Nusa Penida is an island located in the southeastern tip of Bali, which belongs to the Klungkung Regency. Nusa Penida is one of the two islands in Bali, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. Of the three islands, Nusa Penida has the most extensive area.
Unlike the tourist areas in Bali, Nusa Penida has many hills and cliffs, so the island is a unique and different from other common tourist destination in Bali. Not only the hills but in Nusa Penida, there are also beautiful beaches with blue sea water surrounded by cliffs and rocks that make the beaches in Nusa Penida as the most sought beaches by tourists.
A. Getting to Nusa Penida
There are 3 types of transportation that you can choose if you want to go to Nusa Penida.
1. Fast Boat from Sanur Beach
Using a fast boat is the fastest and most flexible way to get to Nusa Penida. This fast boat departs from Sanur Beach in the East of Denpasar and will dock at several piers such as the Banjar Nyuh Port, Buyuk, Sampalan, and Toya Pakeh.
The departure time of this Fast Ship starts at 07.30 am until 06.00 pm. The crossing with the ship will take 30 minutes. The ticket for one trip ranges from IDR 75,000 – IDR 150,000 for local tourist. Meanwhile, for foreign visitors, the ticket ranges from IDR 150,000 – IDR 175,000 for a single trip. For the round trip, you have to spend more as much as IDR 300,000 for one person.
If you use a private vehicle, you must leave it the vehicle at Sanur Beach. Parking the vehicle here is also safe.
2. Traditional Ships (Jukung)
An alternative for tourists to go to Nusa Penida is to use the traditional community boat or commonly called Jukung. There are many crossing points to cross to Nusa Penida by this traditional ship, through the Kusamba port, the Banjar port, and the Tri Buana port k. The fare is IDR 55,000 for this 1-hour trip.
Using a ferry is the cheapest way to get to Nusa Penida Island. Besides being the cheapest, by using this ferry you can also bring our private vehicles to use on the island. Nusa Jaya Abadi Ferry Boat can be found at the port of Padang Bai, Klungkung, Bali, about 1-hour drive from Denpasar.
This ferry serves round trip to Nusa Penida once in a day. From Nusa Penida to Padang Bai, this ship will depart at around 09.00 am while from Padang Bai heading back to Nusa Penida will depart at noon with duration of 1 hour 15 minutes.
The fare is IDR 31,000 / person. Meanwhile, if you cross while riding your vehicle, you must pay IDR 50,000. It is the cheapest way to enjoy the exoticism of Nusa Penida
4. Cruise ships
Cruise ships depart from the Bay of Tanjung Tanjung Benoa with the Quicksilver cruise ship.
Getting around Nusa Penida
If you want to explore Nusa Penida, you can rent a motorbike near the harbor dock, the price ranges from IDR 70,000 – 100,000 with fuel. But for convenience reasons, it is highly recommended to rent a car plus a driver.
B. Top Tourist Attractions in Nusa Penida
When it comes to Bali, most people don’t know which locations are worth to visit. As one of the most famous and beautiful areas in Bali, Nusa Penida has many spots that are very extraordinary, let’s dive in!
1. Kelingking Beach
The locals call Kelingking beach by the name of Karang Dawa beach because the location of this beach is in the village of Bunga Mekar, Karang Dawa Village, Nusa Penida District. So it is better known as Karang Dawa Beach. The term Kelingking beach is only popular with tourists. Its location is on the western tour route, in the direction of Broken Beach and Crystal Bay.
Kelingking Beach is on a steep cliff and quite difficult to reach. The shape of the hill that jutted into the sea looks unique like the shape of a T-Rex dinosaur. The charm of Kelingking Beach or Karang Dawa Beach is indeed due to its spectacular view of hills and cliffs jutting into the sea overgrown with grass and green shrub trees in harmony with the view of the blue sea. There are steep cliffs around the beach it looks as if it is a natural fortress that made it seem hidden. The white sand at the foot of the cliff looks as if it is untouched by humans because there is no access to the bottom of the cliff, so you just admire the beauty from the top of the cliff. That is why it is often known as Pinkie Secret Point.
Getting to Kelingking Beach
The trip to the Kelingking Secret Point takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour from the port of Nusa Penida and the distance is about 25 km.
If you leave from Padang Bai, you can take a ferry at a cost of around IDR 30,000 or speed boat by paying IDR 45,000. The trip from Padang Bai takes about 1 hour to get to Nusa Penida.
Entrance to this beach is free. Just pay the parking fee only.
2. Angel’s Billabong
The Angel’s Billabong or Angel Pool is located not far from Broken Beach or Pasih Uug Beach. This place is a natural swimming pool formed from coral fragments on the seafront. The water comes from the tidal seawater. So this place can only be enjoyed when the water is receding.
