Nusa Penida Island

Nusa Penida is the biggest and extended island amongst the group of three Nusa Islands, but unfortunately, one of the least visited. Nusa Penida is the largest and most exotic of the three Nusa Islands, presents a beautiful collection of unique Hindu temples and picturesque natural pieces of cliff formations and outstanding lagoons.

This island, apart from alluring natural scenery, also known as the new sanctuary of the once at risk beautiful bird, Bali Starling also called as Bali Myna, which is originally an indigenous species from the forested region of West Bali National Park.

Nusa Penida scales over 200 sq km and considerably bigger than the other two Nusa islands. Nusa Penida features a relatively limited number of hotels and tourist features but at the same time overflowing with its unblemished rustic beauty and unique cultural highlights.

Here are the few highlights of interest

Nusa Penida also features a beautiful white sand beach called as Crystal Bay which is famed for the outstanding diving experience. Divers with the different skillset can enjoy one of best dive sites here, where you get to see the gorgeous coral reefs and Mola-Mola fish, manta rays, and sometimes even whale sharks.

Besides diving, you may also get along with a beautiful snorkeling experience. The waters are crystal clear here providing greater visibility for snorkeling right near the seashore. Local shops selling refreshments right on the beach make for wonderful chill out spots with sunset views.

Goa Giri Putri, a Balinese Hindu temple located inside a limestone cave in the village of Karangsari is one great attraction in Penida. That views a regular stream of pilgrims from Bali hitting to render their regards. It is said that the holy water from this temple can cure few rare skin diseases.

Pura Penataran Ped in the northern coastal community of Ped is another traditional monument to drop in. There are few more temples marked along the island’s shoreline, however, you would find Pura Paluang temple the most interesting amongst all.– it has shrines akin to automobiles! Located in the village of Karangdawa on Penida’s southwestern cliffs this temple attracts a lot of visitors. This unique temple complex featuring shrines in the form of a house and automobiles! As one of the many mysterious temples that dot this remote island.

For beach lovers, there is a lot to explore. Atuh Beach, a distant beach on Nusa Penida, outlined by chivalric green hills and cape formations. Other popular beaches are Pasih Uug, and ‘broken beach’ that was formerly a huge cave that deflated to unveil the crashing blue waves. 

Angel’s Billabong, this spectacular and panoramic rock establishment near Pasih Uug beach extends a dramatic and picture perfect outlook above the lagoon. The water is crystal clear and you can truly approach to these crystal clear stone pools for an excellent splash or swimming opportunity. Low tide would be a better time to have fun in these natural reef pools. Angel’s Billabong presents a big lagoon revealed by waves after a high tide. Some guests go out for a dip and some for fun but better to be a little careful here as it is really dangerous, and claimed lives in the past.

Location: Southwestern coast Nusa Penida

Pantai Atuh Beach, Atuh Beach is a secluded beach on the southeastern shoreline of Nusa Penida island, which is fringed by radiant green hills and peninsular formations. The four main rocks that mark the coast are named Batu Melawang, Batu Abah, Batu Paon, and Bukit Jineng.

Location: Pejukatan, south-eastern coast Nusa Penida.

Pasih Uug, this secret beach is characterized by a distinct mark of a rough curvy rock structure over smashing waves. An exceptional locality for pictorial view aspirants. You may find few curious monkeys ready to mix and mingle.

Location: Southwestern coast Nusa Penida

Broken beach’ that was formerly a huge cave that deflated to unveil the crashing blue waves. Broken Beach, couches the most glorious clear waters possible, so bright and clear in fact that you can stand 100ft high and observe the manta rays swimming elegantly underneath the water’s surface.

The best way to get to Nusa Penida

The best way to get to Nusa Lembongan is through modest public boats, which regularly depart from Sanur Beach. You may also opt for fast boat transfers from Tanjung Benoa Harbour. The boats usually depart at 08:00 in the morning from Sanur. There are a number of notable fast transfer services from Benoa Harbour, ranking from fast boats to larger comfortable vessels. Usual departure times are 09:00 or 10:30, and you can experience a faster and also convenient ride opposed to tinier public boats. Journeys usually take around 45 minutes. From Lembongan, you can access Ceningan via the bridge.

Following are a few notable cruise companies, from which we can book your next island holiday.

Bali Hai Cruises This very well organized cruise company in Bali has a fine line of classy vessels, including the swift catamaran and sailboats. the sailboats mostly offering the famous day cruises.

Cruises normally depart at 09:15 and return at 16:15.

Opening Hours: 09:00-16:30

Location: Jalan Wahana Tirta No.1, Benoa Tel: +62 (0)361 720 331

Bounty Cruises, provide one-way and return transfers, and usually renders tea or coffee with breakfast and movies on board. They also offer day cruise packages that allow you undergo their specifically created pontoon that is full of activities and exercises, such as an onsite 44m water slide, canoeing, banana boat rides, snorkeling, diving, jet skis and others.

Opening Hours: 07:30-20:00

Location: Jalan Wahana Tirta No.1, Benoa Tel: +62 (0)361 726 666

Island Explorer Cruises, Their main craft is called as the ‘Bali Fun Ship’, that is a 26m fast vessel that can transport 150 tourists and is outfitted with a pool and water slide from its upper deck. Your cruise to Lembongan covers snacks and refreshments, and the fun continues once you land at the island with extra water activities and a barbecue buffet lunch.

Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00

Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai 622, Suwung, South Denpasar

Tel: +62 (0)361 728 088

Scoot Fast Cruises, there’s one catamaran and five boats in this company’s fleet, including a glass-bottom boat for coral viewing around the waters of Lembongan. This catamaran, can carry up to 55 passengers and departs 09:30, available for one-way and return transfers.

Opening Hours: 08:00-22:00

Location: Jalan Hangtuah No. 27, Sanur

Tel: +62 (0)361 271 030

Quicksilver Cruise, this catamaran cruises to Nusa Penida depart at 08:45 from Benoa. The cruise covers lunch and you get to explore the incredible underwater views with its marine and underwater activities, which include banana boat rides, snorkeling and submarine rides.

Opening Hours: 08:30-16:30

Location: Jalan Kerta Dalem No.96, Sidakarya, South Denpasar

Tel: +62 (0)361 721 521