If you are done with Bali and are looking for a quick escape to a more quieter or say a nascent version of Bali – Nusa Penida is the place.
Sometimes unplanned trips turn out to be the best ones and one such trip was our day trip to Nusa Penida. Our initial plan was to sneak out to Gilli T but we had to change plans as the weather was not in our favor. Apart from a vague idea that there are three gorgeous islands off the coast of Bali, we did not have any idea about the island or say what to expect.
Nusa Penida is one of the three gorgeous islands dotted off the coast of Bali and is just 30 minutes ferry ride from Bali. Other two islands are Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
Nusa Penida is the largest and the least visited island amongst the three. The rugged landscape, uneven roads, breathtaking beauty, and undiscovered corners of the island makes it even more special.
We booked our day trip from the resort itself. The boat to Nusa Penida was at 9:00 am sharp. As we reached the island, our guide cum driver was already waiting to take us to some of the best places on the island.
Here we pop all the must visit and gorgeous places to visit in Nusa Penida:
– Places To Visit In Nusa Penida –
A beautiful natural infinity pool formation with crystal clear emerald color water is definitely not the kind of places you see every now and then. We were literally in awe of this place.
Note: Make sure you carry your swimwear with you. Though it is quite safe to swim but be a bit cautious if the tides are high and avoid going near the edges.
PS: There are no changing rooms so plan accordingly.
Broken beach is very close to Angel’s Billabong and offers some mesmerizing sights to behold.
Though access to the beach is not possible due to the stiff cliff and high current. But, the vantage point offers breathtaking views. It is one of the most Instagrammed spots in Nusa Penida.
I will let the pictures do the talking 😉
If you are wondering how did we manage to climb that tree, there is a ladder just beside the tree and it is one of the most photographed places on the island.
Do you fancy swimming with Manta Rays? Then Manta point is a place where you should head to. One of the most popular places for snorkeling and scuba diving.
It is one of the most beautiful beaches characterized by white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. There are a handful of beach shacks and it is quite popular for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
– Other Must Visit Places –
Guyangan Waterfall, Seganing Fall
Bathe in the cascading spring fountains of Peguyangan Waterfall
Giri Putri Cave Temple
– Where To Stay –
Check more hotels & resorts – HERE
– Getting There –
You can get to Nusa Penida via Padang Bai, Benoa Harbour or Sanur.
Another option is to take a cruise to Nusa Lembongan and then hire a local boat.
We took a ferry from the main pier in Sanur. We were charged 300,000 IDR for the day trip from Sanur.
There are various other options, you can check at their official site HERE.
– Getting Around –
You can rent a motorcycle at 60-80,000 IDR but if you are on a shortage of time, a car would be the best option to cover most of the places.
Things To Remember:
Wear something comfortable as there are a lot of bumpy paths.
Pack your swimwear as there are plenty of options to jump into the water.
Make sure to book your ferry one day in advance to avoid last minute hassle.
If you are renting a bike, be careful as roads are in a very bad shape.
All the touristy places in Nusa Penida could be covered in two days.
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Megan IndoeFebruary 26, 2017 at 3:12 am
We didn’t make it to Nusa Penida both times we’ve been to Bali! It looks absolutely beautiful and we will have to check it out when we go next time! I keep saying Bali is one of those places you can go to over and over again. It’s such a beautiful island with so much to see and explore!
NathanFebruary 26, 2017 at 4:41 am
This place looks amazing. I wish I would have known about it when I was just in Bali. Now I have a reason to go back. I can’t believe how clear the water is!
Erica`February 26, 2017 at 5:49 am
This post really triggers the regret nerve. I’ve been to Bali a couple years ago for my honeymoon but I wasn’t aware of this place. It’s soooo beautiful! I think it only means another visit shall be done!
AkankshaFebruary 26, 2017 at 6:15 am
Thanks for such a beautiful post, Though I have visited Indonesia, Bali is still pending, and I am glad it is that way after reading this post. Whenever I plan a trip, I am sure going to keep a day or two aside for Nusa Penida
Kavey at Kavey EatsFebruary 26, 2017 at 7:26 am
How utterly beautiful! Had not heard of Nusa Penida but your photos really make me want to visit. Angel’s Billabong in particular looks just breathtaking!
