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Nusa Penida Guide: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Nusa Penida is a relatively undeveloped island south-east of mainland Bali. You won’t find the snazzy beach clubs, organic cafes or trendy restaurants here, but Nusa Penida is still worthy of a visit. It houses some of the most photogenic sights in Bali.

If you only have one day to spare, don’t worry! A day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali is very doable. You can get to Nusa Penida via a speedboat from Sanur in the morning and come back in the afternoon. But if you want to see the entire Nusa Penida and really enjoy your stay, you would need 2-3 days on the island.

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Nusa Penida - Kelingking Beach from the viewpoint above
Kelingking Beach from the viewpoint above

Brief History of Nusa Penida

Nusa means “island” and Penida means “priests” in Balinese. Therefore, isn’t necessary to refer to the island as “Nusa Penida Island” – it would just be redundant.

The island is known to local Balinese as the black magic island. Long before it became a tourist attraction for its natural beauty, Nusa Penida was once believed by locals to be inhabited by dark spirits, banished to the island by the priests of Bali. However, even with such negative connotation Nusa Penida remains an important religious destination. This is because Bali’s spiritual belief dictates balance in the universe, in which both good and evil are necessary.

Nowadays, Nusa Penida is known mostly for Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach, but you can still visit temples where the dark spirit is worshipped – and kept at bay. I will elaborate more on that below.

Should I go by myself or book a Nusa Penida tour? Total cost breakdown for a day trip to Nusa Penida

If you want to save some money and DIY the trip without a tour (like we did), here is the breakdown of costs to help you decide:

Taxi to SanurRp 75,000 / car one way, depending on where you live
Round Trip Ferry Ticket to Nusa PenidaRp 300,000 / person
(Rp 150,000 / person if you are indonesian)
Transportation in Nusa PenidaRp 75,000 / bike or,
Rp 550,000 / car
Snorkeling RentalRp 50,000 / person
LunchRp 35,000 / person
WaterRp 25,000 / person
Taxi back to hotelRp 75,000 / car one way, depending on where you live

As you can see, the main cost differentiator is your mode of transportation on Nusa Penida. If you are okay with renting a motorbike and driving on your own, I estimate it to cost about Rp 490,000 – 540,000 (US$34 – 37) per person to visit the island for a day trip.

But if you aren’t comfortable on a motorbike, then you would have to rent a car and the cost would go up to Rp 650,000 – 760,000 (US$45 – $54) per person depending on how many people are in your group… which isn’t that much less than going with a tour.

Nusa Penida Day Tours

If you have decided to to go with a Nusa Penida tour, I recommend booking the following tours:

West Nusa Penida Day Tour (most popular) – This is the Nusa Penida tour you should book on your first time to Nusa Penida. It will take you to most of the spots I mentioned below (Kelinking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, and Crystal Bay), in a car. The tour costs Rp 565,000 – 825,000 (US$39 – $57) per person depending on your pick up point. PS: You can add snorkeling as an optional activity!

East Nusa Penida Tour (less tourist) – This tour takes you further inland to Nusa Penida, to areas like Atuh Beach and Rumah Pohon Tree House. You might want to check this out if you’re looking for areas with less tourist. The tour costs Rp 692,000 – 768,000 (US$48-54) per person depending on your pick up point.

Nusa Penida Snorkeling Trip – If snorkeling is more your thing, Nusa Penida does house some of the best reefs and clearest water in Bali. It costs US$65 per person but you can use GIRLEATWORLD for 5% off! However, do note that you don’t actually get to visit the island on this trip, just the snorkeling spots.

What to bring to Nusa Penida

  • All the things you need to combat that strong sun in Bali – A hat, Sunscreen (at least SPF50!), and Sunglasses. If you are biking, wear a thin layer with sleeves that can be removed.
  • A thin cotton scarf/sarong wrap – I love this because they are versatile! you can wear it around your neck and shoulder to protect yourself from the sun, but can also double up as something to sit on while you are at the beach.
  • Sufficient Cash – there are hardly any ATM or places that take credit card here, so you need enough to last the entire time you’re on the island.
  • Bathing Suit – once you see how clear the water is in this part of the world, you’d want to jump in. Trust me.
  • Suitable Footwear – You need good walking shoes for the treks, but you’d probably want to wear flip-flops while at the beach. So bring both if you can!
  • 4G Local SIM Card – If you don’t already have one, it’s always a good idea to have 4G SIM Card while in Bali. Coverage was pretty good in Nusa Penida too! Although it got a bit spotty as you go inland, I was still able to navigate using Google Maps and the local data. Order a 4G SIM Card online here and pick it up in Bali.

