Nusa Penida since 4 years ago has become the prima donna of tourists when on vacation to Bali.
It’s not surprising, well, the natural scenery in Nusa Penida is really unique and you could say it’s rare for other tourist attractions in Indonesia that can match it.
Well, but because Nusa Penida is a bit far and you have to cross the island, maybe you are a bit lazy too because you are afraid of being complicated.
Relax, in this article, I will thoroughly discuss the Vw Tour And Transport Bali experience which has brought thousands of tourists to Nusa Penida.
Note: Although we have a trip service to Nusa Penida, in this article I will still discuss how to go to Nusa Penida if you want to go alone without a tour.
When is the best time to visit Nusa Penida?
I think the best time to visit Nusa Penida is during the low season months and the middle between the rainy and dry seasons.
In Bali, the High Season is July-August (school holidays) and December (end of year holidays).
Then why have to wait between the rainy and dry seasons?
Because in my opinion, during the dry season, the natural scenery in Nusa Penida becomes arid brownish and not as beautiful as what you see on Instagram.
Meanwhile, during the rainy season, you will certainly find it difficult to walk on the island.
So considering the reasons above, the best time to visit Nusa Penida is between February – June when it is the Low Season in Bali and it doesn’t rain too often.
Who is suitable for Nusa Penida
Actually, anyone would love to have a vacation to Nusa Penida.
However, because the crossing facilities are still not very good and the road conditions are damaged… I don’t really recommend people who are elderly or unfit to go on vacation to Nusa Penida.
First, to get on a fast boat, tourists are usually required to plunge into the sea (up to their knees) and get on the boat. If there are waves, of course, it will be more difficult for the elderly to ride.
Then, the road conditions with lots of potholes make traveling by car in Nusa Penida not very comfortable.
From experience, many of my elderly guests complain because their buttocks hurt or are nauseous.
Not to mention, to visit some of the best spots in Nusa Penida, you are required to sweat a little and trekking.
So, overall I don’t recommend the elderly to come to Nusa Penida.
How to Cross to Nusa Penida
Actually, there are several ways to cross to Nusa Penida, starting by using a ferry from Padang Bai Harbor or a fast boat from Sanur Beach, Serangan Harbor, and Kusamba Beach (Klungkung).
However, if you are staying in the South Bali area (Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Uluwatu, and surrounding areas), then the nearest fast boat crossing is via Matahari Terbit Beach in Sanur.
How Many Fastboat Tickets to Nusa Penida?
Arriving at Matahari Terbit Beach in Sanur, you will find lots of fast boat companies heading to Nusa Penida.
Actually, almost all existing fast boats are more or less the same in terms of service level (at least there are ships that are a little cleaner than the others).
However, what you need to pay attention to is more about the departure schedule to Nusa Penida and the return to Sanur.
And one more stop for each ship in Nusa Penida. Adjust the pier in Nusa Penida with your itinerary.
You can see complete details of fast boat options to Nusa Penida and their respective prices in the following table:
|Ship name||Harbor in Nusa Penida||Departure Schedule to Nusa Penida||Return Schedule from Nusa Penida||Domestic Ticket Price (One Way)|
|Mola Mola Express||Sample||07:30 15:30||08:30 16:30||IDR 80,000|
|Maruti||Toya Pakeh||07:30 15:00||07:00 16:30||IDR 80,000|
|King Jr||Banjar Nyuh||08:00 10:45 15:00||09:15 14:15 17:00||IDR 80,000|
|Gogun||Banjar Nyuh||08:15||17:00||IDR 75,000|
|Yamuna||Big||08:00 09:00||07:30 16:30||IDR 80,000|
|Idola Express||Sample||08:15 10:30 14:30 17:00||07:00 13:00 16:00 17:00||IDR 75,000|
|Dwi Manunggal||Banjar Nyuh||08:15 11:00 15:30 17:30||07:00 09:00 14:30 17:00||IDR 80,000|
|Crown Fast Cruise||Banjar Nyuh||08:15 11:15 15:15||09:15 13:15 16:30||IDR 80,000|
Note: Penida Island has 4 Ports:
- Buyuk Harbor: Suitable for those of you who depart from Padang Bai or Kusamba and bring your own vehicle.
