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.
QUICK ANSWERS – CRYSTAL BAY NUSA PENIDA
Let’s start this guide with everything you should know when visiting, from Crystal Bay’s location to how to get there and much more.
WHERE IS CRYSTAL BAY NUSA PENIDA?
Crystal Bay is located on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island, not far from Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.
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 and I recommend pre-booking one online as they usually have a limited number.
Alternatively, most accommodations will help you to organize a scooter rental for the time you plan to spend on Nusa Penida Island.
Be sure to wear a helmet and purchase travel insurance as an extra precaution for riding on the roads in Nusa Penida.
The reason being is that the roads are not very well maintained and there are potholes and loose gravel in many areas.
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 that 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!
It also includes hassle-free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, return boat transfers from Bali, a hearty lunch, and an English-speaking guide.
BEST NUSA PENIDA ISLAND TOUR
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CRYSTAL BAY
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.
I noticed a couple of other tourists in small groups spread out across Crystal Bay Beach enjoying 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.
WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA
Nusa Penida Island has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to the best places to stay suitable for budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend.
LUXURY: MAUA NUSA PENIDA
MAUA is one of the only luxury properties in Nusa Penida which is located on the cliffs near Gamat Bay and boasts stunning ocean views.
Features include a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar, an outdoor terrace, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast is included for all guests.
Perfect for couples with a choice of staying in one of the suite villas or luxury villas.
MID RANGE: LA ROJA BUNGALOWS
La Roja Bungalows is the most Instagrammable accommodation in Nusa Penida making it the perfect place to stay for couples or friends.
These cute wooden bungalows sleep up to 2 people and feature spacious rooms, a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.
There is also an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, and a restaurant with breakfast included for all guests.
BUDGET: NUANSA PENIDA HOSTEL
This is the most popular hostel on the island to accommodate solo backpackers and all other travelers on a budget.
Each bungalow-style dormitory has an ensuite bathroom, private balcony, sofas, personalized wardrobes, and free Wi-Fi.
Nuansa Penida Hostel also has a swimming pool, a restaurant, a mini-mart, and rental scooters available.
For More Options, See My Complete Guide On Where To Stay In Nusa Penida
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WHAT TO PACK FOR NUSA PENIDA
When visiting Nusa Penida, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you:
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FINAL THOUGHTS – CRYSTAL BAY PENIDA
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