How to get to Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is getting popular these days, and there are now three ways you can go there on your own:

  1. By Speedboat from Sanur Beach
  2. By Speedboat from Tanjong Benoa
  3. By Public Ferry from Padang Bai

We will go through each option below:

1. By Speedboat from Sanur Beach

The easiest and most popular option is to hop on a speedboat from Sanur Beach. There are three operators that do speedboat transfers from Sanur Beach to Nusa Penida and back: Maruti Express, Angel’s Billabong Fast Cruise and Mola-Mola Express. It doesn’t matter which one you go with as long as the timing suits you.

Sanur Beach: All the boats waiting to take you to Nusa Penida / Lembongan
Sanur Beach: All the boats waiting to take you to Nusa Penida / Lembongan

Speedboat Timing to Nusa Penida from Sanur

Most operators have a speedboat going out from Sanur to Nusa Penida at limited timings in the morning and a few in the afternoon: 7 AM – 10 AM and 2 PM – 5 PM. They also have boats coming back in the morning and afternoon at around the same time. If you are doing a day trip, I recommend going to the island as early as you can, so try to catch the 7 or 7:30 AM boat!

Booking Speedboat Tickets to Nusa Penida

You can book boat tickets online, but it requires at least one day in advance. If you decided to wing it (which is what we did), all you have to do is show up to Sanur Beach early in the morning and buy tickets directly from the operators. I recommend being there 30 minutes before boat departure time to ensure enough time to get tickets.

If you have to book online, I recommend using 12GO. It will be slightly more expensive but you can book ahead of time.

Here’s the exact spot where you can find the speedboat ticket office on Google Maps. They are these open-air huts that lined up the Sanur Beach slightly to the north of it – you can see the marker for Maruti express, Mola-mola express, etc on google maps.

Various Nusa Penida boat operator at Sanur Beach
Various Nusa Penida boat operator at Sanur Beach

The tickets both cost the same whether you book online or not, but there is a difference of price depending on your nationality. Local / Indonesians pay Rp 200,000 for a roundtrip (US$14) while foreigners pay Rp 300,000 for a roundtrip (US$21). I know that doesn’t sound fair, but I don’t recommend lying about your nationality because they do check and enforce the ticket price difference. And to be honest, in the grand scheme of things the difference is not THAT big.

We rocked up to Sanur slightly after 7 and chose Angel’s Billabong Fast Boat since they have the closest available departure time at 7:30 AM. When we booked our ticket, they asked what time we would like to come back to Sanur. We chose the latest available time which was 4:30 PM, and I was advised to be back 30 minutes before the departure time to check in and ensure a spot on the boat going back to Sanur – REMEMBER THIS, because it’s important! I’ll elaborate more on it later.

Getting on the speedboat to Nusa Penida from Sanur Beach

Once you get your tickets, they’ll hand you a lanyard. Just wait nearby on the beach until they let you know that the boat has arrived. You then board the boat, which you have to do by wading through a shallow bit of water – it’s best to wear flip-flops or other shoes that can be easily removed. Take note to not trip on the boat ropes – they alternate between being slack and taut as the waves come pulling at the boat. A reader of mine has also commented that the water level was much higher when they visited, and they had to wade through water that is deep enough to reach their underwear – so be prepared to get wet!

The speedboat seats layout were not the best. They really packed in the seats to maximize the number of passengers so there was barely any legroom between each row of seats. I’m only 160cm and I could barely fit in – my boyfriend, on the other hand, had to basically fold his legs in to be able to sit. Thankfully the ride only lasted about 30 minutes and we arrived on the island in no time!

Inside Nusa Penida transfer boat
Inside Nusa Penida transfer boat

2. Speedboat transfer from Tanjong Benoa

There is also an option to take a speedboat from Tanjong Benoa, which is closer to Nusa Dua. It is just slightly cheaper than the boats that leave from Sanur, but the downside is it only leaves on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They also only have one timing per day. However, the boat condition looks to be a bit better than the Sanur boats we took.

3. Public Ferry to Nusa Penida from Padang Bai

I haven’t done this yet and there is almost no information about it online, but I have heard there is a public ferry that leaves from Padang Bai, used mostly by locals and can transfer vehicle. The ticket is only Rp 30,000 / person. However, I would only recommend this if you have time to kill – the ferry does not have a set schedule. It just leaves whenever there are passengers waiting, usually from 11am – 1pm.

