Nusa Islands (Lembongan, Ceningan, and Penida) is a 45-minute boat ride from mainland Bali, which is now becoming one of the busiest islands these days. Nusa Penida is perfect for a Bali tour. In this blog post, we will give you full information on 17 amazings things to do in Nusa Penida — how to get to Nusa Penida, where to stay in Nusa Penida, prices and 4 itineraries to do in Nusa Penida. Be ready for our full Nusa Penida travel guide.
We’ve been in Nusa Penida Island twice already, with just a few months difference, we noticed that the island has become very famous with tourists. And yes, it’s no wonder because it’s definitely one of the best places that we have ever visited together! So far, for sure our favorite place in Indonesia.
How to get to Nusa Penida
The easiest one is going to Sanur in Bali. Well, Sanur isn’t one of the most popular places to stay in Bali. If you choose to go to Sanur, you can go there by Go Jek, Grab and Uber depending on the area that you are staying. If you will stay in Canggu, Kuta or Ubud for example, it will take you around one hour to reach Sanur or a little bit more if there is traffic.
Once in Sanur you can get the fast boat, it cost us 350k IND Rupiah ($25 USD) return ticket. As we were sure that we were coming back to Bali, we bought a return ticket since it was cheaper. The price was 200k IND Rupiah ($14 USD) for one way. You can check and look around for a discount but we noticed all companies have similar prices.
We went to Nusa Penida at around 12 pm and there were boats leaving as early as 10 am to 4 pm, approximately every two hours. For going back, the schedule is similar but we left Nusa Penida at 7 am to reach Sanur early morning. It would be nice to get the first ferry if you go for a Nusa Penida day trip or a day tour from Bali.
The trip only lasts for 30-40 minutes and it’s really nice when you are getting closer to Nusa Penida, you will also pass by Nusa Lembongan which we recommend you to visit if you have time!
If you are traveling on a budget, we recommend you to join the local ferry from Padang Bai for 40k IND Rupiah($3 USD). We took the ferry for the first time and it took us just an hour and a half. You’ll also find cheaper accommodation in this area where the ferry gets, cheaper food and even cheaper to rent a motorbike.
There are also boats coming from Nusa Lembongan. You can ride a private boat early in the morning and go back at sunset time. If you don’t have much time to visit Nusa Penida this option can be great. You can rent a motorbike or a car and you can visit the main spots in Nusa Penida: North part to visit Kelingking Viewpoint, Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach and even Crystal Bay if you have time. If you have more time to relax, you can choose going South and spend an amazing day in Atuh Beach.
If you are staying in Nusa Lembongan or planning to visit, make sure that you read our blog post of things to do in Nusa Lembongan. You can enjoy snorkeling, mangrove tour and also our favorite place in Nusa Lembongan: Devil’s Beach. It’s not possible to swim here but you will enjoy amazing cliff views!
Nusa Penida Before You Go
Nusa Penida is a large island but yes, you can opt for a Nusa Penida day trip if you have a very tight schedule. We recommend spending 3-4 nights in Nusa Penida to make sure you can visit all the main places and enjoy without being in a rush.
Almost all the places are for free in Nusa Penida to visit. But in some places, they will ask you for 10k IND Rupiah which is less than a USD for parking your motorbike.
Booking accommodation before going to Nusa Penida? Check here the prices! We booked in advance and we recommend you do the same if you have the chance.
How to move around Nusa Penida
Motorbike or rent a car? How do you move around Nusa Penida?
We did try both for our Nusa Penida tour. Renting a motorbike for a cheap price and also did a private tour with a car.
If you rent a motorbike price will range from 70k-80k ($5-6 USD) per day maybe with a full tank, depending on how the last person gave back the motorbike. If you came from Bali, prices are a little bit higher in the islands. In our first trip, we got our motorbike for 50k per day but the last time we tried renting, prices were no longer lower than 70K. Still cheap but little bit more expensive comparing with places for renting in Canggu and Ubud where you can get 40K-50K per day renting the motorbike.
