The Only Nusa Islands Bali Guide You’ll Ever Need

The Only Nusa Islands Bali Guide You’ll Ever Need

The Nusa Islands in Bali are a huge hit with tourists because of all the valuable iconic spots. Here’s everything nailed in our ultimate Nusa Islands guide.

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What Are The Nusa Islands?
How To Get From Bali To Nusa Lembongan
Getting Around The Nusa Islands
Things To Do In Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan
How To Get From Nusa Lembongan To Nusa Penida
Things To Do In Nusa Penida
Returning From Nusa Penida To Bali
Where To Stay On The Nusa Islands

What Are The Nusa Islands?

The Nusa Islands are three small indonesian islands just a 40 minutes fast boat ride from Bali. They are all so easily accessible and definitely a MUST visit when you’re heading over to this area of Indonesia.

How To Get From Bali To Nusa Lembongan

From Bali you can grab a fast boat from Sanur harbour directly to Nusa Lembongan.

There are many competing tours and they charge around 150,000 IDR one way or 250,000 IDR for a return ticket.

On the fast boat to Lembongan it takes roughly 30 minutes to get from Bali to Nusa Lembongan, and is a smooth enough ride depending on the weather.

To cross over to Nusa Ceningan there’s only one option – the big Yellow Bridge!

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Getting Around The Nusa Islands

Renting a Scooter

Everywhere on the Nusa Islands is reachable within a one hour drive. So renting a scooter for the duration of your stay and exploring on two wheels is definitely the easiest option.

That being said, travelling around the Nusa Islands can be a challenge as some parts are a little bumpy and the grounds aren’t as up to scratch as the tarmac of Bali so please be careful!

You can grab a scooter for around 70,000 IDR per day and explore yourself.

Hiring A Driver

Or if you’re not comfortable renting a scooter you can barter with the local taxi drivers to take you around the islands for a day rate – should be no more than 600,000 IDR per day.

We covered most of the things to do on Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan in just a single day, and covered nearly all of the things to do in Nusa Penida over 3 days!

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Exploring the Nusa Islands by scooter

Things To Do In Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan

Devil’s Tears

Devil’s Tears was the first stop of our Nusa Lembongan Bali tour.

We arrived early in the morning and it definitely set us up for a full day of exploring Lembongan. With some of the craziest waves we’d ever seen, and a pretty cool spot for photographers, it’s definitely one of the top things to do in Nusa Lembongan Bali.

Click HERE for our full Devil’s Tears Nusa Lembongan blog, including prices and how to get there.

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One of the most popular things to do in Nusa Lembongan

Dream Beach

With only a day to hit up all of the top spots in Nusa Lembongan we didn’t have time to go on a beach crawl.

Although with Dream Beach being the most popular stretch of sand on the island, we swung by to check out the highly rated Nusa Lembongan Bali beach to see what all the fuss was about. And it didn’t disappoint!

Click HERE for our full Dream Beach Nusa Lembongan blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Our favourite beach in Nusa Lembongan Bali

Yellow Bridge

Since the famous Yellow Bridge connecting Lembongan and Ceningan collapsed in October 2016 it has been rebuilt and renamed ‘The Bridge Of Love’.

With many tourists coming to pay their respects and take photos of the brightly coloured landmark, we had to cross over it to get to Nusa Ceningan, so stopped to check it out.

Click HERE for our full The Yellow Bridge – Nusa Lembongan To Ceningan blog.

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We guess this falls into things to do in Nusa Lembongan & things to do in Nusa Ceningan

Blue Lagoon

There’s a tiny sign and no real car park leading to the Blue Lagoon Bali lookout. Although after walking through a small dirt track and passing a few palm trees, we arrived at the bluest water we’d ever seen!

If you’re on the hunt for cliff jumping in Bali, then the Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan is your spot. Be sure to add it to your things to do in Nusa Ceningan list.

Click HERE for our full Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan blog, including prices and how to get there.

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THE bluest water in Nusa Ceningan

Mahana Point Cliff Jump

The ultimate spot for adrenaline junkies on Nusa Ceningan Island. Mahana Point Cliff Jump is a bar come restaurant with a difference.

The difference being a 10m diving board attached to the side of the bar. So if you’re looking for a place to fling yourself off into the Bali Sea then you’ll love this spot. Don’t leave without completing this things to do in Nusa Ceningan MUST!

Click HERE for our full Mahana Point Cliff Jump blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Jump if you dare at Mahana Point

How To Get From Nusa Lembongan To Nusa Penida

To get from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida, the only option is to catch a fast boat from the famous Yellow Bridge!

