Crystal Bay Nusa Penida is the perfect place to end your island visit. Be sure to save some time for soaking up the sun and catching a Bali sunset.
Crystal Bay is located on the West side of Nusa Penida island and is a great spot for sunset.
The easiest way to explore the island is by scooter. They cost around 70,000 IDR per day, and can be hired directly from the harbour port.
On the first day of our Nusa Penida tour, we took a private day trip, which covered all the iconic spots with ease. So if you’d rather visit with a car and a driver we can highly recommend this option.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
A popular tour that visits Crystal Bay is the Best of Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour by Fast Boat.
Parking – 5,000 Rupiah.
The second time we visited it was around 9am and there was nobody taking parking money. So this fee all just depends on timing.
Best Time To Visit Crystal Bay Nusa Penida + Tips
The best time to visit the island is between May and September, when the weather is dry and it is easy to explore the island.
This is a great beach to visit at any time of day but sunrise is pretty amazing here. Sunset is not too bad either!
This is a great spot for snorkelling and diving, as well as just relaxing and soaking up some sunshine.
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Crystal Bay makes for an amazing place to hang at any time of the day although we were lucky enough to spend some time at both sunrise and sunset.
Sunrise was beautiful. Of course the beach was pretty deserted at this time of day so it was incredibly peaceful and special watching the sun slowly come up.
On the way up to Crystal Bay you have to venture through a whole jungle of palms trees. It’s impossible not to stop and take a photo.
The locals are super friendly at Crystal Bay, not pushy or fussy, like some other spots. Additionally, there are beanbags scattered around the beach encouraging you to relax and unwind.
Hanging around for sunset is definitely worth the wait. Sunset was just as impressive as sunrise!
If you’re lucky enough to get some colours, it will be one of your lasting memories on your Nusa Penida itinerary!
We chose not to dive or snorkel. Although it’s certainly one of Nusa Penida’s most famous spots to get your gear on and go and explore the underwater world.
If you do decide to go and explore, the bay offers a sandy area in the middle and beautiful coral reefs on its edges, with plenty of interesting marine life to see.
In fact, Crystal Bay is renowned for being one of the only places in the world to observe the mola-mola oceanic sunfish, who swim in these waters between July and October.
Where To Stay In Nusa Penida
Luxury – Crystal Bay Villa & Residence
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.
Mid-Budget – Singable Bungalows
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.
Budget – Deva Devi Beach Inn
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.