Rhonda AlbomFebruary 26, 2017 at 9:39 am
We have only been to Bali once, and just for a day, but I can’t wait to go back. And after reading this, I have even more to reason to go. Angels Billabong looks so beautiful, as do all of these spots. And I love the outrigger boats in Chrystal Bay. I am wondering how did you get up in that tree?
danikFebruary 26, 2017 at 11:06 am
Oh wow, this place looks fantasic. A great place to go on romantic walks. Loving the photos
RhiannonFebruary 26, 2017 at 2:12 pm
Nusa Penids looks incredible! although I’ve definitely heard of Gili T before, this was a new one for me so lovely to read about (and see pictures of) such a natural beauty. Whenever I see any pictures of Indonesia I can never get over just how blue the water is!
Noemi of Pinay Flying HighFebruary 26, 2017 at 2:22 pm
I have zero knowledge about Indonesia but as I am going there this summer, reading all the posts about it is making me all the more excited! I think this place is a dream! Away from the hustle and bustle of Bali and the touristic spots look stunning! I think I’d prefer to stay here fora night. 🙂
Kelly DuhiggFebruary 26, 2017 at 3:16 pm
Thanks for sharing. I hate crowds, so the idea of finding a nice quietbeach that is away from bali is very appealing to me. And this place looks gorgeous with all the scenic views and beaches to explore. Thanks for sharing!!
Kate @ Love From ScotlandFebruary 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm
This looks amazing. I just love the colours of the blue and that it is the least visited of all the island. It would be nice to get some of those coves to yourself!
NishaFebruary 26, 2017 at 6:11 pm
I have been to Bali thrice and yet haven’t made it to Nusa Penida. Looks like a beautiful place if one doesn’t want to rush into anything.
So many things to explore there.
SylvanmistFebruary 26, 2017 at 8:30 pm
So is this like an island off of/near Bali? Sorry I’m unfamiliar with the area! Kelingking Beach with those beautiful cliffs jutting out into the ocean looks amazing! And seeing a manta ray swimming around must have been so cool too(I’ve only ever seen them at a zoo lol). What are those spider like arms coming off some boats in the pictures? I’ve never seen that before.
Toni | 2 Aussie TravellersFebruary 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm
We’ve travelled in Bali but haven’t been out to any of these three islands. It sounds like you made the perfect choice. At only half an hour on the ferry it’s a very easy and inexpensive day trip out there and worth it even just to swim at Angel’s Billabong, it looks like a postcard.
AllisonFebruary 26, 2017 at 9:51 pm
I go to Bali at least twice a year and I love it. So much so that I rarely venture off the island of the gods. This post is so timely as I will be there again in two weeks and was contemplating a day trip. Like you we were planning to venture to the Gili’s but were a bit put off by the travel time. This looks like a fantastic alternative and so cost effective. Can’t wait to check it out!
MalFebruary 26, 2017 at 10:34 pm
Wow, these beaches are amazing! I wish for the summer to be back already. Can’t wait!!!
HollyFebruary 26, 2017 at 11:52 pm
I have to get to Bali first to be done with it. This looks like a great place to visit after exploring Bali though. Very beautiful. I hope to get to that area soon.
SorayaFebruary 27, 2017 at 12:24 am
I almost made it out to Nusa Penida, but the weather was terrible at the time so I had to give it a miss. Omg it looks absolutely stunning! Angel’s Billabong is definitely something on my bucket list- and I can see why everyone is taking their Insta-famous shots here. Good to know that you need to book your ferry at least one day ahead – I tend to book things last minute. And also good to know to wear comfortable shoes! Knowing me… I’d be walking around in my slippers haha!
ChristinaFebruary 27, 2017 at 6:36 am
Some lovely photos there guys. Well done! The colour of the water looks so inviting and the greenery adds a lushness to the landscape.
Vicki LouiseFebruary 27, 2017 at 7:25 am
We nearly added Nusa Penida to our Bali trip (as we wanted to dive with the Mola Mola) but the conditions weren’t great so we changed out mind. I wish we hadn’t now – it looks absolutely beautiful. One of the proposed dive sites was Manta Bay – you’re pictures are stunning and I’m now sad we didn’t get to see it!
DeepikaFebruary 27, 2017 at 11:31 am
The pictures look amazing. I have been to Indonesia but only to Bali and this gives me more reasons to visit Indonesia again..