It takes around 10 minutes by speed boat and costs as follows:

75,000 IDR for 2 people

50,000 IDR for 4 people +

We made the mistake of heading to Mushroom Beach the morning we aimed to leave Lembongan and had to pay for a taxi transfer down to the Yellow Bridge. Learn from our mistakes!

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Things To Do In Nusa Penida

We’ve broken down our Nusa Penida itinerary into 3 days which worked perfectly for us. The main tourist spots are listed under day 1.

Day 1:
Kelingking Beach
Angel’s Billabong & Broken Beach
Crystal Bay

Day 2:
Banah Cliff Point
Tembeling Natural Pool
Peguyangan Waterfall

Day 3:
Atuh Beach
Rumah Pohon Treehouse & Thousand Island Viewpoint
Suwehan Beach

Day 1

Kelingking Beach

The very first spot you should have pinned on your map when looking at your things to do in Nusa Penida itinerary.

This T-Rex shaped cliff side at Kelingking Beach has rocketed tourism into the sky with it’s natural iconic beauty. Kelingking Beach itself is a secluded, white sandy haven surrounded by turquoise waters.

To get down to Kelingking Beach takes around an hour and you must go at your own risk. The bamboo railings are not greatly maintained and you shouldn’t put 100% of your weight on them.

Having said that, Kelingking Beach is a spot that cannot be missed on your things to do in Nusa Penida tour.

Click HERE for our full Kelingking Beach – Nusa Penida, Bali blog.

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Kelingking Beach was the first and most beautiful stop of our Nusa Penida tour

Angel’s Billabong

Angel’s Billabong is a very beautiful, naturally formed infinity pool.

Nusa Penida is becoming more and more popular amongst tourists for it’s spectacular rock formations, although Angel’s Billabong is in a league of its own.

We really enjoyed this spot on our Nusa Penida tour purely because it’s the perfect place to hang out with friends and watch the ocean crashing over the side whilst cooling off from those sweaty walks.

Click HERE for our full Angel’s Billabong & Broken Beach blog.

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Angel’s Billabong was definitely like something we’d never seen before

Just a short 5 minute trek around the corner from Angel’s Billabong comes another Instagram famous spot, Broken Beach.

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The walk from Angel’s Billabong to Broken Beach – The middle two stops of our Nusa Penida tour

Broken Beach

Broken Beach is another one of the top picturesque destinations on Nusa Penida Island.

The arched tunnel allows the ocean to flow in making a natural pool and a great photo spot. This along with Angel’s Billabong are two of the most popular spots for Nusa Penida tours as they are two of closest attractions to the ferry port.

From Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach were around a 45 minute journey by car or bike.

Click HERE for our full Angel’s Billabong & Broken Beach blog.

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The blue waters at Broken Beach really were stunning

Crystal Bay Beach

Palm tree heaven!… and that’s all you need to know.

We were in our element at Crystal Bay with it’s aligned palm trees and private little beach. You have to venture through a whole jungle of trees before you get to it and it’s impossible to not stop and take a photo.

Of all the things to do in Nusa Penida, Crystal Bay Beach is the perfect spot to finish in! Save some time at the end of your Nusa Penida itinerary for soaking up the sun or catching a sunset to remember.

Click HERE for our full Crystal Bay Beach – Nusa Penida, Bali blog.

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Crystal Bay definitely satisfied Charlie’s love for palm trees

Day 2

Banah Cliff Point

If you’re looking for one of the best viewpoints on the island then Banah Cliff Point should definitely be on your things to do in Nusa Penida list.

We headed over early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the crazy cliff top lookouts and shimmering blue waters down below.

Click HERE for our full Banah Cliff Point – Nusa Penida, Bali blog.

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Banah Cliff Point is not always people’s top things to do in Nusa Penida, it depends what you’re into, but it’s definitely worth a stop. It’s peaceful and you feel on top of the world.

Tembeling Natural Pool

We were recommended by a local to check out the Tembeling Natural Pool and what a gem it was!

One of the lesser known things to do in Nusa Penida it’s used as a watering hole by the people that live nearby. We googled some photos and jumped at the chance of diving into the tropical blue waters. A random natural pool that appears in the middle of the Tembeling Beach and Forest trail.

Click HERE for our full Tembeling Natural Pool – Nusa Penida blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Tembeling Natural Pool is not generally included in a Nusa Penida tour but if you get time to explore yourselves, you MUST stop here. It was one of our favourite things to do in Nusa Penida

Peguyangan Waterfall

Peguyangan Waterfall is an iconic spot for tourists and locals, most widely known for the Nusa Penida blue stairs.

