Nusa Penida is an island off the coast of Bali that is filled with stunning viewpoints and crystal blue waters. This island was once overlooked by tourists in Bali however it has now turned into one of the top spots to see while in Bali. You could easily spend a few days exploring the island if you want to see all the sights. This island is filled with white sand beaches, breath taking lookouts, and even some tree houses.
During our visit to Bali we ventured to the island of Nusa Penida. We booked a day tour with Balicili that would take you on a private tour around one side of the island starting at 8am and returning to Senur at 4:30 pm. This tour company offers a few different options as to what you can see while on the island. We chose the tour which took us to the iconic Kelingking Cliff, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, and Crystal Bay.
Our day started at 6am where we left our villa in Ubud and traveled down to the coast where a representative met us at the port of Senur. She gave us the boat passes and took our picture for the driver on the island to meet us. At around 8am we then hopped on a “fast boat” that the tour provided. Now one thing to remember before you head to Nusa Penida is the journey there is NOT glamorous. We had to walk down into knee deep water to board the boat. That means we had to lift up all our things so they would not get wet. So I do not recommend wearing nice shoes, bring fancy camera, or even wearing a maxi dress. Then once all 100+ people loaded onto the boat we were off to island. Lucky for us the boat ride was smooth and just over half an hour. Once we landed at the port our journey to shore was not yet over. We then had pile into a smaller boat to take us to shore. See why I don’t recommend wearing a long dress or bringing nice things… We were so thankful once we reached the shore where we were greeted by our own private driver.
I highly recommend taking a tour with your own driver during your visit to Nusa Penida. Although we saw multiple people rent scooters to explore the island I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS (unless you have done this before). I honestly have no idea how they managed to navigate the island on a bike. Since the islands infrastructure is very undeveloped the roads are singled lane and many are unpaved. So please be safe and take this into consideration.
On the other hand, our local guide was so friendly while taking us to all the spot around the island. Not to mention he was an incredible driver. As I mentioned before the islands infrastructure undeveloped so if you are easily car sick or feel uneasy driving on winding or bumpy roads this island might not be a positive experience for you. All the roads on the island seemed to follow all the curves of the island and it felt at time we were doing some “off roading” driving. So it made for an interesting one hour drive to Kelingking beach point. Nonetheless we made it to Kelingking point at around 10:30 am around an hour drive from the port.
This spot was the whole reason I wanted to see Nusa Penida to be honest. I found this stunning image on Pinterest a couple years ago and seconds later visiting this spot was at the top of the bucket list.
So even though it took us four and a half hours to get to this spot from our villa in Bali it was 100% worth it. This view absolutely took my breath away. I felt like I had seen this picture a million times and now I was living in it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I just had to take a million photos to remember this experience. Luckily, our tour guide took us to the best photo spots and even climbed up a tree to take the iconic shot.
Remember it’s nearly impossible to climb down to the beach itself so this spot is more for the pictures. So we had about half hour to enjoy the view and snap as many pictures as we could.
We then hoped back into the van and headed in yet another hour turbulent ride to Angels Billabong and Broken Beach. Again, this spot left me in absolute awe! The water was crystal clear and since the tide was right you could actually go swimming in the inlet.
After a quick dip and more photos we were off for lunch. This tour did not include lunch however they did drive you to a cute little outside restaurant. After our meal we were off to our final destination, Crystal Beach. This beach was a hot spot for all the day tours so it was quite busy. Nonetheless it was still a great end to a fun-filled day exploring the island. After a couple of hours of sun and relaxation we headed back to the port.
Needless to say the sights we saw on Nusa Penida Island left us in awe. The ride to the island may have been long with multiple bumps along the way but it was absolutely worth it. I cannot say enough good things about our tour company. They made accessing the most stunning spots on island a breeze. So if you’re up for the adventure I recommend checking out @balicili for your Nusa Penida tour.
I hope this post inspires you to collect coordinates on Nusa Penida Island.