There are multiple ways to explore the two smaller Nusa islands east of Bali. Most people opt for doing it on a scooter which is great. I, however, am a big fan of walking places. So my friend who I traveled the Nusas with and I decided to try making our way around by foot.
When we first typed our different routes into Google Maps it didn’t look like walking would be possible without having to take long detours. But we tried anyway. Is it possible? It definitely is. Is it worth it? Heck yeah, we had the most beautiful scenery all to ourselves.
So if you don’t feel comfortable on a scooter, don’t want to pay a driver or just enjoy walking as much as I do, keep on reading.
Guesthouse to Mushroom Bay
Our adventure of exploring Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan by foot started at our homestay (Nyoman Guesthouse – absolutely recommend staying there) in Jungutbatu. We decided that the most beautiful route would probably be along the shoreline so we made our way to the water.
After a short while, you reach a kind of village with lots of different restaurants and accommodations. You’ve probably already seen it when you arrived on Nusa Lembongan by fast boat. Just walk parallel to the water and find your way through it.
Hidden paths through forests
At the first bay, it already looked like we would have to abort our mission of exploring Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan by foot. The only way not heading back into the middle of the island was swimming. Or so we thought. But when we asked some locals, they showed us a little path starting behind one of the sheds at the bay. It leads through a little forest.
You’ll pass several bays on our way to Mushroom Bay which you can all cross easily. But the last “hill” before Mushroom Bay was a challenge for us. We climbed the rocks and looked for a way over but there was just undergrowth and no way to get around.
Luckily, there was construction going on nearby and we asked one of the workers whether there was a way to Mushroom Bay without having to go to the road. He just pointed us in the direction of the construction site.
So we walked across the construction site (something that would definitely never happen in Germany), passed a few houses and finally reached Mushroom Bay.
Mushroom Bay to Devil’s Tear
Continuing your way to Devil’s Tear, you can walk on a little road behind The Tanis Villas for a while. At the first intersection, we opted to stay close to the water again. This led us to an adventurous – but beautiful – climb over some rocks.
Before you’ll find yourself back on some legit paths, you’ll be surrounded by undergrowth, walk across droughty fields and climb some more rocks. Just know what direction you have to go and find your way through. At the end of it, there’ll be some signs pointing you towards Devil’s Tear.
Back on some legit paths
We had a little break at Tropical Juice Corner, close to the Devil’s Tear. I didn’t order anything but my friend said she had the most amazing bowl she’s ever had. From there, it was just a short walk to the popular place.
Devil’s Tear is known for its waves crashing on the shore with an enormous power (the tears). There are a lot of tourists there wanting to watch the waves. If you’d like to enjoy a beautiful but less crowded view just turn left when standing in front of Devil’s Tear. Not even 200m away, there are some beautiful rock formations.
Devil’s Tear to Dream Beach
Dream Beach is just minutes away from Devil’s Tear. You can also just follow one of the many paths leading there, so no rock climbing required this time!
Dream Beach to Yellow Bridge
In order to get to Nusa Ceningan, you’ll want to make your way to the Yellow Bridge that connects both islands. Leaving Dream Beach, walk around Water Blow Huts (there’s no way through, we tried) and you’ll get to a little village.
There are multiple ways to get on from here, try making your way back to the water. You’ll be rewarded with kilometers of beautiful abandoned beaches up until the yellow bridge. Just continue walking along the water.
Yellow Bridge to Blue Lagoon
After crossing over to Nusa Ceningan, we felt kind of dehydrated. So we took a little break at Sea Breeze Ceningan. No need to be adventurous on the way there, just follow the street.
Same goes for walking to the Blue Lagoon. You can just follow the streets (there’ll be signs there as well). Beware though, they can be steep at times. The Blue Lagoon is truly beautiful and not even that crowded! We were there with just five other tourists.
Blue Lagoon to Zipline
To enjoy one more magnificent view, follow the signs for the zip line. Walk through the forest left of the zip line and houses and keep going until you reach the edge of the cliff.
After enjoying the view for a while, we decided that we had enough walking for the day and found some locals who drove us back to our Guesthouse on their scooters. We spent the rest of the afternoon cooling down in the pool.
17km, lots of different adventures and absolutely amazing views – I highly recommend exploring the Nusas by foot. We spent most of our time in places with no other tourists so it’s worth it to get off the beaten track.
I tried marking our way on a map but since we didn’t walk in a straight line and did a lot of exploring this was harder than I thought. However, if you plan on exploring the Nusas by foot, message me and I’ll try to help you out.
Otherwise, just know that it is possible (and definitely recommended) to explore the Nusas by foot. And keep going, there is always a way!