- Toya Pakeh Harbor: Many fast boats from Sanur land here and are suitable for those of you who want to explore the West Nusa Penida area
- Banjar Nyuh Harbor: Not too far from Toya Pakeh and closest to Sanur Beach (only 35 minutes)
- Sampalan Harbor: One of the first ports in Nusa Penida and is the pier for most famous Fasboats. Suitable for those of you who want to explore the East Nusa Penida area.
Tourist Destinations in Nusa Penida
Maybe you already know, tourist attractions in Nusa Penida itself are divided into 3 regions, namely West, East, and South.
Most people think that because the island of Nusa Penida is much smaller than Bali, they can go around all the tourist attractions in 1 day.
But unfortunately, because the road facilities in Nusa Penida are quite small and many are still damaged… so this trip to Nusa Penida usually takes quite a long time.
Well, if you only want to visit one area, you can spend a day or take a day tour service for Bali Holidays.
But if you really want to be satisfied enjoying all the natural beauty plus watching the sunset plus snorkeling or diving, then I recommend you to stay at least 2 to 3 days.
Okay, now we will discuss one by one for each tourist destination in Nusa Penida:
West Nusa Penida
We start with tourist attractions in West Nusa Penida, which are already famous on Instagram.
In addition to the easiest access, West Nusa Penida does have beautiful spots.
Not surprisingly, these destinations in West Nusa Penida are the most crowded among other areas.
Broken Beach (Pasih Uwug)
Usually, if you join our tour, then you will be taken first to visit this beautiful cliff.
At first glance, the name Pasih Uwug comes from the words beach (pasih) and damaged (uwug) or means broken beach.
Even so, there’s actually no beach here, friend!
Instead, you are treated to a large area with a giant hole in the middle. It was as if the ground there collapsed and formed an ocean.
Oh yes, Pasih Uwug can also be an alternative for you to enjoy the sunset on Nusa Penida!
Well, while you are in Pasih Uwug, just walk west for about 500 meters.
You will arrive at the edge of the cliff with a natural pool facing directly to the sea.
This place is called Angels Billabong.
For those of you who like to swim, you can swim at Angels Billabong ORIGINAL sea waves are not too big.
But.. I suggest not to swim too close to the edge of the pool, because if the waves come they can be swept into the sea and FYI and if the seawater is high, don’t expect you to swim because it’s too dangerous
Little Hills and Beaches
I’m sure you will often see friends or influencers taking pictures on the edge of the cliff of Kelingking Hill which is shaped like a Tyrannosaurus head.
The view from the top of this hill is truly amazingly beautiful, especially at sunset.
Oh yes, at the bottom of Kelingking hill there is a clean white beach that is really amazing.
However, there is a but, friend.
The road to the beach is quite steep and dangerous.
Especially for those of you who are not used to exercising, the journey back up these stairs can make you feel like you are undergoing torture. Very hard bro!
Crystal Bay Beach
Almost all tour visitors to Nusa Penida (Half Day) will usually be taken to Crystal Bay Beach at the end of their trip for the day.
The reason is simple because the place is beautiful and suitable for ending the day after traveling all day in West Penida.
For those of you who like to see the beauty of coral and fish under the sea, you can do snorkeling here.
And, if you go to Penida Island around July to September, there is a chance you can find giant Mola Mola fish that swim to the sea surface to sunbathe.
East Nusa Penida
To be honest, East Nusa Penida is not inferior (even cooler in my opinion) to West Nusa Penida.
The variety of tourist attractions in East Nusa Penida is also quite diverse.
And… what can be a consideration for you, East Penida Island is not as busy as West Penida Island.
So it is more comfortable for those of you who want to enjoy a vacation away from the crowds.
Goa Giri Putri Temple
Don’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case.. Don’t judge Goa by its entrance.
