After we visited Nusa Penida and we absolutely loved it there, we put together all the information we wish we knew before and everything you need to know!
Nusa Penida Island, Bali, Indonesia
Nusa Penida is the biggest from the Nusa´s Islands. All of them are really close to each other and from Bali, they are just about 30 minutes by speed boat. The other two Islands are Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
It takes around 1 hour to 1 hour and a half to drive from one side of Nusa Penida to another. Most of the roads are in pretty bad condition and very narrow. And thanks to the growing popularity of this island, the number of cars and bikes is growing as well, so be careful when driving your scooter.
- How to get to Nusa Penida Island
There is no airport, so to get to Nusa Penida, you need to take a speed boat from Bali.
There are two harbors where speed boats are departing from, the most common is Sanur Harbor. Sanur is about half an hour from Bali Airport.
To get to Nusa Penida there are no ferries available, only speed boats so you can´t take your bike or scooter with you, which means you will need to rent one on Nusa Penida.
- How long do I need for visiting Nusa Penida?
This really depends on what you want to see and do on Nusa Penida. There are options like one-day snorkeling trips from Bali or you can stay for two weeks, relax and explore.
You can buy a package or organize for yourself the snorkeling trip when you will get to swim with Mantas (if you are lucky) and see some of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan corals. You can also buy a one-day trip exploring Nusa Penida with your own private car driver and he will take you to the best-known places.
We travel on our own and we love the freedom our scooter gives to us, so we organized everything by ourselves. If you really want to explore the entire Nusa Penida and have some time to relax as well, we would recommend to you 5-7 days.
- To travel to Nusa Penida Island you have two options
You can buy an all-inclusive tour from Bali. It usually includes pickup from your accommodation, drop off at the harbor and they will have the boat tickets for you ready as well. In Nusa Penida, there will be a driver with lunch waiting for you and ready to take you to the most famous spots of Nusa Penida Island. This will cost around 800k IDR (80AUD) per person.
Or you can do it as we did and travel on your own!:) We got our boat tickets in Sanur harbor just 30 minutes before departing.
- How much does it cost to get from Bali to Nusa Penida?
One way ticket on a speed boat is 150k IDR per person (15AUD). Or you can get a two-way open ticket for 300k IDR per person.
When visiting Nusa Penida, you can’t miss either of these places!
1) Broken Beach and Angell’s Billabong
Mother Nature did a spectacular job right here. These two are probably the best-known spots on Nusa Penida, so be prepared, if you will go there during the day, there will be plenty of people.
We went there for sunrise and there was NOBODY around. Both of these wonders you can have just for yourself until approximately 8 am.
When you are arriving, there is a man collecting the entrance fee. We would recommend you to first park your bike there because that´s where Broken Beach is! Enjoy the view you will get to see and then keep going on the bike to the proper parking spots where Angell’s Billabong is. This way you can now just jump into the natural pool and soak everything that’s around you.
Broken Beach is the place that leaves you speechless or maybe with one big WOW.
It’s one of the most picturesque places on Nusa Penida Island. Sheer cliffs created a bridge through which the rough ocean rushes onto an untouched beach. It looks as crazy and beautiful as it sounds!
You can´t enter the beach at the bottom, but you can walk on the bridge and all around to enjoy every angle of this beauty.
- How to get to Broken Beach in Nusa Penida
You can, either way, drive your bike here or rent a private car with a driver. As we said before, our tip is to park your bike just on the side of the road where you will pay the entrance fee and from there it’s just a short walk!
2) Angell’s Billabong
Just next to Broken Beach is another natural wonder! Angell’s Billabong is a distinctive rock formation just on the edge of a steep cliff and a powerful ocean. All together this creates the most unique nature infinity pool we have ever seen and took a dip in!
If you want to attempt to have a swim inside of the Billabong, make sure you are there at low tide. Because as amazing as this place is, it’s even more dangerous, and swimming on the high tide could end up swiping you by a huge unpredictable wave into the rough Indian Ocean. So enjoy this place because it’s once in a lifetime experience but be very careful and research the up to date tide and current situation in advance:)
3) Rumah Pohon - Tree House in Nusa Penida
Rumah Pohon or Tree House Nusa Penida and Thousand Islands View Point are just next to each other. Which makes (same like Broken Beach and Angell´s Billabong) your Nusa Penida tour so much easier!:)
Nusa Penida Rumah Pohon is approximately an hour and a half from the ferry port, on the east side of Nusa Penida Island.
Once you park your bike or car, you will need to climb downstairs which takes just around 10 minutes.
There is an entrance fee and parking fee together 10k IDR (1AUD) per person and includes access to Thousand Island View Point as well.
- What is Rumah Pohon Nusa Penida?
So what to actually expect from this Instagram famous place?
It´s originally an accommodation you can still book for yourself and enjoy a breathtaking view on sunrise just in front of you above Thousand Islands or in Indonesian Pulau Seribu. It would be like your personal Thousand Islands viewpoint! The Tree House is built right on the edge of a cliff with a nonstop ocean breeze.
4) Thousand Islands View Point Nusa Penida (Pulau Seribu)
Thousand Islands viewpoint is another spot that you shouldn’t miss on your Nusa Penida itinerary.
Easy and short enough walk down the cliff will bring you too many lookouts where you can cherish this view from.
A combination of mini limestone islands all different shapes and sizes; the Bali Sea is the perfect shade of blue and hidden beaches are priceless.