NUSA PENIDA Guide (West) plus Best Tips

Nusa Penida Guide

Welcome to this Nusa Penida guide, where paradise meets adventure, especially in the western region of this stunning Indonesian island gem!

I was lucky enough to visit this untamed part of the island on a day tour, and boy do I have some great tips to share with you in this drool-worthy Nusa Penida guide to the western part of this wonderful paradise island.

Nestled southeast of Bali, this small stunning island approximately 1/29 the size of Bali, is a playground for travelers seeking unspoiled beaches, breathtaking landscapes, and unforgettable experiences. Nusa Penida is easily one of the best Bali wonders!

Many of the best places to visit in Nusa Penida are located on the western side of the beautiful island. It’s a haven for nature lovers, thrill-seekers, and beach bums alike, offering a unique blend of relaxation and excitement.

From the towering cliffs of Kelingking Beach to the crystal-clear waters of Crystal Bay, the western part of Nusa Penida is a postcard-perfect scene waiting to be explored. Whether you’re a beach lover looking to soak up the sun on the pristine sandy shores or an adrenaline junkie ready to take on the challenging hikes and cliff jumps, Nusa Penida has something for everyone.

One of the highlights of the western part of the island is the famous Angel’s Billabong, a natural infinity pool carved into the rocks. Here, you can swim in the emerald-green waters, bask in the warm sun, and snap envy-inducing photos that will make your Instagram followers green with envy.

But keep in mind, the beauty of Nusa Penida isn’t just limited to its beaches and cliffs. The island is also home to lush jungles, hidden waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds, monkeys, and even the elusive manta rays that call the waters surrounding the island home.

If you happen to find yourself basking in the beauty of Bali, put the wild wonders of the western part of Nusa Penida Island high on your agenda. Whether you’re craving some serious R&R, a heart-pounding thrill, or a mix of both, this magical oasis has got you covered.

Get ready for this Nusa Penida guide to unlock the secrets of the western side of Nusa Penida – it’s gonna be one helluva ride!

Best Nusa Penida Tip 1: If you want to go on a Nusa Penida tour as part of a day trip on a guided tour, then you can try your luck to save a significant amount of money by booking your tour late in the evening, for a next day visit. I did this and saved a decent amount of money. For instance, the cost advertised at the time in Seminyak when I went was 1.2 million. At about 10 pm one night, the sales guy behind a tour counter tempted me with a Nusa Penida tour price of 800. I said I’d go if the price was 700. He then wanted to split it. I agreed and so I only paid 750 to visit Nusa Penida. Bargain!!!

Best way to visit Nusa Penida: A Guide

When it comes to getting to Nusa Penida, in this Nusa Penida guide, you’ve got two choices: be a lone wolf and buy your own ferry ticket, or join the ranks of the adventurous and sign up for a preplanned tour. Let’s face it, there’s something exciting about being part of a group – it’s like being in a real-life episode of Survivor, except with less drama (hopefully).

On the other hand, if you choose the Nusa Penida tour option, not only do you get the ferry ride thrown in, but you also get the added bonus of having a guide to show you around the island. It’s like having your own personal GPS, but with more local knowledge and probably a better sense of direction.

The 45 minute ferry trip to Nusa Penida from Sanur is a cool experience in itself, but be prepared for some potential sea sickness if you’re not a seasoned sailor and the sea is rough.

Once you arrive on Nusa Penida, you’ll pass through the entrance gate where your ticket will be inspected. Keep an eye out for the cool sign that says “Welcome to Nusa Penida: The Blue Island Paradise.” It’s like a warm hug from the island itself, welcoming you to its rugged charm and stunning beauty.

Nusa Penida Entrance Gate with Welcome to Nusa Penida Sign

So take your pick, choose your adventure, and get ready to explore the wonders of Nusa Penida!

As I gazed out at the sparkling waters, I couldn’t help but notice the long pier in the distance, like a beacon calling out to adventurers and beach bums alike. The anticipation of hopping on that ferry and setting sail for Nusa Penida filled me with a mix of excitement and curiosity.

