Nusa Penida is a picturesque island South-East of Bali, next to its smaller, yet more famous sisters Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
As there are no freshwater resources on Nusa Penida, tourism development has been slow. With Islam as predominant religion alcohol isn’t available at most supermarkets either, which again helps to keep tourist numbers low. The perfect 1Place2Go escape for real travelers.
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Why To Visit Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is a picturesque, yet little developed island. Everyone loving nature, fantastic views, world-class beaches and few tourists will fall in love with the island on day 1. Some of the beaches are completely deserted, yet way more beautiful than any beach Bali has to offer.
The snorkeling and diving on Nusa Penida is to die for as well. You can see manta rays, grey tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles or even oceanic sunfish (mola mola). They’re the heaviest known bony fish in the ocean, weighing up to one ton!
Last but not least, simply cruising around on a scooter with warm wind in your hair and the sun on your face while enjoying glamorous coastal views and inland landscapes is a luxury in itself.
How To Get To Nusa Penida
Reaching Nusa Penida is a little harder than visiting Nusa Lembongan. Direct ferries from Bali are limited, departures are either from Padang Bai or Sanur. Prices start at 30,000 IDR (that’s about 2 USD), but travelers often pay double (that’s about 4 USD).
Alternatively, take a ferry or speedboat to Nusa Lembongan, then haggle with the local captains how much they’ll charge for a private ride to Penida. We were quite proud to get the price down to 400,000 IDR. After chatting up a few fellow travelers, we split the costs by 9, and 45,000 IDR per head (about 3 USD) is acceptable.
Where To Stay On Nusa Penida
Despite me telling you that Nusa Penida is 1Place2Go off the beaten track, booking.com lists 132 properties on the island at time of writing. Prices range from 10 USD a night per room up to about 100 USD.
We stayed at Penida Dive Resort, and had nothing to fault about the place. Relaxed owners, fairly clean rooms, free pool table, fridge system based on mutual trust, scooter rental and the option to book dive trips (weather dependent) was everything we needed.
Whichever place you decide to stay in, please book via B’n’Tree. For every booking made at least one tree will be planted.
What To Do On Nusa Penida
The first thing you should do on Nusa Penida is rent a scooter. The island covers roughly 200 sqkm, so you need wheels to get around. Be aware that most roads have seen better days.
On the upside, there’s very little traffic on the island. If you’re inexperienced with scooters, simply take it slow. You’ll be fine.
Once you got your scooter, plan a full day to cruise around the island. Stop at the picturesque beaches, chillax in a coffee shop on a hill with views of the island / ocean, and mark the best spots in your memory to return to tomorrow.
If you’re clever, cruise clock-wise, to admire the stunning sunset just before returning home.
Spend the next days reading, relaxing, diving or snorkeling. Warning: Time will fly!
Click / Swipe through below images for visual inspiration of what awaits you on Nusa Penida. Are you ready for takeoff?
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