Before we took off on our Nusa Penida tour, we’d heard a lot of amazing things about the tropical island. The bumpy roads, a lot less tourism and a real rural Bali experience was definitely what we were looking forward to. We completed the main things to do in Nusa Penida on our personal Nusa Penida tour and here we’ve listed our guide to the island.
How To Get To Nusa Penida
Take A Tour?
There are many tour companies that run Nusa Penida tours from all over Bali, although we can personally recommend @balinusapenidatour.
The tour included fast ferries to and from Nusa Penida, a private car + driver and lunch. The guys were great and took us to all the main spots on Nusa Penida Island without the stress of organising a thing.
They charge around 800,000 IDR per person for a day trip, although tours and prices can be arranged depending on where you want to visit.
Do It Yourself?
If you’re looking for an adventure and a way to save money, it’s not hard to travel to Nusa Penida alone. We tried and tested it for our second visit to Nusa Penida so can speak from experience.
Ferries depart from Sanur daily with departure times varying from 7am, 9am, 11am, 3pm and 5pm.
There are many ferry operators to choose from although we’ve only ever travelled with Dwi Manunggal and have had no problems.
The fast boat takes around 30-40 minutes and tickets cost around 150,000 IDR one way or 300,000 IDR return.
Parking of scooters cost a flat rate of 2,000 IDR for the day + 10,000 Rupiah to leave it overnight – no matter how long your stay.
No ferries run too or from Nusa Penida after 5pm, so bare this mind when planning your trip!
Getting Around Nusa Penida
If you’re taking a Nusa Penida tour then you won’t have to worry about this option.
If not, the ferry drops you off at Toyah Pakeh Harbour and there are scooter rental shops as soon as you arrive.
The price of a scooter is generally 70,000 IDR for 24 hours.
If you’re opting to tour the island yourself by bike, be super cautious on the bumpy roads. There’s a lot of loose gravel corners so definitely take your time!
If you’re heading over from Bali, Nusa Penida Island really is quite refreshing. It’s a peaceful, adventurous trip and a 3/4 night stay is a good amount of time to complete all the main things mentioned below.
Things To Do In Nusa Penida – A Nusa Penida Itinerary
We’ve broken down our Nusa Penida itinerary into 3 days which worked perfectly for us.
The very first spot you should have pinned on your map when looking at things to do in Nusa Penida.
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. Kelingking Beach is a spot that cannot be missed on your Nusa Penida tour.
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.
Just a short 5 minute trek around the corner from Angel’s Billabong comes another Instagram famous spot, 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. These two spots are quite popular for Nusa Penida tours because they are two of closest Nusa Penida attractions to the ferry port.
From Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach were around a 45 minute journey by car.
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 tour for soaking up the sun or catch a sunset on Nusa Penida.
If you’re looking for one of the best Nusa Penida viewpoints then Banah Cliff Point should definitely be on your list.
We headed over there early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the crazy cliff top lookouts and shimmering blue waters down below.
We were recommended by a local to check out the Tembeling Natural Pool and what a gem it was!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thousand Island Viewpoint
Thousand Island Viewpoint is definitely one of the most spectacular spots 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.
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 though make sure to check the tides first.
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.
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