Bali’s three satellite islands offers unrivalled wondrous natural sights and are a perfect quick getaway choice for an idyllic escapade.
Beyond Bali’s usual go-to destinations on the main island, there are three small islands just a short boat ride away – Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. This trio is popular for weekend getaways and nature excursions among locals and travellers from outside Bali alike. While day trips to any of these islands are available, opt to spend a few days to really bask in all the Nusa islands have to offer.
Lembongan and Ceningan are the smaller two, as well as being the first two to find popularity thanks to the development of resorts, bars and cafés. They are connected by an iconic yellow bridge, so the chances are that most travellers to one will visit the other too.
Other than the idyllic villas and cute beachfront cafés, Lembongan is known for its natural vistas. Check out Devil’s Tears, a cliff formation by the sea with a nook that creates a dramatic splash when the waves hit. Destinations like Dream Beach and Mushroom Bay are also much sought-after, especially among beach lovers. Don’t forget to get lost in serenity by opting for a laid-back boat tour through the mangrove forest.
Cross the yellow bridge to Ceningan and head to Blue Lagoon to see another theatrical vista with a rocky cove and azure blue waters. If you’re quite the daredevil, don’t miss a chance to do the Blue Lagoon cliff jump with trusted local operators. You can opt from the 4m, 6m, 8m and 13m options and have an unforgettable experience.
Last, but definitely not least, is the bigger Nusa Penida, which is home to numerous magnificent nature delights. Peguyangan Waterfall, for example, can be found in a cave ensconced within a towering, ocean-facing cliff. The track to get here is challenging and not for the faint of heart, but the destination is definitely worth it.
Penida hosts many beaches that offer mesmerising views of massive rock formations, like Kelingking Beach (also known as T-Rex Beach, nicknamed for its shape, which resembles the Jurassic Park logo), Atuh Beach, Crystal Bay, Broken Beach, Diamond Beach and more.
Don’t forget to check out Angel’s Billabong, a crystal-clear natural pool that cascades into the ocean. Speaking of the ocean, if you’re a dive enthusiast, don’t miss out on diving in the Nusa Penida waters, as you might come across the majestic manta rays.