Is Nusa Penida worth visiting? How many days should you spend in Penida? Which are the most famous sightseeings? All these questions I will try to answer for you!
Nusa Penida is just one more of the “hidden gems” of Bali. We traveled around Indonesia for 1 month and Nusa Penida was a spontaneous trip that we loved it!
Nusa Penida was a hidden gem back in time, today not so much anymore! Local people and investors realized that Penida is paradise and attraction for tourists. That’s why they started to sell and buy lands and build the roads. For example, Chinese investors will build a hotel for Chinese people. Still, not all roads are done, but tourists are coming from Bali for one day to visit the most important sites. In some places, the road is still pretty crazy and dangerous!
Check the places we visited:
The famous photos you can find everywhere are from the coastal cliffscape, which truly does look like a T-rex. It is truly an amazing view from the top! You observe the crystal clear water and how the waves crash into the shore.
The beach down can be reached first on descending stairs and later can be a pretty dangerous broken path. You need to have good shoes; and with good shoes, I mean sports shoes, not sandals!
To avoid the crowd, it is crucial to waking up early, be the first one there, and enjoy the peace and views on your own! The entrance fee is 5.000 RP.
Kelingking Beach for sunset
Angel’s Billabong & Broken Beach
Early mornings are again the best to visit beautiful natural rock pool (Angel’s Billabong) that opens straight to the ocean. But it is not like they are advertising.
Broken Beach is famous as the viewpoint for an arched tunnel in the cliffs, allowing the ocean to flow into a pool. The entrance fee is 3.000 RP.
Crystal Bay Beach
Afternoon on the beach. Crystal Bay Beach. Sandy long beach with blue water. Also great snorkel spot. There are so many warungs around the beach if you want to eat local food. Because the sun was strong we rented an umbrella with sunbeds for 150.000 RP.
WARUNG is a local food business normally owned by families. Locals prepared really tasty traditional food and there in front of you. Traditional warungs are made from wood and they are small. The food is absolutely delicious and it is cheap (under 2€). What is better than a fresh homemade cooked meal?
Manta Ray View Point
Not far away from Broken Beach is Manta-Ray View Point. There are actually building some restaurant. You need to be careful because they’re on the cliff is no fence! You can see clearly if there are some mantas in the ocean.
Snorkeling with Mantas
We were thinking and thinking to go snorkeling. Why? It was that time of the year that is not for sure to see mantas. We went snorkeling also because of some insane spots for snorkel and amazing views that you can see from the ocean. And me, also to enjoy the sun on the yacht. We went to see Broken Beach, we stopped near Crystal Bay, Gamat Bay, Toyapakeh… But in the end, we did not have luck. We did not see Mantas.
Attu Beach (Diamond Beach)
Attu Beach is one more of the highlights on the Island. We have been there around 8 a.m. It was worth it. There is no entrance fee, just donation if you want to give it for a new road. To go on the bach there are very narrow stairs, at some points just rope. Some people get really scared and cry! Maybe it is good to wear proper shoes as well. This feeling when you have the beach just for yourself!!! Just be aware of rocks when swimming.
Thousand Island (Pulau Seribu) Viewpoint
Thousand islands view is just around the corner and also worth a visit. The view is magnificent!
Rumah Pohon Tree House
Rumah Pohon Treehouse became famous just because of the big impact of social media. It is actually a treehouse where you can sleep. Next to Thousand Viewpoint is this famous Tree House. To take photos there you need to pay 50.000 RP for 3 minutes.
Because we extended our stay in Nusa Penida, we had time to see this cove and waterfall. Do you know this quote: “It is the journey, not the destination, that matters”. Adrenaline is high and I was taking my breath when I saw how the path looked like. Up and down those wooden and iron blue stairs are a workout and scary thing at the same time. But on the way down do not forget about the view on the spectacular coastal cliff and the sound of waves crashing into the shore. On the bottom of the cliff, there is the sacred temple and the waterfall, which is a pilgrimage site. You can take a bath in holy water. You need to have sarong around in every sacred place you go!
How to get around the Island?
Rent a motorbike is the best option! You can rent a motorbike right off the harbor. We had our accommodation close to it, and renting a motorbike costs you around 75,000 Rupiahs per day. Riding a motorbike on the island can be still a challenge!
One evening we drove from the harbor on a hill to watch the sunset. Beautiful scene and view on Bali s volcano Agung.
Nusa Penida is still a relatively undeveloped island. People were fishing and farming until the year 2016. The roads leading to the attractions were rocky and unpaved. Normally you needed from 2 to 3 hours. Four years ago tourism started to grow. It was no cars before. Anyway, drivers here are dangerous. Now the situation is improving; they are taking care of roads.
We drove a lot around the island, but still for 5 days it is quite big. We tried to see as much as possible and we were happy to stay longer.
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