Nusa Penida is an exquisite, rugged island simply off the coast of Bali, Indonesia. Taking a day journey to Nusa Penida is without doubt one of the hottest issues to do for Bali holidaymakers who’re quick on time, however you probably have a number of additional days in your Bali itinerary, then lengthen your keep and spend 2-3 days exploring the pure gems across the island.
Nusa Penida actually is an exquisite place and nicely well worth the journey from Bali!
Right here’s a whole information for planning your 2 day journey to Nusa Penida:
What number of days do you want on Nusa Penida?
If you’re quick on time, it’s potential to do a day journey from Bali to Nusa Penida. Should you determine on this feature, it is suggested to ebook your journey prematurely to save lots of time making preparations on the day, and there are a lot of tour operators that supply day journeys.
Nevertheless, as a way to actually see what Nusa Penida has to supply, 2-3 days on the island can be preferrred.
The best way to get to Nusa Penida
The one strategy to get to Nusa Penida is by boat. You’ll be able to both take a bigger ferry or a smaller quick boat. The quick boats are barely dearer and get you there faster, however the journey is extra rocky than on the ferry. It’s strongly really useful when taking both choice to take movement illness tablets earlier than you get on the boat as the ocean round Nusa Penida is famend for being uneven!
- From Bali: You’ve gotten three major departure ports for catching a ship from Bali throughout to Nusa Penida: Sanur, Padang Bai or Serangan Island. Sanur is the most well-liked departure level as it’s handy for Seminyak, Canggu, Kuta, and Uluwatu. From Sanur, the crossing takes roughly 45 minutes and prices roughly $7. You should buy your ticket from the counter on arrival on the port or prematurely.
- From Nusa Lembongan: You can even catch a ship from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida. The journey solely takes 10 minutes and you should buy your ticket on the counter on the port for simply 50k IDR ($3.30). The boat departs Nusa Lembongan from the well-known yellow bridge which connects Lembongan to Ceningan island. The departures are unscheduled – the boat merely goes as quickly as there are 8 or extra folks prepared to go away. You can even be part of a snorkeling journey to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan.
- From Gili Trawangan: If you’re doing a little bit of island-hopping round Bali and Lombok, you can even catch a ferry from Gili Trawangan to Nusa Penida. This journey will take roughly 3.5 hours and prices between $16-22, relying on the corporate you ebook with. Notice that this crossing may be very uneven!
Nusa Penida has two major ferry ports on the island: Toya Pakeh Harbour and Buyuk Harbour. Whichever port you arrive in, there are many tuk-tuk and taxis ready to take you to your lodging.
The best way to get round Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is thought for having very troublesome driving situations. Lots of the ‘roads’ are extra like tracks and it is rather rocky, uneven and hilly. Due to this, it is rather widespread to rent a driver for the day or for a few days that can assist you get round. You’ll be able to both ebook this prematurely beforehand by means of websites like Klook, or GetYourGuide, or you possibly can organize a driver along with your lodging.
Should you favor to have your individual freedom, you possibly can lease your individual scooter, however simply bear in mind that even essentially the most assured scooter riders have been caught out by how dangerous a few of the highway situations are.
The place is the very best place to remain on Nusa Penida?
The seashores, sights and sights are unfold out throughout Nusa Penida, so there’s no ‘one’ finest place to remain on the island. Nevertheless, a lot of the cafes, eating places and lodging choices are positioned round Toya Pakeh Harbour and Crystal Bay on the west facet of the island and alongside the northern shoreline.
The best way to spend 2 days on Nusa Penida
A lot of Nusa Penida is roofed by thick forest with the vast majority of the sights located alongside the shoreline. There are few roads on the island and those who do exist are small and winding, which means that it’ll take longer to succeed in locations than you would possibly initially suppose when trying on the map.
Due to this, it’s a good suggestion to interrupt your tour of Nusa Penida into two days: protecting the west facet and east facet on totally different days.
Day 1: Nusa Penida West
- Damaged seaside and angel billabong
- Keliking seaside
- Paluang cliff
- Crystal Bay & Pandan seaside
Damaged seaside and angel billabong
Damaged seaside is without doubt one of the most stunning spots on Nusa Penida and is a must-visit when exploring the island. From the automotive park, make your strategy to angel billabong first. Angel billabong is a pure infinity pool shaped from the crashing of waves towards the rocks. Many individuals are enticed by the clear turquoise water within the pool that they make their manner down the rocks to swim within the pool. Nevertheless, that is extraordinarily harmful. The crashing waves will be unpredictable and several other folks have misplaced their lives or been badly injured by the robust waves pushing them into the rocks, or sweeping them out to sea.
It’s higher to remain on the high and the view from above is simply as stunning, trying all the way down to the infinity pool and throughout the rocky shoreline to the ocean.
After taking within the views from angel billabong, make your manner again in the direction of the automotive park, and switch proper in the direction of damaged seaside. Damaged seaside is a beautiful blue lagoon, separated from the ocean by a limestone arch, which creates a pure bridge over the water. You can not stroll all the way down to the lagoon or seaside, however it’s spectacular to view from above. Should you’re fortunate, you may also spot a few Manta Rays swimming simply off the shore!
Good to know: The monitor to the parking for Damaged seaside may be very rocky, so you probably have your individual scooter, be certain to take it very slowly. There are bogs right here and several other small warung’s the place you should buy drinks or one thing to eat.
