in Are you planning your trip to Nusa Penida and need some practical information? Do you want to know how to get around in Nusa Penida ? Know the state of the roads in Nusa Penida? You will find all the information here. And if you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask it. The island is about 200 km2, twice the size of Paris. But there is no public transport … A small guide is essential!
The roads are gradually being redeveloped and it is becoming easier to get around on Nusa Penida. Some sites, however, require driving small dirt roads. Renting a scooter or motorbike is probably the best way to see the island. But there are alternatives. Those who are less experienced on scooters will probably prefer to rent a car with a driver to visit them.
Walking or hiking
The island is so big you cannot fully get around walking, unless you are really a good walker. But there are still very nice hikes. I have plans to mark out hiking trails along the west coast of Nusa Penida but this will wait until the end of the coronavirus crisis …
In the meantime, I have explored the walk from Crystal Bay to Broken Beach for you. Another nice hike is in Temeling primary forest. If you park your scooter before the long descent or if your car driver drop you off, you can follow a nice two kilometer hike (one way).
Nusa Penida with scooter
For those who like adventure, the scooter is the most pleasant way to discover the island at its own pace. You can rent scooters at Toyapakeh Harbour and most hotels. The helmet are not compulsory but it is safer to wear one. Please note, scooter rental prices are higher than in Bali. And they are variable depending on the season. The price should be between 70,000 rupees and 100,000 rupees per day.
But avoid negotiating too hard, I have already seen renters increase their prices during the negotiation, exasperated by the lack of respect from tourists. I still smile at the memory of three tourists who absolutely wanted to rent their scooter for 50,000 rupees instead of the very reasonable price of 75,000 rupees offered by the scooter rental company. And who ended up paying 100,000 … Just remember that 10,000 rupees is about 60 cents for us, but the price of a meal for a local.
Motorbike in Nusa Penida
The scooters are generally 125 cm3 because some roads are very steep. But you can also rent real motocross. A motorbike may be a better choice if you are familiar with their handling, given the condition of certain roads in Nusa Penida. The prices will be higher.
Scooter or motorcycle in the rain?
If you are visiting Nusa Penida during the rainy season I recommend that you buy a poncho for a few euros. There are many colors and they protect really well from the rain. If you see all the Balinese stopping to put their own, it’s time to do the same. You can be soaked in seconds …
How to drive on the roads of Nusa Penida?
Much of the road network has been refurbished. In particular the road which makes a kind of tour of the island. It runs along the entire north coast, from Toyapakeh to Suana. It then goes up to Atuh, then Tanglad and crosses the whole island until a fork towards Crystal Bay, also refurbished. Some cross roads are also brand new.
Driving around Nusa Penida on these brand new roads is really a pleasure. However, the following three rules must be observed.
- Drive left. In particular, keep your left hand when you come across a car or a truck which sometimes drives very fast.
- Slow down BEFORE turns or descents. Most falls happen when drivers brake hard in a turn or downhill and there is gravel on the ground.
- Don’t go too fast. Because you may run into a big truck at any time, but also a child or an animal. Personally I do not deviate from my race for a toad (very often in the evening or at night) or a hen (all the time). But I avoid dogs or … pigs. And also because you can pass without any transition from a brand new road to a rotten road. This is how I made my only real big fall on a scooter while going to Atuh Beach.
On Nusa Penida dirt roads
All the other roads are of average, even poor quality. In particular, most of the cross roads that go from the main road to the sea. The worse one is the road leading to Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong. A kind of disaster, especially in the rainy season when all the potholes are filled with mud. My advice, start testing your ability to drive a scooter in Nusa Penida by going to the places served by a good road : Crystal Bay, Goa Giri Putri, Atuh Beach. Once familiar and comfortable you can go to Kelingking Beach. And if you are not completely, take a driver to go to Broken Beach.
Map of Nusa Penida and its road network
This map of Nusa Penida produced by Namaste Bungalows hotel shows the quality of the road network. It is fairly accurate except it anticipated the renovation of the roads south of Tanglad to Suwehan and Tabuanan which have not yet been redone. If you want the high resolution pdf version of this map, please just add a comment at the end of this article or send me an email !
By clicking at the top right of this page you will have the map of Nusa Penida by Google. Google Map is also very useful on the island. The distances and travel times are pretty accurate and take into account the condition of the roads. On the other hand, you must write the correct title for the destinations. For example to go to Temeling you have to type Tembeling. I try for each destination to give you the correct name to type. Mapsme still don’t know the roads of Nusa Penida very well, I don’t recommend it because I saw a lot of tourists lost in the middle of nowhere following his directions. You can also see my Google map of Nusa Penida.
If you have a lot of suitcases with you, the best option is to book through your hotel your transfer from the port. Otherwise you will find drivers to drive you to your hotel with your luggage but the prices may be higher. I have already seen a driver asking IDR 300,000 to drive tourists to the tree house they had booked near Sekartaji. There is an agreement between the drivers of the island to charge some kind of lump sum prices. The price for an average trip is 150,000 to 200,000 rupees.
Rent a car in Nusa Penida
You cannot rent and drive a car yourself, so you will need to rent a car with driver for half a day or a full day. In certain cases the driver can also act as a guide. It is a good option if you are a bunch of people who want to visit the most remote locations of the island. The prices are also higher than in Bali but the price is roughly 100,000 rupees per hour. So about 400,000 rupees for half a day or 700,000 rupees for a day. The driver will normally accept 6 of you in a car so it can really be a relatively economical option.
If you are alone, you can also rent a scooter with driver.
There are many possibilities for boat trips. The main one is the tour to snorkel and see the famous Manta rays. But scuba diving will also give you a great opportunity to discover the coast from the sea, and to visit the seabed. Public and private boats also connect Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembogan for around 60,000 rupees each way.
I hardly saw any on the island. It must be said that it is quite hilly with a peak at over 500 meters above sea level. But if you have your own bike and you feel like it, this may be an original way to get around in Nusa Penida !
Any question on how to get around in Nusa Penida?
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