Apart from the prices, if you are heading to Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Kelingking point you should have skills with driving a motorbike since the road condition is really bad. It has improved since our first visit but it’s still hard to drive if you don’t have any experience at all.
Here is our recommendation for your itinerary if you will opt for renting a motorbike while visiting Nusa Penida. If you are going to Atuh Beach we recommend spending the whole day there. Then stay for another day if you are also planning to visit Kelingking, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Crystal Bay. Nusa Penida has more tourists and they always charge for parking, as mentioned earlier it’s only 10k less than 1 USD.
By car, there are private tours that range from 600k-750K ($40-50 USD) depending on your negotiation skills. Having a private tour is more comfortable and convenient if you are interested in taking lots of pictures like us. It’s a great option, you won’t have to worry about the bad road condition. We did a private tour in Nusa Penida and everything was great and smooth! We visited Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach, Kelingking, Paluang Cliff and Crystal Bay. We did not only have a driver but also a guide advising us where to take the best pictures. Especially if you don´t have so much time will be nice for you!
Budget in Nusa Penida
As we mentioned above, renting a motorbike costs 70k-80K with the possibility of a full tank which will make you save 10k at least in petrol. Renting a private car will cost you 600k-750K for a day which isn’t expensive as well if you let 3-4 people join the tour. There are also vans which charge around $20 for a day trip and you can hire a seat once you arrive at the port.
For accommodations close to the port, prices start at 200k ($15 USD) for a private room with bathroom and internet connection. You can even get a discount if you decide to stay for a few days.
How much is the food in Nusa Penida? Well, if you go for local food you can eat for 15k-20K ($1-1.5 USD). For that price, you can already try Nasi Campur, Bakso, Soto or Nasi Goreng. There are juices for $1 USD and Indonesian coffee which we loved only for 50 cents USD. If you want to try Western food you will have to pay $3-4 USD, same price for beer and spirits!
Where to sleep in Nusa Penida
If you are coming from Sanur, we recommend you to stay near the port. There are a few guesthouses and a couple of nice hotels if you would like to have more comfort in your trip to Nusa Penida.
Prices start from 200k IND Rupiah ($15 USD) for a private room with bathroom. It’s a very basic room for this price and you will have an internet connection. There’s signal for internet but don’t expect high speed in Nusa Penida.
The first time we visited Nusa Penida a year ago we stayed near the local port coming from Padang Bai and prices were much cheaper then. We found a room for only 150k IND Rupiah. Both of the cases near the port which is very convinient!
Click here if you want to book your accommodation before going to Nusa Penida as we did. There aren´t so many places to sleep in Nusa Penida so if you can book in advance will be nice for you!
11 Things To Do In Nusa Penida
Here we will mention the main points of interest in Nusa Penida. We chose 11 Things To in Nusa Penida that you can´t miss! If you go for a day trip to Nusa Penida choose your favorites and later we will write also Itineraries for Nusa Penida. Depending on your time, if you have a few days or you go for a day tour in Nusa penida.
1. Atuh Beach
Atuh beach is quite far you’ll spend more than an hour riding the motorbike if you are coming from the port. But we really recommend you don’t miss Atuh Beach it’s a must-see attraction in Nusa Penida.
All the way from the port it’s an easy ride by a motorbike, the road and the direction. Once you are there, there are two possibilities you can go left or right. If you go left, the road will be easier and they won’t charge you an entrance fee for parking your motorbike in Atuh Beach. If you choose the right side you will be closer to the famous Instagrammable place, the Tree House.
The beach is very quiet which makes it perfect for those who are trying to avoid the noise from the large crowd. There are restaurants if you want to eat or have a beer and fresh coconut juice. Pool chairs are also available if you decide to spend the day in Atuh Beach.
After parking your motorbike, you will spend 10 minutes going down to reach the beach. The view is really amazing once you reach the beach — white sand, crystal blue water, and rock formations. It’s perfect for unwinding and also for taking amazing pictures to share with your friends, family and your Instagram feed!
