Nusa Penida is a relatively undeveloped island south-east of mainland Bali. You won’t find the snazzy beach clubs or trendy restaurants here, but Nusa Penida is still worthy of a visit. It houses some of the most photogenic sights in Bali.
History of Nusa Penida
Nusa means ‘island’ and Penida means ‘priests’ in Balinese. The island is known to local Balinese as the black magic island.
Nowadays, Nusa Penida is known mostly for Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Bilabong and Broken Beach. Located just a quick 30-40 minute ferry from Sanur, Nusa Penida is famous for its stunning landscape, towering cliffs and beautiful beaches such as this one.
If you only have one day spare to explore Nusa Penida, don’t worry! You can get to Nusa Penida via a speedboat from Sanur in the morning and come back in the afternoon. But if you want to see the entire Nusa Penida and really enjoy your stay, you would need 2-3 days on the island. You could also reach Sanur Harbour from The Capital Hotel Bali.
Here are some of the awesome things you can do with a day trip!
- Start From Sanur Harbour 7:30 AM, Back to Sanur around 4:00 PM
- Taxi to Sanur, the price is depending on where you live
- Round Trip Ferry Ticket to Nusa Penida Rp. 300,000/person for foreigner and Rp. 200.000/person for Indonesian
- Transportation in Nusa Penida : Rp. 75.000/bike or Rp. 1.000.000/car. It also depends on how many people are in your group.
Let’s start to explore the Island!
1. Kelingking Beach
Kelingking Beach is one of the famous spot of Nusa Penida. The rock of Kelingking Beach looks a little like the backbone of a dinosaur. And by the way, on Google Map the bay is called T-Rex Bay. This is one of the places that contributed to the tourist development of Nusa Penida, especially through social networks.
Kelingking Beach is one of the most iconic place in Nusa Penida. It is one of those viewpoints that is hard to believe that is real when you see it for the first time. This entire coastal area is particularly beautiful – the white cliffs contrast dramatically with the turquoise blue waters.
Kelingking actually translates into English meaning Pinkie a term referencing the smallest finger on the hand.
Take the small path that goes down the ridge for at least a few meters. And take your photos before going down, you will probably be less photogenic afterwards.
2. Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong
These two spots are right next to each other, so you can visit them at the same time!
Broken Beach (Pasih Uug) is a scenic coastal formation on the southwestern edge of Nusa Penida Island. The spot is marked by a hilly arch-like rock formation, which is the distinguishable landmark of the area. Set over the crashing waves of the open Indian Ocean.
Angel’s Billabong is a natural infinity pool and there is a stair down to reach that. Be very careful while visiting Angel’s Billabong and listen to local’s warning if they tell you not to get inside. Even if you aren’t planning to get in the water, the wave can get really massive here.
3. Crystal Bay
After the treacherous hike up from Kelingking Beach, you can take it easy and swim at Crystal Bay. And also you can do snorkeling here.
What makes Crystal Bay special is that the corals are very healthy and they are literally just meters away from the beach.
You can also check out Manta Point for a chance to swim with Manta Rays. Crystal Bay is famous as the possible spot to see Mola-mola, aka the giant Ocean sunfish that are so round and flat that it resembles a plate. But don’t hold your breath on seeing Mola-mola, they are a bit hard to spot.
4. Attu Beach (Diamond Beach)
Diamond Beach has got to be one of the best beaches in Indonesia. Huge white cliffs and crystal clear water, it’s pretty hard to beat. The shades of blue and the rocks were amazing!
Since 2018 you can even access the beach by stairs which were built by two local guys. It took them 9 months to do it, but still they don’t recommend swimming there because it’s pretty risky since there are many rocks.
Diamond Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches you have ever seen!
5. Rumah Pohon (Tree House)
This is actually a simple accommodation, but it has become famous as photo spots as well.
You can stay at Tree House for about $45 a night, but keep in mind this is a very basic accommodation – don’t expecting star hotel!
6. Pura Dalem Ped
This Pura (means ‘temple’) is actually very close to the main port of the island, so if you have time before you leave, definitely give it a visit.
Nusa Penida is known to local Balinese as the black magic island. The dark spirit is worshipped – and kept at bay – on the island, specifically at Pura Dalem Ped.
Another temple on the island you might be interested in is Pura Goa Giri Putri (Giri Princess Cave), which is located inside a large cave. The location of this temple is a bit further out, so again you can probably visit this if you’re staying on the island for longer than a day.
Alright, explore your passion and discover the natural beauty of Nusa Penida in your way. If you are holiday to Bali then you should have time to visit this Nusa Penida.
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