Visiting Nusa Penida is a highlight of any trip to Bali. This blog will explain everything you need to know including the best things to do, transport options and tour packages.
The Kelingking cliffs are the most famous sight on the island. They resemble the back of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and draw thousands of Instagrammers each day. Hike down to the beach for an incredible view.
Day 1: West Penida
Embark on an epic adventure to discover East and West Nusa Penida highlights and experience the awe-inspiring landscape. This tour is perfect for those with limited time who want to see the most iconic spots on the island.
You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Bali and taken by a private car to the jetty, where you will board a speedboat to Nusa Penida. This journey begins at Broken Beach, a masterpiece sculpted by nature. The cliffs form a protective embrace around an azure lagoon, and the water is crystal clear. You can also witness the mesmerizing archway, which looks like a portal to a realm where time seems to stand still.
Next, you’ll visit Kelingking Beach. The secluded beach is known as the most beautiful in the world, with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. This spot is a must-visit, especially for photographers. You’ll also see the stunning cliffs and the ocean, where you may even see dolphins and manta rays!
After that, you’ll head to Angel’s Billabong, a natural tidal pool. This place is only accessible at low tide, and you can enjoy the serene beauty of this natural pool overlooking the ocean. You’ll also visit Broken Beach, which is a magical spot that’s only accessible at low tide and features an arched tunnel in the cliffs.
Day 2: East Penida
The second day of the Nusa Penida trip takes you to explore the eastern side of the island. The first stop is Broken Beach, a stunning masterpiece of nature that looks like an archway welcoming the ocean into a beautiful and protective embrace. This natural pool is a must-visit attraction for all photographers and it is the perfect place to watch the sunset with few people around.
From here you can also head to Angel’s Billabong and the quiet blue rock pools where waves crash in and out of the cliffs. It’s a bit of a steep hike to get there but it’s definitely worth the effort! If you’re feeling brave you can swim in the water but it’s important to note that several people have died here due to strong currents and rough waves.
Continuing on the road you’ll come across Atuh Beach which is another must-see attraction in Nusa Penida. This beach is a little harder to reach so it’s a bit more secluded than the others in the area and it’s truly breathtaking. You can also find a few warungs here where you can get food and drink such as fresh coconuts.
A few tips for visiting Goa Giri Putri Cave Temple – the entrance fee is 20,000 IDR and you will need to wear a sarong if you don’t have one with you (you can rent them at the temple). This temple is a must-visit on your Nusa Penida tour because it offers an authentic cultural experience unlike any other on the island.
Day 3: West Penida
A day trip to Nusa Penida is possible, but I highly recommend spending a minimum of three days on the island. This will give you the chance to see a lot more of the main attractions.
If you have an extra day then it’s worth hopping over to the west of the island for a couple of attractions that are not to be missed. Begin your day by visiting Atuh Beach where you can relax on the fine sand or sip on a coconut. Make sure you visit the beautiful temple at Goa Giri Putri too – entrance is 20,000 IDR and you will need to be wearing a sarong (which can be bought for 10,000 IDR at the entrance) as this is a place of worship.
After this, head to the westernmost part of the island and check out Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach. These are both beautiful and can be visited together as they share the same car park. They are both cliff-top locations so be careful, but they are worth a visit!
After this it’s worth taking a 30-minute drive to Kelingking Beach which is another spectacular cliff-top location. This is famous for being one of the best spots in Nusa Penida to watch a sunset. It is also a great spot to snorkel and dive with the sealife.
Day 4: South Penida
There is a lot to see on the island of Nusa Penida but it is hard to get around with its rough and bumpy roads. This is why we highly recommend you take a tour to help you find the most popular attractions.
On day 4 of your nusa penida trip you will want to head south on your scooter or rent a car. You will want to make your way down to the amazing Crystal Bay. This beach has a pretty steep climb down to get to but it is so worth it. There are a few lounge chairs and some food vendors here and it is the perfect place to relax. If you are feeling energetic you can also make the walk down to the more seclusive Pandan Beach just on the southern side of the Crystal Bay entrance.
Once you have relaxed at the beach it is time to start making your way back up to the main road to get some lunch. We recommend stopping at the insta-worthy Secret Penida Cafe on your way back up to the main road for some delicious Indonesian cuisine.
If you have some extra time on your trip and would like to go snorkeling you can hop on a Manta Point boat from the shore at Crystal Bay. This will give you a chance to swim with giant manta rays!