How to get around Nusa Penida

By Rental Motorbike – You can rent a motorbike right off the harbor, fuss-free. We got a bike literally within minutes of getting off the boat! Renting a bike costs you Rp 75,000 (US$5.25) a day, the same cost as Bali mainland. You might also have to top up gas which is going to be very minimal, about Rp 10,000 – 20,000. I recommend topping up your fuel while you are still close to the harbor. I didn’t see many petrol sellers as we get deeper into the island. However, if you decide to rent a bike, you have to be comfortable and confident with riding the motorbike since parts of the road leading up to Kelingking Beach and Angel’s Billabong is very broken and bumpy.

Google Maps – we relied heavily on Google Maps for direction. Just make sure to save the Nusa Penida map offline, because we did lose reception in certain areas. Order a 4G SIM Card online here and pick it up in Bali.

By Rental Car – The other option is to get a car rental for Rp 535,000 (US$37), which comes with a driver and can up to 5 people. The road would still be bumpy though, so don’t expect a comfortable ride… but at least you’ll be in an air-conditioned car? If you prefer getting a car rental, I recommend booking this tour I’ve linked before as the difference isn’t much more than doing it yourself – unless you want to customize your itinerary.

Mount Agung in the background
Mount Agung in the background

What to do in Nusa Penida

Once you are on the island, its time to explore! I recommend heading straight to Kelingking Beach since that’s the most famous spot and it’s easier to work your way back later.

Here is a list of things to see in Nusa Penida:

1. Kelingking Beach

After getting our bike, we immediately drove down to the southwest part of the island to find Kelingking Beach, a crowd’s favorite. From the harbor, it takes about an hour by bike to get to this beach thanks to the partially broken road.

Kelingking Beach is relatively new, only “discovered” in 2003 by a few tourist divers who reached the beach by boat. Nowadays, Kelingking Beach is probably the most Instagrammed spot on Nusa Penida… and I’m sure you can see why from this photo.

A little trivia – Kelingking means “pinky” in Indonesian, as in your little finger! I’m not sure why it’s called that, because it looks more like a T-rex to me.

Kelingking Beach
Kelingking Beach (The Other Side)

That secluded azure beach at the bottom? You can descend down to it provided you ignore the warning sign at the start of the path, which tells you not to go to the beach as the path is very broken and they will not be held liable in case of an accident.

So yes, you can go down to the beach, but the path will be very narrow, half broken and extremely steep on some parts. My boyfriend and I decided to go down anyway, both in sandals, because we’re crazy like that.

Traffic on the way down
Traffic on the way down

Well… it turns out lots of people are also crazy like us, but most of them stop at the halfway point before going back up after taking the famous Kelingking Beach photo, like this one I took below.

Nusa Penida
Kelingking Beach from the path to go down

Not many people actually made it down to the beach itself, probably because you can already see how dangerous the path gets. You only have these thin railing made of tree branches to hold on to, and as you get lower, the path gets more and more steep with more sharp rocks.

My boyfriend and I got to the halfway point and we thought: “Well, we’re already here, we might as well go the entire way”. So down to the beach we go, wearing sandals but I reckon we’d be way more comfortable wearing proper shoes. It turns out as you get lower, not only the path gets more and more steep and sharp, it also gets more broken. It also gets so steep that you’re practically scaling a vertical rock wall while being cautious not to grab onto any broken railing.

Kelingking Beach
Kelingking Beach
Kelingking Beach
We FINALLY made it down to Kelingking Beach!!

After about 30 minutes of descending, we finally made it to the beach! Initially, there were less than 10 people on the beach when we got there at 11 AM but more people arrived when we left an hour later. The beach was super secluded, so we were able to have ample space to ourselves. We sat around under one of the trees and took a dip in the cool clear blue water.

But it wasn’t very clean – there were lots of trash and debris both on the beach and floating on the water, which kinda ruined the experience. Most of these seem to be debris from other parts of the island and brought here by the ocean current. I wonder if it ever gets cleaned?

To our surprise, there was a small drink stall at the beach!
To our surprise, there was a small drink stall at the beach!

After about an hour of sitting around the beach, we left. The climb back up was very difficult for me. If you go back up at noon, the entire path gets full sun with barely any shade… and you know how harsh the sun gets in Bali. Thanks to the steepness of the climb and being battered by the hot direct sun, I nearly passed out on the way up. Also because of this, I got a headache which lasted the entire day. If it’s raining I wouldn’t even think about going down!

So in short, I’m not sure if I can recommend going down to the beach. Yes, it’s secluded and beautiful but I’ve also seen other similar beaches with more things to do. And that climb back up was not really worth it.

We spent some time recovering at one of the warungs near the carpark area, replenishing all that fluid we lost while climbing back up. We had a coconut and a large water bottle and still did not need to pee! That’s how dehydrated we were.

2. Angel’s Billabong & Broken Beach

These two spots are right next to each other, so you can visit them at the same time!

