Nusa Penida Island is one of the hidden gems that people can find in Bali. Differ from Bali, on this island you will not find beach clubs, cafes, or trendy restaurants. However, you will get beautiful rock formations, clear blue water, and great spots for diving. Seems interesting right? So, for those interested to come to this island, let’s learn more about it.
How to Get to Nusa Penida
Since the island is an offshore island, then people will need to ride a boat from Sanur Beach to get there. The trip will take around an hour or less. Speed boats will depart every hour starting from 7 am to 4 pm, depending on the weather too. If the weather is cloudy and rainy, then they may close earlier. As for the tickets to ride these boats, the price is around Rp 150.000 or USD 13.
Please note that these boats do not use a pier. Therefore, to get on the boat, people will need to walk into the water which can reach knee-high. It is recommended that you wear shorts and put all your belongings in your bag so that nothing gets wet.
Activities at Nusa Penida Island
Once you get on the island, then it is time to explore! There are many spots and activities you must visit, however, if you have limited time, here are some of the best recommendations:
1. Snorkeling / Diving
One of the activities that people must do when visiting Nusa Penida is snorkeling or diving. This island has many great spots for snorkeling, and they all offer crystal blue waters. With clear water, people can easily see the beautiful life underwater.
2. Go to Angel’s Billabong
The spot a natural rock pool that goes straight into the ocean. In this spot, visitors can go down to the beach and play with the water or just take some photos. However, if the locals tell you not to go there, it is best to listen because the tide here can get massive.
3. Get a View at Broken Beach
This spot is not like normal beaches because it is on a cliff that reaches up to 50-200 meters high. When you get up to the top, you can see an incredible scene of the island and the clear blue water. When coming here, make sure to bring your camera with you.
4. Visit Kelingking Beach
One of the famous spots on Nusa Penida Island is Kelingking Beach. This is not the most beautiful beach on the island; however, it is worth seeing. If you have some, then try to step down until you reach the beach. The path is a bit challenging, but it will be paid off when reaching down. If you do plan to reach the beach, then it is best to use some comfortable shoes.
There is no entrance fee to enter Nusa Penida. However, if you enter any tourist attraction then you’ll have to pay the entrance fee and sometimes the parking fee too. Normally, the entrance fee is around Rp 5.000 for local people and Rp 10.000 for foreigners. As for the parking fee, it is Rp 5.000 per motor.
Going to Nusa Penida can be done independently or with a travel tour. For those with limited time but want to see as much as possible, then try to join day trips to Nusa Penida. These tours will help you visit the best spots on the island. So, if you happen to visit Bali, then make sure to visit Nusa Penida Island too!