Nusa Penida, the largest among the three stunning islands in the southern coast of Bali, is a rustic and beautiful island perfect for those who want to explore and experience Bali’s hidden beaches, cool waterfalls, and quaint villages without having to worry about large crowds.
Tourists may often prefer Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan over Nusa Penida, but those who give this huge island a shot are often rewarded in spades — virgin beaches, pristine waters, unique rock formations, untamed winds, and challenging roads, and panoramic views await eager visitors. It’s like Bali in the 70’s — quiet, undeveloped, simple, welcoming, and known by the thatched-roof huts. The activities you can do in Nusa Penida are endless — you can explore Atuh Beach, snorkel and dive at Crystal Bay, take Instagram-worthy shots of Billabong, soak in the island’s natural pools, or simply just take in all the stunning sights you see along the way.
Nusa Penida belongs to the Lesser Sunda Islands, southeast of Bali, 20 kilometres from Sanur.
Opening Days and Hours
The island is open anytime.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the island is free.
How to Get There
- If you’re coming from Sanur, avail of boat services from either Mola-Mola Express, Caspla Bali Boat, and Maruti Express. Boat schedules start from 6:00 to 16:00.
- If you’re coming from neighbouring islands, public boats and charter boats are available. Charter boats are considered much safer.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
- Families with kids
Time to Spend
You can spend a day or two exploring the entire island.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Since the island is not as touristy as the other neighbouring attractions, you can visit anytime. The best time to visit Nusa Penida is between the months of April and September.
- Scuba Diving
- Cliff Watching
Fresh, Indonesian seafood delicacies, and other Western dishes are served by different warungs around the island. Sun Sun, Wayen’s Warung, Ulam Segara, Queen Fried Chicken, and Jungle Warung are some of the restaurants to try.
- Nusa Ceningan
- Nusa Lembongan
Guests who wish to stay for another day in the island can find accommodations in various inns and homestays such as Losmen Trang, Kubu Ganesh Guesthouse, Ring Sameton Inn, Rumah Pohon, and Yuda Home Stay. Rates range from USD 10 to USD 25.