Lured by the beautiful pictures I’ve seen in social medias (again!), I finally made a day trip from Bali mainland to Nusa Penida.
Most people spend their holidays on the mainland of Bali, and yes, I will suggest you to do that if it is your first time visiting Bali.
Other than the mainland, on the eastern side of Bali you will find The Nusa Island trios: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. Very much less crowded than the mainland, but I tell you, has one of the most beautiful pristine beaches I’ve ever seen. Pictures can’t do justice, but here’s to give you an idea:
If you have plan to Bali, please put Nusa Penida on your list. The island is a little secluded though (perfect for honeymoon or for couple trip, to be honest!). If quiet time is not your cup of tea, no worries cause you still can do a day trip from mainland Bali to here!
BOAT RIDE FROM MAINLAND TO NUSA PENIDA
To get to Nusa Penida, you have to take a boat.
Most people take the fast boat from Sanur port (30 minutes car ride from Kuta). If you use Google Maps to search Sanur port like I did, it will be a little confusing since it will show you two ports (both in Sanur area). My suggestion is to just search ‘Warung Mak Beng’ (it’s a name of famous restaurant in Sanur), cause the fast boat shops will be just few meters from there.
The price for return boat trip from Sanur to Nusa Penida is Rp 150.000,- (locals). It is available from 07.00 – 15.00. There will be a lot of boat shops along the Sanur port, just go to one of them and find the departure time that suits you. I went with boat from Dwi Manunggal. The journey from Sanur to Nusa Penida took around 45 minutes.
GETTING AROUND NUSA PENIDA
To get around Nusa Penida, you can take motorcycle or car. But I recommend you to use car (I’ll tell you why later!). You can use ‘ojek’ (motorcycle with driver) to get around Nusa Penida also but the price is crazy, costs around Rp 500.000,- per person. Fortunately when we were on the boat, a guy came up to us and offered himself to be our car driver in Nusa Penida. After a little bit of bargaining, we agreed on Rp 500.000,- for car drive to 4 places: Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach, Kelingking Beach, and Crystal Bay. All included, except the entrance tickets. (Komang, Nusa Penida driver: 0823 39980500)
I say don’t worry about finding a driver though, because once you get to the port, there will be a lot of drivers offer you their service. Just try to bargain so you don’t get ripped off for such crazy price.
Another tip: after arriving at a port in Nusa Penida, make sure you reserve the boat for your way back to avoid not getting a seat. The last boat schedule from Nusa Penida (around 4 to 5 PM) to Sanur are usually full.
Our first stop is Angel’s Billabong. Let me warn you that the road from the port to here is rough and rocky! There are many uphills too. It is so bad you can even get a car sick from the bumpy road (thank God for Antimo we had earlier before). This is why I recommend you to use car instead of motorcycle. I saw people struggling with their motorcycle to get to here, they had to push the bike manually because of the rocky road.
Angel’s Billabong is one of the most photographed spot in Nusa Penida, surely. It offers you a natural infinity pool. You can go down to it when the water is not really deep but beware of the sharp rock, and better avoid the edges.
Please be extra careful if you choose to go down there. I read news about people getting injured or even drown because of the high tide and wave from the ocean. Remember, safety comes first.
BROKEN BEACH (PASIH UUG)
You only need to walk and take some stairs from Angel’s Billabong to Broken Beach (Pasih Uug). The walk took around only 10 minutes.
The view is spectacular.
The icon of Nusa Penida, I guess? Cause this place is the one that come up to my mind every time I hear Nusa Penida.
Blame the peninsula that kinda looked like Dinosaur head from above, that is why Kelingking Beach is iconic. Depart early morning from Bali mainland, then you will have time to go down to the beach. Yes, there is path to go down to the beach but you have to take the stairs, took around 30 minutes. The climb back would be more tiring though, probably around an hour.
Just at the same location as Kelingking Beach, you will find this Pohon Cinta. This is actually just a tree. A dead tree. But from a really good angle, you can get really pretty pictures like this one:
The places that I stated above are actually on the west side of Nusa Penida. If you plan to stay for a night, you might as well visit the eastern side of Nusa Penida such as: Atuh Beach, Guyangan Waterfall, or Mushroom Bay. Those three are definitely on my list if I get to visit Penida again!
So, book a flight to Bali right away, shall we?
BUDGET FROM BALI TO NUSA PENIDA (2 pax)
Rp 300.000,- (return boat Sanur-Penida, Rp 150.000 per pax)
Rp 500.000,- (car and driver, gas included)
Rp 30.000,- (entrance tickets, per car)
Rp 830.000,- or Rp 415.000,- per pax
*The price could be lower if you are travelling in a group of 3 or more cause you can split the bill for the car rent. Could be as low as Rp 325.000 for traveling as a group of 3, or Rp 305.000 for traveling as a group of 4.