Arranging a Nusa Penida tour can be a bit of a headache. So we’ve broken down everything you need to know when planning an awesome Nusa Penida itinerary.
Many people’s biggest worry when venturing over to Nusa Penida is arranging the ferry.
For this you have two options:
There are many tour companies that run Nusa Penida tours from all over Bali. On the first day of our Nusa Penida tour we booked a private day trip, which covered all the iconic spots with ease.
The tour included fast ferries to and from Nusa Penida, a private car + driver and lunch. The guys were great and took us to all the main spots on Nusa Penida Island without the stress of organising a thing.
They charge around 800,000 IDR per person for a day trip, although tours and prices can be arranged depending on where you want to visit.
If you’re looking for an adventurous way to tour Nusa Penida then it’s not hard to travel to Nusa Penida alone. We tried and tested it for our second visit to Nusa Penida so can speak from experience.
The ferries depart from Sanur Ferry Port.
Sanur to Nusa Penida ferries run daily from 7am, 9am, 11am, 3pm and 5pm.
There are many ferry operators to choose from although we’ve only ever travelled with Dwi Manunggal and have never had any problems.
The fast boat takes around 30-40 minutes and tickets cost 150,000 IDR one way or 300,000 IDR return.
Parking of scooters cost a flat rate of 2,000 IDR for the day + 10,000 Rupiah to leave it overnight – no matter how long your stay.
No ferries run too or from Nusa Penida after 5pm, so bare this mind when planning your trip!
If you’re taking a Nusa Penida tour then you won’t have to worry about this option.
The ferry drops you off at Toyah Pakeh Harbour and there are scooter rental shops as soon as you arrive.
The price of a scooter is generally 70,000 IDR for 24 hours.
If you’re opting to tour the island yourself by bike, be super cautious on the bumpy roads. There’s a lot of loose gravel corners so definitely take your time!
If you’re heading over from Bali to Nusa Penida Island it really is quite refreshing.
It’s a peaceful, adventurous trip and a 3/4 night stay is a good amount of time to complete all the main things mentioned below.
Best Time To Visit Nusa Penida
The best time to visit Nusa Penida is between April and October, the island’s dry season.
This is when you can enjoy all the island has to offer, from beach days to trekking, with generally the perfect weather conditions.
For cheaper prices and fewer crowds, November to March is the best time. (Excluding Christmas and New Year.) However, this is the wet season and it can be pretty hot and humid with some heavy down pours.
Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions.
What To Pack
The very first spot you should have pinned on your map when looking at your things to do in Nusa Penida itinerary.
This T-Rex shaped cliff side at Kelingking Beach has rocketed tourism into the sky with it’s natural iconic beauty. Kelingking Beach itself is a secluded, white sandy haven surrounded by turquoise waters.
To get down to Kelingking Beach takes around an hour and you must go at your own risk. The bamboo railings are not greatly maintained and you shouldn’t put 100% of your weight on them.
Having said that, Kelingking Beach is a spot that cannot be missed on your things to do in Nusa Penida tour.
Angel’s Billabong is a very beautiful, naturally formed infinity pool.
Nusa Penida is becoming more and more popular amongst tourists for it’s spectacular rock formations, although Angel’s Billabong is in a league of its own.
We really enjoyed this spot on our Nusa Penida tour purely because it’s the perfect place to hang out with friends and watch the ocean crashing over the side whilst cooling off from those sweaty walks.
Just a short 5 minute trek around the corner from Angel’s Billabong comes another Instagram famous spot, Broken Beach.
Broken Beach is another one of the top picturesque destinations on Nusa Penida Island.
The arched tunnel allows the ocean to flow in making a natural pool and a great photo spot. This along with Angel’s Billabong are two of the most popular spots for Nusa Penida tours as they are two of closest attractions to the ferry port.
From Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach were around a 45 minute journey by car or bike.
Palm tree heaven!
We were in our element at Crystal Bay with it’s aligned palm trees and private little beach. You have to venture through a whole jungle of trees before you get to it and it’s impossible to not stop and take a photo.
Of all the things to do in Nusa Penida, Crystal Bay Beach is the perfect spot to finish in! Save some time at the end of your Nusa Penida itinerary for soaking up the sun or catching a sunset to remember.
If you’re looking for one of the best viewpoints on the island then Banah Cliff Point should definitely be on your things to do in Nusa Penida list.
We headed over early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the crazy cliff top lookouts and shimmering blue waters down below.
We were recommended by a local to check out the Tembeling Natural Pool and what a gem it was!
One of the lesser known things to do in Nusa Penida, it’s used as a watering hole by the people that live nearby.
We googled some photos and jumped at the chance of diving into the tropical blue waters. A random natural pool that appears in the middle of the Tembeling Beach and Forest trail.
Peguyangan Waterfall is an iconic spot for tourists and locals, most widely known for the Nusa Penida blue stairs.
We’d heard the waterfall was a little underwhelming, if not non existent, but the cliff edge views made up for it.
So we headed to the Southern point of the island to find out for ourselves.
Rated one of the best beaches on Nusa Penida, the trip our East to Atuh Beach should definitely be one of the top things to do in Nusa Penida.
A fair drive from the west side of the island, where the majority of the tourist spots are located, although well worth the journey on a sunny day.
Even amongst the down pour on one of our trips we could see how clear the water was and had a splash around anyway.
Rumah Pohon Molenteng, or the Nusa Penida Treehouse, is one of the most noticeable accommodations on the island.
So we had to swing by and visit the magical place we’d seen online.
It’s fair to say Rumah Pohon Treehouse is definitely one of the most random yet beautiful spots we’ve come across on our travels.
Thousand Island Viewpoint
You can kill two birds with one stone by visiting Rumah Pohon and Thousand Island Viewpoint on your Nusa Penida tour.
The viewpoints is definitely one of the most spectacular spots on the island to take in the ocean breeze and spend a moment appreciating exactly where you are.
We spent a good hour just relaxing on the cliff overlooking the islands and chilling out at Thousand Island Nusa Penida.
The final stop of our Nusa Penida itinerary and it was like revisiting the Philippines.
The water from above at the lookout point at Suwehan Beach was blue beyond belief, and we couldn’t wait to get down the 342 steps to cool off.
If you plan on visiting on your Nusa Penida tour though, make sure to check the tides first.
Where To Stay In Nusa Penida
Boasting a restaurant, free bikes, and a garden, Crystal Bay Villa & Residence features accommodation in Nusa Penida with free WiFi and pool views.
With garden views also available, this accommodation provides a balcony and a swimming pool.
The air-conditioned villa consists of 1 separate bedroom, 1 bathroom with a hairdryer, free toiletries, a seating area and a flat-screen TV.
Guests at the villa can enjoy an à la carte or an American breakfast.
Languages spoken at the 24-hour front desk include English and Indonesian. Bicycle rental service is also available at the accommodation.
Situated in Nusa Penida, Singabu Bungalows offers air-conditioned accommodation and landscaped tropical gardens.
It has an outdoor pool with a shallow end and free WiFi in all areas.
At the property, each room comes with a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. The rooms have a terrace with views of the pool or the garden. Private bathrooms all come with a shower.
Coco Leaf restaurant serves a variety of international dishes, and room service is also available.
Set in Nusa Penida just 0.7 miles from Sampalan Harbour, Deva Devi Beach Inn offers express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and a garden.
The property features a bar and a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
All guest rooms at the guest house come with a seating area.
At Deva Devi Beach Inn all rooms also come with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.
For more places to stay in Nusa Penida, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.