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Nusa Penida Tourism

The hidden treasure of Indonesia, Nusa Penida is the most exotic of the three Nusa Islands and is relatively less traveled. Located in the Klungkung district, it is a little off the shores of Bali. It is a hidden gem boasting rugged landscapes, pristine beaches, and breathtaking natural beauty. Catering to adventurers and nature enthusiasts, Nusa Penida offers a serene escape from the bustling tourist spots of Bali.

Nusa Penida is renowned for its dramatic cliffs, jaw-dropping viewpoints, and crystal-clear waters. Kelingking Beach, with its iconic T-Rex-shaped cliff and turquoise waters, is a must-visit. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts are in for a treat with vibrant marine life and coral reefs surrounding Nusa Penida island. Crystal Bay offers excellent snorkeling opportunities, allowing visitors to swim alongside manta rays and colorful fish in crystal-clear waters. For those seeking tranquility, Atuh Beach is a serene haven. Its secluded location and stunning scenery make it an ideal spot to relax and unwind away from the crowds.

Nusa Penida is larger than its two sister islands, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, with improved tourist infrastructure. The nature of the cliff formation, as well as the number of Hindu temples on this island, makes it more picturesque than its sister. Nusa Penida's rugged charm and unspoiled landscapes make it an adventurer's paradise, offering a unique and authentic experience away from the more touristy spots of Bali. Boats regularly move from mainland Bali to the three Nusa Islands, Nusa Penida being the last stop. Many people visit Nusa Penida on a day trip from Bali, but it is worth spending a few days here.

Must Know Before You Travel to Nusa Penida

  • Ferry from Bali: The only way to reach Nusa Penida from Bali is by ferry or speedboat. Sanur and Padang Bai are the main piers from Bali, where ferries and boats can be availed to get to Nusa Penida. Ferries operate from Sanur between 7 AM and 10 AM and 2 PM and 5 PM. It costs around IDR 300,000 for roundtrip.
  • From South Bali: If you're in areas like Kuta, Seminyak, or Denpasar, head to Sanur Harbor. It's about a 30-40 minute drive from these locations.
  • From East Bali: If you're closer to areas like Ubud or Candidasa, Padang Bai Harbor is a convenient option, about an hour's drive from Ubud.
  • Ferry from Tanjong Benoa: Ferries operate to Nusa Penida from Tanjong Benoa on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It is available only one time per day.
  • Where to Buy Ticket: Arrive at the harbor early to purchase your boat ticket to Nusa Penida. Tickets can be bought directly at the harbor from various operators, but booking in advance during peak seasons is advisable.
  • Tourist Fee: There is an entrance fee for tourists visiting Nusa Penida, which you have to pay when getting off the boat. It gives you entry to all 3 Nusa islands - Penida, Lembongan, and Ceningan. It also includes entry to all main attractions and beaches of Nusa Penida
    Adult: 25000 IDR
    Child: 15000 IDR
  • Getting Around: Apps like Grab and Go-Jek are not available. You can rent a motorbike or scooter for around 75000 IDR per day. Renting a car with or without a driver is also a good option
  • Carry Cash: It is recommended to bring cash when traveling to Nusa Penida, as the ATMs are few and can be out of money due to the large number of people traveling to the island at any given time.
  • During peak season, the most popular accommodation options can easily be booked out on the island. It is recommended that you book your stay well in advance.

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Budget for Nusa Penida

Ferry from Bali: Rp 150,000 per person
Transportation on Nusa Penida Island: Rp 85,000 for bike or Rp 632,000 for car
Lunch: Rp 35,000 per person

Things to do in Nusa Penida

  • Trekking on Mundi Hill is one of the most exciting treks to do in Nusa Penida. The Puncak Mundi is the highest point on this island, making it an adventurous trek till the top.
  • Mountain biking along the coastline can also be a great opportunity for visitors to see the beautiful beaches and indulge in scenic photography!
  • Nusa Penida Day tours such as East Penida Tour, West Penida Tour and Nusa Penida Snorkeling trip can be good full-day activities led by certified tour guides, making sure that you visit all the important places on this island.

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How to Reach Nusa Penida

How to Reach Overview

Getting to Nusa Penida, a stunning island off the coast of Bali, requires a combination of land and sea transportation. At Sanur or Padang Bai Pier, you'll find several ferry and fast boat operators offering trips to Nusa Penida. Fast boats are quicker, taking around 30-45 minutes, while ferries might take 1-1.5 hours. Ferry schedules can vary and might be less frequent. Once you have your ticket, proceed to the designated departure area and check-in for your boat. Be mindful of your departure time and arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure.

Local transport in Nusa Penida

The most convenient way to commute within the island is through scooters. However, scooters can get uncomfortable for tourists due to rocky and sandy terrain. Moreover, scooters can be impractical for larger groups that consist of more than 2-3 people. Therefore, it is recommended that visitors hire cars since they are more comfortable and can easily accommodate around 4-5 people. Car and bike rentals are available as soon as the visitors enter the island, and renting a car costs around RP 550,000 while bikes would cost around RP 75,000 which is approximately the same amount for a one-way taxi ride. Therefore, the most practical and convenient way of commuting within this island is through rented cars.

Most frequently searched routes to Nusa Penida

Route Name Distance Time
Bali to Nusa Penida 52.7 km 30 min to 2 hrs
Ubud to Nusa Penida 39.5 km 1-2 hours
Nusa-lembongan to Nusa Penida 11.2 km 15-30 mins
Gili-trawangan to Nusa Penida 68.7 km 3 to 5 hrs

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Atuh Beach - Also Called as Pantai Atuh
Popular Blue Lagoon Cliff Jumping
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Who should visit Nusa penida?

  • Wildlife enthusiasts
  • Scuba divers or snorkelers
  • Trekkers or backpackers

What is the best time to visit Nusa penida?

Although the island is open to tourists throughout the year, the best time to visit Nusa Penida is from May to September. This is because the windy and dry season allows visitors to comfortably explore this island. One should avoid travelling to Nusa Penida during November and January due to heavy rainfall and extreme humidity during these months.
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What is the local food in Nusa penida?

The growing tourism in Nusa Penida has led to a variety of eateries opening up on this island. A few that are common are Penida Colada, Warung Pondok, Ohana’s, Dapur Kue Hamzah’s, Warung Jukung that offer a range of authentic Balinese and Indonesian food while also catering to modern cuisines.  
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What are the places near Nusa penida?

The top places near to Nusa penida are Surabaya which is 113 km from Nusa penida, Bali which is located 321 km from Nusa penida, Jakarta which is located 628 km from Nusa penida, Lombok which is located 460 km from Nusa penida, Bandung which is located 519 km from Nusa penida

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