Practical information about Nusa Penida

All the practical information about Nusa Penida you need in order to organize your stay : how to get there, how to get around, itineraries, culture & history.

Now, is the perfect time to visit Nusa Penida. Because there is very few tourists and you can enjoy the most iconic places of Nusa Penida without queuing to take a photo ! You probably already know what to do in Nusa Penida : maybe scuba dive, relax on a beach, or explore some amazing places. You already read everything about the top 15 places to see in Nusa Penida. But now, you need some practical information about Nusa Penida to organize your stay. You will find in this article all you need to know about Nusa Penida to prepare your trip !

How to get to Nusa Penida?

There are now 9 fast boat companies connecting Bali and Nusa Penida daily. Therefore, you can choose between at least 12 connections everyday day. Reaching Nusa Penida takes around 30 minutes from Sanur and only 15 minutes from Kusamba. Some fast boat companies serve the port of Toyapakeh, others the port of Sampalan. The rapid test is not anymore needed so it is really easy to come to Nusa Penida.

How to get to Nusa Penida will help you choose the best port of departure in Bali and the best port of arrival in Nusa Penida. You will also find the right price for the Sanur Nusa Penida ticket and the Kusamba Nusa Penida ticket. Whether or not to book your ticket in advance. And above all, you will have all the schedules of each fast boat company. The article is regularly updated with more and more fast boat companies resuming their operations.

Get to Nusa Penida Fast Boat Toyapakeh
Disembarking in Toyapakeh

How to get around in Nusa Penida?

Are you a family of 4 and have never driven a scooter in your life ? Or a couple and you love the bike but you want to know how to rent a scooter in Nusa Penida ? You just want to know the rental prices, which are always a little higher than in Bali ? Please read our article on how to get around in Nusa Penida.

get around Nusa Penida Bali in scooter
get around in Nusa Penida in scooter

Ideas for tour and itinerary in Nusa Penida

There are many things to see and do in Nusa Penida. But if you do not have the opportunity to stay there for 15 days, you will probably want to group together the visit of several places in one of the different itineraries described. You can use two intense days to follow two of the circuits described. You only have to add a day dedicated to scuba diving and an incredible happy hour sunset and you have your mini 3-day stay organized ! To have the map of Nusa Penida below in high resolution pdf, send me an email!

Map Nusa Penida Bali
Map of Nusa Penida

Celebrations and events in Nusa Penida and Bali

There are religious ceremonies every day in Nusa Penida and Bali. It’s a fundamental part of social life in Bali. You will often see processions passing in the street. And you will often hear people say “tomorrow I can’t, I’m having a ceremony”. Certain ceremonies will have a limited impact on your trip. But others can upset all of your plans.

I always sympathize, with a hint of fun anyway, when tourists tell me that they have a flight or a return boat to Bali scheduled on Nyepi day. This is indeed absolutely impossible because on this day the airport is closed, you have to stay confined inside your room and all activity stops. There is also an equivalent holiday dedicated to the sea in Nusa Penida called Nyepi Laut.

To find out the dates of all Balinese events and their meaning, see the page dedicated to celebrations and events in Nusa Penida and Bali !

History of Bali map of Bali in 1900
The 7 kingdoms of Bali in 1900

Culture and history of Nusa Penida

The page dedicated to culture and history of Nusa Penida is a bit short, as there are not many sources. But it is exciting. And that will help you better understand the origin of Nyepi. And also why Nusa Penida has been preserved from tourism for so long, because of its bad reputation!

Any other practical information?

There is also a page giving all the information about Bali. And another one about how to get to Bali. But if you have more questions or need more information, feel free to send me a message or post a comment!

Adiwana Warnakali PADI 5 star dive resort pool and deck

Stay in Nusa Penida

How to choose where to stay in Nusa Penida among the 450 listed hotels. 5 stars, boutique hotel, glamping or charming bungalows?

Top 15 in Nusa Penida

After 30 visits to Nusa Penida I updated my list of 15 awesome sites so see in Nusa Penida island : beaches, temples, cliffs, dive sites and many more !

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  1. Alen V. says:

    Hello! Can i get please hi res map of Nusa Penida?
    Thank you ! Makasih !

