Indonesia | The Nusa Islands Top 5

Most people stay on the main Island Bali but don`t know that just a 45 minutes boat ride away lay the beautiful Nusa islands:

  • Lembongan
  • Ceningan
  • Penida

These islands have so much to offer: stunning scenery, relaxing beaches,great snorkeling, surf possibilities and more.

Truly we could have spend weeks on these islands but they are also great for shorter stays.

Here is our Nusa islands top 5 things to do:


5. Devil`s Tear


On the west coast of Lembongan is one specific place which provides the best sunset view and as well a beautiful scenery: Devil`s Tear.
The sea of this side of the island is really rough and when the waves push hard against the cliffs which will end with a huge splash, that looks just awesome but certainly you should really be careful not getting to close to the edge.


4. Angel`s Billabong


Angel`s Billabong is a famous Instagram picture worthy tide pool on the island Penida.
To get a photo like this don`t go there when it`s high tide because then the pool will be fully covered.
Also here you need to be careful not going to close to the edge because at low tide waves will reach the pool and could pull you down. And going back on the island in this area is really difficult because of the sharp rocks and strong waves.


3. Blue Lagoon


As the names says this lagoon is blue. Really blue! The Blue Lagoon on Ceningan is mentioned here in our Nusa Islands top 5 because we never saw water as blue as there.
Unfortunately swimming is not possible but it`s totally worth to go there just for the view.


2. Kelingking Beach aka the T-Rex Beach

Can you see why the Kelingking Beach is called the T-Rex beach?

If not, here is the answer: Because it looks like the head of a cartoon T-Rex. 😉

Beat the crowds and go there latest at 8:30 am.

The beach is about an hour walk down some ticklish stairs so importantly walk slow and don`t rush.
Not many people are going to the beach and just go for the view so you will have the beach almost for your own.


1. Snorkeling/Diving


The Nusa Islands are famous for really good snorkeling and diving spots and especially to see:

– Manta Rays (whole year)
– Mola Molas (best season is September + October)

We snorkeled with Manta Rays and it was amazing and clearly our top 1 of our Nusa Islands top 5 list.

To see these gentle giants making their way trough the water just a 1 – 2 meters away from us was breathtaking.

You can book a snorkel tour with 4 snorkel spots everywhere on Lembongan they will cost about 250k IDR (about 15€).
We booked the trip with Tarci Bungalows and bargained with them to 200k IDR (12€). That was the cheapest price we found.

Manta Rays are not guaranteed to be seen but the chance is really high.


Where to stay:

We stayed the whole time on Lembongan because there is a higher selection of guesthouses and restaurants. Additional two nights on Penida would have been smarter.

Our accommodation of choice was Soka Homestay and we were really happy with it.

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You can do it as we did and do day trips (Lembongan and Ceningan are connected by a bridge, Penida is reachable by ferry) or stay two nights on Lembongan and two nights on Penida.

General Information:

When discovering Penida by yourself with a scooter, be prepared that some parts don`t have a proper road. Consequently it will be bumpy and there will be a lot of gravel.

Stay save! 🙂



We hope you enjoyed this article about our Nusa Islands top 5 and wish you a lot of fun.


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