Nusa Penida is an island located in the southeast of Bali separated by the Badung Strait. Near the island, there are other small islands namely Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Penida is much larger than the better-known Nusa Lembongan. However, the tourist infrastructure growing too fast in Nusa Penida.
Nusa Penida has also become an unofficial bird sanctuary for endangered Balinese and Indonesian bird species, including the critically endangered Bali Starling. Nusa Penida keeps growing, this is represented by the increasing number of local and foreign tourists who visit Nusa Penida.
Where Have To Go When in Nusa Penida
1. Crystal Bay Beach
Crystal Bay or Penida Beach is surrounded by two headlands and a small hill on the slopes. This beach is a favorite destination because you can dive, snorkel, swim, sunbathe and play beach ball. This beach has relatively quiet diving conditions with clear water, so it is also very good for snorkeling. Crystal bay beach is one of the few places in the world where you can see incredible mola-mola fish. The Mola-Mola can reach a length of 3 meters and a weight of over 2,000 kg. They are usually found in deep and cold oceanic waters but occasionally they come inshore, in Bali between July and September.
2. Atuh beach
Atuh Beach is a stunning white sand beach surrounded by huge cliffs and remarkable rock formations. An arch sits directly out from the shore while several islets string off in the distance. On this beach, you can swim, snorkel to see the exotic coral reefs, sunbathe, or camp.
3. Peguyangan waterfall
Peguyangan waterfall is under the reef and must be reached by passing as many as 870 stairs. While at the bottom of the waterfall, there is a vast sea with large waves pounding. Around the waterfall location, there is holy water and takes a little to drink.
4. Kelingking Beach (Kelingking Secret Point)
High ravine with the beach below with a small access road to go down. At the top of the coral cliff, you'll be able to see the view of the coral reef. You can enjoy the beach because it was clear, there were not a lot of people on it, and it was beautiful. This beach is located in Dusun Karang Dawa, Desa Bunga Mekar, Nusa Penida.
5. Angel’s Billabong
This tourist spot is the final estuary of a river on the island of Nusa Penida which empties first before the river water to the ocean. Here there are overdrafts that form a pool naturally, tourists can swim and relax. But this spot isn’t recommended when the wave is big. The location of this destination is in Banjar Sumpang, Desa Bunga Mekar, Nusa Penida
6. Seganing Waterfalls
The path is at times less than half a yard in width. On one side is a giant vertical rock wall and on the other side a tiny wooden fence protecting you from certain death if you fall. The fence looked like something you would see on an old farm.
7. Broken Beach
The journey to Broken Beach is an overland adventure through Nusa Penida’s rugged limestone terrain. Most of the pathways are rocky and unpaved. The drive to Broken Beach will likely take two hours from the main harbor area in Nusa Penida’s north-western tip. Most of the pathways are rocky and unpaved. Once you get to Broken Beach, you’ll be rewarded with a truly sweeping seascape.
8. Goa Giri Putri Cave
The Pura Goa Giri Putri is perched midway up the mountain, accessible by a steep winding staircase. A sarong, which cost 50.000 Rupiah, was our first requirement before we could proceed to the staircase. We dodged a few rogue monkeys before arriving in the middle of prayer. Over 100 other people joined us down, crawling through the crack.
How to get to Nusa Penida
A public ferry departs daily from Padangbai in Bali Island to Nusa Penida and fast boats depart daily from Sanur to Nusa Penida. Both, only need 30 minutes of transfer time. If you're arriving in Nusa Penida by boat, be sure the boat drops you off at the port you'd like.
Another place to visit in Nusa Penida
- Teletubbies Hill
- Tembeling Forest and Tembeling Beach
- Diamond Beach
- Tree House
- Thousand Islands