DISCOVER THE NUSA ISLANDS!
The Nusa Islands in Bali are three of the most beautiful and most adventurous islands I have explored to date! They are Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan which can be easily reached by a 30-minute boat ride from mainland Bali.
Whether you are an adrenaline junkie who loves the thrill of heights and cliff jumping or a laid back beachgoer who loves those sun-kissed hammock days and snorkeling the reefs, the Nusa Islands has something for everyone!
I have put together the ultimate guide to the Nusa Islands including the best things to do on each island, where to stay and how much time to spend on Nusa Islands.!
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HOW TO GET TO THE NUSA ISLANDS BALI
BALI TO NUSA PENIDA:
Ferries operate daily to Nusa Islands from Pemelisan Harbor in South East Bali. You can book the ferry online in advance to guarantee the lowest price.
The ferry ticket to the Nusa Islands also includes a hotel pick-up from your accommodation in Bali and dropped directly to the pier at Pemelisan Harbor. The boat trip takes approximately 45-minutes to reach Nusa Islands.
Get your ticket: Ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida
HOW LONG TO SPEND ON THE NUSA ISLANDS
From my experience having visited all 3 Nusa Islands, here is an overview of how many days I recommend spending on each island:
• Nusa Lembongan – 2 Days
• Nusa Ceningan – 1 Day
• Nusa Penida – 3 Days
This will give you plenty of time to enjoy all the awesome spots that the Nusa Islands have to offer!
NUSA LEMBONGAN ISLAND
Nusa Lembongan Island is hands-down one of my favorite destinations in Bali. This island was known widely within Indonesia for its seaweed farming before it became a popular destination for surfers and its beautiful coastline.
TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN NUSA LEMBONGAN
1. Dream Beach
Dream Beach is one of the most epic beach locations in the Nusa Islands. If you love turquoise water and golden sands then this is a must-see beach for you!
At Dream Beach Nusa Lembongan you can find cliff jumps, turquoise waters, colorful reefs, rugged viewpoints and hidden caves!
WHERE IS DREAM BEACH NUSA ISLANDS
From the main hub of the island, it is a short 10-minute drive through some small local villages that will bring you directly to Dream Beach Lembongan.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT DREAM BEACH
Beach bumming on Dream Beach is one of my favorite Nusa Lembongan things to do! It’s also the most popular beach on Nusa Lembongan so you can expect to see lots of tourists here.
However, don’t be deterred by this as there are some amazing uncrowded spots that you can find at Dream Beach Nusa Lembongan.
Dream Beach Lembongan features an epic cave that can be found under the cliffs on the right-hand side of the beach. On low tide, you can walk around the rock and into the deep cave and discover a secluded beach that you will most likely have all to yourself.
If you are on the hunt for more secluded spots to have to yourself, the cliffs around Dream Beach Nusa Lembongan can be explored and you will find some awesome cliff jumping spots.
There is no official designated spots to jump from, but there are areas where the water is deep enough and you will either have to climb out up the rocky cliffs or swim back to the shores of Dream Beach Lembongan to get back on dry land.
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Dream Beach – Nusa Islands
Golden sands at Dream Beach Nusa Islands
2. Devil’s Tear
Devils Tear Nusa Lembongan is a unique cave pool on the edge of rocky cliffs which can be found on the southwest coast of Nusa Lembongan when visiting the Nusa Islands.
Hanging out at Devils Tears is one of my favorite things to do in Nusa Islands with plenty of exploring to be had along this awesome coastline.
HOW TO GET TO DEVILS TEAR NUSA LEMBONGAN
Devils Tear is located just around the corner from Dream Beach. In fact, it’s quite a short distance to walk there from Dream Beach which will take you no more than 5 minutes.
If you are coming from the main tourist hub on the island, it is a short 10-minute drive through some small local villages that will bring you directly to Devils Tear Nusa Islands.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT DEVILS TEARS
Devils Tear draws attraction to visitors to see the forceful flow of water entering the cave and spitting it back out again with a roar. The water in Devil’s Tear is crystal clear and you may be lucky enough to see turtles cruising around the cove.
Devil’s Tear is one of the best spots on the Nusa Islands to watch the sunset. There are a number of reflection pools along the cliffs where you can get creative and potentially capture some amazing shots. When I visited Devil’s Tears at sunset, I was spoiled with an incredible pastel sky.