The water was dotted with boats of all shapes and sizes, each one seemingly beckoning us to come aboard and explore. It was like a floating parking lot, except instead of cars, there were colorful vessels bobbing up and down with the gentle waves.

Nusa Penida Beach with many boats

As we embarked on our journey in SUV type vehicles, little did I know that this would be the start of an epic day out in paradise. From amazing sightseeing to lounging on pristine beaches, Nusa Penida had it all.

The only downside? Regretting not staying longer on this slice of heaven on earth.

Is it worth staying in Nusa Penida?

Hell, yeah! A day trip to Nusa Penida is a fantastic day out, but really, staying for at least one or two nights on the paradise island is a much smarter move to make. Three nights in Nusa Penida is even better. Personally, I probably wouldn’t stay for four or five nights in Nusa Penida, but that would still be fantastic thing to do.

Some Nusa Penida guide recommendations do suggest staying for 3 to 5 nights, and I won’t disagree with them, because the island is incredible! The island is just like the welcome sign says: The Blue Island Paradise.

Best Nusa Penida Tip 2: Looking to add some adventure to your Bali trip? Forget the crowded beaches on the mainland and head over to Nusa Penida! Trust me, a day trip just won’t cut it here – you need at least two nights in Nusa Penida to truly embrace the island’s charm. And let me tell you, once you set foot on Nusa Penida, the only competition for the best beach destination experience in Bali could only be the beautiful Uluwatu coastline. Now, if you’re curious about Uluwatu, be sure to check out my Uluwatu Bali Guide for the Best Short Stay Experience.

If I had to choose just one piece of advice from this Nusa Penida guide, it would be this: stay for more than just a day! Trust me, once you step foot on this paradise island, you’ll find it super hard to leave.

Great Places to Stay in Nusa Penida: Accommodation Tips

Accommodation close to Kelingking Beach (150m from beach): Kelingking Mesari Villa and Spa

Accommodation close to Crystal Bay: Griyatama Bungalow

Angel’s Lagoon in Nusa Penida

Hidden away on the mystical island of Nusa Penida, there was a magical place known as Angel’s Billabong. Legend has it that this natural rock pool was created by angels themselves, who wanted a tranquil spot to relax and unwind from their celestial duties. Angel’s Billabong is unlike any other swimming hole you have ever seen.

Angels Billabong with Beautiful Asian Girl in front

The crystal-clear waters glisten in the sunlight, inviting visitors to take a dip in its refreshing embrace. But be warned – this enchanting pool is not for the faint of heart. On occasion the currents can be strong, and the sharp rocks lying beneath the surface are rumored to be inhabited by mischievous water spirits.

Rumor has it that if you visit Angel’s Billabong on a full moon, you may catch a glimpse of the elusive water nymphs dancing in the moonlight. But also beware, for they are known to play tricks on unsuspecting travelers, leading them astray in the labyrinthine caves that surround the pool.

Despite its otherworldly beauty, Angel’s Billabong is a place of mystery and danger. But for those brave enough to venture into its depths, a truly unforgettable adventure awaits. So pack your bags, don your swimsuit, and prepare yourself for a swim like no other at Angel’s Billabong in Nusa Penida. Just don’t forget to bring your sense of wonder – you’ll need it to navigate this magical realm.

Angels Billabong Nusa Penida

Ever wondered where all the swimmers disappear to in those pristine Nusa Penida photos? Well, when you go on a Nusa Penida day trip with a tour guide, you’ll quickly realize that all the tourists flood in at the same time like a swarm of bees.

Luckily for every photographer, they don’t allow anyone to take a dip in Angel’s Billabong during the rush hour of visitors. It’s chaos, I tell you! And that means, no one would be able to get a good shot!

