Crystal Bay Nusa Penida is a palm tree haven and an awesome snorkeling location on the west coastline of Nusa Penida Island. Crystal Bay Nusa Penida 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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PIN LOCATION OF CRYSTAL BAY NUSA PENIDA
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CRYSTAL BAY NUSA PENIDA
The drive towards Crystal Bay Nusa Penida 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 Nusa Penida, 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 Nusa Penida
Umbrellas on Crystal Bay Beach Nusa Penida
On the way to Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
WHERE TO STAY NEAR CRYSTAL BAY 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 near Crystal Bay Nusa Penida s to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
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.
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Another option for accommodation near Crystal Bay Nusa Penida is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Nusa Penida Island.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR NUSA PENIDA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF CRYSTAL BAY NUSA PENIDA
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