Nusa Penida Island

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The Voyage Bali – Bali is one of the natural wonders that exist in this world. The beauty of its nature from land to the sea is undeniable. Along with its unique culture, Bali becomes top tourist destination throughout the world. This makes most of its tourist attractions are packed with tourists. If you feel that is a little disturbing, then you should try heading to Nusa Penida, an island located southeast of Bali.

Nusa Penida Island
Nusa Penida Island (credit: Wikipedia)

Nusa Penida is part of three-island group along with Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. And Nusa Penida is the biggest Island compared to the other two. With its dazzling nature, Nusa Penida is considered as one of the best island in Indonesia. Although Nusa Penida popularity is growing, the attraction in Nusa Penida is still rarely visited, even it is still not fully explored. So, it can make your vacation more relaxing and intimate.

Tips before and during Nusa Penida Island vacation

If you are interested to visit Nusa Penida, the first thing you should know is how to get to Nusa Penida. There are two ways of reaching Nusa Penida from Bali. You can go from Sanur beach and Tanjung Benoa. Both of them are using speedboat to across the island. Although there is a way using traditional boat that operated by locals, it is not a recommended way to get there. It is cheap, but it will cost you more time and it is inconvenient for you that think time is important. Also, it is not a comfortable ride.

Using speed boat from Sanur is the most ideal way to get Nusa Penida. There are several schedules of this 30 minutes trip from Sanur. There is always a departure on the morning start from 7 AM to 10 AM and in the afternoon start from 2PM to 5 PM. The coming back speedboat from Nusa Penida is also around that schedule. As for the Tanjung Benoa way, there is not much schedule of speedboat departure. Although it is a little bit cheaper and more comfortable, the boats only leave once on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

As like on Bali, the sun here is so strong, so make sure to bring things that comfort you such as hats, sunscreen with high SPF and sunglasses. You will spend most time in Nusa Penida and water so make sure to bring comfortable footwear and bathing suit. The important thing you should remember is to bring enough cash while doing vacation in Nusa Penida. There are only a few ATM available around the island and also only a few places that take payment in credit card.

To get around on Nusa Penida, it is recommended to rent a motorbike. Although it is slightly more expensive than rental bike on Bali, it is the best way for getting around Nusa Penida. You can also rent a car along with the local driver and guide or also just hop into the tours available.

Nusa Penida Island attraction

Finally, the main reason for you getting here are the attractions. There are many cool and beautiful attractions in Nusa Penida.

  1. Crystal Bay

One of the most famous spots in Nusa Penida is Crystal Bay. The crescent-shaped beach in Crystal Bay is covered with white sand with stony hill around it. It is a perfect place for enjoying sunset. Not only for its beach, Crystal Bay is popular as amazing snorkeling and diving spots. It gets the name from the crystal clear water that is perfect to do these activities. If you are diving in this spot, there is a chance you will encounter mola-mola or sunfish, a massive and amazing bony fish. Crystal Bay is one of the best places in the world to see this unique fish.

Crystal bay
Crystal bay beach at Nusa Penida Island (credit: Shutterstock)
  1. Kelingking Beach

It is a tourist attraction on the hill that is famous for its photogenic landscape. Kelingking is an Indonesian word for “pinky finger”, although its landscape more looks like a T-Rex rather than pinky finger. The most famous spot in Kelingking Beach is on the top of the hill where you can literally see the cliffs that shaped like T-Rex fully is crashing with the waves. You can descend down to the beach, but it is on your own risk since the path is very narrow and steep on some parts. There is no fixed holding here so there is a sign that warn to better not down to the beach. If you are aware of the risk but still going down to the path, you will find a beautiful secluded beach. It will feel like a private beach since there are not many tourists that decide to go down here since the path is very steep and dangerous.

Kelingking Beach Nusa Penida
Kelingking Beach Nusa Penida (credit: wanderersandwarriors)
  1. Angel’s Billabong

It is a tidal pool that naturally created by the wonder of the ocean. First of all, you should check the wave condition before you visit. The low tide condition is the perfect condition to visit this spot since you will see a formation of emerald-colored rock patterns and textures under the crystal clear water. Take a swim or dive a little bit to enjoy this unique landscape. Although you must be aware of the condition of the sea and always listen on the locals since the waves here can be massive that can swept you away. But, you always be aware about the tide. Sometimes tide went to high and can be dangerous for yourself.

Angel Billabong
Angel Billabong (credit: Shutterstock)
  1. Broken Beach

Right next to Angel’s Billabong, you can visit Broken Beach or locals called Pasih UUg. Soo, you can visit it the same time you visit Angel’s Billabong. It is popular because its view of an arched tunnel on the cliffs. This arched tunnel that allowing the ocean to flow in and makes a pool which called Angel’s Billabong.

Broken Beach Nusa Penida
Broken Beach Nusa Penida (credit: tatkala)
  1. Manta Bay

It is the most famous snorkeling and diving spot. It is one of the best spots in the world to encounter the majestic manta. You can watch closely to its behaviors and if you are lucky you can see them hunting for food. Don’t worry since manta is pretty harmless to people if you are not threaten them. Besides manta, you can encounter many beautiful fishes, turtles and even sharks by snorkeling or diving in Manta Bay.