Toyapakeh harbour, entrance gate to Nusa Penida
Toyapakeh harbour will probably be your first contact with Nusa Penida island. Because it is the destination port of most speed boat companies coming from Bali. The fast boat usually arrive between the port and the big jetty that hosts the ferryboats (called Banjar Nyuh). You may indeed see on this jetty a long lines of trucks waiting for the arrival of the ferryboat. This is where the building materials arrive for all construction projects of Nusa Penida island. The small port itself is the departure point for snorkeling tours, boat to Nusa Lembongan and Gili islands.
You can find at Toyapakeh port some small warungs next to the beach. My favorite is Warung Restu. You will also find basic accommodation. But you will most probably not stay there and find someone to drive you to your hotel or rent you a scooter. Toyapakeh may not be very glamorous at first sight but it is one of the places I like a lot in Nusa Penida. Read why !
Toyapakeh is a one of the great diving site in Nusa Penida. Currents are often important. You will therefore have the pleasure to admire the corals and the aquatic fauna by letting you carried by the current. And if you are lucky you will also have a superb view of Mount Agung. You can also practice snorkeling, but preferably under the supervision of a boat.
We really like Toyapakeh dive site because of its large diversity of flora and fauna. Many schools of platax, fusiliers, sweetlips and jacks. In the blue, we can regularly admire tunas and giant trevallies. We may also meet there a Mola Mola, from time to time, during the season. The flora is dense and you can observe many species of crabs, shrimps and nudibranchs. Macro lovers will love Toyapakeh dive site !
The port of Toyapakeh
Toyapakeh is also the starting point for snorkeling tours that will usually bring you to Manta Bay to see the manta rays, then to Crystal Bay, Gamat Bay, and eventually to the statues of Buddha, sunk in front of Nusa Ceningan island. The snorkeling trip usually ends up drifting along the Toyapakeh wall of coral untill the beach.
You can also walk a small path that runs along the sea and passes under the three large houses in the form of huts. Warnakali Diving Center is about 500 meters away. If you see a group of people wearing red caps on the port, it will likely be Warnakali staff waiting for the arrival or return of the center divers.
You can see on the photo below the roofs of Warnakali dive center. And there is also the gray facade of the 3 meter deep pool which is used for training and pool discovery dives.
Toyapakeh port is also the starting point for small boats, public or private, that shuttle with Nusa Lembongan island. The trip will only take 10 minutes and can be fun, although there is less to do in Nusa Lembongan than in Nusa Penida. You can also book a ticket to the Gili islands there. A small boat will bring you from the beach to a platform between Ceningan and Lembongan islands where you will catch the fast boat.
Toyapakeh is also the only Muslim village on the island. So do not be surprised if most women wear a headscarf.
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