  2. Indriana says:

    I will go to nusa penida. Im hopefully happy if you sent me the map via email. 🙏🙏🙏

  3. Sandeep says:

    Hi, How is Nusa Penida now in 2022? Crowded?

    And I would love to have the hi res map.

    Thank you!

    • Blaise says:

      Hi Sandeep,
      Nusa Penida is more busy now that borders opened again. But it is less crowded than 2019. So it is a good time to visit !

    • Kellie says:

      This website is very helpful.

      Is there any difference in the types of boats that leave from Sanur compared to Kusamba?

      Is it much more difficult getting off the boat at Kusamba compared to Sanur?

      Could you please email me a map?

      Best Wishes

      • Blaise says:

        Hello Kellie,
        The fast boat between Bali and Nusa Penida are very similar, from Sanur and from Kusamba.
        There are some floating jetties in Kusamba leading you from the boat to the beach so I would say getting off is a little bit less comfortable but it is manageable.
        Finally i sent the map to your email.
        If you need any assistance to book your boat, a driver in Bali or Penida or snorkeling I can also send you a contact.

        Enjoy your stay in Bali !

    • Blaise says:

      Hi Paul, I sent you the map through e-mail. Penida is getting busier now indeed.

  4. Kylie says:

    Hi Blaise

    Thanks for your informative website. During wet season are you able to visit most attractions or do the state of the roads cause access problems? Thx

    • Blaise says:

      Hi Kylie,
      You will be able to visit most of Nusa Penida attractions during wet season. The state of the roads will not really be an issue.
      But clearly it will be less nice to drive a scooter under heavy rain. And it would not be recommended as well to hike down to Kelingking Beach for example if its raining because the path will be slippery. Nevertheless even during wet season the rain usualy last only a few hours during the day.
      You can read more about how to get around in Nusa Penida here :

  5. Hai Blaise,

    Thanks for your informative website. I am planning to to for holiday this up coming May, can I get the pdf map please. Thank you in advance.

  6. Victoria says:

    Can you tell me when tourism started in nusa penida, when international trade begann, and when the roads were built? I just spent a few days there, and it is truly breath taking

    • Blaise says:

      Hello Victoria.

      When I first came to Nusa Penida in 2015 there were only 2 or 3 hotels. Most of the roads already existed but were in very poor condition. Tourism really took off in 2018 with impressive growth since then, except obviously in 2020/2021.
      It is still a good time to invest if you want to buy a land!


    • Blaise says:

      Hi Nana,
      I sent the map of Nusa Penida through email.
      Enjoy you stay there !

  7. Intan says:

    Hi, can u send me the hi-res map and attractions. Thanks a lot.

    • Blaise says:

      I just sent you Nusa Penida map !
      Enjoy you stay in Bali.

  8. Hello Blaise

    Great articles re Penida – I shall be visiting there end of May – kindly forward me the hi res island map please.

    Much Appreciated

    • Blaise says:

      Hi Ian,
      I sent you an email with the map of Nusa Penida.
      If you need any assistance to book your boat or rent a car with driver I can also give you a contact.
      Enjoy your stay in Nusa Penida!

  9. Julia says:

    Hii, thanks for this wonderful website and all the Infos. May I also ask for the high resolution map via email please 🙂 Thanks in advance!

    • Blaise says:

      Hello Julia,
      I sent you Nusa Penida map by email.
      I can also give you a contact if you need some help to book a boat, a car with driver or an hotel.
      Enjoy your stay in Nusa Penida !

  10. Thomas Engel says:

    Hello Blaise,

    We will be visiting Nusa Penida from July 30 to August 3. Coming from Amed I guess we take a boat in Kusamba?
    Two more questions, we are a family of 5, and not everyone is able drive a scooter, can you recommend a driver, who can drives us around?
    And could you please send me the hi res map of Nusa Penida?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Kind regards,


    • Blaise says:

      Hi Thomas,
      Kusamba is indeed the best option to reach Nusa Penida (Sampalan) from Amed.

      To find a driver in Bali or Nusa Penida with a good price you can contact Roy on his WhatsApp.I sent you his number, and Nusa Penida map, by email.

      Enjoy your trip in Bali !