Yes, the entrance to Goa Giri Putri is very small, about 80 cm. If you want to enter, you must be prepared to duck, hold your breath and shrink your stomach.
This is cool Right
After you arrive in Goa, suddenly you will find a very large area of the room.
Even in this cave, there is a temple that is often used by Hindus in Nusa Penida to pray. No half-hearted, this cave can fit 5,000 people!!
Oh yes, as in general, for those of you who are menstruating, it is forbidden to enter. And you are required to dress modestly and respectfully.
King of Five (Thousand Island)
Of course, you are already familiar with the photo of the Tree House in Nusa Penida like the photo below, right?
The name of the treehouse is Molenteng Tree House.
Now, this beautiful Raja Ampat-style view behind the Molenteng Tree House is called Raja Lima.
Maybe the name was inspired by Raja Ampat the island in Irian Jaya, huh? Ampat, Five, Six #ehh…
Now in Raja Lima, you can see the sunrise (sunrise) which is decorated by rock cliffs that rise high from the sea surface.
This area is one that you MUST visit if you are on vacation to East Penida Island.
This is one place in Nusa Penida that should be MANDATORY but is still rarely visited by tourists.
Who are you?
Unfortunately, the location of Atuh Beach is far from the port. If you do not specialize in visiting the East area, it will not allow you to catch the Fastboat schedule back to Sanur.
Then why should you go to Atuh Beach?
Wow, what a view! That’s amazing!
If Kelingking has an island in the shape of a T-Rex, then Atuh Beach has a cliff in the shape of an ancient giant turtle. This is what makes Atuh Beach feel like in a fairy tale.
In addition, the beach has soft white sand with a wide beach lip. So, you can relax on the clothesline without being disturbed by many people here!
When you see the photo of Berlian Beach, you must think..
“How come it’s similar to Atuh Beach, huh?”
Naturally, because the location of Diamond Beach aka Diamond Beach can be reached only 5 minutes walk from Atuh Beach.
No wonder the view is 11-12, it’s the same as Atuh.
However, this Diamond Beach is rapidly gaining popularity. Want to know the reason why?
In addition to having made stairs so that it is easier and safer to access, at Diamond Beach Beach there are Swing facilities like in Ubud.
Yups, so a giant swing is tied to 2 towering coconut trees. Hmmm.. that’s fun!
Tanglad Hill (Teletubbies Hill)
Okay okay, I know for sure you think it’s weird it’s called Teletubbies Hill time?
Actually, this is because of the shape of the topography of the Tanglad Hill area which somehow resembles the Hill in the children’s film Teletubbies.
The shape is very unique and stacked.
Many people use Tanglad Hill as a place for pre-wedding photos. Even Tanglad Hill is included in the Best Prewedding Place in Bali for the Bali Holiday version.
That’s all right, bro… be careful in choosing the shooting date. When it’s dry, the photos here feel really EMPTY!
The last place you can visit on East Penida Island is Suwehan Beach.
Among all the rocky beaches in Nusa Penida, you could say Suwehan Beach is the most accessible.
The stairs down to the beach are only 300 steps (what!!) and are equipped with wooden handles.
Arriving at the beach, you can enjoy a 400-meter wide beach and a spiky rock that rises alone (singles). Almost always this beach is empty, friend. Alias rarely visited by tourists.
But be careful, if the tide is high, the shoreline is eroded by seawater and leaves no place for you to relax on the sand.
South Penida Island
If East Nusa Penida is rarely visited by tourists, this southern area is, even more, a hidden gem.
Of all the regions, the South Nusa Penida area is the farthest.
If you really want to explore this area, I still recommend staying at least one night in Nusa Penida.
That way you can at least explore the South and enjoy the most beautiful sunset in your life on Nusa Penida.
Okay, now we discuss tourist attractions in South Penida Island:
If you swim in Angel’s Billabong you have to bear the risk of being attracted by the waves, this is a much safer and more beautiful place for you to soak all day.
Exactly in the Tembeling Forest.
