Bluer than the sky, bluer than the ocean, bluer than the namesake tropical cocktail. Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan is so turquoise it’s hard to believe, and it looks that way even on a gloomy January day. If crazy-blue water and cliff jumping sound like your kind of weekend, here’s everything you need to know before coming to the Blue Lagoon.
How to get to the Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan
When you’re staying on Nusa Lembongan, getting to the Blue Lagoon couldn’t be easier. Just ride a scooter to the Yellow Bridge that connects the two islands, cross the bridge, and head to the Blue Lagoon location on Google Maps. The road is pretty good — we’ve seen worse on Nusa Lembongan. Park as close as you can get to the pin on the maps, and walk through the shrubs for a bit. You won’t see the lagoon from the road, but it’s close.
To get there from Bali, you’re going to head to the port in Sanur and hop on a fast boat to Nusa Lembongan. The boats are plentiful, inexpensive (175K IDR, or $12), and quick. The boat trip to Nusa Lembongan takes about 15 minutes and ends right by the Yellow Bridge. If you like to have everything booked beforehand, you can get your boat tickets here:
In case you don’t want to worry about the logistics, you can always book an organized tour. The one below includes Blue Lagoon, Dream Beach, and a few other sights on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The crew will pick you up from your hotel in any major area in Bali, put you on a boat from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan, and take you around the islands on a scooter. You can also pay extra to have snorkeling included:
📍Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan Full Day Tour – from $50.69
What’s a good time to visit the Blue Lagoon?
We were there at 10:30 in the morning, and the timing was great — there was no one around. The lagoon is facing west, so it should be a good spot for the sunset, but I can’t speak from experience here. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Blue Lagoon is totally free to visit and take photos of.
Where to stay near the Blue Lagoon
Nusa Ceningan is a very small island, and most tourists coming here stay on the neighboring Nusa Lembongan. But staying on Nusa Ceningan has its perks: it feels more quiet and secluded, which might be just what you’re looking for.
📍Blue Lagoon Avia Villas, 1 Bedroom Pool Villa – from $125 per night
This one is way out of the One Grand Trip budget, but it’s right by the Blue Lagoon, so you can’t beat the view. If you decide to splurge and spend 24 hours eyeing that blue water from a lounge chair, this is your spot.
📍The Dafish Accommodation Bar & Cafe, Superior Garden View – from $31 per night
The Dafish is super close to the Blue Lagoon and Mahana Point, the island’s surf spot, and just a 10-minute ride away from the Yellow Bridge connecting Nusa Ceningan to Nusa Lembongan. This small guesthouse has all the Bali staples: a pool, wooden bungalows, and a view of the ocean.
What to do at the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a sight to behold — but just sitting there and beholding it quickly gets old.
If you’re looking for something active to do, the Blue Lagoon is a prime cliff jumping spot. Imagine piercing that turquoise water from the height of 4 to 13 meters! The waves were too powerful when we were there, but if you have more luck and the ocean is quiet, try it out.
The cliff jumping spots are on the opposite side of the lagoon, where the huts are, and you’ll have to climb up the cliff to get up. Make sure you get your timing right and start climbing up in between the waves. The lagoon is deep enough to jump without worries.
Is the Blue Lagoon worth it?
Frankly, I wouldn’t travel all the way from Bali to Nusa Ceningan just for the Blue Lagoon. But if you’re spending some time on the islands and looking for things to do on Nusa Ceningan, it’s definitely worth checking out. You can get there for any spot on Nusa Lembongan within 30-40 minutes, so why not?