If you’re up for an adrenaline rush, there are some cliff jumping spots at a smaller cove in front of the reflection pools at Devils Tear Nusa Lembongan. If you do decide to take the leap, you will have to time your jump in between the sets of waves to avoid being caught in a sticky situation.
A trip to Devils Tear is definitely worth it when looking for what to do in Nusa Islands.
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3. Manta Point Snorkelling
A trip to Manta Point is hands-down one of the best things to do in Nusa Islands Bali. Snorkeling with Giant Manta Rays is up there with one of the most unforgettable experiences I have ever had.
WHERE TO BOOK A SNORKELING TRIP TO MANTA POINT
There are a couple of options to book a snorkeling trip to Manta Point and they are:
From Nusa Lembongan Island, boat tours operate out of the main harbor on a daily basis.
You can head down to one of the many tourist offices to organise your snorkeling trip to Manta Point. The cost of a Manta Point snorkeling tour is around 250,000 rupiah.
If you happen to be in Bali and want to go snorkeling with manta rays at Manta Point Nusa Islands, there is one tour that I can highly recommend which is a full-day trip from Bali.
The Manta Bay Snorkeling Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and thousands of bookings.
This tour includes a hassle-free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, return boat transfers from Bali, English-speaking guide and you will visit such spots as Manta Point, Crystal Bay, Gamat Bay, Toyapakeh Wall and more! All this for less than $50 USD.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT MANTA POINT NUSA ISLANDS
These majestic creatures are absolutely incredible! They glide effortlessly through the ocean and are really friendly to swim with.
The manta rays at Manta Point Nusa Islands 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 to 10 different mantas at Manta Point on this morning’s snorkeling experience, which is more than usual. I think it is safe to say we got very lucky!
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4. Yellow Bridge Nusa Lembongan
The iconic yellow suspension bridge has become an Instafamous spot and it’s by far one of the top things to do in Nusa Islands. The Yellow Bridge connects the two islands, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
It is a pretty awesome experience riding a motorbike over the ocean across the Yellow Bridge Lembongan. It’s also a great spot to take some awesome photos if you time it right with the traffic.
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The iconic Yellow Bridge – Nusa Islands
5. Shipwreck Point
Surfing the right-hand reef break at Shipwreck Point is not for the inexperienced surfer. On a good swell, Shipwrecks is the best spot on Nusa Lembongan Island to surf.
This world-class reef break attracts surfers from all over the world and again, it’s one of those things to do in the Nusa Islands that you just have to try!
Surfboard rental shops can be found throughout the main street of town and you can find a rental board for approximately 50,000 Rupiah for 2 hours.
However, if you are not a keen surfer it’s not a bad spot to spectate from the beach at one of the many shady shacks along the waterfront.
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Shipwreck Point – Nusa Islands
WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA LEMBONGAN
Nusa Lembongan has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Lembongan to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: The Tamarind Resort
I personally stayed at the Tamarind Resort and can’t recommend this place enough when visiting the Nusa Islands! This luxury 5-star accommodation features 2 swimming pools, restaurant and bar, fitness centre, free wifi and incredible views of the ocean and Mt. Agung. Choose from a double room, twin room or 1,2 and 3 bedroom villas. The Tamarind has it all! Breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay for couples, families and friends!
Mid Range: Pandana Boutique Hotel
I have also spent a few nights at Pandana Boutique Resort which is an affordable accommodation centrally located on the hill overlooking the Nusa Islands. Featuring 2 swimming pools, a restaurant, bar and terrace. The rooms have beautiful Bali decor, are very spacious, air-conditioned, mini bar, tea/coffee maker and private bathroom. This property has free wifi and breakfast included for all guests! Great place to stay for couples, friends and families.
Budget: Risna Homestay
Risna Homestay is one of the best budget accommodations on Nusa Islands perfect for solo travelers, couples and groups of friends. The rooms are spacious with comfortable beds and fitted with a wardrobe, seating area, private bathroom and outdoor terrace with garden views. This property is centrally located and close to the top Nusa Lembongan tourist spots. The staff can also help you to organise activities on the island.
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NUSA CENINGAN ISLAND
Nusa Ceningan is the baby island of the three Nusa Islands which lies directly between Nusa Lembongan Island and Nusa Penida Island.
The easiest way to get over to Nusa Ceningan Island from Nusa Lembongan is to drive over the yellow bridge that conveniently connects these two islands.
You only need one day to explore Nusa Ceningan Island which can be done as a single day trip from Nusa Lembongan.