Angel’s Billabong is a beautiful natural rock pool that opens straight to the ocean. A word of caution: please be VERY careful while visiting Angel’s Billabong and listen to local’s warning if they tell you not to get inside. Even if you aren’t planning to get in the water, the wave can get really massive here. There have been some fatal accidents where people got swept away and died, so don’t take this lightly!

Broken Beach is famous as the viewpoint for an arched tunnel in the cliffs, allowing the ocean to flow into a pool, which is Angel’s Billabong.

Broken Beach
Broken Beach (Photo by dadang kurniawan on Unsplash)

3. Snorkeling at Crystal Bay or Gamat Bay

After the treacherous hike up from Kelingking Beach, I told my boyfriend that I want to just take it easy and swim at the beach. We started looking at our options – Crystal Bay or Gamat Bay.

This is when I had a light bulb moment and realized that we’ve actually BEEN to Nusa Penida two years ago, but we took a boat from Sanur and was on the boat the entire time since we were there for diving. One of the dive spots at that time was called Crystal Bay and I remember having the best snorkeling of my life there during a surface interval.

Crystal Bay
Crystal Bay

So we got on our bike and went to Crystal Bay. Once there, the sun has gotten so strong that the sand actually hurts to walk on because it’s boiling hot. We immediately camped out under one of the vacant parasols and I rented a mask and pair of fins (Rp 50,000 – about US$3.50) and just jumped straight into the cool water.

What makes Crystal Bay so special is that the corals are very healthy and they are literally just meters away from the beach. I saw various fish – unicorn fish, trumpet fish, rainbow fish and a triggerfish which I quickly swam away from – just to name a few. There were also schools of small fishes among the colorful corals. It’s honestly as good as diving without the hassle of carrying heavy equipment!

I did not get a chance to go to Gamat Bay, but I heard this is also a good option for snorkeling! You can also check out Manta Point for a chance to swim with Manta Rays. I came here for diving before and we saw a few mantas.

If snorkeling is the reason why you wan’t to go to Nusa Penida, I highly suggest booking this Nusa Penida Snorkeling Trip, which will take you to all the great snorkeling spots in Nusa Penida. You can use GIRLEATWORLD for 5% off! However, do note that you don’t actually get to visit the island on this trip, just the snorkeling spots.

4. Attu Beach (Diamond Beach)

This beach is on the other side of the island from the harbor, so it takes a bit of effort to reach. It would have taken us 2 hours on the road one way, so we had to skip this time. But it looks amazing!

Attu Beach
Attu Beach (Photo by Florian GIORGIO on Unsplash)

5. Tembeling Beach & Forest

Tembeling Beach is closer to the port than Attu, but it’s harder to get to. The road to the beach can only be reached by motorbike, but if you came by car you can hire some “ojek” (bike for hire) for Rp 50,000. Walking down is also an option.

6. Rumah Pohon Tree House

This is actually a simple accommodation, but it has become famous as photo spots as well. I wouldn’t recommend coming here if you aren’t staying though… it could get annoying for those who are actually staying there. You can stay at Tree House for about $40 a night – book them here, but keep in mind this is a very basic accommodation – don’t come expecting five star hotel!

5. Rumah Pohon Tree House
Rumah Pohon Tree House (Photo by Tiraya Adam on Unsplash)

7. Do some Scuba diving

I would only recommend this if you aren’t doing a day trip, since scuba diving will already take your entire day. Also, diving trip to Nusa Penida is very doable from Bali, with many dive operator going with their own boat to Nusa Penida. I personally think it’s better to go straight from Bali instead of from the Nusa Penida itself, unless you’re planning to stay on the island.

The famous diving points in Nusa Penida is Manta Point and Crystal Bay. They are the same spots I mentioned under snorkeling above, but yes they are famous diving sites too!

Diving at Manta Point, Nusa Penida
Diving at Manta Point, Nusa Penida

It’s almost a guarantee that you will see Manta Rays at Manta Point, but it’s also a very crowded spot. If you make it down here, PLEASE do not touch or approach the Manta Rays! They are delicate beings and may run away if you do so, and you will ruin the experience for everyone. Aside from seeing Manta Rays though, the diving site isn’t particularly beautiful and the visibility tends to be better elsewhere

Crystal Bay is famous as the possible spot to see Mola-mola, aka the giant Ocean sunfish that are so round and flat that it resembles a plate. But don’t hold your breath on seeing Mola-mola, they are a bit hard to spot. I’ve been to Nusa Penida twice for diving and haven’t had my luck yet.

8. Chase some waterfalls

No trip to a tropical island is complete without waterfall! The waterfall to visit on Nusa Penida is called Seganing Waterfall and Peguyangan Waterfall. It requires a bit of driving to get to, so you can probably only visit if you are in Nusa Penida for more than one day.