  11. Martina Vereijken says:

    Hi, thanks for the great info.
    Can you please send me the high resoluton map and recommendations for transport from Maruti Harbour to my hotel. We stay 4 nights at Nusa Penida so travel with luggage.
    Who can organisa a snorkel trip when you are already on the isalnd as all trips I see seem to depart from Sanur.
    Thanks very much for your support

    • Blaise says:

      Hi Martina,

      You can contact on my behalf Roy to organize your snorkel trip from Nusa Penida. It will be much cheaper than from Sanur. He can also organize your pick up at Maruti harbour to your hotel and day tours in Nusa Penida.I sent you his contact, WhatsApp and email, by mail.
      Enjoy your stay in Nusa Penida !

  12. Wow! What an incredible blog!
    Thank you so much for sharing all the information we need. Would you be able to send us the pdf map please?
    Thank you!

    • Blaise says:

      Thank you Maria for the compliment.
      I sent you the pdf map !
      Enjoy your stay in Nusa Penida !

  13. Nice blog. Can you help me with snorkelling contact. And suggest best points for snorkeling.

    Also send the high res map to me please

    • Blaise says:

      Hello Riyuraj,
      I sent you the map and Roy’s contact detail by email.
      For snorkeling by your self you can go to Crystal Bay.
      But if you want to see manta you need a boat.Roy can offer you different options with a private boat or a shared boat for snorkeling or a discovery dive with manta rays.

  14. Hello, I will be going to Nusa Penida for a day trip from Bali on Feb 14. Can you please share the contact info of a driver there? Thanks!

    • Blaise says:

      Hello Abrar,
      I sent you by email Roy’s contact details. He can organize your day trip to Nusa Penida from Sanur or find a good driver for you in Nusa Penida.

  15. Patrick Burchett says:

    Thank you very much for the offer, could I please get a map pdf as well. Thank you

  16. Onojdi says:

    Blaise thanks for the wonderful info! Can you please send me the map? Thanks!

    • Blaise says:

      I sent you the map by email. Enjoyr your vacation in Nusa Penida !

  17. Melanie says:

    Hi Blaise,

    I’ve booked accomodation in Nusa Penida for this coming Monday. I’m travelling alone and would like the information of the driver you mentioned above.

    Thank you very much.
    Great site!

    • Blaise says:

      Hello Melanie,

      I sent you by email Nusa Penida ma and Roy’s contact details.
      He can help you prepare your trip, establish your program, propose a reliable driver in Bali and Nusa Penida and help you book your boat tickets or hotels.
      Enjoy your trip to Nusa Penida !

    • Blaise says:

      I sent you the map by email. Enjoy your vacation in Nusa Penida !

  18. Hello Blaise,
    We are a family of four adults and have planned a Day Visit to Nusa Penida in the second week of June 2024 from Sanur.
    I require the following information since you are a seasoned visitor to the island. and also more authentic.
    1. Please share the tourist or high res map.
    2. Since we will travel from Kuta to Sanur to board a boat to Nusa Penida, will you please recommend the best boat service with contact details and also the return fare? Is it necessary to book online or in advance?
    2a) There is quite conflicting information about ticket fare being charged. Will you please guide me in this respect?
    Also, let me know the scheduled departure from both ends.
    3. As I said it will be a day trip, which port or place I should get off and reboard the same vessel back to Sanur?
    4. Though I can drive A scooter, none others are used to it. In such case will you please recommend me a vehicle with a driver cum guide? Please share his/her contact details and cost for the day.
    5. Lastly, kindly share a list of interesting places to be visited in Nusa Penida as a day trip.
    Thanks in advance.

  19. Charles Pirlet says:


    Great post! Can you send me a map of Nusa Penida?

    We’ve really got a day and a half (till 1PM) on site (sleeping in Ped). We’d like to do both South-East and West coast as well as some snorkelling? Sounds doable? In which order? Any recommendations for snorkelling company that’ll take us out on a boat (Manta Bay and Point)?

    Two of us going end of June.



    • Blaise says:

      Hello Charles,
      The first day will be a busy day with the East tour + the West tour and then snorkeling on the next day but it is doable.
      I sent you by email Roy’s contact details who can help you organize all that and Nusa Penida map.
      Enjoy your trip to Penida !

    • Blaise says:

      I sent you the map by email.
      Enjoy your trip to Nusa Penida !

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