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 ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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