2. Peguyangan Waterfall
You might be familiar with the blue stairs in Nusa Penida that’s really famous on Instagram. You can enjoy amazing cliff views while hiking down. On your way down, if you are lucky you might spot some Manta Rays. The hike will take you around 20 minutes and the view is awesome!
3. Kelingking View Point
Our favorite place in Nusa Penida is the Kelingking point, even though we’ve been here before we still came back to visit this place.
To get there, it takes more than an hour if you are staying close to the port. The road condition is a little bit rough when you’re getting close to Kelingking point.
If you want to go down to the beach from Kelingking viewpoint, it will take 40-50 minutes since it’s a bit hard. The view is amazing and you will love taking pictures around the area. We were so lucky, we were able to spot 30-40 Manta Rays during one of the days that we visited Kelingking point.
To get there, there are two roads based on Google maps if you choose the one with more kilometers you will find it easier to get there, the road is in better conditions than the shorter way based in google maps. Once you are in Kelingking, they will ask you for 10k IND Rupiah fee if you go there by motorbike.
There are few places for eating or drinking near the parking area. It’s becoming so crowded with tourists but you can’t miss visiting this place while in Nusa Penida.
4. Kelingking East viewpoint
This a secret point in Kelingking for those who love taking pictures and flying drones. From here, you can see the beach all the way down. The climb is very steep if you will go down to the shore, be very careful. If you go 5 minutes to the East, there are no people taking pictures. We discovered this viewpoint thanks to our guide in our private tour by car. We took this nice picture!
5. Paluang Cliff
It’s very close from Kelingking and will only take a couple of minutes ride by motorbike or car. Again, if you are lucky you will spot Manta Rays and if not at least you will get the chance to enjoy another view without many tourists. In Paluang Cliff, you don’t have to wait in a long line to take pictures since most of the tourists do not go here.
6. Nusa Penida Treehouse (Rumah Pohon)
It was one of Rachel’s must-see places in Nusa Penida, sadly we didn’t make it there. We took the other road going to Atuh Beach. When you see Atuh Beach signs on the road just keep going to the right and ask for the Tree House. You can even rent for a night in Airbnb (click here and you can get 25 Euros discount on your next booking). Our friend Emma from @luxurybackpacking went there and took this picture.
7. Manta Rays
There are a few spots where you can dive with Manta Rays. The main one is in Angel’s Billabong and few other places like Blue Stairs. We were lucky we were able to spot them from Kelingking viewpoint though we were forbidden to go down at that part of the beach since it was on the left side, we were only allowed to go down on the right side.
8. Crystal Bay
It was our last stop on our day tour around Nusa Penida. It’s the perfect place if you want to relax and go for a swim. The access is very easy and it’s not complicated by motorbike. We recommend this as your last stop for the day. In our opinion, it’s not as beautiful as Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach, and Kelingking point. If your schedule is tight, the other places would be a priority for sure. But if you can spend a few days in Nusa Penida don’t skip this place.
9. Angel’s Billabong
It’s really hard to go here by a motorbike, you really need driving skills otherwise you will have a hard time. Once you reach Angel’s Billabong, don’t be surprised the place is quite crowded with tourists but still totally worth it to visit. If you are going by motorbike or car they will ask you for a parking fee. Once you see the view, you will totally forget about the small fee, it’s 10k if you go by motorbike.
The first leg is where you can spot Manta Rays coasting the ocean and you will see boats doing snorkeling. And if you walk for a few more meters you will see the main point where it’s really great to take pictures. It’s so beautiful especially if there are only a few people in the area. If not be patient to try to get a nice shot. You can even relax and swim in this area!
Broken beach is a natural formation on the coast of Nusa Penida. It’s just a few minutes walking distance from Angel’s Billabong. The view here was insane! We enjoyed taking pictures, flying the drone and walking around. Unfortunately, you can’t go down and go for a swim because it’s quite high and there’s no access.
You will see an archway at Broken Beach, it was formed many, many years ago. It’s a great spot if you love walking and enjoying the vastness of the ocean.