9. Visit the dark spirit temple Pura Dalem Ped

As I’ve mentioned in the beginning of this post, Nusa Penida is known to local Balinese as the black magic island. The dark spirit is worshipped – and kept at bay – on this island, specifically at Pura Dalem Ped. This pura (which means “temple”) is actually very close to the main port of the island, so if you have time before you leave, definitely give it a visit.

Another temple on the island you might be interested in is Pura Goa Giri Putri (Giri Princess Cave), which is located inside a large cave. The location of this temple is a bit further out, so again you can probably visit this if you’re staying on the island for longer than a day.

Leaving Nusa Penida

After Crystal Bay, we did not have time to do anything else. It was already 3:50 PM we had to rush back to the harbor to make it on time for our 4:30 PM boat.

Remember how I’ve mentioned above that I recommend to be at the harbor 30 minutes before departure time and check in at the ticket office. Here is why.

Leaving the island was kinda chaotic. As it turns out a lot of people were doing the same thing as us (booking the last boat out), and the boat was overbooked. After a 10-minute delay and crowding around the harbor not knowing what’s going on, they started calling us by name one-by-one in the order of check-in. If you get in and secure a seat, then you get to leave the island on that boat. If not, you have to wait for the second boat to come and pick up the leftover people. And that’s why it’s important to come early and check in!

Accommodations in Nusa Penida

As I mentioned before, I went for a day trip so I did not stay overnight in Nusa Penida. But next time I’m definitely going to stay overnight so I can reach all the sites on the east side!

These are my accommodation of choice, based on review and price per night.

Okay! That’s all for Nusa Penida. If you found this useful, please leave a comment below. I love reading your comments ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nusa Penida Guide: Day Trip from Bali
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83 Comments

  1. Marissa says

    Hi,
    We will be travelling with a few small children and I am still recovering from surgery. Are there things to do/beaches to access that don’t require lots of stairs and walking?? I’m just trying to work out if it’s worth a short stay knowing we won’t be able to
    Do big walks. Finding it hard to find much information online. Thanks!

    • Hi Marissa, most of the beaches I mentioned in this list, such as Kelingking and Crystal Bay, are actually close to a car park so if you think you can do the boat ride from Bali, then you should be fine.

  2. Vivian says

    Hi Melissa,

    Your blog is very informative. We are a group of budget travelers as well and would want to DIY our trip to Nusa Penida. Is it easy to find taxi or transport from Kuta to Sanur port early morning?

    Thanks,
    Vivian

  3. hani says

    Hi Melissa!

    Thank you so much for your writings as it helps me a lot planning for my trip with my friends in July soon. But I’m eager to know where is the exact stop for the speedboat in Nusa Penida? Are there various jetty in Nusa Penida cause I want to find a stay near to the jetty in Penida. Tq in advance Melissa!

    regards,
    Hani

  4. SanctumDive says

    Thank you for this detailed information! This is some of the highest quality content Iโ€™ve ever come across….

  5. Jasdeep says

    Hi Melissa
    Thank you for sharing all this info! This and your other posts on Bali have been really useful in planning our upcoming trip to Bali.
    I wanted to ask if you have actually used the Klook West Nusa Penida day tour yourself or Klook’s services in general? Their website has all positive reviews but when you read reviews outside of their website, it’s a mix of positive and negative. So I am just a bit skeptical and confused. I am really looking forward to this trip and would hate it if anything spoils the fun. Please let me know what you think about Klook.
    Thanks!
    Jasdeep

    • Hey Jasdeep, I didn’t take the tour for Nusa Penida. I DIY-ed as explained in the post. However I have booked tours with Klook in Phuket, Tokyo and Vietnam and I have great experience with all of them so far. That said I think the reviews are specific to each operator, so if you are looking at the review elsewhere I would try to look at the one that are actually providing this exact tour.

  6. Erin Kennedy says

    Hi Melissa,

    Thank you for your post – this is really useful. We go to Bali on the 18th June and have 13 nights. The plan is to spend four nights in Ubud, doing the Mount Batur sunrise hike, a “best of Ubud tour” – seeing the Monkey Forrest, the Bali swing, rice terraces, temple and waterfall, doing a traditional cooking class, a yoga class and Balinese massage at Karsa Spa.

    Following on from this I have 3 days to fill before moving onto Gili T and Uluwatu (each for three nights)

    I want to go to Nusa Penida but I feel like two nights would be plenty, as the island is small and I’m a fussy (& vegetarian) eater, I think I would struggle for meals for a few days. I was thinking maybe to go to Nusa Penida for either one night and then spend two nights on Nusa Lembongan before heading straight over to Gili T.

