14 EPIC THINGS TO DO IN NUSA PENIDA – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

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Nusa Penida Island offers a mecca of adventures and locations that will leave you jaw-dropped and gasping with excitement around every corner!

Having visited Nusa Penida Island on several occasions, I have put together the ultimate guide of 14 Epic Things To Do In Nusa Penida to help you plan your trip!

Also in this Nusa Penida Travel Guide, I have included some useful information on how to get to Nusa Penida, where to stay in Nusa Penida, getting around and the best Nusa Penida tour packages!

 

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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 Penida 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.

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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.

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Fast boat from Bali to Nusa Penida

 

WHERE TO STAY ON 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.

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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.

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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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AIRBNB NUSA PENIDA

Another option for accommodation on the island is to stay in an Airbnb, which has some great deals in Nusa Penida.

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GETTING AROUND NUSA PENIDA ISLAND

Nusa Penida is quite a large island and it can take up to one hour to get from one side of the island to the other. The best means of transport on the island is on a scooter.

When you arrive at Toya Pakeh harbor in Nusa Penida there are a number of scooter rental shops on the beachfront that will be able to sort you out with some wheels.

I paid 70,000 IDR per day for a scooter rental which came with a full tank of gas so you can expect to pay something around this price.

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.

 

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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14 EPIC THINGS TO DO IN NUSA PENIDA

Now that you’ve got all the information on how to get to Nusa Penida, where to stay on Nusa Penida and all the logistics, let’s get to the fun stuff!

So without further ado, here is my Ultimate Nusa Penida Travel Guide which includes 14 Epic Things To Do In Nusa Penida!

 

#1 Keling King Beach

Keling King Beach is without a doubt the most popular tourist attraction on Nusa Penida Island and it’s easy to see why once you experience it for yourself!

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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 Penida 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 Penida.

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WHERE IS BANAH CLIFF NUSA PENIDA

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.

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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 Manta Point Nusa Penida

Snorkeling at Manta Point Nusa Penida is up there with one of the most epic experiences I have ever had and one of the best things to do in Nusa Penida. These underwater giants are incredibly humble and to be able to swim with them is a moment you will never forget!

WHERE TO BOOK A MANTA POINT SNORKELING TRIP

There are a couple of options to book a snorkeling trip to Manta Point Nusa Penida and they are:

OPTION 1:

From Nusa Penida island, boat tours operate out of Toya Pakeh Bay to Manta Point Nusa Penida on a daily basis.

You can head down to one of the many tourist offices in Toya Pakeh to organise your snorkeling trip to Manta Point. The cost of a Manta Point snorkeling tour is around 200,000 rupiah.

OPTION 2:

If you happen to be in Bali and want to go snorkeling with manta rays at Manta Point Nusa Penida, 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 Nusa Penida, 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 PENIDA

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 Penida 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 Nusa Penida 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 Angels Billabong

Angel’s Billabong is one of the island’s most popular attractions and it’s a must-see on Nusa Penida. This natural infinity pool is framed by rock cliffs and sits out over the ocean, overlooking Manta Point Beach.

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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 carpark 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.

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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#5 Broken Beach

Broken Beach is one of many awesome locations to visit on Nusa Penida 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 Penida 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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#6 Atuh Beach 

Atuh Beach is one of Nusa Penida’s most iconic locations which is why I have added it to this Nusa Penida 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.

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WHERE TO FIND ATUH BEACH NUSA PENIDA

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 Nusa Penida Island, featuring a large cove with crystalline waters, golden sands and a coconut palm forest.

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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#7 Rumah Pohon Tree House

If you haven’t seen the Rumah Pohon Tree House Nusa Penida on social media I would be surproised. This incredible cliffside treehouse has become very popular thanks to Instagram and it’s one of the best places to visit in Nusa Penida!

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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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#8 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 Penida Island.

WHERE IS PEGUYANGAN WATERFALL

Peguyangan Waterfall sits at the base of towering cliffs along the southwest coastline in Nusa Penida.

From the main harbour 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 carpark 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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#9 PURA GOA GIRI PUTRI CAVE 

The Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave is underrated and underestimated! This location is not as popular as some of the other spots on Nusa Penida, though it is a must-see Nusa Penida attraction.

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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.

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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#10 DIAMOND BEACH NUSA PENIDA

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 Penida trip.

WHERE IS DIAMOND BEACH NUSA PENIDA

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.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT DIAMOND BEACH NUSA PENIDA

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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#11 TEMBELING BEACH & FOREST

Tembeling Nusa Penida is one of my favorite things to do in Nusa Penida Island. 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 Penida’s 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 is a number of tidal pools to take a dip in but swimming in the waves here is not recommended.

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#12 CRYSTAL BAY NUSA PENIDA

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!

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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 NUSA PENIDA

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.

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#13 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 Penida Island.

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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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#14  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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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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MY CAMERA GEAR

• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii 

• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2

• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black

• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm

• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L

• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m 

• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod

• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome

• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank

• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR BALI?

• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case

• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket

• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes

• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag

• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter

• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes

• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel

• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance

• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt

 

Thanks for reading this article and if you have any questions about what to do in Nusa Penida please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Adventuring!

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20 Comments

  1. rosie
    June 12, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Your post are very interesting and lovely.
    But please help me out with this Jonny, for the tree house , there is no room available when we plan to go. Can we just go there and take photo. is that allowed?

    • Jonny Melon
      June 19, 2018 / 11:05 pm

      Thanks for reading. Yes you can visit the tree house even if you are not staying there 🙂

  2. June 19, 2018 / 4:18 am

    Oh I like the tree house. Staying there may bring us such gorgeous view that we can’t have in all Indonesia. I think I could stay there in my whole life if possible. Thanks so much for your stunning and inspiring post!

    • Jonny Melon
      June 19, 2018 / 11:03 pm

      yes it is such a beautiful spot isnt it

  3. December 14, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    your article brings back so many memories from my visit to Nusa Penida! I went there last year and I left a piece of my heart there – the landscapes, the people, everything was simply outstanding. I especially loved diving at Crystal Bay, and even got the chance to see the mola mola, it was so surreal
    Nusa Penida is a little bit of paradise

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 6:10 am

      Wow sounds like you had a fantastic time! Thanks for reading this article 🙂

  4. January 18, 2019 / 7:36 am

    I am trying to find references about Nusa Island, and your post is definitely amazing !

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 5:36 pm

      Glad you found it useful!

  5. Fadli
    March 20, 2019 / 7:31 am

    Hi, Jonny. I’m from Jakarta and I’m planning to stay at Nusa Penida for at least 3 or 4 days. There is one thing that I want to ask; is it possible for me to swim to the arch at Atuh Beach and climb it? Is it far from the beach, and is it shallow water? Thanks so much!

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      March 20, 2019 / 5:54 pm

      Hello, Yes it is possible to swim to the arch but only when the sea is calm. It is quite far from the beach so you must be a good swimmer. The rock is very sharp so where some footwear if you wish to climb the arch. Be safe and have fun!

  6. Stephanie Zim
    May 13, 2019 / 11:34 am

    Hey Jonny! My friend and I are staying in Nusa Penida for 4 nights (tomorrow…AH!). We’d love to do most of the things on your list, and are staying at La Roja. Our concern is that the hotel is on the opposite side of the island, and scootering around to all the locations on the west and east coast are going to be VERY challenging and time consuming…

    Any advice about how we can be wise with our time and energy? Perhaps there are companies that assist visiting a lot of those points via boat? What do you think? We’re *kind of* comfortable riding scooters. We got better with your North Bali itinerary 😛 (We visited Sekumpul, Leke Leke, and Nung Nung).

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 12:27 am

      Hi, I responded to you via email. I hope you received it! 🙂

  7. Ally
    June 19, 2019 / 8:48 am

    Hi Jonny, we will be heading to Penida next month for about 4 nights and would love some advice on how/where to base ourselves. We will come from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida. Like what Stephanie Zim mentioned, accommodations are on opposite sides and was wondering if its possible/advisable to say do it anticlockwise(or clockwise) and basing ourselves as we go – first visit the west coast and stay there and then travel down south, spend a night, then head towards east, spend the night, then north etc? Or instead, staying in one spot for all 4 nights like La Roja area, and then travelling to these spots?

    Is it possible to book a Manta Point snorkel tour and leave from other areas other than Crystal bay/ToyaPakeh? If we were already in the west south areas for example and want to depart for the snorkel there instead of heading back up to crystal bay..Thanks in advance!!

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      June 19, 2019 / 10:45 am

      Hi Ally, 4-nights is a perfect amount of time to see everything on the island so my recommendation is to spend 4-nights in one accommodation near La Roja area which is practically in the middle. Spend one day vistiting all the spots on the west and the other day seeing the east coast spots. No need to change accommodations, it’s around an hours ride to each coastline from La Roja area. I am not 100% sure about the manta point snorkelling tour, all I know is that the majority of snorkelling tour companies operate out of Toya Pakeh. Hope this helps and Enjoy!

  8. July 12, 2019 / 11:11 am

    Hi, We just back from penida, so beautiful place there, the gyus from easygili arranged that for us. Next my travel will to Gili meno.

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      July 13, 2019 / 12:28 am

      Awesome – sounds like a great trip! Enjoy

  9. Megan obrien
    July 25, 2019 / 10:28 am

    Hello,
    Just wondering if there are drivers/taxi’s on the island?
    We haven’t booked a tour and i’m too scared to ride a scooter.
    Thank you 🙂

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      July 27, 2019 / 9:26 am

      Hello, yes there are plenty of private drivers on the island. Just ask at your accommodation and they will be able to help you organise this. Enjoy!

  10. Melissa
    November 22, 2019 / 3:40 am

    Love your post and love Bali – great read !!!

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      November 22, 2019 / 2:01 pm

      Hi Melissa, thanks for reading and glad you loved it!

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