1. Diamond Beach
Opposite Atuh Beach cliff is the most picturesque beach in the world: Diamond Beach on Nusa Penida. The viewpoint is the best place to see Diamond Beach. However, via the newly (2018) made stair, you can now also visit the beach. Taking a swim at this beach is not recommended due to its currents but this beach is still a must-see. You can also visit Diamond Beach on a combi tour of Nusa Penida.
2. Swim at Atuh Beach
On the eastern tip of Penida island are probably the two most beautiful beaches in the whole of Bali. Atuh is a small beach, a bit hidden away because of the two high cliffs on both sides. A small walk of 10-minute down the stairs is required to reach the beach.
Want to know how to get or where to stay on the island? Read our full Nusa Penida Guide.
3. Teletubbies Hill
A good place to watch the sunset in the area is at the so-called ‘Teletubbies Hill’. Countless soft-rounded, grass hills are what gave it this name.
5. Tembeling Natural Pool
Tembeling is one of the best-kept secrets on Penida and one of our favorite things to do on Nusa Penida. The sweet water pool, hidden away in the jungle is a beautiful blue watered gem.
Only motorbikes can access this area. You can combine this with a west Nusa Penida Tour.
6. Tembeling Beach
Just a 5-minute walk from the natural pool is a white-sand beach where you can relax for a few hours. Don’t forget to have a look at the secret beach on the other side of the cove. Read all about Tembeling Forest and Beach on Nusa Penida.
7. Banah Cliff Point
A less-known sunset spot on the island is Banah Cliff Point. Like Tembeling, it is located on the west side of Penida island and quite easy to reach.
The exact location on Google Maps.
9. Thousand Islands Viewpoint
Overlooking the whole east coast of Nusa Penida is the best from the Thousand Islands Viewpoint. Located on the same point as the treehouse. The view on the 200-meter high cliffs and white-sand beaches are just one to take in for a moment.
10. Underground Temple: Goa Giri Putri
In North Penida, is the Goa Giri Putri temple. The religious sight is visited by many Balinese people. The entrance is quite impressive, to access you have to go through a small opening between the rocks. Visit this must-see on a multi stop tour of Nusa Penida (book your tour here).
11. Peguyanan Waterfall
On the South East cliffs of Nusa Penida, there is a hike where you can’t be afraid of heights. The walk is a 150-meter iron blue stairs, which takes you to the bottom of the cliff and shows you the most scenic areas. At the foot, there are a temple and a small waterfall with fresh water. But the views from the hike are way more spectacular.
12. Diving Nusa Penida
Every month new dive resorts on Nusa Penida are opening their doors. Get training at the resort and in open water to finally get your PADI!
14. Angel’s Billabong
The second most popular thing to do in Nusa Penida is visiting the natural infinity pool named Angel’s Billabong. Take a dip in the super clear water. Be aware not to go too near the edge of the pool since the sea washes over and can create dangerous situations.
15. Snorkel with Manta Rays
Manta Point in Nusa Penida is the place to be assured of seeing Mantas. Do a boat trip and snorkel with these giants. You can also book a day trip from Bali to spend the day snorkeling with these magical creatures. Indonesia has stunning marine life, especially around the Komodo Islands.
16. Crystal Bay, a must-do on Nusa Penida
A beautiful bay surrounded by palms, great for snorkeling and even better for watching the sunset. Right in front of the bay is a small island with a temple located on top that you can visit as well.
17. Suwehan Beach
The clean white sand and refreshing sea breeze make Suwehan Beach worth a visit. You can swim, but be very careful with the strong current.
19. Broken Beach
The small impressive cove near Angel’s Billabong is called Broken Beach. Walk over a bridge made by nature. Unfortunately, you can’t visit the beach down there.
How to visit Nusa Penida
You can visit Nusa Penida easily from the main island of Bali, where there is an international airport with flights arriving from all around the world.
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.
There are also plenty of day tours returning to Bali that explore all of Nusa Penida’s highlights. If your Bali itinerary is packed full but you still want to visit the famous Kelingking Beach, Diamond Beach, and the Goa Giri Putri Temple, a day tour is a great solution (book your tickets here).
Where to stay on Nusa Penida
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 under an hour.
Best time to visit Nusa Penida
The best months for an amazing Nusa Penida island trip are between May and September, with August being the driest month on the island. This is also the best time to go snorkeling or diving in the crystal waters.