Nusa Ceningan is a tiny island between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida that is accessible via a narrow yellow bridge from Nusa Lembongan. Most people visit the island for a day trip while staying on Nusa Lembongan, but if you’re looking for laid back island retreat at at low price then it’s the perfect place to go. Despite its tiny size there are many beautiful sights on the island, and it’s a wonderful place to escape to for a few days of exploration or relaxation! Here is your guide the best budget accommodation on Nusa Ceningan.
Before you go
There are no ATMs on the island, so bring enough cash for your trip. However, you can make the trip back to Lembongan to use one of the ATMs there.
If you do not have a scooter you might be dropped off at the yellow bridge that connects Ceningan to Lembongan. You’ll have to carry your luggage across and be picked up on the other side.
The roads on Ceningan are notoriously bad and it can be difficult to navigate by scooter. It’s still possible, but just be careful when you’re driving. Definitely wear a helmet!
Certain sights / cliff jumps are only safe during certain tidal conditions. Chat with the staff at your resort to find out the best times to jump.
Now, here are my top picks for accommodation on Nusa Ceningan, from the cheapest to the most expensive!
Double rooms from £13 per night
The cheapest accommodation we could find, with an 8.2 rating on Booking.com, Ceningan Inn is a great budget option on the island. A deluxe double room with air-con, wifi, a patio, a balcony and private bathroom will set you back just £13 per night.
It’s located close to the yellow bridge that connects Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, and within walking distance to the beach.
The rooms and facilities are basic, as you would expect from the price, but this property gets great reviews for location and the staff who can arrange transport, tours and scooters if you need them. Because it’s so close to the yellow bridge you could use this as a base to explore Nusa Lembongan also!
Breakfast is not included in the daily rate, but at just IDR20k / £1 / €1.16 per person it’s a bargain – one reviewer called it the best breakfast on the island.
Stay here if
You are looking for a bargain room to use as a base for exploring the island, you are used to staying in budget accommodation, and you want to stay in a convenient location.
Sea view bunglows from £19 per night
Rated the best value accommodation on the island, Ocean Sunset Villas is well worth the extra £6 a night compared with Ceningan Inn. Their air conditioned wooden bungalows have private bathrooms, a sea view, wifi, balcony area and mosquito net. The interior is beautiful and if you are travelling as part of a couple, this is a really romantic place to stay.
The location is great for sightseeing, Ocean Sunset is walking distance to the famous Blue Lagoon, Mahana Point, Ceningan Flying Fox and Driftwood Bar. It’s also 10 mins to Secret Beach. The staff can rent you scooter, and they can also arrange pickup from the harbour or your hotel on Lembongan.
There’s a gorgeous swimming pool on site, which is a nice great place to cool off after a day of sightseeing, but the main draw of this place is the view. As the name suggests this is a gorgeous place to watch the sunset from their on site bar and restaurant. Check out the photos – it really is amazing.
Stay here if
You’re on a romantic break, you want a swimming pool, you want luxury at a budget price, and you want to be close to popular sights on the island.
Double rooms from £23 per night
This stunning 3-star beachfront resort has an outdoor pool overlooking the ocean, along with a restaurant and a bar on site. You can walk down a set of steps from the swimming pool and dive straight into the crystal clear sea or chill out on the little beach beside the resort. This is a great place to stay if you want to have some chill out time along with sightseeing.
The air conditioned huts have a spacious balcony, big double bed, wifi and my favourite – an outdoor bathroom and shower/ There’s a table and chairs on the balcony and you can get your meals served here if you like, or if you want to work out this is a great place to do it.
Twilight gets great reviews for its value for money and its location, but most of the reviews rave about the staff who go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable as possible. You can arrange tours, transport, scooters and transfers through reception.
Stay here if
You’re on a romantic break, and you want peace and privacy. You want to chill out as well as see the sights. You want a more traditional accommodation option.
Sea view Traditional Lumbung from £26 per night
Traditional Lumbung huts are the epitome of island living and the reason that Secret Point made this list; usually huts like these are a lot more expensive than £26 per night! These air conditioned wooden huts have an ocean view and a private balcony overlooking the ocean. The bedroom is spacious and comfortable, with a semi-outdoor bathroom and separate hot shower facilities.
Location wise, Secret Point Huts is just a 3-minute walk from Blue Lagoon jumping point and Mahana point and a 5 minute drive to Bakung Temple. The resort also offers complimentary harbour pick off and drop off if you don’t have a scooter.
There is a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the ocean, and a short walk down some steps will take you to a beautiful white sand beach if you want to cool off in the sea. Sunset from the on site restaurant is stunning, and with outdoor tables and chairs you can watch it from the terrace for a romantic evening.
Stay here if
You have a bigger budget, you want to have a traditional experience, you’re on a romantic trip, you don’t want to drive.
From £34 per night for a hut
One of the most popular spots to stay on Nusa Ceningan, you’ll probably have seen the famous white and turquoise Le Pirate huts on Instagram. Because of it’s popularity, combined with a good social media presence, the huts are on the expensive side. They are only available to book for a minimum of two nights, but I think it’s the kind of place you want to stay a few days.
The huts are small and basic, with a little balcony outside where you can relax in the evenings. The rooms are sparsely decorated but have everything you need. There is a pool on site, along with a sunset deck for evening drinks so you can spend some time relaxing here in between seeing the sights on the island.
The on-site restaurant and bar is popular with visitors to the island, as well as residents. They serve a mix of Indonesian and western foods, and there’s a really great vibe here.
Location-wise, this is convenient for sightseeing by scooter but there aren’t any attractions within walking distance. You can rent scooters from reception if you want to get around, or they can organise tours for you.
One thing to be aware of is that due to the popularity of Le Pirate, the restaurant and sunset deck can be very busy. You mighteven find some tourists taking their own Instagram style photos outside your bungalow. Despite that, Le Pirate gets great reviews and still has enough good things to offer that makes up for things like this.
Stay here if
You want to stay in a picture perfect resort, you’re looking for the young, popular spot, and you don’t mind roughing it a little bit (cold showers, small huts).
While you’re on Nusa Ceningan, hop on a boat and spend a day seeing the sights on nearby Nusa Penida. Click here to read why!
Thanks for reading!