In this area, you will see a safe limit set to avoid unwanted events. Try not to cross the safe limit because you can be dragged by the waves to the sea. If you visit this beach, don’t miss the opportunity to take pictures because this place is the most instagenic spot.
Getting to Angel’s Billabong
Angel’s Billabong is located in Bunga Mekar Village, Nusa Penida District, Klungkung Regency – Bali. If you want to go to Nusa Penida, you need to take a traditional sampan (jukung), speed boat, roro boat Nusa Jaya Abadi to Banjar Nyuh Port which takes around 1 hour. The boat fare is IDR 75,000 / person.
From the port, you can take a rental car or motorcycle or “ojek”, Indonesian motorcycle taxi.
To enter Angel’s Billabong, you don’t need to pay an entrance fee. It’s free.
3. Pasih Uug Beach
This place is also known as Broken Beach. Pasih Uug or Broken Beach may not be as popular as Kuta Beach or Sanur Beach but this beach offers a different appeal and is no less amazing than the beaches that are already popular in Bali. This beach has a cliff with a height of about 50-200 meters and it has a hole in the middle, so it looks like a cave flowing with seawater.
Seawater trapped in the middle of this cliff makes it look like a giant pool. Perforated cliffs also add to the uniqueness of this place because it makes this cliff look like a bridge. Here you can also get beautiful spots for photos.
Getting to Pasih Uug Beach
The location of Pasih Uug Beach is in Bunga Mekar Village, Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency. The available modes of sea transportation to Banjar Nyuh Port in Nusa Penida include a traditional sampan (jukung), fast boat (speed boat), roro boat Nusa Jaya Abadi (the main means of transportation). To go to Nusa Penida Island you can use sea transportation either from Sanur, Tribuana, Kusamba, Pesinggahan and also Padang Bai.
Once at the Nusa Penida Port, you can continue the journey either by renting a car plus a driver or renting a motorbike (motorcycle taxi) or join a tour package provided by your travel agent. From Nusa Penida Port to the Pasih Uug Beach takes around 90 minutes by driving. The location can be accessed by car.
There is no entrance ticket to this beach. You only need to pay for parking.
4. Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach has a very beautiful sunrise. This beach is located in a bay with white sand and clear blue seawater. To be able to set foot on the white sand of Atuh Beach, you have to walk down the hill.
Atuh beach is still very natural and beautiful because perhaps it has fewer visitors. Its name is not as popular as Kuta beach but the beauty of this beach is extraordinary. The waves on this beach are also rather calm.
Getting to Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach is precisely located in Pinginutan, Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency, Bali. From Bali, it is not difficult to reach Atuh Beach. You can ride a ferry or fast boat from different ports to Atuh Beach. Some of them are Padang Bai port, Pesinggahan, and Sanur.
If you have reached Nusa Penida, now you can continue your journey eastward towards Atuh Beach. From Pulau Seribu, you need about 15 minutes to reach the beach. But if you take a car, you must park in the parking lot first then continue the journey on foot for approximately 20 minutes.
To enter Atuh Beach, you only need to pay IDR 5,000 per person plus parking fees. This beach is open every day for 24 hours, so you can visit it whenever you like.
5. Crystal Bay
Crystal Bay has amazing natural scenery. The beach is looking amazing with its white sand and a row of palm trees that are lined up neatly. In addition, Crystal Bay is also the favorite place to enjoy the beauty of the underwater world in Nusa Penida. Its clear water and calm waves and beautiful coral reefs are the reasons why many tourists choose to do diving or snorkeling here.
Getting to Crystal Bay
From Bali, you can take a ferry to Sanur Beach to the Port of Toya Pakeh in Nusa Penida and the ticket fare is IDR 75,000 / person for one way only. Arriving at Nusa Penida Island, you rent a motorcycle or car. The distance between the port of Toya Pakeh Nusa Penida and the location of Crystal Bay Beach is 15 KM and takes 30 minutes.
It is free. There is no entrance fee but if you come by vehicle, you need to pay a parking fee of IDR 10,000 / motorcycle.
6. Raja Lima
Raja Lima is in an area with a spot called Pulau Seribu. Raja Lima Nusa Penida is almost the same as Kelingking Beach. The difference may be only the shape of the coral. In accordance with its name Raja Lima is indeed similar to Raja Ampat in Papua. Both of these attractions present coral reefs on the coast. From a higher spot, you can see a panoramic view of the sea. Raja Lima Nusa Penida offers the beauty of the sea with a decorated coral hill that rises in the middle of the sea. There are five coral hills in the middle of the sea.