We’d heard the waterfall was a little underwhelming, if not non existent, but the cliff edge views made up for it. So we headed to the Southern point of the island to find out for ourselves.

Click HERE for our full Peguyangan Waterfall – Nusa Penida blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Peguyangan Waterfall – a spot that went viral on Instagram. It’s also a really interesting and beautiful walk down. BUT, be ready for the walk back up!

Day 3

Atuh Beach

Rated one of the best beaches on Nusa Penida, the trip our East to Atuh Beach should definitely be one of the top things to do in Nusa Penida.

A fair drive from the west side of the island, where the majority of the tourist spots are located, although well worth the journey on a sunny day. Even amongst the down pour on one of our trips we could see how clear the water was and had a splash around anyway.

Click HERE for our full Atuh Beach Nusa Penida, Bali blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Atuh Beach was insanely beautiful, in the rain and at sunrise. It’s all the way out east but definitely make the time but adding it to your things to do in Nusa Penida list!

Rumah Pohon – The Nusa Penida Treehouse

Rumah Pohon Molenteng, or the Nusa Penida Treehouse, is one of the most noticeable accommodations on the island.

So we had to swing by and visit the magical place we’d seen online. It’s fair to say Rumah Pohon Treehouse is definitely one of the most random yet beautiful spots we’ve come across on our travels.

Click HERE for our full Rumah Pohon – The Nusa Penida Treehouse blog, including prices and how to get there.

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The Rumah Pohon Treehouse was stunning. You should definitely add this to your Nusa Penida itinerary!

Thousand Island Viewpoint

You can kill two birds with one stone by visiting Rumah Pohon and Thousand Island Viewpoint on your Nusa Penida tour.

The viewpoints is definitely one of the most spectacular spots on the island to take in the ocean breeze and spend a moment appreciating exactly where you are.

We spent a good hour just relaxing on the cliff overlooking the islands and chilling out at Thousand Island Nusa Penida.

Click HERE for our full Thousand Island Viewpoint – Nusa Penida blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Charlie had been wanting to see the Thousand Island Viewpoint for so long so we had to tick it off on our own little Nusa Penida tour

Suwehan Beach

The final stop of our Nusa Penida itinerary and it was like revisiting the Philippines.

The water from above at the lookout point at Suwehan Beach was blue beyond belief, and we couldn’t wait to get down the 342 steps to cool off. If you plan on visiting on your Nusa Penida tour though, make sure to check the tides first.

Click HERE for our full Suwehan Beach – Nusa Penida blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Suwehan Beach, with some of the bluest waters we’ve ever seen! Don’t miss it off your Nusa Penida itinerary!

Returning From Nusa Penida To Bali

If you don’t have a return ticket and are unsure how to get back, head to Toya Pakeh Harbour.

There are many ferry operators to choose from although we’ve only ever travelled with Dwi Manunggal and have had no problems.

Their ferries run back to Sanur every day from Penida departing at – 7am, 9am, 2.30pm and 5pm.

Where To Stay On The Nusa Islands

ACCOMMODATION ON NUSA LEMBONGAN

Luxury – The Acala Lembongan – Newly opened, we were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful Acala hotel and wake up to the amazing sunrise views over looking the infinity pool.

Mid-Budget – Bali Nusa Villa – Conveniently located just around the corner from Mushroom Beach, Bali Nusa Villa has great ratings as well a great location. The cottages come with A/C, breakfast and back onto a beautiful modern pool.

Backpacker – Pandan Wangi – Located in the north of the island and possibly the cheapest accommodation you’ll find on Lembongan.

For other accommodation on Nusa Lembongan you can check the latest prices here.

NUSA PENIDA HOTELS

Luxury – Crystal Bay Villa & Residence – You can stay in one of the most luxurious Nusa Penida hotels for a not so hefty price and venture right out into the jungle of palm trees that is Crystal Bay.

Mid-budget – Singable Bungalows – A great accommodation with all the luxuries you need for a comfortable stay, not forgetting the plush poolside.

Budget – Deva Devi Beach Inn – A cheap and cheerful accommodation with great reviews and perfect if you’re travelling in style but on a budget.

For other places to stay in Nusa Penida you can check the latest prices here.

MORE NUSA Islands

Kelingking Beach – Nusa Penida, Bali

Blue Lagoon – Nusa Ceningan, Bali

Rumah Pohon – The Nusa Penida Treehouse, Bali

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