Rolling green rice fields, sandy beaches, and majestic mountains, there is no escaping Bali’s eternal beauty. But did you know that some of the most beautiful scenery in Bali is not actually located in Bali? That’s right! Bali’s petite neighbour, Nusa Penida, is home to jaw-dropping vistas that will leave you speechless. Read on to find out how to get to Nusa Penida… and what to do once you get there!
Introducing Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is one of three small islands located just off the coast of Bali, the other two being Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Administratively and culturally, all three islands are a part of Bali, so you can expect to see Balinese temples, offerings and ceremonies on these islands, too.
While Nusa Penida is the largest of the three, it is still a petite island, measuring around 30 kilometres from end to end. Though this trio of islands is becoming increasingly popular, the threesome still remains far less developed compared to mainland Bali. In other words, this is the perfect setting for slipping into laidback island time!
How to get to Nusa Penida
The only way to reach Nusa Penida from Bali is by hopping on a boat. Getting there is easy, as there are several companies servicing the route, with boats departing from early morning until late in the afternoon. The travel time between Bali and Nusa Penida is about 45 minutes. The short transit time means a day trip to the island is not out of the question, although many travellers choose to stay overnight.
In Bali, boats depart from Sanur harbour, which is located about 45 minutes from Seminyak. (Alternatively, you could also depart from the eastern port of Padang Bai.) If you’re looking to visit Nusa Penida during your stay in Chandra Villas, our concierge team will be happy to assist with the logistics.
Nusa Penida highlights
From epic beaches to stunning clifftops, these are the main attractions in Nusa Penida. Make sure to keep your phone and camera fully charged as you will want to take lots of photos!
Kelingking Beach is arguably the most famous spot on Nusa Penida. In fact, the incredible rock formation the beach is known for has become one of the most photographed locations in Bali! The beach itself is a paradise stretch of white sand, framed by an imposing cliff in the shape of a T-Rex.
Angel’s Billabong is a beautiful natural rockpool carved into Nusa Penida’s rugged coastline. The pool is best described as nature’s very own infinity pool, with mother nature painting the water a mesmerising shade of turquoise blue. Note that the beautiful scenery is best enjoyed from afar as high tides and strong currents can make swimming here a dangerous sport.
Atuh Beach is probably the most beautiful beach on Nusa Penida – and that’s saying something about an island known for its natural splendour! Here, a crescent-shaped beach covered in white sand hugs a turquoise ocean lagoon. Getting there might be tricky as the roads can be bumpy, to say the least, but the postcard-ready views more than make up for the effort.
Snorkelling & scuba diving
Nusa Penida is a popular destination for snorkelling and diving trips. The waters surrounding the island are great for exploring the local marine life – you might even be lucky enough to swim around with some manta rays! Two of Bali’s most famous diving spots are actually located in Nusa Penida. Crystal Bay is known for its mola mola sightings and you can probably guess what Manta Point is famous for!
Beach clubs & dining
If you’re not an adrenaline junkie, don’t worry – it’s not all nature adventures and scuba diving! Nusa Penida also offers a great setting for relaxing in true island style. There are quite a few beach bars and restaurants dotted along the shoreline. Coco Penida, Secret Penida Beach Club and Virgin Beach are some of the most popular options for sipping a fresh coconut while gazing out at the clear blue ocean.
Ready to explore Nusa Penida? Our team will be happy to help with all the arrangements and welcome you back to Chandra Villas after your island adventure. Our past guests really said it best: “If you want the best holiday in Bali, stay at Chandra Villas and do day trips to other places. Chandra is the best!”