Spot travel nusa penida – Nusa Penida is the biggest of the three Nusa Islands just off from mainland Bali. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan make up the trio of islands, each with uniquely breath-taking landscapes. There are so many awesome things to do on Nusa Penida but let’s get started with the logistics.
A couple years ago a trip to Nusa Penida was not on many travelers to do list but times are changing. I actually hopped on a boat and did a Nusa Penida day trip, but only drove around the island, snorkeled to see if we could find Manta Rays, had a barbeque on the beach and left again. Biggest mistake ever! This island is so much more than beaches and exploring Nusa Penida on a motorbike is a must. Please only take a Nusa Penida day trip if you have very limited time, otherwise reserve 3 days and take a trip to Nusa Penida. You will thank me later for my tips, trust me!
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This island is all about exploring its great nature and rough terrain. Almost all the amazing places to see in Nusa Penida are either on the coastline or underwater.
From Nusa Lembongan, the boat to Nusa Penida took only 20 minutes and cost $35 USD split between my two friends and I. However, you can make a day trip from mainland Bali to Nusa Penida.
I have now visited Nusa Penida twice. The first time I only came for one day (7 hours) and this was a huge mistake. You definitely need to spend at least 2 days if not 4!! This way you can fully explore all of these cool spots rather than just getting a glimpse at each location
1. Spot travel nusa penida: Atuh Beach
All the way on the East side of the island there is the popular tourist spot Atuh Beach. It is one of those amazing places to see in Nusa Penida that you can’t afford to miss. There are a couple beaches that are accessible but one of the best Nusa Penida tips is to rent a tree house and spend the night high up on a cliff and watch the sunrise the next day. Head over to Airbnb via this link and if you sign up (or create a new account) you will get $40 off on your first night. That means you sleep here for free! Check it out now… The roads to Atuh Beach are completely new and within an hour from the jetty you can reach it on a motorbike.
2. Spot travel nusa penida: Saren Cliff Point
By accident I discovered this incredible viewpoint. You can only get here by scooter and the roads are terrible, but the views to the East are incredible. This is probably one of the most romantic places to see in Nusa Penida as it is almost guaranteed that you will be alone. You can also spot manta rays from up here if you are lucky.
3. Spot travel nusa penida: Banah Cliff Point
There are a couple incredible rock formations sticking out of the ocean and from Banah Cliff Point you have a spectacular view. Definitely another instagrammable spot and also a great place to watch the sunset and spot manta rays. The roads to get here are unfortunately in a bad condition.
4. Spot travel nusa penida: Crystal Bay Beach
This is one of those things to do in Nusa Penida that I did not do. This is the number one place on the island to relax in style. A picture perfect white sand beach, tall palm trees, hammocks, fresh coconuts and there can even be found local Nusa Penida accommodation. Definitely a winner!
5. Spot travel nusa penida: Peguyangan Waterfall or Blue Stairs Nusa Penida
Back in the days this must have been a waterfall, but it is more famous for the Blue Stairs of Nusa Penida. This amazing photospot is one of the best places to see in Nusa Penida when you ask me. The narrow and steep blue stairs will lead you all the way down to the the ocean about 80 meter below where they built a temple. There is an underground river that drops into the ocean and there are a couple man made pools to chill in. When I climbed down the stairs I saw over 50 manta rays from up here! Stay focused on the ocean and you will for sure spot a couple if they are around.
6. Spot travel nusa penida: Puncak Mundi
This is the highest point on the island and more than 500 meter above sea level. It can be reached by scooter and a short hike. It is located in the middle of the island and a cool thing to do when you pass by. The views across the island and the ocean are great on a clear day. There is also a temple that can be visited.
7. Spot travel nusa penida: Kelingking Beach hike
Admiring the view from above and taking endless pictures is already a fantastic experience but it can get crowded up there. I arrived around 3.00pm and only left after sunset and these times it was not too bad. There is an incredible steep staircase down to the beach and as this hike is not for the faint-hearted you understand it is not busy down at the beach at all. Once you reach this incredibly unspoiled spot you have the beach for yourself. What to do in Nusa Penida? Hike down to Kelingking Beach! It will take 45 minutes one way but it is one of the best things to do in Nusa Penida.
8. Spot travel nusa penida: Kelingking Beach viewpoint
When it comes down to most instagrammable spots in Nusa Penida the dinosaur shaped Kelingking Beach or Secret Point Beach is for sure number one. When I reached this spot I had no clue what was coming and then I suddenly looked down on that beautifully green rockformation sticking out of the deep blue ocean, the white sand beach 100 meters down below and the massive limestone cliffs on my right! Damn I totally understand why this is one of the best places to see in Nusa Penida.
9. Spot travel nusa penida: Broken Beach
Just a couple minutes walk from Angel’s Billabong you will find the remains of what once was a massive cave. Long time ago the roof collapsed and now this walled bay can only be accessed through a hole in the rockformation. This spectacular place is definitely one of the best places to see in Nusa Penida. If you have time continue your hike along the rough coastline with its massive cliffs.
10. Spot travel nusa penida: Angel’s Billabong
To get here is a pain in the ass, but after you suffered for at least an hour on your motorbike you found a magical spot. This natural pool seems the perfect spot to swim but be careful. Unfortunately a bunch of people died here already when massive waves slam into the natural pool and drag people back into the ocean down below. Try not to come here in the morning or at the end of the day as this spot is always part of a Nusa Penida day trip, around mid day this place is not too busy.