If you will go to Nusa Penida try to bring a small backpack, so you will be able to sleep near the places that you will visit. You can rent a motorbike in the port and go around if you don’t have much time for visiting Nusa Penida.
11. Sunsets in Nusa Penida
Finally, Nusa Penida is full of beautiful sunset landscapes. This one was shot at the port, where kids are playing and with the view of the light house. Watching locals play, while seeing a spectacular sunset gives us such a beautiful feeling!
4. Itineraries to do in Nusa Penida
We recommend these itineraries for your visit in Nusa Penida:
1st Day Itinerary in Nusa Penida: Kelingking View Point
If you reach Bali early in the morning don’t waste your day. Just rent a motorbike and go to Kelingking Beach, it will take you around one hour.
If you will only visit Kelingking you will have enough time to take pictures, hike down and enjoy the beach. You can also move around East Kelingking Viewpoint and Paluang Cliff.
Once you get to these different viewpoints and see the view, you will most likely spend your day here. You might also spot some Manta Rays from the view at the top.
2nd Day Itinerary in Nusa Penida: Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Crystal Bay
The first thing you have to remember is to drive carefully if you will rent a motorbike. Take your time to reach this point since the road isn’t in the best conditions. If you don’t feel confident riding a motorbike, just rent a private car and you won’t worry about reaching your destination. Also, take note that a few minutes before reaching Angel’s Billabong there is no road and there are few meters where you will only find rocky terrain.
If you want to enjoy Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach alone try to wake up super early in the morning and you will experience the beach with almost no people. Since most tourists only go there after breakfast.
Take your time and hike around the place so you don’t miss anything around the area.
Once you are done with the main points in Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach just head down to Crystal Bay to relax at the end of your day. The road to Crystal Bay has a much better condition and it’s very easy to access. Have a swim, relax, drink a coconut and wait for the sun to set!
3rd Day Itinerary in Nusa Penida: Atuh Beach
You can go to Atuh Beach, it’s the place Rachel and I both really loved! On the way to Atuh Beach, you can pass by the fisherman village where you can rest, take a few pictures, have breakfast or drink a coconut.
Once you are in Atuh Beach, you have two options:
Option 1: Going to the left side is the easiest way. Park your motorbike and go down to the beach, it is just a 10-minute hike. You will have the chance to rent a pool chair and spend your day at the beach. You can also hike around to enjoy more view.
Option 2: If you choose the right side, go to the famous Tree House and find an amazing place to stay in the middle of nowhere. Take some awesome pictures for your Instagram and hike around going to Atuh Beach.
You can stay until sunset you won’t have to worry about the road, it’s manageable on your way back. You won’t encounter any problems, just drive safe because there’s no available road light in the area.
4th Day Itinerary in Nusa Penida: Dive with Manta Rays and Visit Peguyangan Waterfalls
You can go snorkeling with the Manta Rays early in the morning and you can try to visit Peguyangan Waterfalls. If you wake up early and have more time, try visiting your favorite place in Nusa Penida again just like what we did. We loved Kelingking Viewpoint so much, we visited the place twice. If you liked Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach more, go for it!
If you travel light with a backpack you can easily change accommodation in Nusa Penida, it will also save you a lot of time the next day. Plus, you will be able to know the place better and you can choose to stay in your favorite part of Nusa Penida Island.
After spending a great time in Nusa Penida Island and write our 11 Amazing things to do in Nusa Penida plus 4 itineraries to do in Nusa Penida which was filled with a lot of activities and probably one of the best experience in your life. Now, It’s time to relax and have a good time in Bali. There’s a lot of places you can choose to visit in Bali. Our favorite areas in Bali are Canggu (Ruben’s choice) and Ubud (Rachel’s). Both are completely different, if you’re more of a beach person, surfing in Canggu will be your best choice. If you prefer shopping, restaurants and learning about the culture in Bali, we recommend visiting Ubud. Hope we can visit next time new places in Indonesia like Komodo and Raja Ampat.
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