Another interesting spot in Raja Lima is a tree house known as the Molenteng Treehouse. This tree house which looks rather simple is located on an old tree. To get to the house, you must cross a wooden bridge and stairs.
Getting to Raja Lima
Raja Lima is in Pinginutan Village, Nusa Penida District, Klungkung Regency, Bali. To get to Raja Lima, you need to take motorboat or speed boat to Nusa Penida from Sanur Port in Denpasar. The cruise across the island will take around 45 minutes then dock at the Banjar Nyuh Port in Nusa Penida.
The road to Raja Lima is quite good compared to other spots in Nusa Penida but you still need to do trekking to get to the Raja Lima spot. You can continue the journey by car or motorcycle heading east of Nusa Penida or trekking. It takes about 1.5 hours to Raja Lima from Banjar Nyuh Port.
7. Pasih Andus Beach
Smoke Beach or Andus Nusa Penida Beach is actually a new beach. Pasih Andus Beach is located in Bunga Mekar Village, Nusa Penida. Pasih Andus is close to Pasih Uug with a distance of only a few meters. Besides Pasih Uug, this Pasih is also close to Angel’s Billabong, and Broken Beach.
What is interesting about the waves from Pasih Andus Beach? The waves here look like big smoke rising above. These waves can form a large arrangement of smoke. The waves that hit the hard sea cliffs can reach a height of 1.5 meters. The color of the waves appears to be white and thick that block the view behind them. These rare waves are the main attraction of Pasih Andus. Foreign visitors call it Smoke Beach.
Getting to Pasih Andus Beach
To get to Pasih Andus, there are several routes you can take. The first is a steep and challenging route that is perfect for those of you who like to travel. In addition to land routes, there are open routes that pass through the ocean. You can rent a speed boat for IDR 75,000 for a single trip. In addition to speed boats, Roro ships can also be used as transportation through the Port of Padang Bai to the location of Sampalan Harbor on the island of Nusa Penida. After arriving there, you can take “ojek” or motorcycle taxis ready to take you to Pasih Andus.
8. Suwehan Beach
There is something unique about Suwehan Beach. It has a rock that stands firmly on the beach. The shape of this rock resembles a triangle or in the world of puppetry is called a mountain.
This stone is called Jineng stone and is an icon of this Suwehan Beach. Many visitors take pictures with this Jineng stone as the background. The location of Suwehan Beach is under the Puseh Temple. To go down you have to go through a very steep footpath, so you have to prepare the stamina to go down and climb the steps.
Getting to Suwehan Beach
Suwehan Beach itself is located in Tanglad Village, Nusa Penida District, Klungkung Regency, Bali. The road is still rocky and must pass through steep cliffs. To get to this beach you have to walk approximately 300 meters with a narrow, downhill, and steep road. You can also rent a car or motorcycle to get here. Before reaching Suwehan Nusa Penida beach, you will pass the Bentar and Puseh Temple.
There is no entrance fee. It is free.
9. Manta Bay
Many Nusa Penida attractions are now booming on social media such as the pinkie beach and angel billabong which are favored by many foreign tourists. For tourism accommodation, it has started to be supported by the number of hotels and restaurants available.
Manta Bay is a bay that is often visited by cruise ships that will visit Nusa Penida and is also a diving spot that has good coral reefs. Manta Bay Nusa Penida is a bay surrounded by steep cliffs. People call this bay the Secret Manta. This bay is very shallow sometimes mantas are visible from the surface.
Getting to Manta Bay
Ferry or fast boat is the transportation to get to Nusa Penida. You can depart from the ports in Sanur or Padang Bai. It takes around 60 minutes.
The journey from the port of Nusa Penida takes approximately between 1 and 1.5 hours. You will pass through several agricultural villages with corn, cassava, and tobacco.
To get to Manta Bay, you can rent a car or motorcycle. For motorcycle, it costs about IDR 75,000 a day. When riding a motorcycle, you must be careful because of the road on the island of Nusa Penida uphill and downhill.
C. Things to Do in Nusa Penida
- Beach tour
- Diving in Manta Bay or Crystal Bay
- Visiting Molenteng Treehouse
- Swimming with Mola and Manta Rays
- Boat tour
- Swimming at Angel’s Billabong
- Enjoying the view of the Waves of Smoke Beach
- Sunset viewing
- Taking a dive class
- Cliff jumping
- Enjoying the caves at Broken Beach
Popular Things in Nusa Penida
There are some popular tourist spots for taking photos in Nusa Penida, including Kelingking Beach, Smoke Beach, Melonteng Tree House, and Angel’s Billabong.
Popular activities in Nusa Penida are diving with mantas, swimming with Mola, and beach tour.