Photo: Enjoying Mahana Point.

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.

This sliver of an island is easily traversed in a day, but a range of accommodation options allow you to enjoy the tranquility for a bit longer. Aside from the must do (non-)activity of watching the daily spectacular show of the setting sun, popular pursuits include surfing, diving and circumnavigating the island by scooter or (less popular, but still enjoyable) by foot. Here’s how we’d do it in a day (or two).

Probably not for breakfast. Photo taken in or around A day or two on Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia 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 taken in or around A day or two on Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia 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 infinity pool.

Meet Secret Beach. Photo taken in or around A day or two on Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Meet Secret Beach. Photo: Sally Arnold

Double back along the road and stop for a quick nasi campur at Agus Warung, or for a more leisurely lunch overlooking the sea, try The Palms or Jenny’s Place nearby. Follow the road around to the southern side of the island and look for the signs to Secret Beach—it’s a steep but easy climb down the cliff. Don’t take the path to Villa Trevally unless you want to pay for the privilege to enter the area. This pretty sandy beach is good for a laze, but the waters are rocky and can be rough—stick to the crystal clear lagoon on the northern end of the beach.

Once you’ve had enough sun, sea and sand follow the rough road over the hill to Ceningan Cliff Resto—we promise it’s worth the effort. There’s a knockout view over to Nusa Penida—and you’ll deserve a fresh coconut (or perhaps a cold Bintang) by the time you reach here.

The sunsets can be great. Photo taken in or around A day or two on Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

The sunsets can be great. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Moving on, depending on the hour, you may be in time for the village volleyball game—look for the playing field on your right as you pass. Sit by the sidelines or ask to join in (no common language needed to have fun). Or you may wish to stretch at the drop-in yoga class 16:00 daily except Friday at Ceningan Yoga Shala (100,000 rupiah) at Ceningan Resort or perhaps a relaxing massage may be the best way to end your tour—Lembongan Spa (actually on Ceningan) offers a one-hour Balinese massage with a seaside view for 140,000 rupiah.

Whichever you choose, make sure you’ve got a vantage point with a view to the west for the day’s free show. Settle down to watch the kaleidoscope of colour paint the sky.

Abyss Zipline: Ceningan Island Resort; Jalan Sarang Burung; T: (0361) 765 845;
Ceningan Yoga Shala: Ceningan Resort; Jalan Raya Ceningan Kangin; T: (0821) 4585 5934, (0821) 9411 5524;
Lembongan Spa: Jalan Raya Ceningan Kauh; T: (0853) 5388 4652, (0821) 4524 7100;

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