The island of Nusa Penida is just 30 minutes away from Bali by fast boat. Nusa Penida has really only just begun catering to tourists and it’s definitely emerging as one of Bali’s new hot spots, however it can get busy there too, especially during high season.
Nusa Penida is the biggest of the three “nusa” just off from mainland Bali. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan make up the trio of islands, each with uniquely breath-taking landscapes. There are so many awesome things to do in Nusa Penida. Let’s go!
The Angel’s Billabong is one of Nusa Penida’s mystery getaways as a magnificent infinity pool. With its emerald tones and crystalline waters, the Angel’s Billabong is the exemplification of staggering. What’s more, clearly, the green floors of this specific boundlessness pool are so agreeable to stroll on it.
Spend some time enjoying the scenic views or just enjoy a swim. But also be careful while you head out for a swim at the beach as the waters are a bit rough here.
Just a couple minutes walk from Angel’s Billabong you will find the remains of what once was a massive cave. Long time ago the roof collapsed and now this walled bay can only be accessed through a hole in the rockformation. This spectacular place -locals called it Pasir Uug- is definitely one of the best places to see in Nusa Penida. If you have time continue your hike along the rough coastline with its massive cliffs.
There are a couple incredible rock formations sticking out of the ocean and from Banah Cliff Point you have a spectacular view. Definitely another instagramable spot and also a great place to watch the sunset and spot manta rays. However, roads to get here are unfortunately in a bad condition.
All the way on the east side of the island there is the popular tourist spot Atuh Beach. It is one of those amazing places to see in Nusa Penida that you can’t afford to miss. There are a couple beaches that are accessible but one of the best Nusa Penida tips is to rent a tree house and spend the night high up on a cliff and watch the sunrise the next day. The roads to Atuh Beach are completely new and within an hour from the jetty you can reach it on a motorbike.
Thousands Island or Pulau Seribu is located in Banjar Pelilit adjacent to Atuh Beach. In this place has tourist spot that allow the tourist can see the very beautiful view of the sea and beautiful small islands. You can view of the scenery from the higher. This place become tourist place in Nusa Penida and at the location now has built a tree house.
For underwater junkie, Nusa Penida is perfect place. I was hopped on a group snorkel tour and we were able to swim and snorkel with the playful Manta Rays for over half an hour. I would dive down as the Manta swam straight at me with its mouth wide open before darting away at the last moment. This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and it was only the start of the snorkel trip!
Another spot for underwater activities, Temple Point or Buddha Temple Nusa Penida is not just serving common magnificence over the sea which is delightful and charming to see. Enjoy an alternate sensation when plunging, where you can together entire with Buddha statues and the stûpa. This dive spot has been set aside a few minutes, roughly over 12 years prior. So it was common if the statues are noticeably overgrown and somewhat developed by delicate corals and anemones and turn into the play area of the lovely fish.
This is the number one place on the island to relax in style. A picture perfect white sandy beach, tall palm trees, hammocks, fresh coconuts and there can even be found local Nusa Penida accommodation – snorkeling and diving trip. Enjoy kicking back and unwinding on the shoreline.
When it comes down to most instagramable spots in Nusa Penida, Kelingking Beach is for sure number one. When I looked down on that beautifully green rockformation sticking out of the deep blue ocean, the white sand beach 100 meters down below and the massive limestone cliffs on my right. I totally understand why this is one of the best places to see in Nusa Penida.
Here is a great little tip for enjoying Kelingking Beach from a unique angle. Instead of hiking down the stairs, head to the left along the cliffs. Here you can find multiple epic viewpoints, with arguably a better look at the beach than the hike. It’s an awesome spot for sunset and doesn’t involve any hiking for those of you out there looking for the easy option.
Explore the island on two wheels…
As there are still so many places unexplored in Nusa Penida, it is a good idea to rent a bike and go around hunting for your very own secret spots. Besides, you will be able to see more of the village life and check out other beaches that are dotted all over the island.
Nusa Penida with its rugged cliffs and clear blue seas are still quite unchartered despite being so close to the popular Bali. You will definitely find the sense of adventure here with its underwater activities and secret tourist attractions. If you want to explore further then head on to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningan, the islands right next to it.
How to get to Nusa Penida and get around…
There are speedboats from Sanur, Bali to Nusa Penida daily. There are also public boats daily but are not timed for day trips. Note that the seas are rough and you may have to wade through the water to the boats. Getting around Nusa Penida takes time because the roads are not well-maintained and steep, and the transport is limited. Most tourists rent a motorbike or charter an ojek.