Nusa Penida island is off the coast of Bali that boasts some of the most instagrammed spots, for good reason. It is beautiful.
So whether you’re a fellow digital nomad in Bali, or you’re just there for a holiday, I would 100% recommend taking the trip!
You can get a fast boat from Bali to Nusa Penida, and then you will likely get off at a floating terminal and put into a smaller boat to take you to the island.
You will have to pay a fee on arriving to an island Official per person, so don’t be alarmed. Just ensure that it is the official guard and not a random person asking for money.
A Mini Guide to Nusa Penida Island
I would strongly advise AGAINST hiring a bike here, of any kind. The roads are precarious and unless you are FULLY competent on a bike, I just personally would not risk it. You can hire a driver for the day to take you to all the hot spots.
We did a tour of the west of the Nusa Penida island which covered Broken Beach, Kelingking Beach, the Famous Angel’s Billabong, and then up to the Crystal Bay Beach.
Be warned: The instagram game is strong here!
Meaning, you will be in queues of people all trying to get THE shot, which can be very frustrating as it is a bit of a tourist trap. Beautiful to see, but a trap nonetheless.
If I were to recommend how I would do it next time, as long as you are a fit and healthy individual, I would head to Kelingking Beach and pack a lunch bag, with snacks and P L E N T Y of water, then travel down the steps all the way to the beach. Spend the day enjoying the beach with all your snacks, and then when it is cooler, ascend the steps.
When we were there it was the highest sun and we had a 2 year old with us, so that was not an option. People were coming up the steps looking like they were about to pass out, asking for water. So BE PREPARED. But the beach looked beautiful and not too busy.
We spent the afternoon at Crystal Bay beach, relaxing and playing in the ocean which was a nice come down from the hustle and bustle of being a tourist all day.
If you’ve been to Nusa Penida island, let us know! We’d love to pick up any extra tips or just have a chat about the lovely island!!
Until next time!
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