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Nusa Penida: What You Need To Know

Nusa Penida: What You Need To Know
Jess Leak

BY Jess Leak

3 years ago

Now, you may wonder if going to Nusa Penida is worth it. You’re already on a tropical island (Bali), so why do you need to go and visit another one? But trust me, a visit to Nusa Penida is SO worth it!

Nusa Penida is a much smaller island than Bali, and it’s relatively undeveloped in comparison. However, it is home to some of the most photogenic spots in Indonesia - your Instagram followers will thank you! Picture rugged rocky cliff sides, oceans so blue you won’t believe it, and the most spectacular beaches you’ve ever seen. Plus, it’s actually pretty easy and cheap to make a day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali.

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And the best bit of all? The snorkeling is incredible here, and the chances are pretty high that you’ll get to swim alongside an actual wild Manta Ray!

Here’s everything you need to know before you go. 

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Kelingking Beach

Kelingking Beach Nusa Penida

Kelingking Beach is probably the most well-known beach on the island; you definitely will have seen photos of this place before! It’s located on the southwest part of the island, about 1 hour from the port. Kelingking Beach is relatively new and was only 'discovered' in 2003 by a few tourist divers who reached the beach by boat.

Nowadays, Kelingking Beach is probably the most Instagrammed spot in Nusa Penida… and I’m sure you can see why! The view from the top is incredible, but you can also walk down to the beach below. Do be careful, though, as the path is quite steep!

Broken Beach

Broken Beach Nusa Penida

Broken Beach is famous for the archway that wraps around the bay, allowing water to flow in and out from the ocean. It is situated on the island's west coast, close to Kelingking Beach.

The arch at Broken Beach has been formed over many years and is now a true spectacle. Unfortunately, there is no way down into the cove for a refreshing dip, although you can get in the water at Angel’s Billabong, just around the corner.

Look down over Manta Bay and maybe even spot some Manta Rays!

Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach, Nusa Penida

Diamond Beach is located on the eastern point of Nusa Penida, around an hour's drive from Kelingking Beach.

There are two beach areas at Diamond Beach. One has vivid green mossy rocks and tidal rock pools, and the other area features a long stretch of glistening white sand, coconut palm trees, small caves, and a much more suitable spot for swimming. Again, do be careful, as the steps down to the beach are very steep!

Explore the many caves, get some amazing insta-worthy shots and cool off with refreshments from a small beachside warung. Perfect!

How To Get To Nusa Penida From Bali:

Nusa Penida to Bali

The easiest and most popular option is to hop on a speedboat from Sanur Beach. There are multiple operators to choose from; usually, boats depart in the morning and afternoon.

You can book boat tickets online, but it requires at least one day in advance. You could also show up to Sanur Beach early in the morning and buy tickets directly from the operators, but be sure to get there early so you have enough time.

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It’s super easy to go from Bali to Nusa Penida and back in a day, as the boat trip only takes 30-45 minutes.

You could go it alone and organize your own tickets and transport etc. This way, you’ll have a lot of freedom and could choose to spend a few nights in Nusa Penida if you wished.

Or you could book on to a day tour, where everything will be sorted for you. Our Nusa Penida Instagram Tour will take you to all the most famous spots on the island, and with your own personal driver and tour guide, you can relax and enjoy the ride without having to worry about tickets, entrance fees etc.

If you want to make the most of the snorkeling spots on the island, our Nusa Penida Snorkeling Adventure Tour makes the whole process super easy! Or you could discover the island's magical waterfalls on our Nusa Penida Tembeling Waterfall Tour.

All of our Nusa Penida tours are full-day tours and include pickup and drop-off to your hotel or villa in Bali. Simple!

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  • Get there early - although Nusa Penida is not as developed as Bali, it is becoming more popular with tourists so the most famous attractions can get quite busy after around 12 pm. 

  • Chase some waterfalls - no trip to a tropical island is complete without a waterfall! Check out Seganing Waterfall and Peguyangan Waterfall if you have time. 

  • Snorkel - if you’re going to snorkel anywhere in Bali, this is the place to do it! Manta Point and Crystal Bay are the most famous sites for this. 

  • Eat local - there are not so many big cafes and restaurants on the island so take the opportunity to eat like a local and try some of the traditional Indonesian dishes!

  • Protect yourself - remember, you’re likely going to be in the sun all day, so be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and maybe a sarong to cover yourself. 

  • Suitable footwear - as the island is full of steep cliff sides, wearing comfortable shoes is definitely a good idea! Especially if you want to venture down to any of the beaches.