Michaela Terese HarrisonFebruary 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm
I’ve never heard of this place it is beautiful. Thank your sharing and letting people know of this place and there many areas to visit in Bali. Brilliant photos
Travelwith2ofusFebruary 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm
Oh my goodness. The views from Broken Beach, Kelingking Beach and Manta Point are awesome. The color of the water is so beautiful. Definitely want to visit Manta Point and swim with the manta rays. Nusa Penida is definitely a must visit when you’re in Bali. I want to climb the tree as well. 🙂
Only By LandFebruary 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm
I think to get away from the bars and stress of Bali, the 30 minute ferry ride over to Nusa Penida seems like the perfect option. The way you’ve photographed it makes it looks super tranquil and of course beautiful. I hope you got down safely after taking the picture up the tree!
NoiFebruary 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm
Hi Swati and Sam, thanks for the sharing these beautiful photos of Nusa Penida. It looks stunning and I do need to visit Bali this year if I can.
Eric GambleFebruary 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm
amazing photos. That water is crystal clear. Was it warm? I would have loved to go swimming but most of those areas didn’t seem to have much beach entrance therefore you would have to be careful swimming near the rocks but it all looked so inviting!
Vaisakhi MishraFebruary 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm
I was waiting for this post of yours! Was waiting to find out more about that stunning natural infinity pool. I am gonna ask you for your Bali itinerary in the future for sure 😀
JannaFebruary 27, 2017 at 11:38 pm
Okay I really need to get my butt to Bali. Amazing photos! What a paradise. Id love to take a dip in that natural pool ?
Siddhartha JoshiFebruary 28, 2017 at 2:49 am
The place is so beautiful and looks truly romantic as well! You guys have done magic with your pictures. Looking forward to more 🙂
Sandy N VyjayFebruary 28, 2017 at 5:46 am
Nusa Penida is indeed a beautiful revelation, Something to look for beyond Bali. The allure of this place probably is more enhanced as it is lesser known. But the beauty of the place is really intoxicating. A dip in Angel’s Billabong seems to hold an ethereal promise. Hope to get to this magical place some day.
AnneFebruary 28, 2017 at 7:35 am
I am impressed you saw a manta, I once spent an entire dive hanging in to a rock hoping to see one with no joy. Bummed! I have dived off this part of Bali too underwater life is just as beautiful. Love the tree
SudiptoFebruary 28, 2017 at 7:44 am
This is really an awesome photographic journey through the beautiful islands of Bali. Saumya told me you’re relocating abroad so would definitely love your posts on the same.. Do tell us where you stayed in Bali. This ladder against the tree is really hilarious
Jackie Sills-DellegrazieFebruary 28, 2017 at 1:46 pm
What a great discovery! It certainly looks peaceful on Nusa Penida. The views from up high are gorgeous and I love that you can see manta rays in the water. What a great change of pace from the busier areas of Bali!
Vicky @ A Backpack Full of AdventuresFebruary 28, 2017 at 10:15 pm
The colour of the water is just unreal, Nusa Penida must be gorgeous! I was actually considering going to Bali for a couple of days this April, as I’ll be in Singapore during my trip, but decided to check out Malaysia instead – now I really wish I was going to Bali, too! Beautiful photos guys, and thanks for the tips! I’ll need to go back to Bali and explore this area sometime.
Anita HendriekaMarch 1, 2017 at 12:29 pm
Oh wow what a beautiful itinerary. I love Bali but never got around to seeing these places. Your photos are giving me serious jealousy!
Shrinidhi HandeMarch 2, 2017 at 12:29 am
Carmen's Luxury TravelMarch 4, 2017 at 1:45 pm
Wow, you had me with that first photo! What a stunning part of the world. I has never even heard of Nusa Penida before this, I’ll admit 😉 It’s going on my travel list for sure! Thanks for sharing.
RielyMarch 25, 2017 at 9:55 pm
Nusa Penida looks like the idea island to go to while in Bali. The Beautiful sights from Broken Beach and the crystal blue waters everywhere you look! I am not sure I would be persuaded to swim with the Manta rays at Manta Point, but you never know. I think I would enjoy this island the most as it is less popular meaning less crowds! Thanks for sharing.
CharlotteApril 3, 2017 at 4:47 pm
All your photos are breathaking! The colour of the water is incredible. This makes me want to go to Nusa Penida!
