Nusa Penida, Tropical Paradise of Bali

When I booked the tickets to Bali, I knew nothing about Nusa Penida. The more I started online research, the more I checked Instagram posts, more I got smitten by the enchanting beauty of this tropical paradise called Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is still an offbeat destination but is slowly and surely making its place in every Bali itinerary. Nusa Penida can be reached only by water. Numerous agencies offer day trips to Nusa Penida but the true spirit of Nusa Penida can be enjoyed by slow travel. A couple of nights if not possible at least a night should be spent here to get soaked into the tranquility of this tropical paradise.

First Look at Nusa Penida from Boat

Nusa Penida can be reached from Bali mainly from Sanur Harbour. Numerous fast boat companies are operating on this route as well as adjoining Nusa Lembongan islet or even Gili Islands as well. Tickets can be booked on the spot or online as well. I used and used the services of Maruti Express Fast Boat. It takes about 45 minutes to cross the Badung Straight between the main island of Bali and Nusa Penida.

Fast Boats which shuttles between Sanur and Nusa

There are numerous home stays in the northern part of the island. I stayed at Dewi Premiere on Virgin Beach. It was a serene location. The white sand beach was lonely and overlooked Mount Agung across the straight in the north and Lombok Island and Mount Rinjani in the east. The building was wooden and of a thatched roof but with all modern amenities ike TV, WC, AC, Fridge. Next morning, I witnessed a wonderful sunrise from the room.

Exploring Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida has no public transport system or ride-hailing app cabs. The only way to see Nusa Penida is to rent a two-wheeler or four-wheeler (with or without a driver). The entire island is a green paradise full of tropical rainforests and a sparse population. The central area is hilly and the coastline consists of rocky outcrops and vertical cliffs ensuring jaw-dropping sceneries and landscapes. The sights can be divided into eastern and western and local vehicle providers gives rent on that basis costing about 500k IDR.

Western Nusa Penida

Western Shore of Nusa Penida has several mind-boggling spots which can make your day.

Angle Billabong is a water inlet that looks like a blue lagoon at low tide.

Broken Beach

Just a little away, walking through a combination of stairs and trail comes a scene of a natural arch called Broken Beach.

Kelinkling Cliff and Beach

This is the quintessential and most Instagrammed location of Nusa Penida. It is really a jaw-dropping scene with vertical cliffs jutting out of the deep blue sea and a solitary beach down there. There are steps and boardwalks created to climb down to the beach but it is a daunting task as after a while it is a vertical climb down of about a thousand feet

Crystal Bay

This is a beach that I personally didn’t find anything extraordinary rather it was crowded and full of trash.

Eastern Nusa Penida

Road to the Eastern seaboard goes through the northeastern coast ensuring the visitor witnesses the rural life of the islanders. Vegetable Markets, villages, villas and a constant view of the blue ocean make this journey very enchanting.

Thousand Island Viewpoint / Tree House

There is a tree house that charges a hefty amount for access. But a few steps above you can get the same view for free.

Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach

These two beaches are located in a very secuded area. Vertical cliffs separate them from each other and offer sweeping views from the hilltop. Stairs go down up to the bottom giving access to the beach.

Teletubbies Hill

Teletubbies Hills area in the central southeastern part of the island resembles hemispherical shapes amongst lush greenery.

How To

Nearest Airport: Denpasar(DPS) NGurah Rai International Airport. From India, it can be reached via Kualalumpur(KUL), Singapore(SIN), or Bangkok(BKK)

Harbour: Sanur Harbour via Taxi( Uber/Grab/BlueBird). Approx Fare 200000 IDR(as on July 2022)

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