Nusa Penida is a gorgeous island off the coast of Bali. It’s a large island and mostly undeveloped but has some of the most picturesque locations in all of Bali. A lot of people will explore Nusa Penida as a day trip however there is so much to see here. To see it properly I highly recommend spending at least 3 days here. Even though I had done my research about Nusa Penida ahead of time, I would have done my itinerary completely differently due to the distances between places. This Nusa Penida 3 Day Itinerary is my recommendation on the best way to spend your time here.
Arrival & Check In – Depending on what time you arrive to Nusa Penida and check into your hotel you may have limited time to do some exploring on this day. If you can get to the island early in the day that will leave you the whole day to check out some of the sights.
CRYSTAL BAY – Crystal Bay is a beautiful and popular beach on Nusa Penida. There tends to be a lot of people here at any given time since is pretty close to the main town area and it’s where most tours end the day. That being said, it is particularly popular to view the sunset here. The sun sets right over the beach at Crystal Bay so it’s a perfect location to end your day. When you’re here don’t miss out on visiting the palm tree forest. Ride up the road in the opposite direction of the beach to see it.
OMOK SUNSET – The best sunset location on Nusa Penida is at Omok Sunset Bar. This beautiful bar is located on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean above Crystal Bay. They have a pool, some incredible tree houses and great happy hour specials during sunset. Omok Sunset can be quite popular so I suggest getting your hotel to make a reservation for you.
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Day two is all about relaxing at a couple of the most beautiful beaches. Take the whole day to chill and enjoy it.
DIAMOND BEACH & ATUH BEACH – Depending on where you’re staying on Nusa Penida, it takes about an hour to get here so spend the entire day here to make it worth the drive. These two beaches are without a doubt the most picturesque beaches in all of Bali. Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach are right next to each other but separated by a cliff. When you arrive here you arrive at the top of the cliff with outlooks on either side to the beaches. Even though they’re right next to each other they are entirely different beaches. Diamond beach is an incredible beach with rock formations emerging from the water in the shape of diamonds. This is the more beautiful one of the two, however it’s difficult to swim here. The currents are strong and you can only access the beach at low tide. On the other hand, Atuh Beach is the perfect one for relaxing at with beach chairs and umbrellas spread out across it. I suggest visiting Diamond Beach at low tide, and chilling at Atuh beach the rest of the day.
RUMAH POHON TREE HOUSE – This little tree house is located near Diamond Beach, which you can actually see from the lookout. This is an ideal place to view at sunset, but fun to check out any time of day.
PENIDA COLADA – End the day at my favourite bar on the island. They have an awesome happy hour with two for one cocktails. Penida Colada is located right next to the beach so you get great views while sipping on your cocktails. I suggest arriving here early as it is without a doubt the most popular bar on the island and has limited seating.
For your last day on the island plan to leave later in the day or stay an extra night to leave the next morning. This day includes some of the sites that makes this island the most popular. If you are departing the island early, move this itinerary to your first day on the island. It takes about half a day to see these sights properly.
KELINGKING BEACH – This is the view that made Nusa Penida famous. A few years ago some tourists discovered that this beach resembles the shape of a T-Rex, and the rest is history. This is without a doubt the most popular location on Nusa Penida. For that reason I suggest arriving here before 9am which is when a lot of the tours begin to arrive. Unless you plan on hiking down to the beach you probably won’t spend too much time here. The view is incredible, truly unlike anywhere else in the world. If you’re feeling adventurous the hike down to the beach can be a fun thing to do. But be warned, the hike is very steep and a bit sketchy in many parts. The reward however is that most people don’t go down to the beach so you won’t find any crowds down there.
BROKEN BEACH & ANGEL’S BILLABONG – These two locations are right next to each other and pretty close to Kelingking Beach so best to do all these locations in the same day. Broken beach is a beautiful outlook that looks like a large round hole with the ocean below and a rock bridge in the distance. But from above it’s a whole different outlook entirely. If you have a drone this is the place to grab some photos. You’ll see the enormity of the cliff area that has fallen into the ocean below.
Around the corner from Broken Beach is Angel’s Billabong which is a beautiful infinity pool stretching out to the ocean. If you want to go for a swim here plan your arrival for low tide. Any other time it is too dangerous to go in. If you decide to go in the water be careful, the tides are very strong and can sweep you out to sea very easily.
If you have some extra time here, Nusa Penida is well known for it’s surrounding marine life. Get a tour that takes you out snorkelling or scuba diving. It’s very common to see manta rays in the water surrounding Nusa Penida, among sea turtles and many species of tropical fish.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR TRAVEL – The distances between all the sights are not necessarily that far, however the roads are narrow, steep and mostly unpaved. For this reason it is difficult and time consuming to get between places. Be extra careful with driving here, and if you are inexperienced on a motor bike then hiring a driver is the best way to get around.
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