After reading a number of posts on Google and talking to other travellers who warned me about hiring a bike on Nusa Penida, I almost took their advice and booked a tour. But the independent traveller inside me decided to hire a bike on Nusa Penida, despite the warnings.
While the roads on Nusa Penida are in fact bad, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t hire a bike, it just means you need to take it nice and slow.
This is everything you need to know about hiring a bike on Nusa Penida.
Getting to Nusa Penida
First of all, how do you get to Nusa Penida to hire a bike? You can catch the fast boat to Nusa Penida from Sanur, or you can take a boat from Nusa Lembongan, which is what I did.
We paid 500,000 rupees ($50 AUD) for three people for a return boat trip to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan. Your hotel / homestay will be able to arrange a boat for you.
Where do you hire a bike on Nusa Penida?
When you arrive at the harbour in Nusa Penida, Toya Pakeh, there will be a number of locals offering bike hire. All you have to do is simply ask a local for bike hire and they will point you in the right direction. Expect to pay around 75,000 rupees (approximately $7.50 AUD) to hire a bike for one day on Nusa Penida.
The roads on Nusa Penida
The roads on Nusa Penida are, as you will be warned, bad. The further you travel from the harbour, the worse the roads get. Expect thin, gravel roads, large potholes and the occasional surprise.
In saying all of this, you can still ride a bike around Nusa Penida Safely. You just need to go slow. Even when the roads appear to be good, you should still drive slow as you never know what is coming up around the corner.
Tips for riding a bike around Nusa Penida
Please note, I would only recommend people with experience riding a bike in other places, to hire a bike on Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is not the place to learn to ride a bike.
Wear a helmet. Just because there are no police, doesn’t mean you don’t need a helmet. Helmets are made to protect your head, and they should be used.
Always take it easy. Your living the island life so why rush? You are better off planning to do less in one day than feeling like you have to speed to get from A to B.
If you do fall, be prepared to take it like a boss. It is unlikely that you will find a doctor or medical service on the island. If you take my advice and wear a helmet and drive slow, the worst that will happen is a grazed knee (hopefully).
That is everything you need to know about hiring a bike on Nusa Penida.
If you are planning a day trip to Nusa Penida, this is my suggested itinerary.