Keliking seaside is probably essentially the most well-known location on Nusa Penida – largely due to Instagram. The view from the highest of the cliff is fairly spectacular, with stunning views all the way down to the cape (which some folks say is formed like a T-Rex), and out to sea.
Sadly, the attractive views and insta-fame have turned Keliking seaside right into a vacationer scorching spot and it could get extremely crowded right here. Attempt to get right here earlier than 9 am if potential to keep away from the day journey crowds coming from the mainland.
To try to escape the crowds, you possibly can stroll all the way down to the seaside, however be aware that it could take between 40-60 minutes and durable footwear are wanted because the trek down may be very steep and rocky. Whenever you attain the underside, you can be rewarded with pristine comfortable sand and beautiful blue water. Nevertheless, swimming just isn’t really useful because of the robust currents.
The realm round Keliking seaside may be very touristic and you will discover loads of native warungs to seize one thing to eat or drink in addition to a number of bogs.
Tip: Should you don’t wish to hike all the best way all the way down to the underside, however are competing with the crowds on the high for a superb picture – simply stroll about 5 or 10 minutes down the trail and take your photographs from there as an alternative.
Only a few minutes from Keliking seaside is Paluang Cliff. It is a nice viewpoint the place you possibly can see the well-known Kelking cape from the opposite facet and revel in uninterrupted views out to sea with out all of the crowds. There may be additionally a small shrine right here and an area warung too. It is a good spot to simply sit and chill out after the busy crowds of Keliking seaside.
The final cease of the day is Crystal Bay. This is without doubt one of the hottest seashores on Nusa Penida and you will discover a number of warungs for lunch in addition to loads of parking and sunbeds to rent. It’s also the most effective spots on Nusa Penida to observe the sundown should you stick round!
The crystal-clear blue water within the secluded bay is ideal for swimming, diving and snorkelling and also you would possibly even be capable to spot fish and turtles. If you wish to discover a extra peaceable spot, you possibly can hike quarter-hour to the quiet cove of Pandan seaside. The hike just isn’t too strenuous however footwear are really useful to climb the uneven steps. There aren’t any amenities on Pandan seaside, however it’s excellent if you wish to get away from the crowds.
Day 2: Manta Ray snorkel and Nusa Penida East
- Swim with Large Manta Ray
- Diamond seaside
- Atuh seaside
- Goa Giri Putri Temple
Swim with Large Manta Ray
Nusa Penida is without doubt one of the finest locations to see Large Manta Rays and there are a lot of totally different excursions that function from the island. You’ll be able to choose a 2-hour, half-day or full-day tour and may select whether or not to hitch a snorkeling or diving tour. Excursions will be booked prematurely on-line, however there are additionally a number of operators positioned in Toya Pakeh Harbour and Crystal Bay who you possibly can ebook immediately with.
Many of the excursions will take you to a few totally different websites across the island, together with the favored Manta Level on the south facet.
Snorkelling or diving with Large Manta Rays is protected as they aren’t dangerous to people, nonetheless, you will need to bear in mind to present them area and respect and undoubtedly don’t contact them.
Diamond seaside is one other spot which is changing into extra recognisable from photographs on Instagram – and with good cause – it’s stunning!
There’s a 25k IDR ($1.70) cost to entry Diamond seaside, however this does additionally embrace entry to Atuh seaside as nicely.
To climb all the way down to the seaside, it’s important to sort out a collection of steep, uneven and sandy steps. There’s a rope that can assist you, however take care as it may be slippery, so flip-flops will not be really useful for this. When you make it all the way down to the underside, the seaside is attractive, and since not too many individuals select to hike to the underside, it’s not that crowded both.
As with most seashores round Nusa Penida, it’s not suggested to go swimming too far off the shore because the waves will be very robust, however you possibly can wade in and paddle. Should you don’t fancy the climb all the way down to the seaside, the perspective on the high is simply as spectacular.
Tip: Verify the tide instances earlier than deciding to hike all the way down to the seaside as it’s not accessible at excessive tide.
On the alternative facet of Diamond seaside is Atuh seaside. As with Diamond seaside, the descent all the way down to Atuh seaside is through a collection of steep, rocky steps. Nevertheless, the trail is barely wider right here, with a few little locations to face to 1 facet and catch your breath!
The secluded cove of Atuh seaside is a superb place to spend a number of hours enjoyable on one of many sunbeds which you’ll rent, or on the comfortable sandy seaside. There are additionally a number of native warungs on the seaside so you should buy one thing to eat or drink.
Regardless of the waves, it is a attractive, laid-back seaside, excellent for sunbathing, enjoyable and paddling.
Goa Giri Putri Temple
As you make your manner again to your lodging on the finish of the day – you probably have time, make a brief cease on the Goa Giri Putri Temple, positioned on the northeast facet of the island, simply off the primary highway.
The small temple is hidden underground in one of many largest caves on Nusa Penida and may solely be accessed by a winding set of stairs descending down into the cave. There’s a price of 50k IDR ($3.30), to enter the cave, which features a sarong that you have to put on earlier than coming into the temple. You gained’t want very lengthy right here, however it’s a distinctive spot to cease at as you go by.
Discover Nusa Penida at your individual tempo
Whereas there are a lot of nice day journeys to Nusa Penida from close by islands, the easiest way to actually discover the island is to take action at your individual tempo. Spend two nights and cut up your days between the western and japanese facet of the island – hopping between the totally different seashores and snorkeling spots.