Nusa Penida Island offers a mecca of adventures and locations that will leave you jaw-dropped and gasping with excitement around every corner!
Having visited the Nusa Islands on several occasions, I have put together this Ultimate Guide to 15 Epic Things To Do In Nusa Penida to help you plan your trip.
Also in this guide, I have included some useful information on how to get to Nusa Penida, where to stay, how to get around the island, and much more!
HOW TO GET TO NUSA PENIDA
BALI TO NUSA PENIDA
Ferries operate daily to Nusa Penida from Pemelisan Harbor in South East Bali. You can book the ferry online in advance to guarantee the lowest price.
The ferry ticket also includes a hotel pick-up from your accommodation in Bali and a drop-off directly to the pier at Sanur Harbor. The boat trip takes approximately 45-minutes
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NUSA LEMBONGAN TO NUSA PENIDA
You can also take a boat to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan if you happen to be exploring this island first.
A boat from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida will cost you around 50,000 IDR.
You can organize the boat via your accommodation on Nusa Lembongan or simply head to the main harbor on Lembongan Island and ask one of the boat companies down on the beachfront.
WHERE TO STAY ON 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.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA
HOW TO GET AROUND THE ISLAND
The best way to get around the island is by scooter.
Nusa Penida is quite a large island and it can take up to one hour to get from one side of the island to the other.
The roads are not very well maintained so please be aware of this and take it slow on the loose gravel roads. Be sure to get a helmet as an extra precaution.
I also highly recommend purchasing travel insurance, especially when riding on the roads here. Safety first!
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 here on the island.
You can expect to pay around 70,000 IDR per day for a scooter rental with a full tank of gas.
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NUSA PENIDA TOUR
If you happen to be in Bali and planning to visit Nusa Penida Island from here, there is one tour that I can highly recommend that covers all the highlights on a full-day trip from Bali.
The Nusa Penida Instagram Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.
This tour covers the top Instagram locations on the island such as Kelingking Beach, Angels Billabong, Broken Beach, and more! With a hassle-free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, return boat transfers from Bali, a hearty lunch, all entrance fees, and an English-speaking guide.
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15 EPIC THINGS TO DO IN NUSA PENIDA
Now that you’ve got all the information on how to get to the island, where to stay, and all the logistics, let’s get to the fun stuff.
So without further ado, here is a complete list of 15 Epic Things To Do In Nusa Penida.
Kelingking Beach (also referred to as T-Rex Beach, or Kelingking Secret Point Beach) is the most popular tourist attraction on Nusa Penida Island thanks to Instagram, and for a good reason… I mean just look at this view!
The reason why Kelingking Beach is such a popular location is that the cliffs form the shape of a T-Rex dinosaur. The head of the T-Rex can be seen on the left of the bay and the body and tail wrap around to the right.
Access to the actual beach is possible but please explore at your own risk. The Kelingking Beach hike is not for the faint-hearted as it’s a very precarious trail down a narrow trail and onto the shoreline.
The hike from top to bottom takes around 30-minutes each way. For this reason, make sure to wear comfortable shoes to get there.
If you don’t want to brave the hike down to the beach, there are multiple viewpoints around the edge of the cliffs which offer spectacular views up and down the coastline of Nusa Penida.
Kelingking Beach can be visited at any time of the day, though early morning and mid-afternoons are the optimum times to experience this stunning location.
If you want to experience Keling King Beach without the crowds, you should aim to arrive here at sunrise, or just after, and you will most likely have the place all to yourself.
Feeling hungry? You can grab something to eat and drink from a small restaurant at the top of the cliffs. They are quite affordable and offer amazing views.
Full Blog Post → Kelingking Beach
Drone shot of Kelingking Beach
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BANAH CLIFF VIEWPOINT
Banah Cliff is yet another epic viewpoint on Nusa Penida Island. This particular location is not as popular as Kelingking Beach though it’s equally as impressive, in my opinion, and one of the best things to do in Nusa Penida.
There are not just not one but two incredible viewpoints at Banah Cliff. Be very careful when taking photos at these viewpoints as there are no safety barriers to protect you from falling.
The panoramic viewpoint at Banah Cliff faces west and offers extreme views of surrounding cliffs, perched high above the ocean. On a clear day, you can actually see the tail of the T-Rex at Kelingking Beach.
