A day or two on Nusa Ceningan

A day or two on Nusa Ceningan

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To elude the crowds on incessantly developing Nusa Lembongan (who are themselves fleeing the crowds on Bali), a yellow suspension bridge may be the escape route you need. Cross the narrow strait here to discover the mellow charms of Nusa Ceningan.

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Probably not for breakfast. Photo by: Stuart McDonald.
Probably not for breakfast. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Start your day with a coffee and smoothie bowl at pretty Next Level Cafe overlooking the Ceningan Strait. If you’re more hardcore than us, you can get straight into cocktails or a Bintang at one of the pretty sand-under-your-toes seaside bars (not recommended if you plan your circumnavigation by scooter).

If surfing’s your thing, head to Secrets surf break at Mahana Point. Follow the track near Secret Points Hut on the west coast of the island. Surfboards can be hired from Mahana Point Warung and Bar (80,000 rupiah per hour), however this is not a break for beginners—and watch out for ikan hiu (sharks)! For non-surfers it’s just as mesmerising watching the barrels roll in and the waves crashing into the ocean cliff caves.

People really did use to jump off that point... Photo by: Sally Arnold.
People really did use to jump off that point... Photo: Sally Arnold

Adrenaline junkies may desire to leap into the abyss, and it might be possible if the conditions are in your favour (although this folly may be banned in the future)—ask the friendly folk at the warung who can help with a life ring to pull you back up. If it's closed, don’t let the Bintang get the better of you; there’s no medical assistance on Nusa Ceningan if you get injured.

Pass Pura Batu Melawang and cross the headland though a network of tracks to Blue Lagoon, a spectacular rocky cove with waters so blue it almost hurts the eyes. Continue around the coast to Ceningan Island Resort at Kuanji Bay and for a short thrill, fly across the cliff on a zipline (85,000 rupiah) or simple laze about in the clifftop ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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