Nusa Penida is an island southeast of Indonesia’s island Bali and is the biggest of the three Nusa Islands. If you are looking for the best things to do in Nusa Penida, you have come to the right place! You are able to do everything on this list within three short days.
Tip: Don’t forget to take your swimsuit because there is a lot of beautiful beaches and natural pools in Nusa Penida!
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HOW TO GET FROM BALI TO NUSA PENIDA
From Bali, you will need to take a boat to Nusa Penida which will take around 45 minutes. There are different ways to book a tour to visit Nusa Penida:
ACCOMMODATION BOOKING: This is the way we got to Nusa Penida – If you are spending a few nights on the island then you will need to book accommodations. Whether you’re staying at an Airbnb or hotel, they can arrange the transportation for a small additional fee. We stayed at an Airbnb and they arranged a driver to pick us up from our hotel in Bali to Sanur Beach Harbour, a fast boat to Nusa Penida and a private driver to take us to the Airbnb. (Get $40 off your first booking at any Airbnb in Nusa Penida!)
Book your Accommodation: Airbnb in Nusa Penida
ONLINE OR IN-PERSON: This is the most affordable route – If you do not need a tour guide, you can book the fast boat at Sanur Beach Harbour online or in-person for less than $10usd per person.
Book your fast boat: Bali to Nusa Penida Fast Boat
Tip: The boat ride is fast and bumpy. If you easily get motion sickness, take some Dramamine or something similar. Also, to board the boat, you will need to walk on the beach and get your feet wet, make sure to wear slippers.
10 BEST THINGS TO DO IN NUSA PENIDA
We spent a total of three nights at Nusa Penida and was able to do 9 out of 10 things on this list. The only thing we were not able to do was #9 which is to stay at Rumah Pohon Treehouse because it was booked out. Other than that, you are able to cross everything off this list within two to three days in Nusa Penida!
1. CHECK-IN AT A BUNGALOW
During our visit to Nusa Penida, we booked three nights at a bungalow through Airbnb. There are Airbnb’s available throughout Nusa Penida. If you’re not familiar with Airbnb, it’s an online marketplace for arranging or offering lodging, primarily homestays, or tourism experiences. Get $40 off your first booking at any Airbnb in Nusa Penida!
2. KELINGKING BEACH
Kelingking Beach (also known at the T-Rex) is an absolute must when in Nusa Penida! This should be visited first thing in the morning (before the crowds) or the last (for sunset) because the view is stunning and out of this world! You can hike down to the beach or just enjoy it from the viewpoint.
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3. BROKEN BEACH
Broken Beach is a quick stop to see the incredible cove and turquoise waters. It’s called “broken” beach because there is a large hole caused by a landslide making it a very picturesque cliff.
4. ANGEL’S BILLABONG
Angel’s Billabong is only a couple of minutes’ walk from Broken Beach. It’s a natural pool framed by rock cliffs. When the water is calm, you’re able to take a dip in the pool which makes for a really beautiful photo!
5. PEGUYANGAN WATERFALL
Peguyangan Waterfall is known for its steep blue stairs alongside a cliff. You’ll have a stunning view the whole way down. They require you to wear a sarong for the walk down because it is considered a sacred place and there is a temple at the bottom. You can either rent a sarong or bring your own. Also, there really isn’t really a waterfall, it’s more like a small stream. It’s mostly known for its views and natural infinity pool at the bottom.
6. TEMBELING NATURAL POOL & BEACH
Tembeling Natural Pool is one of Nusa Penida’s hidden gem. After a steep motorbike ride and a hike down, you’ll reach the natural pool which is very refreshing on a warm day. Then you can walk all the way down to Tembeling beach where you can relax and enjoy the scenery. It’s not a swimmable beach because of the strong waves and all of the rocks.
7. BANAH CLIFF POINT
Aside from Kelingking viewpoint, Banah Cliff Point is our next favorite. It offers an incredible views and limestone cliffs. We were in so much awe that we just sat there taking it all in.
8. CRYSTAL BAY BEACH
Crystal Bay Beach was within walking distance from the Airbnb that we stayed at. We walked to this beach every afternoon. It’s a great place to meet the locals and enjoy a few Bintang beers from one of the warungs (restaurants). Also, it’s a perfect place to watch the sunset!
9. CHECK-IN AT RUMAH POHON TREEHOUSE
This is one of the most popular places to stay on Nusa Penida. It’s a treehouse with the most stunning view – I mean, who wouldn’t want to wake up to that? This was the only thing we did not get a chance to do since it was booked out.
10. DIAMOND BEACH
Diamond Beach is quite similar to Kelingking Beach without the strenuous climb down. Diamond Beach has carved stairs which makes it easier to go down with endless breathtaking views. There is a swing at the beach which makes for a great photo!
WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA
For more places to stay around Nusa Penida, Booking.com offers hotels, apartments, and hostels. You get free cancellation on most rooms and the best price guarantee!
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