23 Top Things To Do On Nusa Penida; Complete Itinerary For 2024
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Are you ready for the 23 best things to do on Nusa Penida island? Nusa Penida is the largest of the amazing three Nusa Islands which are situated close to mainland Bali, making it easy enough to visit for a day trip. There are also some stunning places to stay on Nusa Penida, dream villas!
The islands are made up of the three Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. They all provide epic things to do and amazing landscapes to view. We will look at how to get from Bali to Nusa Penida Island. If you are looking for the Nusa Penida points of interest, you have come to the right place.
There are plenty of epic things to see on Nusa Penida island and some of the typical tourist spots will blow your mind. Kelingking Secret Point Beach is unbelievably stunning, and the other beaches on Nusa Penida are amazing. You can also get the chance to see Seganing waterfall, Atuh Beach, Broken Beach, and the beautiful Angel’s Billabong. A 3 or 4-night stay on Nusa Penida island is just right to see everything this amazing island has to offer.
When you arrive at Nusa island you will be offered to rent a scooter, straight away. I was like WOW as there are so many locals screaming “scooter scooter” but it’s the norm. We took one up on their offer and got a great deal after a little bartering and got the scooter for 60,000 Rupiah a day, which is like $4 a day. This also, amazingly enough, comes with a full tank of gas and when the gas runs out it only costs you $1 to fill the whole tank back up. Bargain. This is the best way to get around the island.
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The 23 best things to do Nusa Penida island in Bali
#1 Kelingking Beach
This was the top thing on our Nusa Penida island bucket list, and it was the first epic place we visited.Kelingking beach is a truly spectacular location and a must-visitor for all those lucky enough to call at Nusa Penida. However, getting down to the actual beach is not for the fainthearted due to the steep climb from the top of the cliff to the bottom.
This is the best Nusa Penida beach, hands down. And if you are looking at what to do on Nusa Penida, this should be top of your list.
For those who dare to climb down, the Kelingking Cliff will be rewarded with a white sanded beach, blue rolling sea and tropical palm trees. It’s like being on a film set, like something from the great movie Castaway that starred Tom Hanks when he gets marooned on his own on the island. It gets hot down there, and luckily enough, there are fantastic locals selling coconuts and drinks for as little as $2. Perfect… If you’re a beach lover, you will love Maya Bay in Thailand!
Enjoy the climb back up!
#2 Kelingking Cliff-Top
As much as the beach is an amazing spot to visit, the Kelingking cliff edge viewpoints offer a unique overview of this super cool location. However, the cliffs are high so take ultra care when trekking along the top and watch every step you take. Also, a great time to visit is when the sun is dropping, you can take advantage of the red sky lighting up Kelingking Beach. This is one of the best places to see in Bali by far!
Visiting Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida would be great either early morning or later on in the day if you are not the biggest fan of crowds. The crowds during the noon and later on can get very busy and people rush about to take their amazing photos.
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#3 Peguyangan Waterfall
A mega location for bringing out the spiritual side in you. This top waterfall on Nusa Penida is reached by trekking down a few hundred steps to where the cliff meets the sea. The Peguyangan waterfall climb takes about 20/25 minutes and is a great way for a cardio workout as it will certainly burn a few calories, winner. Guys, you have to wear a sarong as a sacred temple waits at the bottom, don’t worry these can be hired at the top for 5000 Rupiah and it’s cool for a lad to wear these considering the setting. You should visit here on your Nusa Penida tour.
At the bottom, locals were praying and washing in the spiritual water coming through the statues and out the waterfalls. They encourage you to get involved with trying out the water over the head to cleanse your soul, fun and worth a try.
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#4 Manta cliff edge view-point
Mantviewpointnt gives you one of the best locations oe Nusa Penida island for views. We were stunned at this sweet spot and also had the full cliff top to ourselves. The Manta View-point is a 5-minute ride from the Peguyangan waterfall so it is worth visiting them both together, also there is no fee at all to pay for parking when visiting Manta View-point.
Another great find by us was this Nusa Penida temple next to the Manta Viewpoint, the temple is stunning architecture and we couldn’t believe we also had this to ourselves, not one visitor, prayer or worker insight. Perfect.
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#5 Crystal Bay Beach Nusa Penida
Upon arrival crystal bay beach is not as spectacular as other beaches on Nusa Penida island, however, it is still worth a visit to enjoy a relaxing few hours on the coastline.
Crystal bay beach is around 150 metres long and is a top Nusa Penida tour tourist spot for snorkelling. Although, I wouldn’t pay for snorkelling as you can easily swim out roughly 40 metres to the primer location
One thing to keein p mind is how closthe e tide comes in, we set up for the day but had to move several times. Also, the beds are roughly 100,000 Rupiah which I thought was expensive. So take your towel and save yourself some money.
