Crystal Bay Nusa Penida is a palm tree haven and an awesome snorkeling location on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island. It’s low-key one of the best beaches to explore on the island, especially at sunset!
I have put together this complete guide to Crystal Bay Penida including how to get there and what to expect when you arrive at this tropical paradise.
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WHERE IS CRYSTAL BAY?
Crystal Bay is located on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island. From the main town and harbor of Toya Pakeh, it’s approximately a 20-minute ride to reach Crystal Bay Nusa Penida.
HOW TO GET HERE
The easiest way to get to Crystal Bay Nusa Penida is by scooter. From the main town of Toya Pakeh, it’s approximately a 20-minute drive.
There are a number of scooter rental shops dotted along the beachfront at Toya Pakeh harbor that will be able to sort you out with some wheels when you arrive on the island.
Alternatively, most accommodations will help you to organize a scooter rental for the time you plan to spend on Nusa Penida Island.
You can expect to pay around 70,000 IDR per day for a Nusa Penida scooter rental with a full tank of gas.
Be sure to get a helmet as an extra precaution for riding on the roads in Nusa Penida as they are not very well maintained with potholes and loose gravel in many areas.
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NUSA PENIDA TOUR
If you happen to be in Bali and planning to visit Nusa Penida Island, there is one tour that I can highly recommend which covers all the highlights on a full-day trip from Bali.
The Nusa Penida East Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.
This tour covers the top attractions on Nusa Penida such as Atuh Beach, Diamond Beach, Rumah Pohon Tree House, and more! With a hassle-free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, return boat transfers from Bali, a hearty lunch, and an English-speaking guide.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
The drive towards this stunning bay is an experience in itself, passing through local villages and palm tree lined roads, eventually coming to a dead end on the beachfront.
There is a number of beach shack cafes, traditional temples, a coconut palm tree forest, and colorful umbrellas along the shoreline at Crystal Bay Nusa Penida, all of which overlook a gorgeous beach cove and a nearby rocky island.
I spent the afternoon under the shade of a palm tree sipping on a freshly harvested coconut while waiting for the sun to set.
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I noticed a couple of other tourists in small groups spread out across Crystal Bay Beach having a few sunset beers. The place to be it seemed!
Just offshore, there is a colorful reef system beneath the surface, a very popular spot for snorkeling with all sorts of fish, turtles, and other sea critters.
Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
The rock island
Umbrellas on Crystal Bay Beach
On the way to the beach
WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA
Nusa Penida has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Pandawa Beach Resort & Spa
This amazing beachfront 5-star resort is centrally located on Nusa Penida island. Pandawa Beach Resort offers beachfront rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, free wifi, and ocean views. The rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, private bathrooms, and a modern interior. A continental or buffet breakfast is included for all guests.
Mid Range: La Roja Bungalows
La Roja Bungalows is the most Instagrammable accommodation in Nusa Penida! These cute wooden bungalows sleep up to 2 people featuring spacious rooms, a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and free wifi. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, and a restaurant. An à la carte breakfast is also included. Perfect place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: Nusa Garden Bungalow
The best budget accommodation in Nusa Penida! There are dorm rooms, double rooms, and family rooms available at Nusa Garden Bungalow at a very affordable price. These Balinese-style bungalows are fitted with a fan, mosquito net, and ensuite bathroom. Perfect for solo travelers and friends.
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AIRBNB NUSA PENIDA
Another option for accommodation when visiting Nusa Penida is to stay in an Airbnb, which has some great deals!
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