Day Trip – Nusa Penida Best Locations

A one day trip to Nusa Penida, do it yourself, Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Manta Bay and Crystal Bay

About

Nusa Penida is the most famous island southeast of  Bali and includes the neighboring small island of Nusa Lembongan. It is drier than the nearby island of Bali.

There is very little tourist infrastructure and not so many tourists so it’s a perfect getaway for one day.

There are a few ways of getting there here are two examples:

Agency: Just go to one of the many agency on Bali island you can get full pickup from hotel, boat, tour guide & driver price will be around 2.500.000 IDR or 200$ for 2 person

Do it youself
go to Sanur Kaja Ferry Terminal buy tickets directly arround 250.000 IDR/pers round trip, so about 35$ for 2, the prices for locals are half so if you can pass as a local or have someone buy it for you can get it even cheaper

Once you are on the island you can rent a motorbike for 100.000 IDR right in the port in total of 40$ for two person total.

You can additionally go to a travel agency and request a pickup from hotel to ferry with ferry tickets only for around 400.000 IDR / pers if you cannot figure how to get to the port.

Angel's Billabong

Crystal Bay

Kelingking Beach

Manta Bay

Broken Beach

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Preparations

So either way you choose to go you will take the boat from Sanur Kaja Ferry Terminal, so expect the morning to be really full of people, bad traffic and big line ups to the ticket terminal where you will receive your id tag to get on boat.

After a long wait for you boat to come up, you will line up to drop off yours shoes, yes you have to leave yours shoes before you actually go on boat and be prepared to get wet because there is no pontoon to walk into the boat.

The boats are usually speedboats  and the ride only takes about 1 hour and for some weird reason i had internet access the entire time

But there is NO INTERNET and NO PHONE SIGNAL on the actual island so if you plan on using any kind of map service like google maps i suggest you download the map before you get there.

Kelingking food

Arriving 

On arrival you will have to drop the id tags and you are on your own, take notice there is nothing much there, one or two taxi drivers you can rent for a full day for about 1.000.000 IDR  or about 70$ depends on season or rent a scooter for about 70.000 IDR / day or about 7$.

We initially planned to hire a driver but since we didn’t need any ID to rent the scooter just pay and go we took a fast way out and we didn’t regret it.

The roads were so small only a car would fit on it and we had to avoid a lot of cars so consider this if you want to bike around Penida.

Now depending on how long you plan to stay on the island, I can tell you one day is barely enough to enjoy everything, I suggest booking a night at Bintang Hostel for about 8$ a night if it’s not for you maybe you can check out this hotels

Kelingking beach

Our first stop in the morning was at Kelingking beach, after we got a bit lost on the road due to unforeseen sign indicators missing we were lucky to enjoy a full breakfast there at the small restaurant there and trust me eating breakfast with that fantastic view is well i have no words for it you just have to do it.

There are 2 main points, the top vantage point with the monkey temple, they are not so friendly so try not to get to close they do bite.

Most of people just come here take some pictures and go further, but if you are one of the crazy ones and have some good boots on you can go down on the second point the beach and enjoy a closer at the mantas swimming around. In 2018 the trail was very bad and most of the rail was gone.

Kelingking
Angels Billabong

Angel’s Billabong

I know it’s a mouthful, I tried to ask the locals many times and never got it right, but you will get there eventually and it’s worth it. The road here is pretty bad and very rocky one small rock can turn your day so drive safe. This must be visited up until noon afterward it becomes unsafe due to high tide and big waves pushing inside it, please be careful people have been injured badly or even worse and there are still no clear warnings and it’s not easy to get out once you are inside.

Broken Beach

If you arrived at Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach is in same spot you just need to walk on broken lava for about 10 minutes and you are there. It’s an arched tunnel in the cliffs, allowing the ocean to flow into a pool. Yes you can go walk on it, we noticed this was a wedding photo-shoot so we couldn’t go there without disrupting them.

Broken Beach
Crystal Bay

Crystal Bay

This should be your last stop because it will take a while here to relax all day long, snorkel and just enjoy the sun. The water is clear so either bring snorkeling gear or rent it from there. The beach is not big but there isn’t a lot of tourists either so I suggest spending at least 3 – 4 hours here but don’t forget you have to catch the speedboat back to Bali. I hope this information helped you and see you on another adventure. If you have any questions or tips please leave a comment.

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