If you are looking for a new adventure and a place where you can escape from the crowds in Bali, then Nusa Penida is your heaven. It is the largest of the three Nusa islands, which are at a close distance from Bali. The other two are Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, which are linked between one another by a bridge. All of them are located at about 45-50 minute from Sanur.
How to Get to Nusa Penida from Bali
The easiest way to get to Nusa Penida is to take a boat from Sanur. From Sanur, there are many ferry operators to choose from. The fast boat takes around 30-40 minutes and tickets cost 150,000 IDR (≈ 9.50 €) one way or 300,000 IDR (≈ 19 €) round trip.
What to See in Nusa Penida?
Nusa Penida is of the most spectacular and beautiful places not only Bali, but all of Indonesia. I had exactly one complete day at my disposal and my plan included a visit to the four major places on the island.
Broken beach (Pasih Uug)
A magnificent beach with delicate white sand and clear blue water. Surrounded by large rocks, that create the feeling of seclusion.
Getting Around Nusa Penida
Renting a scooter
This is the best way to explore around Nusa Penida. You can grab a scooter for around 60,000 IDR (≈ 4 €) per day and is easily rentable straight from the harbour. You should be extremely careful on the road, due to the potholes and dangerous roads.
If you’re not confident to ride a scooter, you can hire a driver with a car for around 600,000 IDR (≈ 39 €) per day.
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida
There are lot of places to stay on Nusa Penida, especially around the north of the island.
Nuansa Penida Hostel is a wonderful place with a very nice and clean pool. The property is well designed and maintained, and features several dormitories.