Crystal Bay Nusa Penida is a palm tree haven and an awesome snorkelling location on the west coastline of Nusa Penida Island. Crystal Bay is one of the best beaches to explore on the island, especially at sunset!
WHERE IS CRYSTAL BAY NUSA PENIDA & HOW TO GET THERE
Crystal Bay is located on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island. From the main town and harbour of Toya Pakeh, it is approximately a 20-minute ride to Crystal Bay Nusa Penida.
You can rent a scooter at the Toya Pakeh harbour for 70,000 rupiah per day. Alternatively, most accommodations will help you to organise a scooter rental during your time spent on Nusa Penida Island.
PIN LOCATION OF CRYSTAL BAY NUSA PENIDA
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CRYSTAL BAY NUSA PENIDA
The drive towards Crystal Bay is an experience in itself, passing through local villages and palm tree lined roads, eventually coming to a dead end on the beach front.
There is a number of beach shack cafes, traditional temples, a coconut palm tree forest and colourful umbrellas along the shoreline at Crystal Bay, all which overlook a gorgeous beach cove and a nearby natural rock island.
I spent the afternoon under the shade of a palm tree on Crystal Bay Nusa Penida, sipping on a freshly harvested coconut while waiting for the sun to set. I noticed a couple of other tourists in small groups spread out across Crystal Bay Beach having a few sunset beers, the place to be it seemed!
Just offshore, there is a colourful reef system beneath the surface of Crystal Bay Nusa Penida, a very popular spot for snorkelling with all sorts of fish, turtles and other sea critters. I went snorkelling in Crystal Bay on a different occasion as part of the Manta Point Snorkelling Tour.
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Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
The rock island in Crystal Bay
Colourful umbrellas on Crystal Bay Beach
NUSA PENIDA BALI – 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!
Nusa Penida has hundreds of accommodations to chose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay that caters for luxury travellers to budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR CRYSTAL BAY NUSA PENIDA
For more awesome things to do on Nusa Penida Island, check out my Ultimate Nusa Penida Guide.
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