I discovered Nusa Penida in May 2015 while traveling in Bali and Indonesia. Two years later, I realized that I visited the island 16 times. So I figured there must 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, the worldwide reputation of its scuba diving spots and the friendliness of its people I seduced me ?
In 2020, I count 30 visits to Nusa Penida, about 6 times a year. I try to discover a new spot during each visit and to feed this site with my discoveries. I also try to update the boat schedules very regularly. In particular the Sanur Nusa Penida timetables. I also try to answer any question you may have before or during your trip. So you will find a lot of practical information and ideas on what to do in Nusa Penida or what to see in Nusa Penida !
I was locked-down in Paris and now in Europe during this covid-19 crisis, but my only wish is to come back to Bali as soon as possible ! This is why I am following all the news about the reopening of the borders of Indonesia and the restart of flights to Bali. It seems that the reopening to tourism will begin gradually from July 9. With the goal of reopening to international tourism in September. If you want to be kept informed, send me a message at email@example.com !
Nusa Penida : a paradise for scuba divers
Nusa Penida island belong to Bali province in Indonesia. It has a population of about 45,000 inhabitants and covers about 200 km2. In 2010, a 20,057 hectare area around Nusa Penida and the neighboring islands of Nusa Ceningan & Nusa Lembongan were declared a Protected Maritime Zone. This archipelago of 3 islands, also called Nusa Penida, was mostly known until recently for its great diving spots.
The seabed is home to 296 species of coral and 576 species of reef fish. You can practice snorkeling, scuba diving or free diving. But scuba divers come from all over the world mostly to see the manta rays, present throughout the year at Manta Point, and the oceanic sunfish (Mola Mola) from July to October. And some find out they do love scuba diving after a discovery dive with Manta rays and decide to follow up with a PADI diving course.
Warnakali dive center is a great option to discover scuba diving, to get a PADI certification or simply to enjoy fun dives in safe conditions. Check this article to find everything you want to know about scuba diving in Bali !
Nusa Penida : amazing landscapes
Nusa Penida island has remained wild and offers great viewpoint in particular from all the cliffs of the West coast. But there are so many places to see and to do in Nusa Penida that you will have to make choices. Read about my top 15 sites to visit in Nusa Penida Island. The entire south coast features a 150 m high cliff that plunge into the sea. Broken Beach and Angel Billabong, Temeling, Guyangan Waterfall or Seganing Waterfall are for example great places to take awesome photos. But I also promise thrilling moments to those who will have the courage to trail down to the beach.
The north coast of the island is mainly dedicated to seaweed cultivation. From there you will have a breathtaking view of Agung volcano. The center of the island is very hilly. You will even find there a place called Teletubbies in reference to the famous cartoon !
Many spots on the west coast will offer amazing sunset experience. One of the best option to take a drink around a pool while enjoying the sunset is Amok sunset bar and restaurant.
You can visit this page to find many ideas of things to do in Nusa Penida.
Nusa Penida : a spiritual island
There are, as everywhere in Bali, many temples. And there are also very often ceremonies to which the local people will invite you with pleasure. But the temple of Goa Giri Putri is a special place for all Hindus in Bali. They must come there at least once in their life. You enter through a narrow gut that will take you after a few meters in a huge cave. The complete course of purification involves a dozen stations in the cave and lasts about 2h30. But you will probably decide to go faster!
The Ped Temple is even more important because the spirit of a very powerful demon stays there. But unfortunately almost no tourist go there. The history of Nusa Penida is indeed quite fascinating. It mixes some facts and many legends. And the main Balinese religious events are also taking place on the island, in a more intimate setting.
Infrastructures are developing
The Klungkung province decided in 2013 to launch a major development plan for the island (road, electricity and water networks in particular) to support the development of tourism. The island has also been designated as a strategic district at the national level (Kawasan Strategi Pariwisata Nasional, KSPN). Nusa Penida therefore benefits from this $ 20 billion program to support tourism development in Indonesia.
Many investments have been made in terms of infrastructure. Water and electricity are available almost everywhere on the island. The road network is almost totally renewed. And marketing efforts have paid off. The first hotel with swimming pool, Namaste Bungalows, opened in 2013. But tourism has really started to develop in spring 2017. And since then, the island is developing very fast.
It is also very easy to get to Nusa Penida. There are nearly 40 speed boats that connect Bali to Nusa Penida every day in 30 minutes from Sanur and in 15 minutes from Kusamba. You can choose to arrive in Sampalan or in Toyapakeh.
You look for practical information ?
There are still a lot of off the track paths in Nusa Penida. And 2020 should be fairly calm after the coronavirus crisis. So now is probably the best time to visit Nusa Penida !
I built this site as a guide, bringing together a lot of practical information about Nusa Penida. How to get to the island, how to get around, a touch of culture and history. Several tours are described for scooter rides, boat trips or even hiking. But you can build your own ones ! You will find also the price for a scooter, a driver or fast boat tickets.
How many nights is it worth staying in Nusa Penida ?
For a first visit, a stay of 3 nights seems a good compromise. You can spend the first two days following each day one of the land tour described. And then the third day at sea, snorkeling or diving, at the beach or around the swimming pool of your hotel.
But please do not choose a day tour from Bali. It is really too short and you will visit the same places at the same time than many other tourists. Above all, you will experience traffic jams, plus the stress of missing your boat back. I do not know anyone who came out satisfied of such a tour. That’s why one night really strikes me as the bare minimum. There are lots of nice little hotels, from basic to more recent boutique hotels, where you can stay.
What about the coronavirus covid-19 crisis ?
The government has imposed strict sanitary regulations and Bali is not, until further notice, open to tourists. You will find all the information on the page dedicated to 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 help people to plan their travel. But also to serve as a place of exchange and sharing between and with those who already know the island.
The menu gives you access to the following information:
- How to get to Nusa Penida
- Get around in Nusa Penida
- Visit Nusa Penida, tour ideas
- An introduction to the culture and history of Nusa Penida
- Celebrations and ceremonies in Bali
- Coronavirus crisis in Bali
- Kelingking Beach
- Broken Beach and Angel Billabong
- Crystal Bay
- Atuh Beach and Diamond Beach
- Gamat Bay
- Warnakali diving center
- Amok sunset bar and restaurant
- Goa Giri Putri temple
- Peguyangan Waterfall
- Seganing Waterfall
- Suwehan Beach
- Toyapakeh port
- Nusa Lembongan
- Scuba diving
Map of Nusa Penida
You can get the map of the island by clicking on map on the right just below the main photo of this page. Or I can send the pdf high resolution of the map if you send me a message ! I would also be happy to answer any question !