Nusa Penida is the hidden gem of Bali and here is why you need to visit it.
Nusa is Bali’s offshore Instagram haven
Nusa Penida Island is one of Bali’s offshore islands that many have recently come to love. Home to beautiful rock formations, clear blue waters, a huge array of marine life and dive sides. You can feel the chill vibes all around the island , it’s no wonder why so many people want to experience the island life.
Did we mention almost every corner on the island is an Instagrammer’s dream? Don’t forget to get your 4G SIM card because, wifi can be a hazard sometimes
Read on to find out how to conquer Nusa Penida succesfully!
How to get to the island at first
Since Nusa Penida is an offshore island, you will need to hop onto a boat from the main Bali island to get there.
if you are coming from Denpasar or Canggu the best way is from Sanur Beach the ferry there will take you less then an hour. The speed boat ticket will cost you around IDR 150,000 and these run almost hourly from 7am to 4pm.
small side note: the boats that departe from sanur beach do not have a pier. This means you will have to walk into the water to the boat. Most of the time there are people helping you with you luggage.
so wear a pair of shorts and tuck away your belongings safely.
If you are coming from Munduk or tirtagangga, kusamba maybe the best place to catch a ferry for you.
it will take about 35 minutes to get to the island. it will cost you around IDR 100,000 however this speedboat only departed three times a day (around 07:20, 12:25, 15:30) .
there is not much to see around this small harbor and you maybe the only tourist there, so make sure you’re on time.
luckily at small harbor there is no need to fear wet feet because they have a small pier.
Getting around the island
As soon you get a shore and this will be in Buyuk, you will get overrun by taxi drivers whom will offer you high prices or there own scooter. ( we suggest not to take there scooter )
Here is where you internet will come in handy so make sure you have plenty of Mb’s and downloaded at least one or two offline map!
We hired two scooters at the scooter rental, just one minute walk at your right side as soon you come a shore.
the price was around IDR 70.000 we got them for IDR 60.000 because we rented them for four days.
we hadn’t had anytime planned or booked, we just decided that day we wanted to go to Nusa Penida.
that’s not something we suggest doing, because we didn’t had good internet connection we had no idea where to go.
we drove off, not knowing where too, we where already amazed by the beauty of the island!
at one point we decided to head for crystal bay, because we where just hungry and wanted something to eat. We ended up at Alam Slumbung resturant, ate something and it turned out they had one room left as well, we wanted to know what it might cost and they told us IDR 500,000 we told them it was way to much, we asked if we could pay for our diner and they told us we could have the room for half the price .with this new price (IDR 250.000 incl breakfast) and the pool in mind, we agreed.
Side note, most of the main road got repaid or renewed, this means most and we say explicit most of the rides you take on the island are easy, but some of them are just gravel or filled with potholes and you may take caution driving on those.
Must see on the island
as we where just around the corner of crystal beach we went there to enjoy the sunset.
we arrived at the beach and where amazed by it’s black sand, the beautiful rock formation in the middle of the ocean gave a nice view.
however it feels super touristic, and the only we to walk over the beach is to manouver through all the food stands, because there are allot of them! It didn’t matter we sad down at one of the tables and enjoyed the sunset with a cold drink.
We woke early to catch the sunrise at the treehouse near Atuh beach, this is around an hour drive (by car) we suggest is you want to see the sunrise at this spot and you are not located near it, hire a private driver for ride! the last half hour drive to Utah beach is incredible bumpy because of the road being in a bad shape, it’s will not be a fun ride on a scooter in the middle of the night.
The staircase down to the treehouse is quit a hike, and the boundaries are just made of rope, wear good hiking shoes, it will all be worth it.
After enjoying the sunrise at the viewing point, we went to crystal beach, just a couple of minutes drive and it has the same entrance road as Utah beach, you pay a small fee here for maintainment of the pads.
Getting to crystal beach will be a hike down a staircase again, however they just renewed a big part of it so it will be a quit easy way down (5 minutes) watch your head tho!
Underneath the staircase there will be a small stall with food and drinks and a swing.
you’ll have to go past the stall and adventure down once more, this pad can be quit tricky but fun and offcourse well worth it!
we believed we where there the first for that morning, the sand almost looked polished to us, the light was still soft from the sunrise, we almost couldn’t believe it was real!
Crystal beach is by far one of the prettiest beaches we have ever seen!