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11 Best Things To Do In Nusa Penida

Located about 12 miles off the southeast of Bali, Nusa Penida is one of a group of three islands known as the Nusa Islands.

Nusa Penida is famous for its white sand beaches with clear blue waters, that are home to an abundance of marine life. Along with some beautiful rock formations, waterfalls, awesome viewpoints and a chilled vibe.

I’d heard a lot of amazing things about this tropical island and was not disappointed.

So here’s my guide to the best things to do in Nusa Penida.

1. Kelingking Beach

This is the very first spot you should have pinned on your map when looking at things to do on Nusa Penida.

This T-Rex shaped cliff side at Kelingking Beach has rocketed tourism into the sky with it’s natural iconic beauty and has tourists flocking over from Bali mainland to see it.

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 on Nusa Penida tour.

If you’re planning a Nusa Penida itinerary, the best option to reach the island is a Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat.

You’ll discover the island’s highlights, including 4 Nusa Penida beaches, with a guide. Plus enjoy hotel transfers and a speed boat ride.

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Kelingking Beach was the first and most beautiful stop of our Nusa Penida tour

2. Angel’s Billabong

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.

This spot is included in most tours, or you can visit yourself on scooters!

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Angel’s Billabong was definitely like something we’d never seen before

3. Broken Beach

Just a short 5 minute trek around the corner from Angel’s Billabong comes another Bali Instagram 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.

If you’re planning on cramming in a few things and want comfort, I recommend a Nusa Penida: Private Car Hire with Driver.

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The blue waters at Broken Beach really were stunning

4. Crystal Bay Beach

Palm tree heaven!… and that’s all you need to know.

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 on Nusa Penida, Crystal Bay Beach is the perfect spot to finish in!

Save some time at the end of your itinerary for soaking up the sun or catching a sunset to remember.

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Crystal Bay definitely satisfied our love for palm trees

5. Banah Cliff Point

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 on Nusa Penida list.

The road to reach it is certainly one of the roughest and rockiest journeys we encountered on our Nusa Penida tour.

Although, if you can withstand the bumpy roads, you’ll be rewarded with an epic picnic spot.

We headed over early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the unbelievable cliff top lookouts and shimmering blue waters down below.

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Taking a moment at Banah Cliff Point

6. Tembeling Natural Pool

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 on 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.

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Tembeling Natural Pool was one of our favourite things to do on Nusa Penida

7. Peguyangan Waterfall

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.

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Peguyangan Waterfall – a spot that went viral on Instagram.

8. Atuh Beach

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 on 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.

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Atuh Beach was insanely beautiful. Both in the rain and at sunrise.

9. Rumah Pohon – The Nusa Penida Treehouse

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.

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The Rumah Pohon Treehouse is absolutely stunning

10. 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.

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Charlie had been wanting to see the Thousand Island Viewpoint for so long

11. Suwehan Beach

The final stop of our itinerary!

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.

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Suwehan Beach, with some of the bluest waters we’ve ever seen!

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.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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11 Best Things To Do In Nusa Penida

Nyoman Runa

Monday 19th of November 2018

Really liked this article and one particular picture was a place I'd seen and had forgotten. :) Thanks for visit Bali and sharing all your tips and experience while you Bali especially Nusa Penida Island. Really appreciated.

phebyj

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Love this post! Thank you for the details information for each places. Just want to know which month did u visit Nusa Penida?

Charlie Pauly

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Thanks so much! We visited a few times between March - June

Good Bali

Tuesday 4th of September 2018

Thank you for introducing Bali with the article that you wrote, Bali indeed Balinese culture and customs are indeed unique and beautiful of course so many tourists come to Bali. so let's come to Bali and enjoy the beauty of Bali and the more hit for now is Nusa Penida Island

Peggy Ooi

Saturday 21st of July 2018

nice! I would like to ask travelled with Dwi Manunggal from Sanur to Nusa Penida need to pre-purchase the ticket? Or we can purchase on the day we plan to travel to penida?

Charlie Pauly

Saturday 21st of July 2018

Hey! You can purchase on the day of travel. :D

Bali Funky

Thursday 24th of May 2018

Nice picture, love it so much....

Charlie Pauly

Friday 25th of May 2018

Thanks so much ?