Nusa Penida is a 45-minute boat ride from mainland Bali and is perhaps the most untouched of the three Nusa Islands. It is no surprise that the island is growing in popularity as backpackers discover the rugged beauty of Nusa Penida’s coastline. No doubt you have already seen the postcard image of Bali: Kelingking beach from Nusa Penida itself.
There are three Nusa Islands: Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida. All amazing in their own right and if you are heading out to the Nusa Islands I recommend leaving enough time to visit all three.
Today I will be giving you a detailed itinerary of things to do in Nusa Penida on a single day trip. If you have time I recommend 1 to 2 nights on Penida to make the most of the island.
Things to do in Nusa Penida on a day trip
If you’re planning a day trip to Nusa Penida, you will only be able to explore one side of the island. Chances are that Kelingking Beach is a must-see for you, as it is with every traveller (myself included). This is a guide on things to do in the north of Nusa Penida on a day trip.
For a day trip to Nusa Penida, you have two options.
You can take a guided tour from Sanur, Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningan.
Alternatively, you can take a boat to Nusa Penida then hire a bike from the harbour.
For experienced bike riders, I would take the second option. This is what you can expect when hiring a bike on Nusa Penida.
Below are the best things to do in Nusa Penida on a day trip.
My 1 spot on Nusa Penida is Kelingking Beach. Kelingking beach is a picture-perfect destination with secluded, white sandy beach with turquoise waters. The shape of the steep cliffs and headland surrounded Kelingking beach make it a photographers paradise.
From the lookout at the top of Kelingking Beach, you can capture some amazing photos and will come across many other amazing viewpoints on the way down.
The hike down to the beach will take between 30-45 minutes. It can get congested and is extremely steep so take this hike with ease.
Once you reach Kelingking Beach you will be at one of the most pristine, secluded beaches in the world. If you are lucky you will be able to spot Mantra’s as they enjoy the turquoise waters surrounded Kelingking Beach, just another reason why I love this part of Nusa Penida.
Kelingking Beach should be classed as one of the natural wonders of the world.
Another picturesque sight on the rugged coastline of Nusa Penida. The natural arch formation in the cliff allows the ocean to flow into a pool. Unfortunately, you can’t swim here, but it is great for photos.
Like the beach, the locals refer to the road into Broken Beach as “broken”. This section of the road is one of the worst on the island, so be prepared to go slow and steady.
Broken beach is just a few minutes away from Angel’s Billabong.
Make sure you check out Angels Billabong when you are in the Broken Beach area. Angels Billabong is a natural pool framed by rock cliffs & an arch.
If you’re looking to get away from the tour buses and hordes of tourists (which you can expect in the locations above), I suggest a trip to Seganing Waterfall. As we left Kelingking Beach we saw the sign to Seganing Waterfall and decided to check it out. Just one of the benefits of hiring a bike instead of taking a tour.
As you arrive you will reach the side of the cliff where you can expect amazing views. The waterfall is a steep and strenuous 25 minutes hike each way and is located at the bottom of the cliff. The waterfall is a series of small waterfalls that flow into a shallow pond then out to the ocean. Visiting Seganing Waterfall was a great experience but if you are short on time, you could skip this as it wasn’t the most impressive waterfall I have been to.
Even if you don’t have time to hike, I would still recommend visiting the top of the waterfall location to enjoy a coconut. The view is very impressive.
If you’re looking for a beach with easy access to enjoy a swim, Crystal Bay is for you. Crystal Bay could be the final stop on your day trip to Nusa Penida, but if you are short on time, don’t stress. The places listed above are more impressive.
If you plan on doing all of these in one day in Nusa Penida, you will need a full day. I would recommend taking the boat over from Nusa Lembongan in the early morning (7.30am) and back in the late afternoon (5 pm).
Expect to be exhausted after this full day of adventure, but equally as impressed by what you have experienced.
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