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The other lookout point faces east and offers an awesome view of an arched rock island just off of the coastline.
The best time to visit Banah Cliff is either early morning or late afternoon for sunset. Avoid visiting in the middle of the day when it’s too hot under the midday sun.
Full Blog Post → Banah Cliff Nusa Penida
View of the rock island
Banah Cliff viewpoint
MANTA POINT NUSA PENIDA
Snorkeling at Manta Point is one of the best things to do on Nusa Penida. These underwater giants are incredibly humble and to be able to swim with them is an experience I am sure you will never forget.
There are a couple of options to book a snorkeling trip to Manta Point Nusa Penida and they are:
From Nusa Penida Island, boat tours operate out of Toya Pakeh Bay to Manta Point on a daily basis.
You can head down to one of the many tourist offices in Toya Pakeh to organize your snorkeling trip. The cost of a Manta Point snorkeling tour is around 250,000 IDR.
If you happen to be in Bali and want to go snorkeling with manta rays, there is one tour that I can highly recommend which is a full-day trip from Bali.
The Manta Bay Snorkeling Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and thousands of bookings.
This tour includes a hassle-free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, return boat transfers from Bali, an English-speaking guide and you will visit such spots as Manta Point, Crystal Bay, Gamat Bay, Toyapakeh Wall, and more!
All this for less than $50 USD.
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These majestic creatures are absolutely incredible. They glide effortlessly through the ocean and are really friendly to swim with.
The manta rays can be quite intimidating to begin with due to their body size of up to 5 meters, though you will soon realize they are harmless, humble giants.
Full Blog Post → Manta Point
Snorkeling at Manta Point
Black manta ray at Manta Point
Angel’s Billabong features a natural infinity pool overlooking the ocean and it just so happens to be one of the island’s most popular attractions.
There are a number of viewpoints of Angel’s Billabong and my personal favorite is down in the infinity pool itself. The water is clear as crystal and the temperature is nice and cool, perfect for a refreshing dip.
The rocks are quite sharp and rugged getting down into the infinity pool, but once you step in, the rocks under the water’s surface are surprisingly smooth and easy to walk on.
Full Blog Post → Angel’s Billabong
The infinity pool at Angel’s Billabong
Drone shot of Angel’s Billabong
Broken Beach is one of many awesome locations on Nusa Penida Island. Featuring a natural bridge that stretches over turquoise waters, this is one attraction you don’t want to miss during your visit.
Although you can’t go swimming at Broken Beach, the location is such an unreal setting in itself. Featuring a large rock archway, you can marvel at the ocean as it flows in and out of a natural bowl surrounded by towering cliffs
Take the panoramic walk all the way around the edge of Broken Beach and discover several different viewpoints, each offering incredible views of this unique sinkhole in the cliff.
Once you’ve completed the panoramic walk, perch up at one of the cliff-side cafes for a plate of nasi goreng, a cup of coffee, or a refreshing coconut. It’s by far the best seat in the house that overlooks the beautiful scenes at this magnificent attraction.
The best time to visit to beat the crowds is early morning for sunrise which is between 6:30 am and 7:00 am. Alternatively, you can visit Broken Beach at sunset and enjoy the golden hour as the sun sets over the horizon.
Full Blog Post → Broken Beach
Drone shot of Broken Beach
Atuh Beach is one of Nusa Penida’s most iconic locations, featuring a natural rock arch that stretches over crystal clear turquoise waters and a white sand beach suitable for all travelers.
Pantai Atuh can be accessed from either the left-hand side or the right-hand side of the cliffs via the concrete steps that are cut into the side of the mountain. It takes approximately 5 – 10 minutes to hike down to the shoreline.
Atuh Beach is hands-down one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, featuring a large cove with crystalline waters, golden sands, and fringed by a coconut palm forest.
It’s the perfect spot to go for a swim to cool off and beach bum under one of many straw umbrellas that line the shoreline.
There is also a couple of small beach cafes that line the shoreline offering fresh Indonesian cuisine, cold beers, and fresh coconuts. You could easily spend a couple of hours down here on the beach and not get bored!
