I’ve been dreaming about visiting Nusa Penida for a long time. Nusa Penida is a beautiful island southeast of Bali, next to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. It is still relatively unknown as many tourists choose to stay in Bali during their holidays. It takes approximately 40 minutes by boat from Nusa Dua Harbor to get to the island.
We recommend staying at least 2 days on Nusa Penida to be able to visit both sides. In this guide, you will find everything you need to know to visit Nusa Penida, all the best sights, how to get around the island, where to stay, eat, and more!
NUSA PENIDA DAY 1: WESTERN SIDE
Continue your Nusa Penida tour by driving 30 minutes to Angel’s Billabong, a beautiful rock formation that looks like a natural pool. We found this place quite busy compared to the others as the area in Angel’s Billabong is not very big. The walk is relatively easy and there is a small temple you can rest at. Although some tourists go into the pool, it is not a good idea as some tourists have injured themselves due to the strong currents that come to the rock pool.
Tip: Sunrise is the best time to get in the water, as the sea level is very low and you will not get hit by the waves.
Next to Angel’s Billabong is a little bay that has a natural arch leading out into the ocean locally known as “Broken Beach.” The water is crystal clear and the views are amazing from above. Parking is easy on the dirt parking lot right next to the path. It is a pleasant walk around the arch and not as crowded as we were expecting. You can also get some amazing drone shots over Broken Beach!
Tip: You will also find little local cafes where you can buy water. Try their grilled corn for only 20,000 IDR (~$1.50)!
CRYSTAL BAY BEACH FOR SUNSET
NUSA PENIDA DAY 2: EASTERN SIDE
THOUSAND ISLAND VIEWPOINT
Only a few minutes by car from Diamond Beach is Thousand Island Viewpoint. I hope you brought your energy because getting to the viewpoint means you will need to climb some stairs. It will take you 15 minutes to get to the lookout and reach the famous Nusa Penida treehouse. There are many points where you can stop for a while and admire the beauty of the island. We were impressed by the colors of the water, it was so blue, so pure.
NUSA PENIDA TREEHOUSE
After spending some time appreciating the view of Diamond Beach from the distance, you will find the two little treehouses at the top of the viewpoint. These treehouses are actually on AirBnB and you can rent them for the night if you want to watch the sunset, although there’s no Wifi, AC or anything nearby. But it is the perfect place to relax away from everyone.
You may also need to queue to get the famous photo up on the treehouse as they are empty during the day. After you are done here, keep going up the hill and you will find the last lookout with a little temple looking to both sides.
HOW TO GET AROUND NUSA PENIDA
The only way to get around Nusa Penida is by car or by motorbike. We would recommend hiring a private driver as he will know the exact way and all the secret paths.
We found motorbikes a little dangerous as Nusa Penida does not have proper roads and they are all very bumpy. In fact, we saw two accidents of tourists that were driving bikes. And it is also very easy to get lost and Google Maps is not the most reliable, so hiring a private driver for the day is more comfortable and safer.
WHERE TO STAY ON NUSA PENIDA
We stayed at La Roja Bungalows while visiting Nusa Penida. This place was exactly what we had imagined before coming to Nusa Penida. It is the perfect place to organize a floating breakfast in their pool and you can ask them to arrange it for you for an extra cost.
If you want to stay at a luxurious hotel for an affordable price, we may suggest Adiwana at Nusa Penida. Other well reviewed hotels include Semabu Hills Hotel, Ocean Terrace Suites, and Coco Resort Penida. You can also find decent options on AirBnB depending on your preferences.
WHERE TO EAT
It may be a little difficult to find healthy options in Nusa Penida as it is quite remote compared to Bali. These are some of the restaurants we found on the island where they served vegetarian options, smoothie bowls and traditional food. Some of our favorites included:
Don’t be afraid to try local restaurants, or “warungs.” We tried some on our way to the different places and they were all very kind and helped us veganize our menus.
We loved our trip to this beautiful island called Nusa Penida is beautiful, such a unique place to discover. Highly recommend and hope you enjoy it as we did.
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Our Top Places To Stay On Nusa Penida, Indonesia:
- La Roja Bungalows
- Semabu Hills Hotel
- Ocean Terrace Suites
- Coco Resort Penida
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