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1. BLUE LAGOON NUSA CENINGAN
Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan is a beautiful cove with the most electric blue colored water I have ever seen. It is also a cliff-jumping haven for those adventurous, thrill-seekers out there.
WHERE IS BLUE LAGOON NUSA CENINGAN
Blue Lagoon is located on the western coastline of Ceningan Island. If you are staying on Lembongan, you can access Nusa Ceningan Island via the yellow bridge that connects the two islands.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BLUE LAGOON NUSA CENINGAN
The jump-off point to Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan is easy to find as you can see from the roadside as soon as you arrive at the pin location on google maps.
You are free to roam around the outside edges of the cliffs which are the perfect opportunity to get some photos of Nusa Ceningan Blue Lagoon. The water inside of Blue Lagoon is a milky blue color that looks good enough to drink and will make your photos pop without even having to edit them.
If you’re facing towards the ocean, there is a dirt track to the right-hand side which leads through some bushes and down on to a viewpoint on the lower section of the cliffs. From here you can grab another awesome perspective of Blue Lagoon Nusa Islands Bali.
CLIFF JUMPING AT BLUE LAGOON NUSA ISLANDS
There is a range of cliff jumping heights at Blue Lagoon starting at 4 meters and reaching heights of up to 13 meters. We had all intentions of jumping from the cliffs at Blue Lagoon Ceningan this day though the waves were too big and there was a lot of water moving around.
Make sure to assess the conditions before jumping because the only way out of the Blue Lagoon is to climb up a small cliff face and back to dry land.
It is possible to jump on either low tide and high tide as the water at Blue Lagoon Nusa Islands is deep enough for a smooth landing. I would advise making sure you have a buddy with you in case things get hairy. Know your own limits and take care.
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2. MAHANA POINT NUSA CENINGAN
The Mahana Point Cliff Jump on the Nusa Islands attracts thrill-seekers from around the world. A 10-meter diving platform hangs over the rocky cliffs at Mahana Point and it’s one of the best things to do in Nusa Ceningan.
Mahana Point Ceningan is a must-see location on the Nusa Islands for few hours of cliff jumping, surfing, swimming and relaxing over at Mahana Beach.
WHERE IS MAHANA POINT NUSA CENINGAN
Mahana Point is located on the southwest tip of Nusa Ceningan Island.
From Blue Lagoon, continue driving along the same road for a couple of minutes to reach Mahana Point surf beach and cliff jump.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT MAHANA POINT NUSA ISLANDS
When you arrive at Mahana Point you will see a restaurant on the cliffs and this is where the Mahana Point Cliff Jump can be found.
There is a fee of 50,000 IDR To take the leap off the diving board at Mahana Point which is a little bit expensive in my opinion, though the owner uses this money to maintain the upkeep of the 10-meter diving platform.
The restaurant here on the Mahana Point in Nusa Islands has a range of food options available, cold drinks and excellent service.
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Mahana Point is also a well-known surfing location on Nusa Ceningan. The left-hand reef break at Ceningan Surf attracts medium to large swells and it works best on a high tide.
Surfboards can be rented from the owner of the restaurant at Mahana Point for a reasonable price of 60,000 Rupiah for 2 hours.
CLIFF JUMPING AT MAHANA POINT
There is a smaller diving platform at Mahana Point that sits at about 5-meters above the sea level which is recommended to warm yourself up on before braving the much higher 10-meter cliff jump.
The depth of the ocean water beneath the 10-meter platform at Mahana Point is around 3 to 4 meters, so it is unlikely you will hit the bottom. It is best to jump after the sets of waves that crash up against the cliffs and jumping on high tide is also recommended.
Once you have braved the jump, you will have to swim around towards Mahana Beach to where there is a steel ladder on the side of the cliff that can be used to climb out of the water.
If the current happens to be strong, a rubber ring attached to a rope can be hoisted out into the water to assist those trying to climb out.
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3. SECRET BEACH NUSA CENINGAN
Secret Beach is a hidden gem surrounded by cliffs on Nusa Ceningan and it can’t be missed during your adventures around the Nusa Islands in Bali!
WHERE IS SECRET BEACH NUSA CENINGAN
Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan can be found along the southeast coast of Ceningan Island.
It’s a short 5-minute drive from Blue Lagoon and to access the beach you will have to park in the parking lot at the front of Villa Trevally, walk down the driveway and through the restaurant on to the shoreline.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SECRET BEACH NUSA CENINGAN
A colorful coral reef stretches across the bay at Secret Beach, making it a great spot for a snorkel to discover the underwater world at this location.