Full Blog Post → Atuh Beach Nusa Penida
Sunrise at Atuh Beach
THOUSAND ISLAND VIEWPOINT
Thousand Island viewpoint overlooks a group of islands and pristine beaches on the east coast of the island. Safe to say that this is one spot you don’t want to miss!
Thousand Island (Pulau Seribu) is located at the same location as the famous Rumah Pohon Treehouse.
From the jump-off point, the hike down the ridge via the concrete stairs takes no more than five minutes to reach this insane viewpoint.
I don’t know why they named it Thousand Islands when you can only see five or six islands off in the distance. Regardless of the misleading name, this is one of the most beautiful landscapes like no other.
Thousand Island Viewpoint
Incredible view of the coastline
RUMAH POHON TREE HOUSE
Rumah Pohon Tree House has become a very popular attraction thanks to everyone’s favorite app Instagram. Evidently, it’s now one of the best places to see on the east coast of Nusa Penida Island.
This amazing treehouse overlooks one of the gorgeous bays known as Thousand Island which I mentioned above.
When I first saw the Nusa Penida Treehouse on Instagram I just had to go and see it for myself, as have thousands of other travelers before me.
This entire coastline has so much to offer and exploring it firsthand was even better than seeing it in the pictures.
If you want to get that perfect Instagram photo of the Rumah Pohon Treehouse you can stand on the hill on the right-hand side of the track to capture the best angle.
Depending on what time of day you visit, there may or may not be a line of people waiting to get a photo.
My friends and I visited Rumah Pohon Tree House in the middle of the day when it was scorching hot and probably the reason why we didn’t see many other people around.
The most popular time to visit is around sunrise and sunset, so you can expect more people around these times.
Full Blog Post → Rumah Pohon Tree House
Rumah Pohon Tree House
Rumah Pohon Treehouse
Peguyangan Waterfall is yet another one of the most popular attractions on the island and home to the Instafamous Blue Stairs. This location is off the beaten path and it takes a little longer to get to, though it’s an experience not to be missed when exploring the best things to do in Nusa Penida.
A sarong is required to be worn when visiting as there is a sacred temple at the bottom of the cliffs. If you don’t have a Quick-Dry Travel Towel to wear, these can be rented from the parking attendant for 10,000 IDR.
There are 750 blue stairs that are impressively constructed into the side of the cliff providing access to the waterfall. It’s a good workout hiking down and then back up again that’s for sure!
After a 20-minute hike down the blue stairs, you’ll arrive at the sacred water temple that features four waterspouts. When I visited, there were some locals showering under the spouts in their underwear with no worry in the world.
I waited my turn to enjoy an invigorating shower under each of the waterspouts and then continued along the cliff to the Peguyangan Waterfall.
The waterfall itself is not your common 50-meter meter waterfall, like those you will find in Bali, but rather a waterspout between a crack in a rock where water flows out into tiered pools and over the cliff edge into the ocean.
Full Blog Post → Peguyangan Waterfall
The famous Blue Stairs
PURA GOA GIRI PUTRI CAVE
Pura Goa Giri Putri Temple and Cave is one of Nusa Penida’s most underrated tourist spots and definitely not to be missed on your adventures around the island.
You can visit Pura Goa Giri Putri as early as 7 am and until 5 pm and a sarong is required to be worn as this is a holy site.
I believe that there are mass prayer ceremonies on the weekends where some 100+ locals fill the cave. If you are able to, try not to miss one of these mass ceremonies as this would truly be an unforgettable experience.
Take the winding staircase midway up the mountain and you’ll be greeted by a man that will bless you with some holy water to the forehead before entering the cave. The entrance fee is by donation, so something around 20,000 IDR will be acceptable.
Pura Goa Giri Putri cave is an impressive 300 meters long and 15 meters tall. The cave is filled with Indonesian ornaments and a large altar resides in the center of the cave.
Follow the pathway to the end of Goa Giri Putri cave to a viewpoint of a small village on the lush green mountainside. You can exit the cave here or head back the same way you came and back to the entrance.
Full Blog Post → Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave
The entrance to the cave
Goa Giri Putri Cave and Temple
Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is one of the most amazing beaches I have ever been to and it’s not to be missed during your visit to the island.
