Do you want to ‘Vacay’ at a tropical island for a change? Nusa Penida island is one of the three Nusa islands of Bali. Nusa Penida is the largest and most exotic of its siblings: Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. It is located towards the southeast of Bali.
Though it’s tourism infrastructure is still developing, this island is nonetheless as magnificent as Bali. In fact, it may even be considered better than Bali. This is due to the lesser crowds at Nusa Penida.
Underdevelopment has actually helped in preserving the pristine form of the island, apart from the obvious less crowdedness. Nusa Penida is hills, beaches, and forests all over. It is a sanctuary for the preservation of the once-endangered Bali Starling. The best activities in Nusa Penida, apart from posing for pictures, is hiking and diving.
Nusa Penida has the best spots for diving; one can literally swim with the fish (as the fish are not chased away by huge crowds at Nusa Penida, unlike Bali) among coral reefs, Mola Mola fish, manta rays and whale sharks. Nowadays, Bali is very crowded and the Indonesian island has lost its old charm.
Head on to Nusa Penida, because this is where the real party is at! This article is specifically sculpted to serve as the ultimate tour guide to Nusa Penida, Bali. The article will list a group fun stuff to do at Nusa Penida and also explain all the ‘Must Knows’, starting with how to get to the island. So fret not and leave all the hard work to this article!
1. How to get to Nusa Penida?
You can reach Nusa Penida from Sanur, East Bali via ferry. The ferries do many trips to the island so do not worry about missing the ferry. You need at least 4 days to enjoy Nusa Penida. But the truth is, even 4 days is too less to fully enjoy Nusa Penida.
2. Seganing falls
The path to the waterfall is really narrow and dangerous, with a rock wall to one side and a wooden fence to prevent you from falling off. While the trek itself is amazing, the waterfall is not what you would expect it to be. But the whole point of Seganing falls is not the falls themselves but the journey to it.
3. Peguyangan waterfall
Peguyangan waterfall is in actuality a pilgrimage site. The entire trek takes about 20 minutes. As you go down the iconic steep blue stairs, you will reach the temple and the waterfall.
4. Kelingking T-Rex
The Kelingking coastal cliffs cape is a trending Instagram location due to its mysterious shape as a T-Rex. Walk across the spine of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and marvel at the majestic beach below.
5. Manta bay
Enjoy snorkeling at Manta bay; swimming with giant Manta Rays. This is the best encounter that one can have with sea life, only at Nusa Penida.
6. Nusa Penida tree house
Stay inside a real tree house located on the top of the mountain at Thousand Island (Pulau Seribu). Boarding is actually really cheap there, so do not miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
7. Tembeling beach
Tembeling beach is a mix between a beach, forest and natural pool, decorated with traditional statues and fountains.
8. Abangan hills viewpoint
Located near Suwehan beach, Abangan hills gives amazing scenic views (especially during sunrise).
9. Gamat bay snorkeling
This is the best snorkeling and diving spot, provided that you know swimming and diving. You are required to jump from a boat into the cold water. The sea bed is filled with corals and fishes and you may even spot a sea turtle.