For the best nusa penida trip you’ll need a swimsuit, towel, camera, and maybe a change of clothes. It’s also a good idea to bring plenty of sunscreen since there are few shaded areas.
The number one sight to see on the island is Kelingking Beach, a stunning T-Rex shaped cliff overlooking a gorgeous blue sea. The hike down is a workout and a bit scary but the views are worth it!
1. Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach
Angel’s Billabong is an enchanting natural wonder and one of Nusa Penida’s top attractions. This beautiful spot is a natural tidal pool that overlooks the ocean. This place is usually crowded with tourists but if you come here early in the morning you can enjoy this magical spot almost all to yourself.
While you’re here be sure to walk around Broken Beach as well, it is a great spot that also overlooks the sea. This spot is surrounded by towering cliffs and feels totally secluded. It is a bit dangerous to swim here so make sure you watch the tide carefully.
On your way back from Broken Beach be sure to stop at the Goa Giri Putri cave temple. This is a unique and mystical experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list. You will need to pay a small fee to enter and you should bring a sarong as it is a sacred place of worship.
2. Kelingking Beach
If you’re a fan of Instagram, you’ve probably seen photos of this picturesque beach. You can visit this natural tidal pool and enjoy the stunning views, but make sure to plan your trip around low tide as high tide means water from the ocean will start splashing into it.
The best way to get here is by hiring a scooter from your accommodation. It’s cheap and easy to do, but be warned that the roads on Nusa Penida are very rough and may be too much for you if you’re not confident riding a scooter. There are also short taxi trips available at the harbor area and some of the popular spots, although they are a bit more expensive.
Kelingking is usually very busy from 10 a.m until 2 p.m because day trippers from Bali arrive at this time to watch the sunset. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit the Paluang Cliff nearby which has the same beautiful scenery but is less crowded. There are swings and photo platforms here as well as a quirky car temple to see.
3. Tembeling Beach
Tembeling Beach is a natural pool hidden in the cliffs on Nusa Penida’s west coast. It’s one of the most scenic spots on the island and a must-see for nature lovers. The view of the cliffs and ocean is stunning, but I didn’t find the water to be swimmable.
It’s also a great spot to relax with a refreshing drink or snack in the shade by the forest. There are a few swings facing the ocean as well.
If you’re looking for a more adventurous experience, take the risk of going down to the beach through the cave. It’s a little tricky and requires some skill on your scooter, but the reward is a gorgeous secret beach that few people know about!
The best way to visit the most highlights of Nusa Penida in a day is on an Ultimate Nusa Penida Day Trip Tour from Bali or renting a car with private driver on the island. If you don’t feel confident enough to drive, I recommend booking a Nusa Penida Tour Package or finding accommodation around the Toya Pakeh harbor or north in the town of Sampalan.
4. Diamond Beach
Diamond Beach is another stunning spot in Nusa Penida but isn’t quite as popular as Tembeling or Kelingking. This pristine white sand beach is cozied up against a large cliff wall, surrounded by turquoise waters and palm trees.
It’s reached by a steep set of stairs, which can be pretty daunting and even scary at times. But the views are absolutely worth it, especially if you look down at the beach from above.
This beach is in the eastern part of Nusa Penida and has recently been opened to the public. However, it has already become a favorite among domestic and foreign tourists due to its beautiful natural scenery, complete with the white sand, coral rocks and coconut trees that make the beach so alluring.
If you want to avoid arranging all the transportation on your own, it is better to join a tour package that includes all the best things to do on Nusa Penida. This East Nusa Penida Island Tour from Bali Cheapest Tours, for example, is a good choice and comes with a hassle-free pick up and drop off from your hotel in Toya Pakeh, fast boat tickets and an island tour and lunch included.
5. Secret Penida Cafe
This restaurant is an amazing place to take a bite to eat while admiring the view of the crystal clear waters. The menu is quite diverse and provides a wide range of options to choose from, including seafood dishes and grilled meats. It also features a variety of vegetarian and vegan menu choices to suit different preferences.
The restaurant’s design is modern and minimalistic, with an emphasis on natural materials. The outdoor seating area is beautifully decorated and surrounded by lush greenery, creating a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. In addition, the staff is friendly and helpful, making this a great choice for anyone looking for an authentic Nusa Penida experience.
The best way to explore Nusa Penida is by taking part in a Nusa Penida tour. This allows you to avoid the hassle of renting a scooter and lets you skip lines at popular locations like Kelingking Beach and Angel’s Billabong. In addition, it includes air-conditioned transportation and a knowledgeable guide. It’s the perfect option for those who want to see the most exotic spots on the island in one day!