A 3-Day Guide to Nusa Penida, The hidden jewel of Bali
Nusa Penida is my favourite Island ever! Bali itself is beautiful, however Nusa Penida is even more breathtaking. There are cliffs, manta rays, beautiful beaches and much more. It is a small island, but it has loads to offer! This 3-Day guide will take you to the best places on Nusa Penida.
- How to get around
- Where to stay
- Day 1 – Kelingking Beach and Crystal Bay
- Day 2 – Snorkeling, Angels Billabong and Broken Beach
- Day 3 – Atuh Beach and Three House
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How to get around on Nusa Penida
The best way to get around on Nusa Penida is by motorbike. Driving a motorbike on the island gave me the feeling I was playing a Mario Kart game. Because of the many curves, height differences and gorgeous views.
You can rent a motorbike at almost any hotel. If you have little experience driving a motorbike, Nusa Penida is the perfect destination to learn how to do it.
The main roads are well-paved and maintained. On the other hand, when you go off the main road, the road often becomes very rocky and sometimes even sandy. Make sure to drive slowly here and only use your rear brake, that way you have the most control over your motorbike. For the best driving experience I would advise you to rent one motorbike per person.
With two people on one motorbike, the bike is going to be too heavy to be able to drive through those rocky and sandy paths without damaging the bottom of the motorbike or to drive up very steep hills.
You can already rent a motorbike for €3 per day. Every rental place has a different fee per day but they are often very flexible and you can negotiate a price. The longer you rent a motorbike the cheaper it gets per day, so renting a motorbike for a longer period is cheaper.
Where to stay Nusa Penida
In Nusa Penida there are many hotels that offer accommodation. Many hotels are located in the north side of the island. For these three days I would recommend you to stay at some place close to the main road. Like the crazy cool hotel we stayed in! Fortunately, almost any place works well because the island is very small.
3-Day Nusa Penida Itinerary
Now you know how to get around and where to stay, it’s time to talk about everything Nusa Penida has to offer. This 3-day itinerary explains per day which activities you can do and how to combine them. Furthermore, it serves as a rough planning and as a source of inspiration for you when you visit the island. 😊
Day 1 – Kelingking Beach and Crystal Bay
On the first day we are going to explore Kelingking Beach! You have probably already seen this T-Rex Rock formation in many photos on Instagram. And in reality it is even more beautiful as it looks on all those pictures.
Kelingking itself is a huge cliff with a beach blow it. The shape of the cliff looks like a t-rex, hence the nickname. The viewpoint offers er great lookout over this cliff and the bright turquoise sea. You can even spot manta rays in the water!
When you arrive at the cliff you can park your motorbike and walk down a small path to reach the viewpoint. Parking and going to the viewpoint are both free of charge.
There is no particular recommended season to visit Kelingking Beach, as it is beautiful all year round.
To reach this beach you can climb down a very adventurous path. This is at your own risk because it is not secure. It is a very steep path and the only things you can hold onto are some bamboo sticks and a few ropes.
When we were here we didn’t know this road was actually very dangerous to climb, so we went down. At first this was so pretty fine, it wasn’t that steep. But about half-way we really had to climb down on rocks at a 90 degrees. While we were climbing this heavy path, people that came from the beach and wanted to get up again had to pass us. So it was also very crowded.
I would not recommend you to go down to the beach, but instead just enjoy the view from the top of the cliff.
After a visit to the T-Rex, it is time to relax. And what better place to do that then on a beautiful beach. Crystal Bay is a secluded beach on the west side of the island. In total it stretches 200 m in width. The many palm trees that surround the bay are iconic for this beach and create a scenic view. Along with the clear turquoise water.
Don’t forget your goggles and snorkel because this is a great snorkelling spot. You can see huge coral structures, many fish, manta rays and even the occasional Mola-Mola, also known as sunfish.
Crystal Bay is the perfect place to sip a cocktail, snorkel and enjoy the view over this beach! In the evening this is also a great spot to enjoy the sunset.
There is a well paves road that leads to the bay and is takes about 50 minute to drive there from Kelingking Beach.
Day 2 – Snorkeling, Angels Billabong and Broken Beach
On the second day it’s time to discover the underwater treasures of Nusa Penida. There are many companies that offer a snorkelling experience. With a small motorboat you will be taken to multiple snorkelling spots, each with their own character. From swimming with Manta Rays, to underwater statues, enormous fish and turtles. You will not be disappointed. 😉
A snorkelling tour is a very relaxed way to start the second day. I would advice you to book a boat trip starting at sunrise. During the day, more boats arrive at the snorkelling spots, so to make sure you can really enjoy it, I would advice you to go before everyone else.
We booked a tour at Dreaming About Penida and we had the best time! Our captain was loads of fun and adjusted the program to what we wanted to see.
Smoothy bowl at the beach
After an entire morning in the water, you are going to be hungry. So, it’s time for lunch. I’d recommend you to go to Penida Colada Beach Bar. This is a very cute restaurant on the beach with delicious food. They have a wide variety of choices. Everything is super healthy and looks Instagram worthy. I had never tasted such amazing smoothy bowls!
Angles billabong and Broken beach
In the afternoon you go out exploring again! On the west side of the island there are 2 very special places: Angles billabong and Broken beach. They are located beside each other, so it’s great to combine visiting these places.
Angles billabong is a natural pool in between the rocks. When there is little wind, and the water is calm and you can see all the beautiful colours of the lime stones. It almost looks like a rainbow. You can also swim in there during low tide, so don’t forget your bathing suit.
About 100 m further, you can go to Broken Beach. Like the name says, this beach is “broken”. There is a massive hole in the ground and a natural limestone arch over the water. When you look down and look through the arch, you can see the ocean. It is very impressive to see, because you can see how powerful nature is.
Day 3 – Atuh Beach and Three House
Atuh Beach is a wonderful beach to relax and dip in the water. It is located on the East side of the island. You’ll have to drive about 50 minutes, depending on where you stay on the island. This is the perfect drive to practice your motorbike skills and enjoy those Mario Kart roads. The road leading to Atuh beach has incredible views over the ocean, so take your time here. 🙂
There are multiple ways to get to Atuh Beach, but all the roads eventually lead to a path where you can walk down to the beach. Here you can enjoy the white sand, fun restaurants and the blue water.
During high tide Atuh beach is the perfect swimming spot, but do be careful with the currents. During low tide the water gets very shallow and many rocks emerge from the water. This is time it’s fun to search for shells, starfish etc.
Insta tree house
Close by Atuh Beach is the famous Instagram treehouse. This is a small wooden treehouse on the side of a cliff. The view from this treehouse is amazing!
The tree house itself is part of a hotel area, there are 3 or 4 similar treehouses. When you arrive you can park your bike. After paying a small fee of 50 eurocents you can walk down a path that leads to the three house. This path is steep and rocky, so be prepared.
After the climb down, you will reach the three houses. Here you can enjoy the view over the limestone cliffs and the amazing blue water.
Bring enough water because the climb up is quite intense. There is also a little shop at the start of the trail, where you can catch your breath after the climb and enjoy some cooled water.
Nusa Penida is a small island but it is a real treasure map! With hidden gems all over the island! It was my favourite island I have visited so far and that’s why I going back there this November 😍. What are your most excited for on Nusa Penida? Let me know in the comments below😊.
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