The best thing about Crystal Beach is the secret beach we found climbing up the hill and trekking for 10 minutes. This trek takes you to a stunning little secret beach on Nusa Penida.
#6 The Secret Nusa Penida Beach
we named it the secret beach on Nusa Penida as we found it and doesn’t have a name, it is a true hidden gem. The Secretary Beach is roughly 80 metres long of white sand. With no one around, you will most likely have this beauty spot to yourself.
There is also a cool hut sort of thing that has been built, it looks like someone has got stranded here and built a makeshift home that provides shade from the hotbed rays of the sun.
Due to its location,on there isn’t any drinks or snacks available for purchase, so I would take a bottle of water and some fruit.
#7 Angel’s Billabong
The Nusa Penida Angel’s Billabonis g a truly remarkable location that attracts lots of eager visitorall day longng. The area is a crystal clear rockery that is surrounded by around 8 metre high cliffs usually filled with stand-in photographers taking pics of those floating in the rockery.
It is a true spectacle and one of the best things to din o Nusa Penidonof the island. However, a word of warning: the formation is similar to an infinity pool and gets very dangerous near the edge when the tide is in. It is known that people have died in the past on Angel’s Billabong, get into to close to the edge and being pulled over to overcome the tide.
Nevertheless, don’t let the warning put you off; it is brilliant and makes for some epic pictures.
#8 Nusa Penida’s Broken Beach
A 2-minute walk from Angel’s Billabong is BrokeBeachch, which is one of my favourite locations on the island due to its stunning vast open area, blue waters, and broken-up cliff, allowing the ocean to creep into the beach below. The cliff formation is in a spectacular circle, allowing visitors to get a 360-degree view of the beach underneath.
Take great care near the edge as there are no railings, and it is a high drop! You will appreciate that this is one of the best beaches on Nusa Penida.
We walked the full circle, grabbed some great photos of the amazing views and then found some soft grass to watch the sun go down over Broken Beach. Also, a few stalls sell refreshing drinks, beers and snacks.
#9 Atuh Beach
#10 Nusa Lembongan
The awesome island Nusa Lembongan is one of the three epic islands, including Nusa Penida. If you are visiting Nusa Penida, I would highly recommend staying overnight at Nusa Lembongan. You can also check out the Manta ray snorkelling here on this amazing island. You can expect to find cheap places to stay here along with cheap food.
You could also go a little higher class in the hotels on a more luxuriousry holiday.
#11 Giri Putri Cave
This epic GirPutriri cave on Nusa Penida iy worth a visit. A sarong is needed to enter the cave, but you can pick one up for 10,000 rupiahs each. You will go up to some temple upstairs when you enter this cool cave. You will then probably be blessed by a local man, by a blessing I mean he will be throwing water on you.
Don’t estimate the size from what you see when entering the cave. It’s surprisingly a big cave. I think we reached the end of prayers. You should find out from a local the time of the ceremonies. This would be pretty cool to watch.
#12 Mushroom Bay Beach
This is a cool little beach if you are looking for a beach with a little difference. It’s a good spot for checking out local boats and catching a tan while you lay back and enjoy the hot sun.
#13 Manta Bay
You can take a local fishing boat from crystal bay to Manta Bay a short 10-minute boat ride to swim with the amazing Manta Rays is incredible to see these huge gentle giants so close.
Snorkelling in Manta Bay is okay for children and is very safe. You can enjoy freshly caught fish cooked by the locals on the beach if you get hungry. It’s untouched and very natural, so don’t expect flash dining here. It’s simple and beautiful. Scuba Diving is also popular at Crystal Bay, and a lot of visitors to the three islands often try out scuba diving.
#14 Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Ceningan ian a epic small island located between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. Suppose you are visiting Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. In that case, you have to take the time out to visit Nusa Ceningan and also do some diving on Nusa Lembongan. and also do some diving on Nusa Lembong...
Do you to visit Bali and try surfing? Then Nusa Ceningan is a good choice for hitting some waves.
The island offers some stunning scenic roads and paths. Yoy hire a scooter on NusCeninganan, this is the best way to gearoundnd the island. Viewing the sunset over Bali from the central Ceningan ridge is one of the sweetest things you can do on the island.
Nusa Ceningan has been slowly growing in popularity since 2009. Adventuroutravellers cross the Yellow Bridge in search of new destinations. Several resorts and hotels have opened doors ie recent years. From the lookoutut point to the new zipline over the lagoon, this is becoming a fun island to explore and spend a few days.