Featuring a glistening white sand beach surrounded by verdant cliffs and turquoise water, Diamond Beach is a hard-to-beat destination.
The chalky-white stairway at Diamond Beach Nusa Penida happens to be one of the most Instagrammed locations on the island, and it’s easy to see why.
It only takes around ten minutes to get down to the shoreline, though the stairs are quite narrow, so please be careful and take your time on your descent.
There are two beach areas at Diamond Beach. One has vivid green mossy rocks and tidal rock pools, but unfortunately, quite of bit of trash was washed up on the sand here.
The other area of Diamond Beach boasts glistening white sand, coconut palm trees, small caves, and calm waters, which is the perfect spot to go swimming.
There are a few small caves to explore at the foot of the cliffs, and I highly recommend taking a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters after the sweaty hike down the stairs.
A small warung resides down on the beach, where you can purchase cold refreshments and local dishes such as mie goreng and nasi goreng for as little as $3.
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Turquoise waters at Diamond Beach
Sunbaking on Diamond Beach
TEMBELING BEACH & FOREST
Tembeling Beach and Forest is one of my favorite spots to visit on Nusa Penida Island.
You could easily spend a couple of hours exploring this location by featuring a number of cool things to see, including pristine white sand beaches, tropical rainforests, natural lagoons, hidden caves, and cliff jumping spots.
The one-way track down to Tembeling Beach from the main road is very steep and it’s recommended for experienced riders only.
If you are not confident to ride down the sketchy road, there is typically a group of local Indonesians sitting in a small hut at the turnoff for Tembeling Forest that will offer you a ride down on the back of their motorbike for 50,000 IDR.
See below for 5 awesome things that you can see and do at Tembeling Beach:
- Swim in the blue lagoon
- Cliff jumping at blue lagoon
- Secret Beach and Caves
- Jacuzzi pool
- Tembeling Beach
Full Blog Post → Tembeling Beach & Lagoons
Crystal Bay is a palm tree haven and an awesome snorkeling location on the west side of Nusa Penida.
There are a number of beach shack cafes, traditional temples, a coconut palm tree forest, and colorful umbrellas along the shoreline at Crystal Bay, all of which overlook a gorgeous cove and a nearby rocky island.
Keen to chill and relax? Why not grab a fresh coconut and spend the afternoon under the shade of a palm tree.
If you’re up for an adventure, grab a mask and snorkel and swim out to the colorful reef just offshore and see what you can find under the surface.
Crystal Bay is also a very popular location for sunset amount tourists and locals. Grab some beers and head down to the beach with your mates and see out the last hours of the day.
Full Blog Post → Crystal Bay
Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
Bukit Teletubbies (Teletubbies Hill) is best known for its lush green rolling hills and incredible viewpoints that overlook the entire Nusa Penida Island.
The best way to explore Bukit Teletubbies (Teletubbies Hill) is on foot. Take a short hike to get a different perspective of this incredible landscape from nearby peaks.
When you arrive, you’ll see rolling fields of green and rounded peaks that give Bukit Teletubbies Hill its name.
On a clear day, you can see the neighboring island of Lombok and the almighty Mount Rinjani, the second largest volcano in Indonesia.
In the valleys between Teletubbies Hill are terraced fields of food crops and random clusters of coconut palm trees. I recommend flying a drone camera here to capture Bukit Teletubbies from above.
Full Blog Post → Teletubbies Hill
THE PALM TREE ROAD
There are quite a few palm tree-lined roads on the island, but there is one road, in particular, that is the most Instagrammable and makes for the ultimate photo.
The Instafamous Palm Tree Road is located approximately 2km before arriving at Crystal Bay.
It’s an easy location to take photos of because there isn’t much traffic on the road, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get creative with your shots to post on Instagram.
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NUSA PENIDA MAP
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WHAT TO PACK FOR BALI
When visiting Bali, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Balinese sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
MORE BALI TRAVEL GUIDES
- Nusa Lembongan Guide: Things To Do In Lembongan
- Nusa Ceningan Guide: Things To Do In Nusa Ceningan
- Bali Travel Guide: 2 Week Bali Itinerary
- Bali Waterfalls Guide: Best Bali Waterfalls
- Bali Beaches Guide: Best Beaches In Uluwatu
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