    I’m a little worried about making the boats because we will have two weeks worth of luggage and it would be ideal if we were able to book them before, as if anything were to happen and we couldn’t board, we would have already paid for accomodation on the islands. Do you have any tips please?

    Many thanks

    Erin

    • Hey Erin, one night in Nusa Penida would be enough. If you want to book the boats earlier, you might have to pay extra but its worth it if you have a set schedule. You can try https://12go.asia/ but I personally haven’t used them.

      Also if it’s anything like the Nusa Penida boat from Sanur, since you have luggage, you should arrive at the port 1 hour earlier to ensure space on the boat.

    • Shannon says

      Hi, Erin! I am at Nusa Lembongan now and headed to Penida for a day. I left my luggage at the Guesthouse I am returning to in Ubud.
      I also noticed the fast boat office I used (Glory) has many suitcases lined up in the back.

      If you can repack for basic needs on Penida, it is SOOOOO much better! Travelled here last year with too much and it was overwhelming to say the least.

      Hope you have a great time!!!

      Shannon

  7. CiCi says

    Hey Melissa,

    What a great post! It’s very useful in helping me to plan my Penida trip in June.

    I have some questions for you. I’m going to Penida in June, which is consider a high season period for Bali. Do you think it still OK for us to book the ferry ticket on the spot at Sanur? I’m going to be at Sanur the night before. Do you know what time the boat company close?

    & do you know any way that I can get to Gili from Penida? Or do I have to transfer back to Sanur in order to go to Gili?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Hey Cici, I would try to call the boat operators for availability once you get to Bali (I’ve listed the name above, try to get help from your hotel to call them). Nusa Penida is getting more and more popular these days.

      For Gili transport, Eka Jaya Fast Boat and Golden Queen Fast Boat goes to Gili T from Nusa Penida but I am not sure about the schedule or cost, since I have never done that before.

  8. Dr Sajedul Haque says

    Hi Melisa
    Thanks for your interesting & informative writing about Penida Island. I am pleased for your traveling descriptions. I am curious to tour the Island.

  9. Arnel Ambong says

    Hi Melissa,
    Thanks for your very informative detailed, It will soon help me a lot to explore Nusa Penida upon reading your article. My family of 4 expecting to visit Bali for 7D/6N, i do had pre arrange itinerary and upon reading your article, i change my mind and include Nusa Penida as my top priority list. Hope you dont mind if i ask question, Was it 100% guaranteed that we can purchased perry ticket on the day or 30mins earlier before departure ferry time or a day before? My main concern is, is there any max no of passenger need to accomodate on a daily basis based on 3 operating ferries you mentioned above, is there any instances that ferries already fully booked if we want to buy ticket on the same day as you did based on your article. Thanks you very much for the details

    • Hey Arnel, the boats are limited, but if you come early enough you should be able to secure a ticket. Perhaps you can call the ferry operators the day before to inquire on tickets availability. Are you doing it by yourself or with a tour? If you decide to do the tour, the boat ticket is already included.

  10. Darcy says

    Hi Mel,

    Currently in Bali with my girlfriend and we want to do the day trip (without snorkelling) and our villa rep advised that package wasnโ€™t available and itโ€™s only one package.

    Could you recommend the best website site or location to book the package in person that suits our needs?

    I want to do it by scooter myself, as itโ€™s the most authentic experience.

    Thank you

    Darcy

  11. Hi Melissa, was wondering if you know the timing and pricing of public ferries?

    • Hey Jen, sorry I don’t know about the public ferry. I don’t think they leave from Sanur, since the pier doesn’t seem to be able to support a big ferry. Maybe they leave from Padang Bai, which I’ve taken when I went to Gili but I don’t recall seeing anything about Nusa Penida. Sorry about that!

    • Hi Jen
      As i know, the public ferry leaves from Padang Bai port, it has no excat time to leave, it depends when the ferry arrives on the port, between 11am to 1pm. And the passanger ticket price is IDR 30,000/person one way.

  12. Cindy says

    What a wonderful post and ever so helpful! I am traveling to Bali in September. I was leaning towards five nights in Ubud and two nights on an island. Up until I read this post I was going to stay on Gili Air but now I think I have changed my mind and will stay on Nusa Penida instead! I am traveling solo and I checked your link above for Pandawa Beach Resort but they seem to only offer multi-bedrooms; that is more than I need and more money than I care to spend. I am looking at Semabu Hills Hotel instead. Are you familiar with this facility? It has very good ratings. Also, while I’m in Ubud I plan to hire a driver for at least two days. Are drivers for hire in Nusa Penida, too? Do you think traveling solo (female) is safe in Nusa Penida? Thank you so much for all of this wonderful information!

