le Pirate Beach Club also has sister resorts in Gili Meno and the Flores Islands, the gateway to Komodo National Park.

Be sure to check out The View Day Club in Nusa Ceningan, too; definitely worth a visit.


Dining in Nusa Ceningan is a treat. For those who want to keep things local, there are dozens of family-run traditional warungs serving up everything from nasi goreng to cap cay and freshly caught fish.

If you find yourself fancying some seafood specials or some international favorites, take a stroll over to Ceningan Cliffs Restaurant or The Bungki Bendega Restro.

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Thursday 13th of April 2023

Quote "The masterminds behind Blue Lagoon Avia Villas are also the team who have created The Klyf Beach Club."

Funny you mention The Klyf Beach Club. A prime example of how Bali is not managing tourist developments. This club is located at the cliff edge and they have built huge concrete support structures down to beach level with exposed sewage pipes and tank visible from the beach!

A real ugly sight in an otherwise pristine location! Who in their right mind allowed for this to happen?

Just open google map and look for yourself at image found under -8.707983385886758, 115.4390270116567


Thursday 13th of April 2023

The last two pictures in this article are very outdated and seem about 10-12 years old. Even the old yellow bridge is still there! It looks very different these days.