If you adventure down to the far left corner of Secret Beach Nusa Islands you can find a sandy spot to walk out past the reef and body bash in the waves.
If you have a hammock on hand, there are two palm trees on Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan that are perfect for hanging it up and beach bumming for a while!
You will also find an infinity pool at the front of Villa Trevally which overlooks Secret Beach. If you purchase something to eat and drink from the restaurant you are allowed to use the pool.
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Secret Beach Nusa Islands Bali
WHERE TO STAY ON NUSA CENINGAN
Nusa Ceningan has dozens of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Le Pirate Beach Club
Le Pirate Beach Club is one of the best accommodations on Nusa Ceningan Island! Located right on the beachfront featuring a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, free wifi and ocean views! The beach bungalow rooms are fitted with beach decor, large comfortable beds, spacious living, thatched roofs, seating area, hammock and private bathroom. Great place to stay for couples, friends and families!
Mid Range: Aurora Beach View
Aurora Beach View is a great value-pick accommodation and centrally located on Ceningan Island. Featuring a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, well-kept gardens and free wifi. The rooms are modern and spacious with air-conditioning, flat-screen tv, work desk, seating area, ocean views and private bathroom. Breakfast is also included for all guests. Recommended place to stay for couples, friends and families!
Budget: Ceningan Inn
Ceningan Inn is an ideal budget accommodation on Nusa Islands for solo travelers, couples and groups of friends. With a great location on Ceningan Island, this property features a hot tub, garden terrace, free wifi and included breakfast for all guests. Choose from either a dorm room or a private room with air-conditioning.
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NUSA PENIDA ISLAND
Nusa Penida Island is the most popular out of the 3 Nusa Islands, offering a mecca of adventures and locations that will leave you jaw-dropped and gasping with excitement around every corner!
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HOW TO GET TO NUSA PENIDA
BALI TO NUSA PENIDA:
Ferries operate daily to Nusa Penida from Pemelisan Harbor in South East Bali. You can book the ferry online in advance to guarantee the lowest price.
The ferry ticket to the Nusa Lembongan also includes a hotel pick-up from your accommodation in Bali and dropped directly to the pier at Pemelisan Harbor. The boat trip takes approximately 45-minutes to Nusa Penida Island.
Get your ticket: Ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida
NUSA LEMBONGAN TO NUSA PENIDA:
You can also take a boat to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan if you happen to be exploring this island first.
A boat from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida will cost you around 50,000 IDR. You can organise the boat via your accommodation on Nusa Lembongan or simply head to the main harbor on Lembongan Island and ask one of the boat companies down on the beachfront.
NUSA PENIDA TOUR
If you happen to be in Bali and planning to visit Nusa Penida Island, there is one tour that I can highly recommend which covers all the highlights on a full-day trip from Bali.
The Nusa Penida Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and thousands of bookings.
This tour covers the top attractions on Nusa Penida such as Keling King Beach, Angels Billabong, Broken Beach and more! With a hassle-free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, return boat transfers from Bali, a hearty lunch and an English-speaking guide. All this for less than $40 USD.
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13 EPIC THINGS TO DO IN NUSA PENIDA
1. Keling King Beach
Keling King Beach is without a doubt the most popular tourist attraction on the Nusa Islands and it’s easy to see why once you experience it for yourself!
ARRIVING AT KELING KING BEACH
Keling King Beach is located on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island, approximately 45-minutes drive from Toya Pakeh harbor.
When you arrive at the jump-off point for Keling King Beach you will have to pay a small fee of 5,000 IDR for parking which also includes the entrance fee.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT KELING KING BEACH
The reason why Kelingking Beach is such a popular location and rated one of the best things to do in Nusa Islands is that 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 wrap around to the right.
Access to the Keling King Beach is possible but explore at your own risk. There are stairs and railings made from sticks and bamboo that lead down the spine of Kelingking to the beach, though don’t rely completely on this and take your time when descending to the beach.
My friends and I made it down to the bottom of the cliffs safely and we went swimming in the powerful waves on Keling King Beach. The ambiance of being surrounded in a bowl of enormous cliffs is next level.
Keling King Beach has multiple viewpoints around the edge of the cliffs offering spectacular views up and down the coastline of Nusa Penida.