    • Hey Cindy! Glad you are planning to visit Nusa Penida. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with accommodations there as I did not stay overnight. Just make sure to check what the review says. Nusa Penida is very safe, much like the rest of Bali so you won’t have issues traveling alone. Just exercise common sense and be vigilant as usual! There are cars for hire on the pier of Nusa Penida, you just need to tell them that you need a driver for more than one day. Or you can ask your accommodation to arrange it for you too.

  13. Hi, Mel

    You are such an expert of Nusa Penida. In our national web sites, it was hard to find some useful information about individual visiting of the island. Your post is super useful! Thanks for your all the efforts!!!

  14. Thanula says

    Hi Melissa,
    Very informative post.

    Can i take by laugage in the boat?

    Regards!!

    • Hi Thanula,
      You can, but I wouldn’t recommend bringing a big suitcase. Maybe a carryon or a backpack would be okay.

  15. Kelly says

    Wow, fantastic post!
    Thanks for all the information, very detailed and helpful … and a pleasant read!

  16. Hi Melissa,

    Do you think I should do the Nusa Penida West package tour or just rent a driver when we get to Nusa Penida?
    And do you know anything about the “island swing” at Nusa Penida? Where there is a swing on top of a cliff
    It’s at Nusa penida but I don’t know where it is

    • Hi fellow Mel. I would go with the tour if you are planning to rent a car in Nusa Penida anyway, since the cost will end up being about the same as tour if you rent a car.

      I don’t think the swing is at Nusa Penida. I think it is at Nusa Lembongan, a neighboring island.

  17. Anurag Srivastava says

    Hi Melissa,

    Thanks for detailed info for visiting Nusa Penida. We are planning to visit the same but just wanted to know that while stepping down for Kelingking beach do we require trekking shoes (for firm grip) or will crocs / normal sport shoes be equally good?

    TIA..!!

    -Anurag

    • Hi Anurag, I don’t think trekking shoes are required per se but definitely I would recommend sport shoes since it’s really steep at some points and you only have bamboo sticks to step on. That said, I did successfully hike down in sandals (which i don’t recommend.. haha)

  18. Nichole says

    Hi Melissa, we will going to Bali this coming April, but itโ€™s have any tours can we just visit for two places only, Kelingking Beach and broken beach?

    Thank you

    • Hey Nichole, Angel’s Billabong is right next to broken beach. If you only want to see these two places, you can still book the west penida tour but tell the operator that you want to skip the rest of the places. Otherwise you can just go to Nusa Penida (i have detailed how to do that) and rent a car once you are on the island. However I think the price difference isn’t going to be much compared to the tour.

  19. komang yong says

    I think, your writing is very helpful for tourists who want to go to Nusa Penida. I am a native of Nusa Penida, thank you. we will always be waiting for all tourists to arrive

  20. Skye Ostler says

    Is there surf over there? We are looking at staying over ther2 a few night but my partner is a surfer and would love some surf as well as other activities.

    • Melissa Hie says

      Hey Skye, I did not see many surfers in Nusa Penida, so probably not. I think the spots are in the neighboring islands – Ceningan and Lembongan.

  21. Gio Herrera says

    Hi Melissa! Nice Blog about Nusa Penida! I’m leaving for Bali next month and will include this on my trip. My concern is, do i need to purchase ferry ticket online? or is it okay to go straight to Sanur early morning?
    I’ve been checking ferry tickets online but it costs IDR 300,000/one way?? any advise on where and how to purchase ticket? Thank you and have a great day!

    • Melissa Hie says

      Hi Gio, in my experience it was okay to buy the ticket on the spot. Just arrive half an hout earlier from your desired departure time. We went to Sanur at 7am and was on the 7:30AM boat. For foreigners it should only cost Rp 150,000 one way.

      This info can be found in the post above by the way ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Nancy Lee says

    Hi Melissa
    Wow! Itโ€™s such a beautiful place!! But where is the recommended accommodation if we want to stay for 2 days? Thank you .

  23. Hi Mellisa

    Iam Putu from Nusa Penida, ..
    Thank for your Nusa Penida Guiding ..
    Just information about the fast boat ticket,, our guest experient is very difficult to get the ticket also if they buy directly is really expensive. Your guiding for booking online the ticket one day before departure is really easier.
    But nobody don’t know where they will book online the ticket , We have information from the official fastboat company, Now Easy Booking Fast Boat Ticket from Bali to Nusa Penida with one click away. just visit (redacted) on this site will give 100% Money Back guaranteed . Maybe this information you can help to share for your followers so for future tourist is not complicated to Buy the ticket ..

