NUSA ISLANDS INFORMATION
Sitting just off the southeast coast of Bali. Nusa Lembongan is one of three smaller islands that make up the Klungkung regency. Of the three, Lembongan is the most developed. Additionally it is a very popular destination for tourists, boasting the best diving near Bali.
Home to roughly 5,000 local residents, up until the earl 2000’s, the main industry here was seaweed farming. On very low tides, you can still see remnants of this industry, with the metal structures and netting strategically placed. As more and more tourists started flocking to the area, many of the local people switched from away from traditional seaweed farming. They started to build villas, open restaurants (warungs) and offer both snorkeling and diving tours.
Nusa Lembongan is what you might think of when dreaming of an idealistic perfect tropical island. Stunning coral reefs, perfect white sand beaches, crystal clear blue water and gorgeous limestone cliffs surround this area. You can feel the quiet and relaxed energy the moment you step onto the island.
Access to Lembongan is done via the fast boat services that leave multiple times a day from Sanur in Bali. The boat ride is just a short 30 minute journey, which crosses the Badung Strait. Once on the island, the main method of transportation here is by scooter or pedal bike. Being such a small island, there are very few cars here. Furthermore, the few that are here get used mainly to transport tourists from the boat harbour to their place of stay.
Watersports such as diving, snorkeling, surfing and fishing are the most dominant activities here. Likewise, there are many different operators offering these services for tourists. Some must see areas include the Mangrove Forest, Dream Beach and the famous Devil’s Tear viewpoint.
Smallest of the three Nusa islands, Nusa Ceningan lies in between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. Particularly known for its famous yellow bridge which connects it to Nusa Lembongan. Ceningan is still largely undeveloped and a perfect, quiet place to escape the crowds.
For those that are feeling adventurous and willing travel a little off the beaten path. Ceningan offers many scenic paths, small roads to explore and spectacular views to seek out . Without a doubt, heading up the ridge line is almost always worth the effort to watch the sunset over Bali. Many small boutique style beach bars and restaurants decorate the northwest side of Ceningan. This coastline is a perfect spot to relax after an adventurous day.
To access Nusa Ceningan, you head from Nusa Lembongan and cross over the small channel using the famous yellow bridge. The bridge can only be crossed by foot, pedal bike or scooter because it is not wide enough for cars.
Many significant viewpoints can be found scattered all over this island. However, stunning views from atop the ridge and the colors of famous Blue Lagoon do not often disappoint. One of the more famous spots is Mahana Point. This place offers a small bar and restaurant overlooking one of the more popular surfing spots. When conditions permit, cliff jumping can also be done here from the few purpose built platforms.
Being the largest and most exotic of the three Nusa islands. Nusa Penida is also home to some of the most picturesque and dramatic landscapes in the area. Lush tropical jungle, beautiful lagoons and towering cliffs make this largely undeveloped island a highly sought after destination.
Covering roughly 200 square kilometers and home to roughly 50,000 locals. Nusa Penida is significantly bigger than it’s sister islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The natural, unspoiled beauty on offer all over the island overshadows what Penida lacks in infrastructure.
Getting to Nusa Penida can be done easily with many options to choose from. Fast boats leave daily from Bali in areas such as Sanur, Serangan and Padang Bai. For tourists that are already on either Lembongan or Ceningan. Many boats leave from the famous yellow bridge over to Nusa Penida. Just a short 10 minute ride. Once you arrive on the island, to travel around you can hire a scooter or car.
A few can’t miss spots on this island include Atuh Beach and Broken beach. Number one highlight is the famous Kelingking Beach, which has the shape of a T-Rex dinosaur head. The natural infinity pool at Angels Billabong is best to visit at low tide. This is when you can head down for a dip in the water. However, it is very treacherous and you must use extreme caution here. Unlike the many temples around the island, Goa Giri Putri is set in a limestone cave. Many Balinese locals come to this temple to pay their respects, pray and be blessed by the holy water.