Keling King Beach can be visited at any time of the day. I visited around 3pm and stayed until after sunset, which is definitely worth it.
If you want to grab something to eat and drink you can find some small warungs at the top of the cliffs serving up local Indonesian snacks and cold beverages
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2. Banah Cliff Viewpoint
Banah Cliff is yet another epic viewpoint along the cliffs of Nusa Penida Island. This particular location is not as popular as Keling King Beach though it is equally impressive, in my opinion, and one of the best things to do in Nusa Islands.
WHERE IS BANAH CLIFF NUSA ISLANDS
Banah Cliff is located on the west coast of Nusa Penida. From the main harbor of Toya Pakeh, it is approximately a 45-minute drive to reach Banah Cliff Nusa Penida.
THE VIEWPOINTS AT BANAH CLIFFS
There is not just not one but two incredible viewpoints 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’s places like this 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 Keling King 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, please watch your step along these rocky cliffs.
The best time to visit the Banah Cliffs is anywhere between 9am and sunset for the best lighting and when it’s not too hot under the midday sun.
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3. Angels Billabong
Angel’s Billabong is one of the island’s most popular attractions and it’s a must-see on Nusa Islands. This natural infinity pool is framed by rock cliffs and sits out over the ocean, overlooking Manta Point Beach.
WHERE TO FIND ANGELS BILLABONG
The Angels Billabong can be found on the far most western tip on Nusa Penida’s coastline.
From the main harbor of Toya Pakeh, it is approximately a 1-hour drive to reach Angels Billabong.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT ANGELS BILLABONG
When you arrive at Angel’s Billabong there is a car park on the cliffs you will be asked to pay a parking fee of 10,000 IDR.
I found a small tree to park the scooter in the shade because the seat can heat up in the sun very quickly. There are signposts leading the way down the steps to Angel’s Billabong, so you won’t get lost.
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There are a number of viewpoints of Angels Billabong, my personal favorite 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.
The rocks are quite sharp and rugged getting down into the infinity pool, but once you step in, the surface of the rocks under the water is smooth and easy to walk on.
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4. Broken Beach
Broken Beach is one of many awesome locations to visit the Nusa Islands Bali and it is not to be missed! The natural rock bridge stretches over turquoise waters that flow in and out of the archway, 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 harbor of Toya Pakeh, it’s approximately a 1-hour drive to reach Broken Beach.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BROKEN BEACH
Although you can’t go swimming at Broken Beach, it is such an unreal setting in itself.
The ocean water flows into a natural bowl that is surrounded by towering cliffs. You can take a panoramic walk all the way around Broken Beach Bali to several different viewpoints offering incredible views of this hole in the cliff.
Perched on the cliffs at Broken Beach you can also find small warungs for a nasi goreng, morning coffee or a refreshing coconut!
Broken Beach Nusa Islands has become a very popular spot for tourists and locals, so if you want to have this awesome location to yourself and avoid the crowds, I recommend visiting early morning for sunrise which is between 6:30am and 7:00am.
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5. Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach is one of Nusa Penida’s most iconic locations which is why I have added it to this Nusa Islands travel blog. The natural rock arch that stretches over crystal clear turquoise waters will have you in awe as soon as you lay eyes on it.
WHERE TO FIND ATUH BEACH NUSA ISLANDS
Atuh Beach is located on the far most eastern point of Nusa Penida Island. It’s approximately a one hour drive from the main tourist hub, Toya Pakeh.
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 into the side of the mountain. It takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to hike down to Atuh Beach.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT ATUH BEACH
Atuh Beach is hands-down one of the most beautiful beaches on the Nusa Islands Bali, featuring a large cove with crystalline waters, golden sands and a coconut palm forest.
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It’s the perfect spot to go for a swim to cool off and beach bum under one of many straw umbrellas that line the shoreline. Ther is also a couple of small beach cafes selling fresh Indonesian cuisine, cold beers and fresh coconuts.
You could easily spend a couple of hours down on Atuh Beach and not get bored!
CLIFF JUMPING AT ATUH BEACH
The natural rock arch that you can see from the beach, 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 or am I crazy?!
We were so curious about the formation of the natural arch at Atuh Beach so we decided to swim out to it on low tide. It was much more impressive once we were swimming through the arch, seeing its grand scale from a closer perspective.
We checked the depth of the water to see if it was possible to cliff jump. Our guess was that it was between 3 to 4 meters deep which was plenty enough for us, so we scaled the rock arch and jumped off one by one!
