Nusa Penida Island

There’s so much to experience in Indonesia ranging from cultural escapades to shopping hotspots, from gastronomical hubs to basking in nature’s lap! And speaking of nature, if you’re planning a trip to Indonesia, then Nusa Penida is a must-visit! We’ll tell you why.

Once a hidden treasure, now gaining steady popularity, Nusa Penida is just the right mix of deserted and safe! You may not find the bustling city life, the happening nightlife or the fancy beach clubs here, but the beauty of the island is unparalleled!

Breathtaking cliff views, refreshing waterfalls, pristine beaches…Nusa Penida will have you wishing you had more days on the island! And if you’re short on days, a day trip to the island is very doable and equally pleasurable.

Nusa Penida – An Overview
Global location South East Asia
Country Indonesia
Province Bali
Official Language Balinese
Dial Code 361
Population 45,500
Currency IDR
Time Zone WITA - GMT+8
Area 202.8 sq. km

Getting to Nusa Penida

From Sanur (East Bali) there’s a ferry that runs multiple times a day to Nusa Penida. If you’ve booked in advance, you can arrange to be picked up by hotel staff as well.

What to do at Nusa Penida

Snorkel in the Clear Waters of Crystal Bay

One of the most photographable places in Nusa Penida, you won’t want to miss a visit to Crystal Bay.The beautiful palm-lined island with a thriving coral reef offers a visual treat to divers, and those who wish to snorkel during their visit. Put on the snorkel gear and be prepared to catch a glimpse of some exotic marine life. 

If you want to just laze on the beach, go for a dip or walk around, Crystal Bay is the place for you!

Hike Up to Get the Best View at Kelingking Beach

While Nusa Penida has so many great views, it may be challenging to pick one as the best. However, a Tyrannosaurus Rex shaped formation on a sweet hidden beach has got to be the winner! Kelingking beach is definitely, an Instagram favourite. You can take guided tours to the place or choose to do it, without a guide. Do ensure you wear proper footwear, as bamboo rails are the only support you’ll have on your hike up and down the grass and sand!

Catch a Romantic Moment at Broken Beach

Broken beach is a gorgeous little cove on Nusa Penida Island. It is called so because of a natural archway that wraps around the bay. Unfortunately, there is no way down to swim here, but it is not too far from Angel’s Billabong. Here, there is a pathway, which leads to a naturally formed lagoon, that offers a great place to swim and breathtaking views too!

There’s also a secret Manta-Ray viewing spot here as well. This was discovered by accident by a few travellers. If you’re lucky, you might find it, after a bit of exploration, or easier still, finding a local guide to direct you towards it!

Take the Adventurous Route to Seganing Waterfall

Signing waterfall in Penida is a hidden gem on the island. Getting to the waterfall will require some efforts, but it’s worth the walk! There’s nothing like listening to water gush out of the rocks as you catch your breath, amidst the most gorgeous setting! Do skip this, if you’re afraid of heights though!

Crawl Through a Cave to Witness a Religious Ceremony

The Pura Goa GiriPutri Cave is midway up a mountain. It is accessible only via a steep winding staircase. Being a religious site, you will have to rent a sarong to don before you start your walk up the staircase. A crawl through a tiny crack will lead you to a 300-metre-long cave where prayers are conducted.

Be Blown Away at Atuh Beach

This is the kind of beach that will leave you speechless from the first glance. The view from the top of the stairs will prepare you for the sheer beauty of what you’ll get after the ten-minute steep trek down to the beach. You will find a few vendors selling coconuts (refreshing after your hike!), nasigoreng, beer and other snacks and refreshments for a small price.

Best Time to Visit Penida

The island is open through the year, but the best time to visit is May to September. From November to January, the island receives heavy rainfall, and encounters extreme humidity, deterring visitors who want to explore the island.

Getting Around Nusa Penida

Most travellers choose to rent a scooter or a car to get around the island. A scooter is way more economical than the former. However, the roads on the island are known to be notoriously bad and thus, rent a scooter with caution!

With a little bit of adventure and a whole lot of absolutely soul-stirring views and experiences, Nusa Penida is an island you’re likely never to forget once you visit it. It’s a great place to leave behind your worries and truly experience unadulterated island life!

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