Nusa Penida is a large unknown and paradise-like island in southern Bali. It is currently Bali’s best kept secret, because tourists almost do not come here. The neighboring island of Nusa Lembognan is a lot smaller and a lot more touristy. Tourists still don’t know Nusa Penida, and that’s one of the things that make this island so beautiful and authentic. This island is still pure and has about twenty hotels spread across the island. The island is green, rough and undiscovered. Tips for your visit to Nusa Penida!
Nusa Penida, tips for your visit to this unknown Paradise of Bali!
General information about Nusa Penida
In the south east of Bali lies the island of Nusa Penida and this island is about 200 square kilometers, 20 kilometers long and 12 kilometers wide. There are about 50,000 people living on Nusa Penida and they mainly live off of agriculture. The island is pristine and the roads are often bumpy and bad. But fortunately there is not a lot of traffic, so you can ride your scooter quietly. Tourism is a little on the rise and the island will change enormously in the coming years. For example, there are more hotels and there are also ATMs nowadays.
How to get to Nusa Penida?
Every morning at 8:15 am and every afternoon at 16:15, a boat departs from Sanur to Nusa Penida. The port in Nusa Penida is called Sampalan. This boat trip takes about 45 minutes and costs Rp. 125.000 (converted that’s around € 7,50) for a single trip. You will arrive at the east of the island in a small harbor. From here you can take a taxi to your hotel.
You can also leave from Lombok and, for example, from the Gili Islands with a direct boat to Nusa Penida. The price is about Rp. 500.000.
Tips: How many days should you visit Nusa Penida?
As I have mentioned before, the island is big and therefore you really need to plan a few days to discover the most beautiful places of Nusa Penida. For example, exploring the west side of the island, takes a whole day. I stayed for three days on the island and this was enough. The island is best explored on a scooter and you pay Rp. 80.000 per day. Please note that the roads are really bad in some parts and if you are not a good scooter rider, it’s better to arrange a driver and sit behind him on the scooter.
Tips: the 5 must do’s during a visit to Nusa Penida!
1. Diving and snorkeling
The underwater world around Nusa Penida is super beautiful and diving and snorkeling is something you need to do here. The island is famous for its sea turtles, manta’s and the whale sharks. You can do this all through a tour of the island.
2. Visit Broken Beach and Angels Billabong
Contrary to what the name suggests, it is not a beach where you can swim. It is located in the west of the island and this is a kind of arch in the sea. It was a cave that was broken by the sea over the years. The waves are big and powerful when they hit the mountains. The view of the sea and the coastline is impressive. In the sea you will see the manta’s swimming. The water is so bright blue. The road to get here is a disaster and it is for sure a bumpy ride for at least twenty minutes. Entrance fee is Rp. 5.000 per scooter.
Next to Broken Beach is Angel’s Billabong and this is a natural infinity pool in the sea.
3. Visit KlingKing Beach
This is the most beautiful viewpoint of Nusa Penida. The stairs down are a bit tricky and a little dangerous, but the view is phenomenal. This coastline is beautiful and rugged and the water is bright blue and you can see that brilliantly from this point. A staircase runs along the cliff and is made from bamboo and goes down to the beach. Entrance Rp. 5.000 per scooter.
4. Visit Crystal Bay
Nusa Penida’s most beautiful sandy beach is in the northwest and is full of palm trees. Here you can lay down on the sunbeds and have a nice swim in the sea. The sea can be quite wild at various places on the island, but here it is safe to swim. It is advisable to go snorkeling because it is a nice place to snorkel.
5. Visit Atuh Beach
On the south-east side of the island there is a beautiful beach where you can also swim. In most cases, the beach is almost completely abandoned, allowing you to enjoy all this tranquil beach. This is because this beach is difficult to reach because the road here is a real disaster. There are a few small bars where you can get a drink. This is mostly fun to visit in the morning, because in the afternoon the sea is quite wild.Check here my travel route Bali and Lombok 2 weeks
These are my tips for a visit to Nusa Penida? Do you have more tips for a visit to Nusa Penida?
Hotel Nusa Penida
There are a few very nice hotels at Nusa Penida, but I loved my stay at Bataran Garden Cottage. It is brand new and offers six quite and very nice cottages/bungalows. The view from the room and the swimming pool is amazing. The food at the restaurant was great and the place is so peaceful. Check here to see if the hotel is available!
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