Nusa Penida is a small tropical island, situated 12 km to the South-East of Bali, the neighbor of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan island. Those all-tree islands are the parts of Klungkung regency in Bali.
Nusa Penida is a unique blend of stunning scenery, world-class scuba diving spots, and friendly locals. This island has been named as one of the owners of the most fantastic diving spots in the world. Not only does it have unspoiled marine life such as Mola-Mola fish or coral reefs, you can also get an unforgettable experience diving in 7 diving spots: Malibu Point, Penida Bay, Toyapakeh, Manta Point, Batu Meling, Batu Abah, and Batu Lumbung. Whether you are an experienced diver or a beginner, Nusa Penida is sure to captivate you with its breathtaking views and world-class scuba diving spots.
If you are on a tourist trip to Bali, don’t miss the opportunity to fall in love with Nusa Penida. With its captivating beauty, adventure, and culture, this Indonesian island is a true gem waiting to be discovered. Starting from what you see immediately when you arrive on this island, the beaches. The South coast offers cliffs 150 meters high that rise into the sea, presenting a stunning backdrop for photos at Broken Beach and Angel Billabong, Tembeling, Guyangan Waterfall, or Seganing Waterfall.
Whereas on the north coast, it is more dedicated to seaweed cultivation, but also offers stunning views of Mount Agung. The center of the island is hilly, with a famous landmark called Teletubbies Hill. Nusa Penida also offers a variety of beautiful beaches, from easily accessible Crystal Bay to the more challenging Kelingking Beach, Atuh and Diamond Beach, Gamat Bay, and Suwehan Beach.
West Beach provides an unforgettable sunset experience, best enjoyed in the bars and restaurants, with a drink by the pool. And like other tourist spots in Bali, on this island, there is also a Hindu temple. Goa Giri Putri Temple and Ped Temple are sacred places for Hindus. Goa Giri Putri temple is considered a must-visit for all Hindus in Bali and is located in a large cave that can entered via a narrow path. The purification rituals here involve a dozen stations in the cave and can take up to two and a half hours to complete. The Ped Temple is another famous temple that houses powerful demon spirits and is considered more important.
Nusa Penida has become a popular tourist destination in recent years. Currently, there are more than 20 fast boats connecting Bali to Nusa Penida every day, with only 40 minutes from Sanur and 20 minutes from Kusamba. Don’t waste your vacation to Bali without stopping by Nusa Penida. It takes at least 3 days to explore the natural charm of the island.
How to get there?
The best and cheapest way to get to Nusa Penida is by sea. From Bali Island, there are several ports or routes that you can choose. The trip to Nusa Penida will only take 40 minutes from Sanur and 20 minutes from Kusamba. With the newest fast boat terminal in Sanur, now you can board the boat comfortably, without having to worry about getting wet, equipped with life jackets, and is maintained to the highest standards. With a total of 18 boats available daily from Sanur and an additional 20 from Kusamba, there is no shortage of options.
The fast boat services from Sanur to Nusa Penida start at 7:30 am and the last departure is at 5:20 pm. The services from Nusa Penida to Sanur start from 7 am and the last departure is at 4:30 pm.
From Tanjung Benoa, you can take a day cruise using the Quicksilver boat. From the port on Kusamba beach, Klungkung, tourists can take a sampan boat which usually takes 1 hour to arrive and dock at Toya Pakeh port. If you bring a private car or motorcycle, you can depart from Padang Bai port and use a large ferry (Roro Nusa Jaya Abadi ship). The journey takes about 1 hour and anchors at the main port of Penida. The ferry makes the Padang Bai Nusa Penida crossing twice a day, at 10 am and 2 pm except on Sundays when only the 10 am ferry operates.
While there are also public or private boat connections to go from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida.
What’s around Nusa Penida?
The island is so big that you can’t fully get around by walking. Renting a motorbike at a local rental or by car with your tour group is the best option. For those who like adventure, scooters or motorbikes are the best way to explore the island on your terms. You can check out any place you want and stop to enjoy viewpoints or take photos.
For some natural beauty, visit Atuh Beach, a secluded beach on the southeast coast of Nusa Penida, bordered by majestic green hills and peninsula formations. Another popular beach is Pasih Uug, also known as Nusa Penida’s ‘broken beach’, which was once a large cave that collapsed to reveal the crashing blue waves of the Indian Ocean below.
Note: Nusa Penida with all its beach points is extraordinarily beautiful and will not exist on other islands. But all travelers need to pay attention to every warning around the beaches because several times tourists who ignore warnings on the beach experience unwanted tourist accidents. You can look up the news on the internet just in case.