THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO NUSA PENIDA ISLAND
Just an hour away by boat from Bali, you will find Nusa Penida Island. The reason we chose to go on this adventure was to find more secluded but beautiful destinations near Bali to escape the crowd. Bali is definitely a go-to destination when visiting Indonesia so this is perfect if you're planning your visit to Bali. This is why you should include Nusa Penida Island to your list on your next visit to Bali, and this is how to get there, what to do and everything else you need to know!
HOW TO PLAN YOUR DAYTRIP
Besides what the articles say about not being able to do a daytrip at Nusa Penida Island, it's possible! There are many tour groups to join like Nusa Penida Trip, but if you feel like pulling a DIY, we've done it for you!
WHERE TO START
From Bali, take a taxi/car/motorbike to Sanur Beach which is 30 minutes to an hour away from Kuta (where our hotel was). You will be able to find boats there that go to Nusa Penida Island and they cost roughly around Rp250,000 (Php900) for a one way ticket.
Boats depart from Sanur on three schedules, 8:00am, 11:00am and 4:00pm, do not be late because each boat leaves on time! The boat ride takes about 1 hour or longer depending on the waves.
When docked at Sanur, you may tour the island by getting either a motorbike or a car. We recommend taking a car because each location is about 30 minutes away from each other, and we all know that sitting on a motorbike for that long can be tiring. A Motorbike costs about Rp50,000 (Php189) for one whole day and a car may cost up to Rp500,000 (Php 1,800).
TIP: HIRE A GUIDE TO SHOW YOU THE COOL SPOTS, THEY KNOW IT BEST!
WHAT TO SEE
We told our guide to show us the best spots in Nusa Penida, so our first stop was Broken Beach, which is an amazing hidden beach carefully surrounded by a circular rock formation. Going to Broken Beach can be a struggle for those on Motorbikes, because the roads tend to be slippery and muddy, be careful!
Just walking distance away from Broken Beach is Angel's Billabong and it is what we like to call a natural infinity pool. Some guides would recommend you not to swim because the waves can get pretty strong, but if given the go signal, give it a try, but please be careful and cautious!
Getting around Nusa Penida will be a rush for those taking a Day Trip, because boats from Sanur leave at 4:30pm to go to Bali and that gives only 5 hours for exploring, so its best to manage your time well if you'd like to visit most of the locations. According to the guides, the best experience is to stay at Nusa Penida for 2 days to be able to see all the sights, and we do recommend that if you have the time and budget.
Our last location was Kelingking Secret Point which is by far the most beautiful view we've ever seen. It's an amazing dinosaur-like rock formation and an untouched beach at the bottom of the cliff, which can be visited but guides do not recommend to climb down because of the lack of time and also because it is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. Nonetheless, we enjoyed just as much looking at the amazing view!