I discovered Nusa Penida in May 2015 while traveling through Bali and Indonesia. Two years after, I realized that I had visited the island sixteen times already. So I figured there had to be something special between this island and me. Maybe Nusa Penida captivated me with its dark magic? Or maybe, more rationally, the beauty of its landscapes, its world class scuba diving spots, and its friendly people seduced me?
In 2020, I counted thirty visits as I visit the island about six times per year. I try to discover a new spot during each visit and share my new discoveries on this website. I also try to regularly update the boat schedules. In particular the Sanur – Nusa Penida time tables. I also try to answer any question you may have before or during your trip. So you will find a lot of practical information on this website, as well as ideas on what to do in Nusa Penida or what to see in Nusa Penida !
I’m closely following the official information from the Indonesia government and I’m keeping an eye on the potential reopening of the Indonesian borders. If you’d like to be kept informed, shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Nusa Penida : a paradise for scuba divers
Nusa Penida island belongs to the Bali province in Indonesia. It has a population of around 45,000 inhabitants and covers about 200 km2. In 2010, an area of 20,057 hectare around Nusa Penida and its neighboring islands Nusa Ceningan & Nusa Lembongan were declared a protected maritime zone. This archipelago of three islands was until recently mostly known for its great diving spots.
The seabed of this maritime zone is home to 296 species of coral and 576 species of reef fish. You can practice snorkeling, scuba diving or free diving here. Especially scuba divers come from all over the world to see the manta rays at Manta Point. The manta’s are around all year long. The oceanic sunfish, also known as the Mola Mola, is only around from July to October. Many people who try a discovery scuba dive with Manta rays fall in love with diving and decide to follow up with a PADI diving course.
The Warnakali dive center is a great option to discover scuba diving, to get your PADI certification or to simply enjoy some fun dives in safe conditions. Check this article to find out everything you want to know about scuba diving in Bali!
Nusa Penida : amazing landscapes
Nusa Penida island has remained fairly wild and offers great viewpoints, especially from all the cliffs on the West Coast of the island. However, there are so many places to see and things to do in Nusa Penida that you will have to make choices. Have a look at my top 15 sites to visit in Nusa Penida. The entire South Coast features a 150 m high cliff that plunges into the sea. Broken Beach and Angel Billabong, Tembeling, Guyangan Waterfall or Seganing Waterfall are, for example, great spots to take awesome photos. I can furthermore promise thrilling moments to those who have the courage to trail down to the beach.
The North Coast of the island is mainly dedicated to seaweed cultivation. However, in the North you also have a breathtaking view of the volcano Agung. The center of the island is very hilly. There is even a place called the Teletubbies Hill in reference to the famous kids cartoon!
There are some very nice beaches on the island. Nusa Penida has some easily accessible beaches like Crystal Bay and Atuh Beach, but also some that require a bit more effort like Kelingking Beach, Gamat Bay and Suwehan Beach.
Many spots on the West Coast offer an amazing sunset experience. One of the best options to enjoy the sunset and have a drink around the pool is Amok sunset bar and restaurant.
You can visit the following page for more ideas on things to do in Nusa Penida.
Nusa Penida : a spiritual island
Nusa Penida has many temples, just like everywhere in Bali. There are also many ceremonies being held to which the local people often invite you with pleasure. In particular the Goa Giri Putri temple is a special place for all Hindus in Bali. Hindus must visit Goa Giri Putri at least once in their life. To enter this temple you have to go through a narrow gut that will take you into a huge cave. The complete purification ritual involves a dozen stations in the cave and lasts around two and a half hours. But, you can also go through the process faster!
The Ped Temple is considered even more important though, because the spirit of a very powerful demon stays here. Not many tourist visit this temple. The history of Nusa Penida is indeed quite fascinating and it consists of both facts and legends. The main Balinese religious events and ceremonies also take place in the island, but in a more intimate setting.
Infrastructures are developing
In 2012, the Klungkung province decided to launch a major development plan, including roads, electricity and water networks, to support the development of tourism on the island. At the national level, the island has been designated as a strategic district (Kawasan Strategi Pariwisata Nasional, KSPN). This means that Nusa Penida also benefits from this $20 billion program to support tourism development in Indonesia.
Many investments have been done in terms of infrastructure. Water and electricity are now available almost everywhere on the island. The road network is almost totally renewed. Also, marketing efforts have paid off. The first hotel with swimming pool, Namaste Bungalows, opened in 2013. However, tourism only really started to develop in 2017. Since then, the island has been developing very fast. The island reached a tourist peak in 2019. Unfortunately, 2020 has been much more quiet.
Even during covid, it’s relatively easy to get to Nusa Penida. No rapid test is required. Also, there are now more than 20 fast boats connecting Bali to Nusa Penida every day. It takes about 30 minutes from Sanur and only 15 minutes from Kusamba. You can choose to arrive in Sampalan or in Toyapakeh.
You look for practical information ?
There are still many off the beaten track paths in Nusa Penida. As 2021 should still be fairly calm after the coronavirus crisis, now is probably the best time to visit the island !
I created this website as a kind of online guide, bringing together a lot of practical information about Nusa Penida. For example, how to get to the island, how to get around, and also offering a touch of culture and history. I provide several day trip tours that include scooter rides, boat trips and even hiking. However, you can also put together your own trip! This website also provides information on scooter rental prices, the costs of hiring a driver, as well as fast boat tickets and prices.
How many nights is it worth staying in Nusa Penida for?
For a first time visit, I would recommend to stay for at least three nights. You can, for example, spend the first two days doing one of the land tours suggested on this website. On the third day you could enjoy a beach day, go snorkeling or diving, or simply enjoy the swimming pool at your hotel.
Nusa Penida has lots to offer, so I wouldn’t recommend just coming on a day tour from Bali. It’s very short and you will probably visit the same spots, at the same time, as many other tourists. You will probably also experience traffic jams (except during this covid time …), as well as the stress of missing the last boat back, because there’s so much to discover! Also, I personally don’t know anyone that was fully satisfied with just a day tour. That’s why I would consider one night as the minimum stay. There are lots of nice hotels and homestays, from basic to more luxury or boutique hotels, where you can stay.
How is the covid-19 situation in Nusa Penida ?
Nusa Penida has largely remained coronavirus-free. As of January 6th, only 77 people were tested positive and have already recovered. For more information on the covid situation, see the following web page: coronavirus crisis in Bali.
A site for information, exchanges and sharing
The main objective of this site is to introduce the island of Nusa Penida to the public and help people plan their travels. It also serves as a place of information exchange for those who are already familiar with the island.
The menu below gives you access to the following information:
- How to get to Nusa Penida
- How to get around in Nusa Penida
- Visit Nusa Penida, tour options
- An introduction to the culture and history of Nusa Penida
- Celebrations and ceremonies in Bali
- Coronavirus situation in Bali
- Kelingking Beach
- Broken Beach and Angel Billabong
- Crystal Bay
- Atuh Beach and Diamond Beach
- Gamat Bay
- Adiwana Warnakali dive resort
- Amok sunset bar and restaurant
- Goa Giri Putri temple
- Peguyangan Waterfall
- Seganing Waterfall
- Suwehan Beach
- Toyapakeh harbour
- Nusa Lembongan
- Scuba diving
Map of Nusa Penida
A map of the island is available to you on this page, by clicking on ‘map’ just below the main photo. Or, if you shoot me a message, I’m happy to send you a pdf version of the map (with high resolution!). I’m also happy to answer any other questions you might have!