Of all the places that I have been to in the world, I would have to vote Nusa Penida Bali in the top 3 most awesome destinations to visit! This magical island offers a mecca of adventures and locations that will leave you jaw dropped and gasping around every corner!
HOW TO GET TO NUSA PENIDA BALI
A Nusa Penida trip can be booked through Direct Ferries who can organise transfers from your accommodation in Bali to Sanur Harbour. It is here that you can take the 30 minute fast boat to Toya Pakeh Harbour in Nusa Penida. A return trip will cost you around 500,000 Rupiah ($50) which includes car transfers and the boat to and from Nusa Penida. Click Here to see the time schedule and availability.
You can also take a boat to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan if you happen to be exploring this island first. A return Nusa Penida trip will cost you 100,000 Rupiah ($10). You can organise the boat via your accommodation or simply head to the main harbour on Lembongan and ask one of the boat companies down there. To help you plan your trip to the Nusa Islands, you may want to check out my other articles of the Top 5 Things To Do In Nusa Lembongan and Top 3 Things To Do In Nusa Ceningan.
NUSA PENIDA MAP
GETTING AROUND NUSA PENIDA ISLAND
When you arrive to Toya Pakeh harbour there are a number of scooter rental shops on the beach front that will be able to sort you out with some wheels. My friends and I paid 70,000 Rupiah ($7) per day with a full tank of gas. This was the lowest price we could haggle for, the locals wouldn’t drop their price any lower. Be sure to get a helmet as an extra precaution for riding on the roads in Nusa Penida as they are not very well maintained with pot holes and loose gravel everywhere.
THE TOP 8 THINGS TO DO IN NUSA PENIDA BALI
Kelingking Secret Point Beach is up there with one of the most amazing places I have ever been. Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida island has become the biggest tourist attraction on the island thanks to Instagram and for a good reason, I mean just look at this view!
WHERE IS KELINGKING BEACH NUSA PENIDA
Kelingking Beach is located on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island, approximately 45 minute drive from Toya Pakeh harbour.
The reason why Kelingking Beach is such a popular location is because the cliffs form the shape of a T-Rex dinosaur. The head of the T-Rex can be seen on the left of the bay and the body and tail wraps around to the right.
Kelingking Beach has multiple viewpoints around the edge of the cliffs offering spectacular views up and down the coastline of Nusa Penida.
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Banah Cliff Nusa Penida is yet another epic view point along the cliffs of this incredible island! This particular location is not as popular as Kelingking Beach though it is equally impressive in my opinion.
WHERE IS BANAH CLIFF NUSA PENIDA
From the main harbour of Toya Pakeh it is approximately a 45 minute drive. You can rent a scooter at the harbour here for 70,000 Rupiah per day. The Banah Cliff is located on the west coast of Nusa Penida.
There is not just not one but two incredible view points at Banah Cliff Nusa Penida. Surprisingly, we did not have to pay for parking or any entrance fees for this location which was great. It is spots like these that I love to discover before they get too popular.
The first is the panoramic viewpoint that faces west and offers extreme views of surrounding cliffs, perched high above the ocean. On a clear day you can actually see the tail of the T-Rex at Kelingking Beach. Be very careful when taking photos here as there is no safety barrier to protect you from falling hundreds of feet to the ground. Know your limits.
The second is the Banah Cliff which faces east and offers an awesome viewpoint of the arched rock island out to sea. Again, watch your step along these rocky cliffs.
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Snorkelling at Manta Point Nusa Penida is up there with one of the most epic experiences I have ever had. These humble underwater giants fly through the ocean like eagles in the sky.
Snorkelling adventures to Manta Point can be booked at Toya Pakeh harbour at any one of the boat companies along the waterfront. My friends and I actually booked our trip to Manta Point when we were staying on Nusa Lembongan island which is another option you may want to think about. Our snorkel trip cost 200,000 Rupiah ($20) and we booked through Monkey Activities.
These majestic creatures are absolutely incredible! They glide effortlessly through the ocean and are really friendly to swim with. The manta rays can be quite intimidating to begin with due to their body size of up to 5 meters, though you will soon realise they are harmless, humble giants. I counted roughly 8-10 different mantas at Manta Point Nusa Penida on this mornings snorkelling adventure, which is more than usual. I think it is safe to say we got very lucky!
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Angel’s Billabong is one of Nusa Penida’s most popular attractions. This natural infinity pool is framed by rock cliffs and hangs out over the ocean overlooking Manta Point Beach.
WHERE TO FIND ANGEL’S BILLABONG
The Angel’s Billabong Beach can be found on the far most western tip of Nusa Penida’s coastline.