Best Nusa Penida Tip 3 for Angel’s Billabong: Want to have Angel’s Billabong all to yourself? Avoid the crowds by pulling a sneaky and staying the night in Nusa Penida. Wake up at the crack of dawn and bam – you’ve got your very own private swimming hole. Just watch out for any angels trying to photobomb your perfect shot!

Tourists standing on rock cliff at Angels Billabong

Broken Beach: The Natural Archway

Broken Beach in Nusa Penida is like stepping into a surreal and otherworldly paradise. This natural wonder is a hidden gem, known for its jaw-dropping beauty and unique landscape. Imagine towering cliffs that form a circular cove with crystal-clear turquoise waters below.

The real showstopper is the natural archway that has been carved out by the powerful forces of the ocean, creating a stunning rock formation that resembles a broken piece of the Earth’s crust. It’s like nature’s own work of art, a masterpiece that will leave you in awe.

Broken Beach in Nusa Penida

But that’s not all. Broken Beach is also home to an abundance of marine life, making it a perfect spot for snorkeling and diving. Swim among colorful coral reefs and schools of vibrant fish, or simply relax on the pristine white sand and soak up the sun.

To top it all off, the view from the cliffs overlooking Broken Beach is nothing short of breathtaking. Watch as the waves crash against the rocks below, sending spray into the air. It’s a truly mesmerizing experience that will stay with you long after you’ve left. So if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure in Nusa Penida, make sure to visit Broken Beach. It’s a place that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

You can check out a short video of Broken Beach below for a quick glimpse into this spectacular archway marvel.

Best Nusa Penida Tip 4 for Broken Beach: I didn’t realise it at the time, but you can actually walk over the natural archway at Broken Beach. As part of our tour group, I don’t think we were given the opportunity to do this, or enough time to do it, but boy, oh boy, I wish I could have walked over it. It’s another reason why you should stay on Nusa Penida, with enough time to do your own thing.

Kelingking Beach: The Ultimate Nusa Penida Paradise

Imagine standing on the edge of a rugged cliff, the salty ocean breeze whipping through your hair and the sound of crashing waves echoing below. Before you lies one of the most breathtaking views on earth – Kelingking Beach.

This hidden gem in Bali’s Nusa Penida island is a paradise untouched by time, a pristine stretch of white sand framed by towering limestone cliffs and crystal-clear turquoise waters. As you gaze out at this natural masterpiece, you can’t help but feel like you’re in a scene from a dream.

Every angle offers a picture-perfect moment, from the dramatic rock formations jutting out of the sea to the vibrant green hills rolling in the distance.

Kelingking Beach Nusa Penida Indonesia

It’s no wonder that this spot has become a Mecca for Instagrammers and photographers seeking to capture its unspoiled beauty. But the real magic of Kelingking Beach lies not just in its aesthetics, but in the sense of awe and wonder it inspires in all who visit. Standing on that cliff, overlooking the vast expanse of ocean and sky, you can’t help but feel small in the grandeur of nature.

It’s a humbling experience that reminds you of the power and beauty of the world around us. So, if you ever find yourself in Bali, don’t miss the chance to visit Kelingking Beach. It’s a place that will leave you speechless, that will fill your soul with a sense of wonder and gratitude. And who knows, maybe you’ll even capture the perfect Instagram shot to share with the world.

Kelingking Beach the best view in Nusa Penida

Then there is Kelingking Beach itself, like a secret treasure waiting to be discovered by only the most adventurous of travelers. As you make your way down the steep and winding cliffside path, you’ll feel like you’re embarking on a dangerous quest to find the lost city of Atlantis. But fear not, brave explorer, for the stunning views of the turquoise waters and rugged cliffs below are worth every heart-pounding moment.

Your reward for conquering this treacherous journey is a pristine white sand beach surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, creating a picture-perfect backdrop for your Instagram feed.