The Mahana cliff jump is another sweet place to check out on the island. This is located on the south easterly side of Nusa Ceningan at Mahana Point Bar. The bar manages two diving platforms at 5 and 13 meters. However you should know that jumping is only permitted when the tide is high enough.
This epic beach near AtuBeachch is one of the best beaches in Nusa Penida – DiamonBeachch.
You should check out this top beach for a sweet Instagram photo. The new diamond beach stairs now mean you can access the beach easily.
#16 Tembeling natural pool and waterfall
Looking for one of the sweetest hidden secrets on Nusa Penida island? Then you to visit the Tembeling natural pool.
How do you get to the Tembeling Natural Pool?
You can only access the Tembeling forest by scooter on the west side of Nusa Penida.
#17 Stay at the Nusa Penida Treehouse (Rumah Pohon)
There are plenty of sweet hotels and places to stay in Nusa Penida. But not many will be better than the Rumah Pohon treehouse. This unbelievable accommodation is located in one of the sweetest places on this magical Bali island. The Nusa Penida treehouse (Rumah Pohoon) is an ideal luxury place to stay If you’re looking for a magical setting.
Staying at the Rumah Pohon treehouse, you can sleep in the trees in a quirky room. Whilst the sun drops into the horizon in front of your eyes.
#18 Check out Pandan Bay
This is one of the most hidden beaches on Nusa Penida, and one you have to visit if you’re not all that into busy beaches. It’s not a very big beach, but it’s certainly one of the best.
How to get to Pandan Bay?
You will first have to make your way to Crystal Bay, this is where you will park your scooter. Then, you will have to walk across Crystal Bay till you find the hill at the end of the beach. Then, you will walk for 5-10 minutes until you reach the path leading to Pandan Bay. There, you will be amazed at the 100-150-metre beach.
Most people don’y visit here, because they don’t know about it and they usually just stay on Crystal Bay beach. So, you will have this awesome beach all to yourselmost likelyly.
#19 Banah Cliffs
Want to see one of the best sun set on Nusa Penida?
Check out the awesome Banah cliffs and watch the sunset in the distance from one of the coolest places to visit in Bali!
You will be able to fill up your Instagram with some amazing photos that you will be able to take here. The water around Nusa Penida is an amazing blue colour and this is one of the placewhereat you cay appreciate its beauty 🙂
#20 Suwehan Beach
If you’re looking for another top beach on Nusa Penida, then you need to visit SuwehaBeachch. By now (from all the photos), you can see that Nusa Penida island iy stunning and Suwehan beach displays this very well!
Did you know about the 2018 earthquake that hit Nusa Penida?
This earthquake had a hit on the stairs to Suwehan beach and the locals have been working hard to fix them. They’re still not fully secure, so just take your time when if you visit this awesome beach.
#21 Awesome Thousand Island (Pulau Seribu) Viewpoint
There are plenty of epic viewpoints on Nusa Penida, however, the Pulau Seribu (whicmeansan Thousand Island) viewpoint is up there as one of the best! The Thousand Island viewpoint is another one of the places to visit on Nusa Penida that will blow your mind.
It’s quite a safe area on the cliffs due to the fences that have been created, however, I would still be careful and don’t be silly trying to get cool selfies 🙂
#22 Devil’s Tear
With a name like Devil’s Tear, you can imagine the natural beauty in this hidden pocket of paradise. Set on gorgeous Nusa Lembongan, this location has it all: epic tide pools for snorkelling, sunken car wrecks and even some cliff-jumpingng opportunities. To make your visit to “Devil Tears” as easy as possible, we have put together a cliff-jumping guide and how to get there.
In addition to the heavenly sunset views, this place has some epic tide pools, and if you are an adrenaline seeker, there are even some cliff-jumping opportunities. You can also walk along the coast here which is mostly sandy so there’s no need to worry about falling rocks.
#23 Surf Nusa Lembongan
If you love surfing Nusa Lembongan is one of Bali’s best-kept secrets. Not many surfers venture here, which can leave Nusa Lembongan’s best breaks uncrowded — a rare treat in Indonesia. While the surf in some parts of Bali is a bit touristy and predictable, the water around Nusa Lembongan gets rougher as it approaches the mainland coast; this means that you geezers crowds (and tourists) and more waves, even in the wet season.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you stay in Nusa Penida?
Yes, you can stay in Nusa Penida. The island is now aimed towards tourism and the island is becoming more popular for backpackers due to its amazing scenery and epic accommodation. Also, if you love this awesome island, you will love my post on the best things to do on Nusa Lembongan.
Where to stay on Nusa Penida island?
This is still a developing island, but it is developing rapidly. There are still plenty of places to stay in Nusa Penida.
