Curious how Bali used to be in the old days? Travel back in time & Explore Nusa Penida!
Do you think everything was better in the old days? Well, guess what: You don’t have to spend years over years trying overcome physic laws to invent a time travel machine. Your genuine Bali experience lies just at Bali’s doorstep, about 45 min off Bali’s southeast coast with uncountable coconut trees all over the island and up to this point very little tourism.
Highlights of Nusa Penida
Some of you might have already stumbled over the name “Nusa Penida” in some blogs or travel guides but did not pay much attention to it as there are other supposedly “more exciting” things to cross off an Instagram bucket list. Well, add one to your list, you will not regret it! Find out why:
Waterlovers Watch out for Mantas & Mola Mola
Nusa Penida has amazing diving spots. Be prepared to dive with majestic Mantas, big weird-looking Mola Mola’s and see beautiful reefs. If you are not into diving, ask one of the locals at Crystal Bay to take you on a private boat tour around the coasts of Penida to spot Mantas and to
discover less scary snorkelling spots with colourful fishes and reefs. Make sure to ask for a good boat price, for 3-4 hours the price will be around 400.000 IDR. Ask the locals on site to help you out. (6 Tips how to bargain the right way in Bali!)
Broken beach – also known as Pasih Uwug
Myths say that this land was once home to a small village, which due to a dispute between villagers was swallowed by the earth, leaving this huge hole in the cliff. Same as “Broken Beach” the way to get there is also quite broken. It’s save to say that there are more holes than there is street, but it surely makes the trip more adventurous.Views are amazing and if you’re lucky you’ll spot a huge manta in the deep blue water from the cliff. Need a ride?
Just a short walk from Broken Beach is “Angel’s Billabong” a stunning natural infinity pool with water that seems to sparkle in every imaginable shade of blue and green.
Enjoy the breath taking view but make sure to watch your step and respect the environment. The reef can be very sharp! Why cuts in Bali heal slower than anywhere else?
Crystal & gamat bay
A short drive from your accommodation on curvy roads framed with palmtrees, passing traditional villages will lead you to either one of these calm beaches with crystal blue water and great snorkelling spots. Be strong and don’t let yourself down when you spot the small wild piglets that like to stay just a bit off the beaches. Too much cuteness to handle! Check other beautiful beaches on Bali.
Dive with Mantas
Best diving Spots on Bali: Nusa Penida has amazing diving spots. Be prepared to dive with majestic Mantas, big weird-looking Mola Mola’s and see beautiful reefs. If you are not into diving, ask one of the locals at Crystal Bay to take you on a private boat tour around the coasts of Penida to spot Mantas and to discover less scary snorkelling spots with colourful fishes and reefs. Make sure to ask for a good boat price, for 3-4 hours the price will be around 400.000 IDR. Ask the locals on site to help you out. 5 Tips how to bargain the right way in Bali.
Explore the coast
Grab a scooter and drive along the costal streets! Views over azure waters, white sandy beaches buffed by jungly mountains will not get any better. Take the route up to Kelingking Secret Point and grasp views of mother nature at its best.
Visit a cave Temple
Same as in Bali you will come across many Hindu Temples. You might think that you have visited enough Hindu temples for a life time during your travels through Bali, but here is a rather special one: Goa Giri Putri is a very unique temple situated in a deep cave. Getting there includes climbing some stairs and crawling through a rather narrow hole, but once you made it you’ll end up in a magical place. Have you ever heard of the stabbing ceremony? and are you risking possession when stepping on an offering?
A hundred stairs for a Cliff Waterfall
Nusa Penida has a couple of waterfalls to explore. Yet, there is another quite unusual sight that makes it different from the waterfalls you might have seen before: Peguyangan Waterfall runs directly down the cliff, filters into a pool (in which you can take a dip!) and into the Indonesian Ocean. Basically you get 3 in one: A waterfall, a pool and view over the cliffs and ocean. Need more? Check Bali’s Top 10 secret spots and fun activities.
Nusa Penida – The Spiritual Island
Myths say that since Bali got too crowded, many of the spiritual creatures found themselves a new home on Penida. Same as on Bali, the small population of five thousand inhabitants, follows the Balinese Hinduism. Many Balinese Hindus travel themselves to Nusa Penida for ceremonies and religious purposes. You dig these stories about spirits and ghosts? Find out more in our article!
How to get there?
Don’t worry: It’s a piece of cake and will not waste much time! If you are still on Bali, take the fast boat from Sanur. Boats leave hourly from 7 am, take about 45 min. and vary in price between IDR 150’000 to 200’000 per way. You can easily organise this trip by yourself and don’t have to book a boat in advance. Simply purchase the ticket at the spot. Since the boat schedule is frequent and reliable, you can just go there and return whenever you feel like it. But as a guideline, to seeing all the sights mentioned above, one or two nights will do it. If you are staying already on Nusa Lembongan (What to do during 2 Days on Nusa Lembongan?), the trip will be even shorter!
Where to stay on Nusa Penida
Penida’s beaches are still clear of large resorts and hotels blocking the views. Instead you will see that here and there locals built themselves simple houses directly at the beach with the sea at their doorstep. Them locals know what’s good for the mind and soul! It is rather hard to find accommodation on Penida, there are only a few Homestays and Bungalows, often not even labeled with a Sign, but no need to despair: Home Sweet Home Team already visited all of the accommodations on that island, so you can choose your favourite place to stay. Here a few suggestions:
Get the real Treehouse feel. This place is rather hidden in the Jungle which makes it a true adventure! Take the shortcut with the flying fox, to get back to civilisation.
A colourful place with love to details, a relaxed hangout area and a cozy room with mosquito net. Stay only 150 m from the beach.
What are you waiting for?
Check out the neighbour islands
Plan your escape to Nusa Penida and also don’t forget to visit Nusa Penida’s little sister Nusa Lembongan. You want to know some Secret places to stay in Nusa Lembongan for less than 25 $US? Check it out – Life is too short for ordinary holidays. Turn your stay into an unforgettable memory with HSH Stay.