The clarity of the water at Pantai Atuh is unbelievable. From the top of the arch, I spotted some large reef fish and a squid just cruising around in the water below.
Atuh Beach just seems too good to be true. We swam back to shore, which was still deserted by the way, and ordered a local dish of Nasi Goreng for 25,000 IDR from the beach shack restaurant.
If you’re looking for a fun-fuelled couple of hours while exploring Nusa Penida Island, be sure not to miss Atuh Beach on your itinerary and I guarantee you will enjoy it just as much as I did!
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6. Nusa Penida Tree House (Rumah Pohon)
If you haven’t seen the Rumah Pohon Tree House on social media I would be surprised. This incredible cliffside treehouse has become very popular thanks to Instagram and it’s one of the best places to visit in Nusa Islands!
WHERE TO FIND RUMAH POHON NUSA PENIDA
Rumah Pohon Tree House can be found on the far eastern tip of Nusa Penida Island. From the main harbor of Toya Pakeh, it is approximately a one hour drive to reach the Nusa Penida Tree House.
You will arrive at a car park on top of the cliffs where you can your scooter and make your way down to Rumah Pohon Tree House.
At the jump-off point, you will also find a small ticket office where you will have to pay 5,000 IDR for the entrance ticket to Rumah Pohon Tree House.
You can actually book a night’s stay at the Rumah Pohon Tree House which would be a pretty awesome experience and to wake up to that view!
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT RUMAH POHON TREE HOUSE
Rumah Pohon Tree House overlooks one of the most gorgeous bays known as Thousand Island Nusa Penida (Pulau Seribu).
When I first saw the Rumah Pohon Tree House on Instagram I had to go see it for myself, as have thousands of other travelers before me. This entire coastline has so much to offer and exploring it first hand was even better than seeing it in the pictures.
The hike down the ridge takes no more than five or ten minutes to the first viewpoint that overlooks the bay known as Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu). I don’t know why they named it Thousand Islands when I could only see five or six islands. Regardless of the misleading name, this is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever laid my eyes on.
Once you are satisfied with marveling at Thousand Island viewpoint, continue the adventure further down the ridge and you will see the Rumah Pohon Tree House on your left-hand side.
If you want to get that perfect Instagram photo of the Nusa Penida Tree House you can stand on the hill on the right-hand side of the track to capture the best angle.
The most popular time to visit the Nusa Penida Tree House is around sunrise and sunset, so you can expect more people around these times.
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7. PEGUYANGAN WATERFALL
On the southwest coast of Nusa Penida, the ultimate adventure awaits at Peguyangan Waterfall and the Instafamous Blue Stairs.
This location is off the beaten path and it takes a little longer to get to, though it is an experience not to be missed when exploring the best things to do in Nusa Islands.
WHERE IS PEGUYANGAN WATERFALL
Peguyangan Waterfall sits at the base of towering cliffs along the southwest coastline in Nusa Penida.
From the main harbor of Toya Pakeh, it is approximately a 1-hour drive to reach Peguyangan Waterfall.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PEGUYANGAN WATERFALL
You’ll arrive at a car park at the top of the cliffs at Peguyangan Waterfall and have to pay a small parking fee of 5,000 IDR.
A sarong is also required to be worn as there is a sacred temple at the bottom of the cliffs right next to Peguyangan Waterfall. If you don’t have a towel or sarong to wear, they can be rented from the parking attendant for an additional 10,000 rupiah.
There is a small warung at the top if you want to grab something to eat and drink before you head down the stairs. For 10,000 rupiah I had a sizeable plate of nasi goreng to fuel me for the Peguyangan Waterfall adventure.
There are 750 blue stairs that are impressively constructed into the side of the cliff giving access to Peguyangan Waterfall.
It’s a good workout hiking down and then back up again that’s for sure! There are several viewpoints that make for great photo opportunities as you make your way down to Peguyangan Waterfall.
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After a 20 minute hike down the blue stairs, you’ll arrive at the sacred water temple that has 4 waterspouts. There were some locals showering under the spouts in their underwear with not a worry in the world.
I had my turn under each of the waterspouts and then continued along the cliff to the Peguyangan Waterfall.
The waterfall itself is not your common 50-meter meter waterfall, like those you will find in Bali, but rather a waterspout between a crack in a rock where crystal clear water flows out into tiered rock pools and over the cliff edge into the ocean. The rock pools are shaded under a natural half-cave which is very unique and like nothing I have seen before.