When you walk down the stairs, you will arrive at a natural pool that has super clear, cool, and…
Yups, very few people visit this place because it’s really far away.
Enjoy your private pool in the middle of the forest!
Do you believe in the saying “Effort does not disappoint results?”
Well, this is one of the toughest destinations to go by car or motorbike.
Until this article was written, the road to Bukit Banah was still not good and rocky.
But, if you are determined, you will arrive at one of the best sunset viewing spots in Nusa Penida.
Banah Hills has 2 views to watch the sunset.
The first one faces west where you can see Kelingking Hill in the distance. While in the East, there is a large boulder with a hole that is the main attraction of this Banah Hill.
Prepare a beer and enjoy the view!
Unlike most waterfalls in Bali, don’t expect to see a rushing waterfall here.
Arguably the water at Peguyangan Waterfall is small and few.
However, this place provides a different experience compared to other waterfalls in Bali.
First, the view of the open sea here makes the heart cool and calm.
Second, here you can find about 900 iconic blue stairs that are often used as photo backgrounds on Instagram.
The fun thing is, if you go down these stairs, you will arrive at a small coakan like cave and have a natural pool that directly faces the open sea.
Swimming here is like having an infinity pool in a luxury hotel!
This destination is specifically for those who like snorkeling and diving.
As you know, Nusa Penida is famous for having 2 types of rare fish in Indonesia, namely Mola Mola fish and Manta fish.
Well, actually there are 2 locations where you can find Manta fish, namely Manta Bay in the West and Manta Point in the South.
Uniquely, Manta Bay is where they eat and Manta Point is where they spend most of their time.
No wonder you have a greater chance of seeing and swimming with Manta fish in Manta Bay.
Eh, but there are certain times where you can’t see them at all huh. So, no high expectations okay!
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida
Usually, if you take a one or two-night Penida Island trip with Bali Holidays, we have prepared the best lodging for you.
But, if you really want to go alone, here are some recommendations for lodging in Nusa Penida that we think is comfortable and good.
Luxury Hotels in Airbnb Nusa Penida
La Royale Villa
Just imagine, after enjoying a day of sightseeing in Nusa Penida and the sunset at Crystal Bay… it feels like I want to hurry to the hotel to lie down. Agree?
It’s best to stay in the Jalan Raya Sakti area which is less than 2 km from Crystal Bay and Manta Bay.
Well, my favorite is this unique villa in Nusa Penida.
Although La Royale Villa is made of traditional bamboo, this villa is really complete.
Starting from a private pool (private pool), BBQ area, private kitchen, comfortable mattress to Netflix channel… YOI NETFLIX IN NUSA PENIDA sorry for gasping
In my opinion, this is the coolest place for couples who are on their honeymoon in Bali.
The Arancia Villa
If you have more budget want to vacation in Nusa Penida, this is the villa you need to book!
The Arancia is one of the most luxurious inns here. Complete with a private swimming pool overlooking the Toya Pakeh sea.
Oh yes, because this villa has 2 bedrooms, then you can stay together with friends or family (maximum 4 people, maybe you can request an extra bed).
Actually, there is also a full kitchen here, but because you are the Sultan, you don’t have to bother preparing breakfast. The friendly staff will prepare everything for you.
Batan Sabo Cottage
Do you want the secret of beautiful photos of your Instagramers when you are traveling to Nusa Penida?
This is where they stay. Very Instagrammable, right?
This inn has a cottage concept, with a shared swimming pool or not private.
But what makes this inn special is the shape of the cottages that resemble triangles and can be your OOTD background.
In terms of location, Batan Sabo Cottage is also close to the Manta Bay and Crystal Bay areas.
Considering that this place has several rooms that can be rented at once, Batan Sabo is suitable for those of you who are traveling alone, together with a partner, or together with family and friends.
The Mesare Resort
Want to stay in Nusa Penida but feel like Ubud? You can try this at The Mesare Resort.
If most of the accommodation above is a bit arider with a view towards the sea.
Well, The Mesare is located in the middle of the forest and is suitable for honeymooners or Elbeh friends who want a calmer atmosphere in Nusa Penida.
