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Nusa Penida: A One-Day Travel Guide

Updated: May 17


View at Kelingking Cliff and Kelingking Beach at Nusa Penida Island
Kelingking Cliff

A trip to Bali isn't complete without visiting its neighboring island, Nusa Penida. The latter is a laidback, tropical escape from the hustle and bustle of some of Bali's most popular areas. Nusa Penida offers postcard worthy views—turquoise waters, lush green hills, and white sand beaches make up the island.


My friends and I had one day to explore Nusa Penida. Here is our guide to help you plan a day trip from Bali:


Getting to Nusa Penida

While it may be slightly cheaper to plan a trip to Nusa Penida on your own, we found it simpler to book a private tour. We arranged a tour with Nusa Penida Experience, which I highly recommend. The price was Rp 800,000 per person. Other tours that I found were similar in price and package. Our tour included:


• Pick up and drop off at our hotel

• Roundtrip boat ride

• Private driver and guide on the island

• Lunch


Tip: Be prepared for bumpy roads with deep potholes. If you're thinking about renting a motorbike on the island, consider that the roads can get pretty dangerous.


turquoise ocean and white sand beach at crystal bay beach nusa penida
Crystal Bay Beach

Things to do in Nusa Penida

Angel's Billabong: Angel's Billabong boasts a natural infinity pool that overlooks the Indian Ocean.

Broken Beach: Located a 5-minute walk from Angel's Billabong is Broken Beach—one of Nusa Penida's most popular spots, known for its natural arch and turquoise waters.

Kelingking Cliff: Kelingking Cliff is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Perhaps the most photographed spot on the island, Kelingking Cliff is known for its T-Rex shaped cliff surrounded by turquoise waters.

Crystal Bay: Crystal Bay Beach is a white sand beach surrounded by palm trees.


arch tunnel and turquoise waters broken beach nusa penida
Broken Beach

view of kelingking beach kelingking cliff at nusa penida
Kelingking Beach


Tips

Arrive early to avoid crowds: Nusa Penida has become increasingly popular over the years, making large crowds inevitable. Arrive early or even later in the day to beat the crowds.

Bring a rain poncho: If you're visiting during wet season (October-April), I recommend bringing a rain poncho. The forecast fluctuates during wet season—we experienced a few downpours during our visit. Click here to purchase a rain poncho.

Wear bug repellent: Just do it... you'll thank me later! Click here to purchase insect repellent.

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