Nusa Penida is located off the coast of Bali and is the biggest of three Nusa Islands. It’s such a beautiful island to explore with some of the most picturesque locations I’ve ever seen. However Nusa Penida is mostly undeveloped so there’s a lot you need to know before travelling here. I’ve written this Nusa Penida Ultimate Travel Guide to inform you on everything you need to know.
HOW TO GET THERE
The best way to get to Nusa Penida is to organize transfers from Bali which usually includes pick up from your hotel, a ride to the port, the boat ride across and sometimes drop off at your new hotel. To organize the transfers you can either do this ahead of time online or when you arrive in Bali at one of the local travel agencies. You’ll likely save money doing this when you arrive since you can negotiate pricing. The average price is approximately $20 AUD in one direction or $30 round trip. There are multiple boats leaving throughout the day so there are plenty of options to choose from.
If you are already on Nusa Ceningan or Nusa Lembongan it’s a short 10 minute boat ride departing from the yellow bridge. It costs approximately $10 one way to get over. The boats leave every hour during daylight and you don’t need to book the boat ahead of time. When you’re ready to leave, just show up, purchase your tickets and wait for the next boat to depart.
BEST PLACES TO STAY
Many people visit Nusa Penida as a day trip only but it is a large island with lots to explore so I highly suggest spending at least 2-3 nights here. Nusa Penida has a lot of beautiful hotels so there’s plenty to choose from, however the nicer ones tend to book up early so book in advance. You can find a complete list of Nusa Penida hotels here. Below are my favourite hotels.
BATAN SABO – With a photogenic A-frame shape, Batan Sabo is a beautiful cottage located on Nusa Penida. The rooms are beautiful, there is an amazing infinity pool overlooking the forest, and brekky is included. Not only is it a beautiful hotel but it is very reasonably priced, usually less than $100 per night. Keep in mind, Batan Sabo is very popular and has limited availability which caused me to miss out on staying here so be sure to book well in advance.
LA ROJA BUNGALOWS – For a beautiful and relaxing place to stay on Nusa Penida La Roja Bungalows is an ideal hotel. This hotel is made up of a beautiful set of bungalows surrounding a pool. It’s close to the main town area with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby and very close to the beach.
HOW TO GET AROUND
Nusa Penida is a very large and mostly undeveloped island meaning that the roads are very narrow and unpaved in many parts. This makes it quite dangerous and difficult to get around Nusa Pendia. In Bali it’s very common to get around on motorbikes and Nusa Penida is no exception. However if you are inexperienced with driving bikes I recommend getting a driver to take you around Nusa Pendia. A lot of the places to see on this island are a substantial drive away and difficult to get to so a driver comes in very helpful.
WHERE TO EAT / DRINK
PENIDA COLADA – For great breakfast options I love Penida Colada. The food is delicious and the view next to the beach is perfect. Also head here during happy hour in the evening for 2 for 1 drink specials. This is the most popular bar on the island so arrive early to get a seat.
SUNNY CAFE – This was my favourite spot for lunch and dinner. The food is sooo good here with a great variety and low prices. I highly recommend stopping in here for a bite to eat.
AMOK SUNSET – Without a doubt the best place to watch the sunset while sipping on a cocktail. The views are absolutely breathtaking and it doesn’t get much better than this. Come here early but leave just after sunset since the road isn’t great and there’s no lighting.
WHAT TO SEE
KELINGKING BEACH – This is the beach that made Nusa Penida famous. A few years ago some tourists stumbled upon this beach and saw that it resembled a T-Rex shape. Since then this beach has gone viral bringing many tourists to Nusa Penida. It’s a beautiful lookout unlike any other. If you’re feeling energetic you can take the difficult hike down to the beach which is very steep and unstable in some areas, only recommended for people with good fitness levels.
DIAMOND BEACH – Diamond Beach in my opinion has to be one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. When you arrive, you’ll arrive at the lookout which you’ll have to take the stairs down to the beach. This beach has a strong current and cannot be swam at high tide so plan you arrival accordingly. Right next to Diamond Beach is Atuh Beach which is one you can relax on and a perfect place to spend the day.
BROKEN BEACH & ANGEL’S BILLABONG – These are two beautiful locations right next to each other. These places showcase the incredible coastline with a rock bridge at Broken Beach and a natural infinity pool at Angel’s Billabong. That being said, this is one of the more difficult places to get because of the terrible roads. Nearly the entire way here is narrow dirt roads with an astounding amount of pot holes.
For more places to see on Nusa Penida check out my Nusa Penida 3 Day Itinerary.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
THE ROADS ARE BAD – I mentioned it before but I can’t stress enough about just how bad the roads are here. Hopefully as the tourism on Nusa Penida increases there will be more effort put towards improving the roads. But for now, if you are not experienced with driving a bike I encourage you to hire a driver. This will be the safest and most comfortable way to get around the island.
SPEND A FEW DAYS HERE – It’s common for people to come to Nusa Penida just for a 1 day tour. Nusa Penida is a huge island and some of the most popular sites take over an hour to get to. To see the island properly and not be too rushed, I recommend spending at least 2 nights here. This will allow you to see and appreciate all the beautiful areas this island offers.
That’s all for my Nusa Penida Ultimate Travel Guide. If you have any questions leave them in the comments or contact me directly. Put Nusa Penida on you must see list of places to explore in Bali, it truly is an incredible place.
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