La Roja Bungalows
Just like Batan Sabo, this one inn is also suitable for anyone from solo backpackers to vacationers in one village!
Cheap Hotels (Budget) in Nusa Penida
Abasan Hill Hotel and Spa
Now it’s time for budget travelers.
A Basan Hill Hotel is perfect for those of you who are on vacation with a tight budget but want good facilities while in Nusa Penida.
This hotel has a room design that is quite okay and clean. Plus, there is a sharing pool and a special balcony for sitting around enjoying the sunset from the hotel.
In terms of location, this hotel is also located in the West area and not far from Gamat Bay, Manta Bay, and Crystal Bay areas.
If there were La Roja Bungalows, there’s a cheap version… namely Bamboo Bungalows.
The shape is almost the same. Still instagrammable but not as cute as La Roja.
But in terms of location, Bamboo Bungalows is really good. Very close to the Pasih Uwug and Angel’s Billabong areas.
all hotels villas and bungalows can be seen on Airbnb below
Where to Eat in Nusa Penida
I really remember the first time I stayed in the Nusa Penida area 7 years ago.
That night, I was forced to eat Indomie at a shop near my inn at that time.
Understandably, there are boro-boro ‘proper’ restaurants, stalls that open after sunset are only a matter of fingers.
But now there are a few, bro!
The Chill Penida
Do you remember what I said earlier that most Bali Holiday guests choose to stay at La Roja Bungalows?
Because the location is not far from The Chill Penida.
So, after finishing the whole day’s tour, they usually spend the afternoon until the evening here. Enjoy relaxing music, while swimming, drinking, and having dinner.
Yups, now there is a Beach Club in Nusa Penida.
Penida Colada Beach Bar
Apart from The Chill, there is also another Beach Club which is closer than the inns in West Nusa Penida. Her name is Penida Colada.
In terms of design, this Penida Colada is very instagrammable. Suitable for those of you who want photos for Instagram.
The food menu is varied and there is grilled fish for dinner. Yummy!
Note: The grilled fish in Nusa Penida are mostly fresh… Because they usually buy fish directly from the fishermen in the morning.
Ok, now this is my favorite. Cheap, tasty, and clean. Jungle Shop.
This is my mainstay stall in Nusa Penida which is famous for its grilled seafood menu.
In particular, you must try the red snapper here, it’s the best.
What items do you need to prepare when you go to Nusa Penida?
My advice is just to pack light because it’s a bit difficult to carry a suitcase up on a fast boat.
But bring the following items, well, because Nusa Penida can get a little hot:
- Mosquito Lotion (Mosquito Repellent)
- Jacket (if staying)
- First aid medicine
- Enough money (a bit hard to find an ATM)
How to rent a motorbike in Nusa Penida
Arriving at the port, you usually find a lot of motorbike rentals. Starting from the Vario motorbike (starting at Rp. 65,000) to the trail bike (Rp. 200,000).
The price usually includes helmet and raincoat rental.
But here, Elbeh friend, you have to pay attention, okay?
The road terrain in Nusa Penida is still not very good and small. So, for those of you who have less experience riding a motorbike, I really don’t recommend it.
Don’t let your vacation get damaged because of an accident and have to pay the cost of the damage.
How to get to Nusa Penida
If you live in a tourism area in Bali, then it is easiest to cross to Nusa Penida using a fast boat from Sanur.
For more details, you can find the details and schedule here.
Is it necessary to stay in Nusa Penida?
Unfortunately, the last fast boat from Nusa Penida to Sanur is at 4 pm. So if you plan to visit all the tourist attractions in Nusa Penida or want to enjoy the sunset… then you have to stay at least one day.
Are you ready to go to Nusa Penida?
Well, the information about Nusa Penida is complete.
How are you, bro? Would you like to go to this beautiful island?
Like I said earlier, you can go alone. But if you don’t want to be complicated and want to make your vacation even more exciting, just book it at Bali Holidays!
If you have any questions, please ask in the comments column below.