Best Nusa Penida Tip 5 for Kelingking Beach: Who wouldn’t hike down to Kelingking Beach – unless you’re on a guided tour, in which case you’re out of luck! The hike down takes about 45 minutes to an hour, so don’t expect your group to wait for you if you decide to venture off on your own. That’s right, if you want to set foot on those white sandy shores, you’ll have to break free from the pack and make your own way down. So why not stick around on Nusa Penida for a night or two and explore at your own pace? You never know what hidden gems you might discover when you ditch the tour guide and go rogue!

Most tourists are satisfied with capturing stunning photos of themselves while enjoying the breathtaking view of Kelingking Beach. This place is crawling with tourists, especially stunning ladies who are clearly in on the secret of this hidden gem. Get ready for some serious people-watching while you soak in the breathtaking views.

Crystal Bay in Nusa Penida

Crystal Bay in Nusa Penida is where the crystal-clear waters beckon you to dive in and splash around like a carefree mermaid! This secluded paradise is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, offering a slice of serenity and beauty that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

As you approach the shore, the vibrant emerald green hues of the water will captivate your senses and lure you in for a swim. The sandy beach is soft and inviting, perfect for lounging in the warm sun and going for a walk along the beautiful shoreline.

Crystal Bay Beach Nusa Penida

During my visit to Crystal Bay, I couldn’t resist the temptation to plunge into the sparkling waters and feel the cool embrace of the ocean around me. To my surprise, the guys manning the change rooms asked for a small fee to enter when I wanted to put on my bathers. I honestly can’t remember been charged to use a change room before, but I shrugged it off as part of the unique charm of Crystal Bay.

The experience of swimming in the crystal-clear waters and basking in the sun on the soft sand was well worth it. So if you’re looking for a fun and amusing adventure that will leave you feeling like a beach-loving God or Goddess, head to Crystal Bay in Nusa Penida. Trust me, the magical allure of this hidden gem is not to be missed!

Swimmers at Crystal Bay Nusa Penida

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, the real magic lies just beyond the shoreline, where the rocky island (Pura Batu Mejinong Island), in the middle of the bay stands like a majestic guardian watching over the peaceful waters. This amazing view alone is reason enough to visit Crystal Bay.

Rocky Island called Pura Batu Mejinong Island In the center of Crystal Bay

Best Nusa Penida Tip 6 for Crystal Bay: This beach is a great place to finish your day out in Nusa Penida. For my Nusa Penida tour of the island, this was our final stop before departing the island. If you can, try and wear your bathers under other clothing when visiting Nusa Penida. That way you don’t have to waste time in the change room. It will give you more time at the beach.

Nusa Penida: The West Coast Experience

The wild and rugged west coast of Nusa Penida is where adventure awaits around every corner! One of the must-see attractions on the west coast is the stunning Angel’s Billabong, a natural infinity pool that will take your breath away. Go for a dip and wander in the pool, all while being surrounded by towering cliffs and crashing waves. Trust me, you are super lucky if you do!

But that’s not all – the west coast of Nusa Penida is also home to the famous Kelingking Beach, also known as T-Rex Beach due to its resemblance to a dinosaur. Take a hike down the steep cliffs to reach the pristine white sands below, where you can relax and soak up the sun in complete seclusion.

Compare that to the east coast attractions of Nusa Penida like Atuh Beach and Diamond Beach – sure, they’re beautiful, but is it in the same league as the west coast of Nusa Penida? Well, you’ll probably have to stay on Nusa Penida for a few days to compare and decide for yourself.

The west coast is said to offer a more authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience, perfect for those looking to truly connect with nature. So what are you waiting for? When you are in Bali, head to the west coast of Nusa Penida for an unforgettable adventure that you’ll be thinking about for years to come. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Best Nusa Penida Tip 7: For my final tip, if you are planning to go to Bali for your Honeymoon, staying in Nusa Penida is an absolute must! Spending a few days on the island of Nusa Penida will probably turn out to be the biggest highlight of your entire Honeymoon in Bali. I wouldn’t suggest spending your entire time on the island, but definitely at least a few days.

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