Crystal Bay Nusa Penida is a palm tree haven and an awesome snorkeling 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!
I have put together this complete guide to Crystal bay Nusa Penida including how to get there and what to expect!
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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 harbor of Toya Pakeh, it’s approximately a 20-minute ride to reach Crystal Bay Nusa Penida.
It’s very easy to rent a scooter when you arrive at the Toya Pakeh harbor for around 70,000 IDR per day.
Alternatively, most accommodations will help you to organise a scooter rental for the time that you plan to spend on Nusa Penida Island.
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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 beachfront.
There is a number of beach shack cafes, traditional temples, a coconut palm tree forest and colorful umbrellas along the shoreline at Crystal Bay, all of which overlook a gorgeous beach cove and a nearby rocky 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 colorful reef system beneath the surface of Crystal Bay Nusa Penida, a very popular spot for snorkeling with all sorts of fish, turtles and other sea critters.
I went snorkeling in Crystal Bay on a different occasion as part of the Manta Point Snorkeling Tour.
Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
The rock island at Crystal Bay
Colorful umbrellas on Crystal Bay Beach Nusa Penida
On the way to Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA
Nusa Penida has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Nusa Penida to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Pandawa Beach Resort & Spa
This amazing beachfront 5-star resort is centrally located on Nusa Penida island. Pandawa Beach Resort offers beachfront rooms, outdoor swimming pool, free wifi and ocean views. The rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen tv’s, private bathrooms and modern interior. A continental or buffet breakfast is included for all guests.
Mid Range: La Roja Bungalows
La Roja Bungalows is the most Instagrammable accommodation in Nusa Penida! These cute wooden bungalows sleep up to 2 people featuring spacious rooms, private bathroom, air-conditioning and free wifi. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, shared lounge and restaurant. An à la carte breakfast is also included. Perfect place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: Nusa Garden Bungalow
The best budget accommodation in Nusa Penida! There are dorm rooms, double rooms and family rooms available at Nusa Garden Bungalow at a very affordable price. These Balinese-style bungalows are fitted with a fan, mosquito net and ensuite bathroom. Perfect for solo travelers and friends.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM
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AIRBNB NUSA PENIDA
Another option for accommodation in Nusa Penida is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Nusa Penida Island.
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