Ultimate Guide for a 3-day Nusa Penida trip

Ultimate Guide for a 3-day Nusa Penida trip

Ultimate Guide for a 3-day Nusa Penida trip

Nusa Penida island, a small paradise off the East Coast of Bali. The limestone island offers incredible white sand beaches and 200-meter high cliff drops. Penida island is just 30 minutes from Bali by boat and can be fully explored in a 3 day Nusa Penida trip.

It is also a great option to do a Nusa Penida Tour day trip from Bali where you can either explore the east or west coast.

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A 3-day Nusa Penida Trip route

Penida island has loads of things to see and do. All over the island, you will find cassava and corn farms. In the center of the island, there are windmills that generate power for all three Nusa Islands. Here is how to see the island in 3 days.

➳ Also read: 19 x Things to do in Nusa Penida

Day 1 – North and East

Catch the first ferry at 8 AM from the Sanur harbor to Nusa Penida. After a 35-minute ride, you can either rent a motorbike or jump into the car to explore Penida.

➳ Learn: All about a Nusa Penida Tour

Drop your stuff at your accommodation and make your way to the northeast of the island. Visit the Goa Giri Putri Temple, a sacred underground temple for the people all over Bali.

Follow the road for a good 30-min towards the lesser-known east coast on Penida island. 

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Atuh Beach is a white-sand beach that is great for a swim. On top of the cliff is the view on probably the most beautiful beach in whole Bali; Diamond Beach.
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This is one of those beaches you will only see on postcards. Good to know is that it’s not recommended for swimming. There is a strong current with a lot of rocks and coral in the waves.

Driver recommendation: Our dear Balinese friend Yande and his team.

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Finish the day at the Thousand Islands Viewpoint. The viewpoint is overlooking Diamond Beach and many limestone formations in the ocean.

Tip: More beach? Visit Suwehan Beach. Unfortunately, we could not go there due to problems after a small earthquake.

nusa penida trip Thousand Islands Viewpoint

Looking for a unique accommodation on Nusa Penida? For about 30 USD you can stay at Rumah Pohon Treehouse. The sunrise from your balcony will be unbeatable. 

➳ Also read: 3-week Bali Route

Summary of day 1 – Nusa Penida Trip

  1. Goa Giri Putri
  2. Atuh Beach
  3. Diamond Beach
  4. Thousand Islands Viewpoint
  5. Rumah Pohon Treehouse

Day 2 – West Coast

Today is all about the popular west coast on Penida. Head out first to Kelingking viewpoint and Kelingking Beach. We recommend visiting from 7 to 9 AM. The first tourists, coming by boat on a Nusa Penida Tour will start arriving from 9 AM.

➳ Read all about: Kelingking Nusa Penida

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From there, Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach are close and easier to visit. Angel’s Billabong is the natural infinity pool. Please be careful at the edge as strong waves will come over.

During lunchtime, get a great lunch at one of the restaurants on Penida island. We can recommend PenidaColoda or Ogix Warung.
➳ Learn: All about a Nusa Penida Tour

For the rest of the afternoon grab a snorkel or coconut at Crystal Bay. This is a beautiful area to experience the Penida sunset. (Don’t forget to take a picture at the beautiful palm road.)

Tip: It’s recommended to wear shoes in the water at Crystal Bay since the rocks and corals are very sharp.

Summary of day 2 – Nusa Penida Trip

  1. Kelingking
  2. Broken Beach
  3. Angel’s Billabong
  4. Crystal Bay
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Extra: Snorkeling at Manta Point in Nusa Penida

The Nusa Islands have some fantastic points to snorkel or dive with Manta Rays. Manta Point is the best spots and if you can, plan an extra day on Penida Island snorkel or dive with Manta Rays.

Loads of diving resorts are opening their doors. Some Bali visitors actually spend more time on the Nusa Islands than on Bali itself.

Day 3 – Lesser-known Penida

The last day of exploring Penida island will be to a few lesser-known spots. Start at Peguyanan waterfall. A blue staircase on the side of the cliff runs all the way down to a temple tiny waterfall.

Next up is a natural sweet water pool hidden inside the jungle called Tembeling. A 5-minute walk from the pool is a secluded white sand beach. You can only get here via a local that takes you down by motorbike, or drive it yourself.

Please note: The road is narrow and very steep for a motorbike. Only recommended if you are experienced!

Nusa Penida trip Tembeling natural pool

Close off your Nusa Penida trip at Banah Cliff Point. Head back to Bali by boat at 16:00 PM or 17:00 PM. These two times are the last ferry boats.

Summary of day 3 – Nusa Penida Trip

  1. Peguyanan waterfall
  2. Tembeling natural pool
  3. Tembeling beach
  4. Banah Cliff Point

Getting from Bali to Nusa Penida

The ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida leaves 4 times a day: 8 AM, 9 AM, 10:30 AM 16 PM, and 17 PM. The ferry takes 30 – 40 minutes depending on how wild the water is.

There is no pier at Nusa Penida, you have to get on and off the boat walking through the water so it is advised to wear removable shoes. The boat staff will help you with your big pieces of luggage.