    And also help us to campaign for Keep Clean the Nusa Penida beach from the garbage .

    thank you so much Melissa

    I Hope you good and comeback to holiday in Nusa Penida island

    Thank you

    • Melissa Hie says

      Hey Putu, thanks for checking out my website. I checked out your link, but it was providing the same amount as when buying directly (Rp 300,000 for a return ticket to Nusa Penida for foreigners). So I have removed your link unless your website can provide value to my readers. Thanks for understanding.

  24. Melanie Jackson says

    Hi Melissa!

    How deep is the water you have to was in to get to the speedboat?

    • Melissa Hie says

      It wasn’t very deep, maybe about shin-deep but definitely didn’t reach my knees!

      • Ellen says

        Hi Melissa, thanks for your informative post. My husband and I took Mola Mola express this afternoon, I’m 165cm and the water was mid thighs. Many people shorter than me had to sit in wet underwear. Thought this info would add to your comprehensive guide

  25. Thanks, a lot you post helping me!! i plan to go there this April with mum and brother we would love to spend at night there and get back to Bali in the morning. we have a short holiday but will try to do the best holiday for mum.

  26. sylwia says

    Amazing post!! I was not sure which island should I visit near Bali. But reading this I already know my next destination! Thank you for very useful information!!

  27. Hi Ms. Melissa, just a quick question. Do you happen to remember the departure time options going back to Sanur? I love your blog by the way! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    • Melissa Hie says

      4:30pm was last return, before that I think they had options for 2:30 and 3:30pm. Last boat was chaotic though!

  28. Great post! Super helpful for someone looking to visit Nusa Penida. Just wondering if its easy traveling with big suitcases, to get to the island, and to get around the island to suitable accommodation if staying on the island?

    • Melissa Hie says

      Hi devon, I think you would be ok with a big suitcase but could be challenging at times. How big of a suitcase are we talking about here? You’ll need to get them on the boat (we had to walk partly in the water to get on the boat). Once you get to the island, you’ll need to hire a car to transport the luggage around.

  29. Mellissa says

    Hi Melissa! great photos and detailed experience you have shared here! really hope I can visit Nusa Penida in my next holiday in Bali. Just would like to check how long it takes to go to Crystal Bay by bike? And any food recommendations when you spent day-trip in Nusa Penida?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Melissa Hie says

      i assume you are asking from the port? i think it was about 20-30 mins. the roads are paved well so it was pretty easy!

      as for food… not much aside from the usual nasi goreng or mie goreng. there was only small warung type of place there. still good though!

  30. Hi melissa I was wondering how you know how to get to Kelingking Beach via the bike is it easy to find

    • Melissa Hie says

      Hey Molly – yes there aren’t many other roads. we just relied on Google maps and road signs.

  31. Wow! Amazed at the pictures and how you narrate your experience. Just a question, if I am going to rent a car, how much would it cost if I don’t want any tourists with me? I mean, I want to rent an exclusive car for me alone.

  32. Hi! Thank you for this review, it was really helpful, and the photos are beautiful! I have one question, just to clarify- when you drive to Kelingking Bay, can the car/taxi simply drop you off at the top for the view? I would love to see the view, but I have a bad knee, and that climb sounds like something I just wouldn’t be able to do! Thanks in advance!

    • Melissa Hie says

      Hey Kelly! Yes, the viewpoint is accessible by car since it’s next to a small carpark. So as long as your car can park there, it’s just a short walk away.

      • KELLY JIMENEZ-CORTEZ says

        Thank you so much! Love your review, its been very helpful! We are booked to go, thanks for giving me some advice. I was excited about the view, but my knee won’t allow for the stairs!

    • Ishara says

      Hi Melissa,

      Your post is awesome & very informative ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.
      Im planning to visit Nusa Peninda in May, as per webserach there are two main ports at Nusa, which one do you recommend if im going to rent a scooter?

      Thank you!

  33. Nyoman Runa says

    Hi Melissa,
    I really liked this article and one particular picture was a place I’d visit and I love that place. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for visit Bali and sharing all your tips and experience while you Bali especially Nusa Penida. Really appreciated.

  34. Anthony says

    We had visit Nusa Penida last week. We got promo code then book online.

    Nusa Penida is amazing places to go and we want back again someday. Organize our travel from Island Tour to snorkeling to see the Manta. Itโ€™s amazing experience while seen Manta.

    • Octavia says

      Hi Melisa,
      Really great post, I plan to visit here next summer and I was wondering if you have the link to the website to order the ferry tickets online as the one I found for Angelโ€™s Billabong Fast Boat is for $450,000 Rp round trip.

      Thanks

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