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Peguyangan Waterfall – Nusa Islands
8. GOA GIRI PUTRI CAVE
Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave is underrated and underestimated! This location is not as popular as some of the other spots on the Nusa Islands, though it’s a must-see Nusa Penida attraction.
WHERE IS PURA GOA GIRI PUTRI
Pura Goa Giri Putri cave temple is located on the north-eastern tip of the island.
From the main harbor of Toya Pakeh, it’s approximately a thirty-minute drive to reach Goa Giri Putri.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT GOA GIRI PUTRI CAVE
There is a small carpark at the entrance to Goa Giri Putri Temple and here you will also be asked to put on a sarong which they rent out for 5,000 IDR before being allowed entry to the temple.
Take the winding staircase midway up the mountain and you’ll be greeted by a man that will bless you with some holy water to the forehead. The entrance fee is by donation so we each paid 20,000 IDR.
At first, I thought the man was joking when he said “enter here” and pointed to a small crack in the rock. It was a challenge trying to squeeze through this crack with my backpack and then having to crawl down into the cave.
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I was absolutely jaw-dropped at how insanely huge the Pura Goa Giri Putri cave is, my guess is 300 meters long and 15 meters tall. It was like walking into a scene from the movie Alice In Wonderland, from feeling too big to squeeze through a tiny hole in a rock to feeling like the size of an ant once inside the cave.
We wandered deeper into the Goa Giri Putri cave and stumbled upon a small group of locals sitting in prayer around an altar. Incense filled the air and we pretty much went unnoticed as we explored the cave.
You can visit Pura Goa Giri Putri as early as 7am and until 5pm. I am to believe that there are mass prayer ceremonies on the weekends where some 100+ locals fill the cave.
If you are able to, try not to miss one of these mass ceremonies as this would truly be an unforgettable experience.
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Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave – Nusa Islands Bali
The tiny entrance to the cave
9. DIAMOND BEACH NUSA ISLANDS
Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is hands down the most amazing beach I have ever been to, and that’s saying something! A glistening white sand beach surrounded by verdant cliffs and turquoise water, Diamond Beach Penida is a hard to beat destination and one of the best places to visit on your Nusa Islands trip.
WHERE IS DIAMOND BEACH NUSA ISLANDS
Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is located on the far most eastern point of Nusa Penida Island. Diamond Beach is the next beach over from another Nusa Penida gem known as Atuh Beach.
The drive from Toya Pakeh to Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is approximately a 1-hour journey.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT DIAMOND BEACH
It was a bit of a precarious walk down the rocky staircase on the side of the cliffs but it wasn’t long until we were dipping our toes into the soft sand at Nusa Penida Diamond Beach.
There are two beach areas at Diamond Beach Bali. One has vivid green mossy rocks and tidal rock pools but unfortunately quite of bit of trash was washed up on the sand here.
The other area of Diamond Beach Nusa Penida has glistening white sand, coconut palm trees, small caves and a more suitable spot for swimming.
A small warung resides down on Diamond Beach Bali Nusa Penida where you can buy cold refreshments and local dishes such as mie goreng and nasi goreng for as little as $3.
You can also have a turn on the Diamond Beach Nusa Penida swing which is strung up between two coconut palms down by the beach.
I was in complete awe at the sheer raw beauty that Diamond Beach Bali has to offer and to have the entire beach to ourselves took the experience to the next level!
THINGS TO DO AT DIAMOND BEACH NUSA PENIDA
There are a few small caves to explore at the foot of the cliffs at Diamond Beach Bali. I crawled inside one of the caves to get a quick snap and a different perspective of the beach.
My friend Camilla perused the shoreline and found two handfuls of beautiful seashells. Some were as large as my palm and in perfect condition. Collecting seashells is not my thing, but for some, it’s a hobby and Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is the perfect spot for shell collectors.
My friends and I went for a swim in the turquoise waters at Diamond Beach Penida and honestly did not want to get out of the water because it was so fresh and it felt very cleansing on the skin.
Eventually, I had to get out of the hot sun so I decided to sit in the shade of the cave and fly my drone to capture the girls enjoying their salty swim.
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Diamond Beach – Nusa Islands
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10. TEMBELING BEACH & FOREST
Tembeling Nusa Penida is one of my favorite things to do in Nusa Islands Bali. Featuring a number of epic spots including pristine white sand beaches, tropical rainforests, natural lagoons, hidden caves and cliff jumping spots.