Stephanie FoxApril 4, 2017 at 10:04 am
This place looks absolutely incredible, especially that infinity pool formation. Great that youve shared somewhere slightly off the beaten track, have saved it for when I eventually get Bali!
Rosie BentonApril 4, 2017 at 10:07 am
Awesome photos – it looks incredible! We visited Bali a few years ago and I’m desperate to go back and explore more of Indonesia, will definitely be adding here to the list! The water looks so clear and inviting.
Katie @ Zen Life and TravelApril 4, 2017 at 7:55 pm
This place looks incredible. That natural infinity pool is really cool – I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it. I would also love to do some diving with manta rays so I might have to add this place to our “places to go” list. Beautiful pictures, too!
Ana Rose | Roads and PagesApril 5, 2017 at 7:01 am
Actually, I was thinking of either visiting Bali before. On the other hand, I would also love to see the famous Borobudur and Prambanan. I guess I will prioritize Bali after I visited Yogyakarta. Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. I will definitely consider this on our next trip.
Tyra FrancisApril 7, 2017 at 7:45 am
To say Nusa Penida is stunning is an understatement! I hope there is a word that can represent those stunning views! Hahaha and yes sometimes the unplanned travel leaves a greater impact and could be the most unforgettable experience ever! But of course, behind that unplanned travel, we gotta armed ourselves with the basic travel necessities, can’t be that unplanned! I bet you would like to go back to Bali and or Nusa Penida in a heart beat, eh? Come visit Bali again, explore more, experience more! Let us provide you with the best resort with the most beautiful infinity pool in the world for you to enjoy! So come visit and don’t forget to check our website out, thank you!
ChiaraApril 8, 2017 at 12:28 pm
Never heard of Nusa Penida before but….wow the place looks stunning, paricularly Broken beach. Loved the list and your photography!
ChieraApril 9, 2017 at 10:08 am
I’ve never heard of this place before but Nusa Penids looks amazing! I love that it is more untouched by tourists that most places. Realy makes discovering the beauties of the island all the more exciting!
Bilyana | OwlOverTheWorldApril 23, 2017 at 11:12 am
WOW! Such a beautiful spots. Georges views. Oh, and the bungalows are so lovely. 🙂
Iza, Fill My PassportMay 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm
This place is gorgeous! The water is so blue. It looks like a paradise. It is a perfect getaway destination. The accommodations look picturesque. I would love to visit this place someday.
Julien MordretSeptember 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm
I have been to Nusa Lembongan but totally missed Nusa Penida, I am totally in love with the natural pool Angel’s Bilabong, and swimming with manta rays?! I almost feel angry at myself for missing all these. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and pictures, I will definitely make Nusa Penida a must-see next time I travel to Bali!
DanikSeptember 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm
Oh wow! Nusa Penida looks totally amazing and I would love to visit here to see the rugged coastline. Simply beautiful 🙂
Rahul KhuranaOctober 1, 2017 at 3:54 pm
It really is so beautiful. Loved the broken beach which has an arch shapes entrance. Climbing the treetop shows how happy you both are. 🙂
VictoriaOctober 10, 2017 at 10:19 pm
I can’t believe that you got on that tree! I definitely see how you wanted to get a view of everything. So cool that you were close to stingray!
Sapphire KharyzmaOctober 11, 2017 at 4:49 am
All of my best trips were unplanned trips. Nusa Penida sounds breathetaking. Time to “unplan” a quick visit *wink*
JithinOctober 11, 2017 at 1:09 pm
I was not able to visit Nusa Penida on my last trip. Looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing such a detailed post.
Ana OjhaOctober 11, 2017 at 5:29 pm
Bali is a dream destination and Nusa Penida looks absolutely surreal! Did you jump in those crystal clear waters?
JasOctober 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm
First off, wow… Your photos are just absolutely stunning and I have no idea how many times I’ve said “wow” to myself as I read through this post. I’ve been dying to visit Bali and will for sure be adding this to my bucket list too for when I visit. Thank you so much for the tips!
MeaganOctober 19, 2017 at 4:58 pm
a) your photos are STUNNING, and serious inspo. b) I’ve always thought Bali looked amazing, but most photos I’ve seen are PACKED with people. The solitude here looks amazing. Thank you so much for sharing – definitely bookmarking for later!