Okay, so I have hand-picked some of the best places to stay in Nusa Penida for you. This includes both budget and luxurious places to stay;
- By far, the coolest place you can stay is the Nusa Penida treehouse on this amazing island. This epic treehouse near AtuBeachch has one of the best sunsets in Nusa Penida and Bali.
- La Roja Bungalows – The Nusa Penida Bungalows are fairly rebuilt. You will find a cool atmosphere here, and everyone is very friendly. This accommodation on Nusa Penida is quite basic, but this is all you need when you’re on a backpacking adventure. The rooms are clean, and there are plenty of plug sockets to charge your laptops, phones, etc. You will be pleased to know there is decent WiFi and a comfortable bed with a decent water pressure shower. Breakfast is the usual toast/fruit/egg choice, but what was served to us was nice and was more than enough to start the day. There are drinks available at a reasonable price in the evening and some decent restaurants on the road for you to check out.
- Penida Bay Village – This is the top place to stay near Crystal Bay Beach and Gamat Bay. You will also find it easy to get to KelingkinBeachch from here. There is also a restaurant here for you to enjoy, and dry cleaning is offered. WiFi, good showers, free toiletries, backpackers’ essentials, and free water. This accommodation is in a perfect location.
- Batang Golden Hills Villa – These top Nusa Penida villas are brilliant. They are fairly newly built, but they are soon becoming the best places to stay on this epic island! There are only 2 villas now and they are wonderful! It’s super big and clean. You get towels, soap, and even a welcome drink on your arrival here. The staff is very welcoming and friendly. They will take the timeout to chat with you and answer any questions you may have. You can get yourself some food here; it is quite cheap. These villas are located on the quieter east side of Nusa Penida.
- Sunset Hills Cottage – This epic place to stay offer crazily stunning views. The rooms are very spacious and offer large, comfortable beds. The rooms are kept very clean and are well looked after. There is everything you need here. The staff and the owner are awesome and will answer any questions about Nusa Penida, such as the best things to do in Nusa Penida.
How to get from Sanur to Nusa Penida?
Getting from Sanur to Nusa Penida is not difficult, and it’s worth it to see Nusa Penida!
- I travelled from Mainland Bali to Nusa Penida and paid for each part of the journey separately. After arriving in Seminyak from England, we decided to just stay here for one night and then head straight to Nusa Penida from Seminyak.
- We used one of the local stands on the street to book the boat ride towards Nusa Penida. You may be a little sceptical about these salesmen standing in huts on the street, but ours was fine. You shouldn’t have any trouble.
- The first payment covered a taxi from my hotel to the boat and then the boat to Lembongan. This costs just 300,000 Rupiah per person, which is roughly $22.
- Then, from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida, a private hire boat costs just 50,000 Rupiah per person, roughly $4.
- I took this journey as I stayed in Nusa Penida for nearly a week. However, you can make a visit from mainland Bali for a Nusa Penida one-day tour, which you can get for 330,000 Rupiah, which is roughly $24.
- Top Tip – Nusa Penida is a stunning island to visit even if it’s just for the day; however, if you can try and visit and stay for a few nights, that way you can take in the breathtaking spots, enjoy the culture of the island and get a feel for the way of life on there. You will not regret it.
You can book a cheap ticket from Bali to Nusa Penida here 🙂
How to get around Nusa Penida island?
Nusa Penida is the biggest of the 3 Nusa islands, so it can take a while to get from one side to the other. If you do the Nusa Penida island tour, they will arrange transport.
Renting a scooter on Nusa Penida – If you’re looking for an adventurous ride, you should opt for a bike. This is the best way to get around Nusa Penida. This costs around IDR 50,000 and is easily rentable straight from the harbour. However, be careful as roads in Nusa Penida are narrow and can get pretty crazy in places. But you’ll be all good if you take your time.
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Summary and Nusa Penida Top Tips
As you can see from this blog post, there are plenty of epic things to do in Nusa Penida for everyone. We had an amazing time and cannot wait to go back and visit this amazing island again. You should check out the Nusa Penida island tour if you want to visit Nusa Island for a day.
You can also check out Nusa Dua and other amazing islands in Bali.
If you are staying in mainland Bali, I would highly recommend trying out the 1 o2-night Bali to Nusa Penida tour if you are stuck for time. Nusa Penida island was the best place we visited in Bali.
- Hire a scooter, it is the only way you can get to visit each of these best things on Nusa Penida.
- Take extreme care on the scooter due to the broken-down roads in some areas.
- Where appropriate footwear for the cliffs
- Carry water
- ENJOY YOUR ADVENTURE