When you arrive to the carpark on the cliffs you will be asked to pay a parking fee of 5,000 Rupiah. There are sign posts leading the way down the steps to Angel’s Billabong, so it is hard to get lost.
There are a number of viewpoints of the Billabong, my personal favourite was down in the infinity pool itself. The water is clear as crystal and the temperature was nice and warm on a crisp early morning.
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Broken Beach Nusa Penida is one of many awesome locations on the island and it is not to be missed! The natural bridge stretches over turquoise waters that flows in and out of the arch way, hence the name Broken Beach.
WHERE TO FIND BROKEN BEACH NUSA PENIDA
Broken Beach is located on the far most western tip of Nusa Penida’s rocky coastline. From the main harbour of Toya Pakeh it is a 1 hour drive. Also at this location you can find Angel’s BIllabong, a natural infinity pool on the edge of the cliffs.
Although you can’t go swimming at Broken beach Nusa Penida it is such an unreal setting in itself. The ocean water flows in to a bowl that is surrounded by towering cliffs. You can take a panoramic walk all the way around Broken Beach to several different viewpoints offering incredible views of this hole in the cliff.
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Atuh Beach is one of Nusa Penida’s most iconic locations. The natural rock arch that stretches over crystal clear turquoise waters will have you in awe as soon as you lay eyes on it.
Pantai Atuh Nusa Penida can be accessed from either the left or the right hand side of the cliffs via the concrete steps that are cut in to the side of the mountain. It takes approxiamtely 5-10 minutes to hike down to the beach.
WHERE TO FIND ATUH BEACH
Atuh Beach is located on the far most eastern point of Nusa Penida island. It is approximately a one hour drive from Toya Pakeh. The best time to visit is for sunrise and you will most likely have the beach all to yourself!
The natural arch rock, in my eyes, forms the shape of a prehistoric dinosaur of some sort that looks like it is ready for battle haha. Would you agree?!
We were so curious of the formation of this natural arch, so we decided to swim out to it on low tide. It was much more impressive once we were swimming through the arch. We checked the depth of the water to see if it was possible to cliff jump. Our guess was that it was between 3-4 meters deep which was plenty enough for us, so we scaled the rock arch and jumped off one by one!
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If you haven’t seen the Ruma Pohon Tree House Nusa Penida on social media I would be amazed. This Tree House has become popular very quickly thanks to the social media platform Instagram. This cute little beach shack over looks one of the most gorgeous bays known as Thousand Island Nusa Penida.
WHERE TO FIND THE TREE HOUSE ON NUSA PENIDA BALI
This amazing tree house can be found on the far eastern tip of Nusa Penida island. From the main harbour of Toya Pakeh it is approximately a one hour drive. You can actually book to stay at the Tree House which would be a pretty awesome experience! CLICK HERE to check availability and book in advance.
You will arrive to a car park on top of the cliffs, park here and make your way down the track towards the beach. You will come across a small wooden ticket office where you will have to pay 5,000 Rupiah for the entrance ticket.
The hike down the ridge takes no more than 5-10 minutes to the first view point that over looks the bay known as thousand island. I don’t know why they named it thousand island when I could only see five or six islands haha. Regardless of the name, this is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever laid my eyes on.
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8. Peguyangan Waterfall
The Peguyangan Waterfall is located at the bottom of a very steep cliff on Nusa Penida’s south coast. The way down to the waterfall is via the blue coloured steel stairs that are amazingly constructed into the side of the cliff face, hang on tight! The entrance ticket to the waterfall is 10,000 Rupiah ($1).
When you reach the bottom of the 700 or so stairs, you will find a few stone temple structures surrounded by water that is said to be holy. You can find the Peguyangan Waterfall at the end of the trail and also a few small rock pools in the cave under the cliffs. There a number of viewpoints of the surrounding cliffs that are absolutely mesmerising!
Take plenty of drinking water and some snacks if you intend to spend some time down here as the hike down and up the blue stairs can be very exhausting.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The Nusa Islands is a trio of islands just 30 minutes by boat from mainland Bali. From my experience having visiting all 3 islands I recommend spending at least 3 nights on Nusa Lembongan, a day trip to Nusa Ceningan and then at least 3-4 nights on Nusa Penida. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy all the awesome spots the Nusa Islands has to offer!
WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA BALI
Nusa Penida has a variety of accommodations ranging from high end to budget options. I would recommend staying somewhere on the west coast or the north coast so it’s easy accessible to majority of the points of interest.
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MORE NUSA ISLANDS GUIDES
You may want to read my other travel guides to help you plan your trip to the Nusa Islands. Click on the links below to see more!
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