WHERE IS TEMBELING BEACH
Tembeling Forest and Temebeling Beach are located on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island, very close to the Banah Cliff Viewpoints.
From the main harbor of Toya Pakeh, it is approximately a 45-minute drive to reach Tembeling Nusa Penida.
5 THINGS TO DO AT TEMBELING BEACH
1. SWIM IN THE BLUE LAGOON
The main attraction at Tembeling Beach is the freshwater blue lagoon nestled in the Tembeling Forest. This freshwater natural pool is the perfect spot for a swim on the way down to Tembeling Beach.
2. CLIFF JUMPING AT THE BLUE LAGOON
There are two cliff jumping spots into the blue lagoon at Tembeling Beach. One is three meters high and the other is five meters. I did a depth check of the lagoon before doing some cliff jumping and I wasn’t able to touch the bottom. My guess is that the lagoon is approximately three to four meters deep.
3. SECRET BEACH AND CAVES
Discover the hidden cave and secret beach just a short two-minute walk from the blue lagoon through the Tembeling Forest. Squeeze through the crack in the rock into a cave that opens up on to a secret beach. There are hundreds of carefully crafted rock sculptures scattered across the beach on the other end of the cave.
4. JACUZZI POOL
Right before you get to Tembeling Beach there is a freshwater jacuzzi pool that the locals have creatively built on the edge of the cliffs. This is one of Nusa Islands best-kept secrets! Take a refreshing dip in the jacuzzi pool with incredible jungle views of the Tembeling Forest and Tembeling Beach in the distance.
5. TEMBELING BEACH
Last but not least is the beautiful Tembeling Beach. There is a rocky reef on the shoreline of Tembeling Beach and there a number of tidal pools to take a dip in but swimming in the waves here is definitely not recommended.
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Tembeling Beach – Nusa Islands To Do
11. CRYSTAL BAY NUSA ISLANDS
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 Nusa Islands, especially at sunset!
WHERE IS CRYSTAL BAY NUSA PENIDA
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 drive to reach Crystal Bay Nusa Penida.
The drive towards Crystal Bay is an experience in itself, passing through local villages and palm-tree-lined roads, eventually arriving on the beachfront.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CRYSTAL BAY
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.
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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.
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Crystal Bay – Nusa Islands Bali
12. TELETUBBIES HILL NUSA PENIDA
Teletubbies Hill Nusa Penida is best known for its lush green rolling hills and incredible viewpoints that overlook the entire Nusa Islands.
WHERE IS TELETUBBIES HILL NUSA PENIDA
Teletubbies Hill is located in the southern mountain ranges on Nusa Penida Island.
From the main town and harbor of Toya Pakeh, it’s approximately a 45-minute drive to reach Teletubbies Hill Nusa Penida.
MY EXPERIENCE AT TELETUBBIES HILL
I reached the top of the mountain range on my scooter and followed the only tar sealed road along the ridgeline. I began to see rolling fields of green and rounded peaks that give Teletubbies Hill its name.
We pulled over on the side of the road, parked the scooter and went off to explore half a dozen different viewpoints at Teletubbies Hill Nusa Penida.
On a clear day, you can see the neighboring island of Lombok and the almighty Mount Rinjani, the second largest volcano in Indonesia.
In the valleys between the Teletubbies Hills are terraced fields of food crops and random clusters of coconut palm trees. I decided to fly my DJI Mavic Drone Camera to capture Teletubbies Hill Nusa Penida from above.
The best way to explore Teletubbies Hill Nusa Penida is on foot. Take a short hike to get a different perspective of this incredible landscape from nearby peaks.
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13. THE PALM TREE ROAD NUSA PENIDA
Nusa Penida Island has a number of palm tree-lined roads but there is one road in particular that is the most Instagrammable and makes for the ultimate photo.
The Palm Tree Road on Nusa Penida is one of the most photogenic locations on the island and must-visit during your Nusa Penida trip.
WHERE TO FIND THE PALM TREE ROAD ON NUSA PENIDA
The Instafamous Palm Tree Road is located on the way to Crystal Bay. If you are heading here from Toya Pakeh, it is a 20-minute drive. The palm tree road is approximately 2km before arriving Crystal Bay.
It’s an easy location to shoot as there isn’t much traffic on the road and it’s the perfect opportunity to get creative with your shots to post on Instagram.
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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 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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WHAT TO PACK FOR NUSA ISLANDS
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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