➳ Find all: Hotels on Nusa Penida

nusa penida trip ferry

Good to know: Every year on a different date is ‘Day of the silent ocean’. Boats won’t run. Make sure to check this in advance via Google.

From one of the other Nusa Islands like Lembongan or Ceningan, it is a super short 15-minute boat ride. It is best to arrange a private boat from Mushroom Bay.

Getting around Nusa Penida

The distances to drive on Nusa Penida are maximum 60 to 90 minutes which is doable by motorbike. However, since the construction of the new roads in 2018, we don’t recommend it anymore to drive a motorbike. The narrow roads don’t fit two cars and with their crazy driving accidents with motorbikes happen every day.

By car
Exploring the island is most relaxed and comfortable by car. You could do one day return to Bali or spend one night on Penida where you see West and East. For the exact prices check out our Nusa Penida Tour article. 

Driver tip: Contact our Balinese friend Yande and his team on Messenger.

By motorbike
That having said if you are a very, very experienced driver, exploring by motorbike is definitely the most beautiful way. You can rent a motorbike at the harbor starting at 60.000 IDR (4 USD) a day.

Wifi or a 3G connection isn’t always normal on Nusa Penida so download offline Google Maps to always find your way back to your accommodation.

Getting around by car is a lot safer and more comfortable with these new roads. You can rent a driver for a few days that takes you around the island.

➳ Learn: All about a Nusa Penida Tour

Good to know before going on a Nusa Penida Trip

Nusa Penida’s breathtaking nature is getting noticed all over the world which is why tourism is increasing rapidly. New gravel roads have been constructed all around Penida island and the first two ATMs (see locations) opened up. However, the new roads are very narrow and busy so it is not recommended driving a motorbike if you haven’t had a lot of driving experience.

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Best Nusa Penida accommodation

Most accommodations on Nusa Penida are located in the west and north. We recommend picking one accommodation for all the days since you can get from one side of the island to the other in 60 minutes.

The accommodations on Nusa Penida change from homestays, guesthouses to beautiful bungalows. Prices are a little higher compared to Bali because of the high demand. We recommend booking an accommodation in advance. 

➳ Find all: Hotels on Nusa Penida

07/11/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/bali/nusa-penida-trip/
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  • Hi! Thanks for all of the great info! I’m headed to Bali in September and planning to visit Nusa Penida, Canggu or Olawatu, and Ubud. Can you tell me in which order you would recommend visiting these?

  • Hi I loved your article, I have visited nusa pendia before a couple of months earlier but I am planning to go again very soon, this time for longer. Last time I didn’t have a chance to go snorkeling but is a must this time, I was wondering wether you have any good recommendations on snorkeling companies. Thanks so much xx

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Charlotte, thank you! Unfortunately not, we don’t have any company names for snorkeling.

  • Belinda Walkom

    I’m going to Penida with my husband and two boys 11 and 16 in August next year. We have three days coming from Sanur and will base our trip on your suggestions but will have to mix the days a little. We have a hotel on the north of the island for the first two nights and was looking at on the third day doing Manta Point and coming back to Crystal Bay for the last night.
    A couple of questions…
    For this time (high season) is it imperative to book boat tickets prior and if so how far ahead. Are you seats really secure once you do?
    Also, getting a driver to take us everywhere we want to see over the three days.. again how far ahead should we book and do we trust that someone we line up prior will be reliable and not take another booking.

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Belinda,

      The boats throughout the entire day and booking far in advance is not required, a day or two is fine. The driver is a different story and it is definitely good to book weeks in advance. Contact our friend Yande to get a well-priced trip.

  • Good day! Thanks for sharing great 3 days plan. Going to Nusa Penida soon, have several days to spend there, but a bit limited in budget to take a guide, wish to explore those spots by my own. Maybe you can share any map with locations that you have mentioned in your article? Would be very helpful ! Thanks in advance and have a great time!

  • Hello..I really like the 3 days plan you are saying to spend at nusa penida…how can i contact with you?? Any what’s app or contact number or through messenger?

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Lubaba,

      That’s great to hear. All questions related to traveling Nusa Penida can be asked here in the comments but we do not provide booking as we are a website providing the information and sharing experiences. Have a good time on NP!

  • Hello

    Would you recommend taking a toddler on the Nusa Penida tour? I am traveling with my 1.4 year old and wondering if it can be enjoyed with a toddler

  • Hi, I’m going to Bali this June with bye friend and we are planning on doing a day trip to Nusa Penida. I was just wondering if you knew where in Bali you get the boat from and what the process is? Do you have to book the boat first or can you just turn up on the day?
    Thanks! :)

  • Vakene Vallikanthan

    Hi there, I really like this itinerary you planned for Nusa Penida! I’ve been looking at various tours companies but none of them have it structured like this. I was wondering who would be able to offer this exact same 3-day tour of Nusa Penida you have outlined here? I wasn’t sure if Yande does only one day tours. If you could let me know that would be great, thanks!!

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