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 travellers 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 Nusa Penida day trip itinerary, which will cover all the best things to do in Nusa Penida. If you have time I recommend 1 to 2 nights on Nusa 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. If you plan on doing this, I suggest basing yourself in Nusa Lembongan the night before and after your day trip to 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 more viewpoints on the way down.
The hike down to Kelingking 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 the area.
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.
Hiring a bike for your day trip to Nusa Penida
You do not need to pre-arrange bike hire on Nusa Penida. Upon arrival into the harbour, locals will be there offering bikes for hire. Expect to pay around 75,000 rupees for the day. If you do plan on hiring a bike on Nusa Penida, this is exactly what to expect.
Packing for a day trip to Nusa Penida
For a day trip to Nusa Penida, I recommend packing:
- A hat and sunscreen
- A big bottle of water that you can refill
- Swimmers and a towel
- Suitable footwear
- Cash – ATMs are limited on Nusa Penida and most places only accept cash.
Other places worth checking out on Nusa Penida
If you have the luxury of being able to spend more than one day in Nusa Penida, these are some other places I recommend checking out.
- Attu Beach
- Atuh Beach
- Rumah Pohon Tree House
- Gamat Bay
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