How many days to stay on Nusa Penida?
Nusa Penida is a large island located a 40-minute boat ride from Bali. It ranks among the 'Must-visit' destinations, as it is home to the most Instagram-worthy landmarks such as Diamond Beach, Kelingking Cliff, and Broken Beach. Travelers come here for stunning snorkeling experiences and unique water activities, including swimming with giant manta rays.
When planning a journey, the question arises - how much time to dedicate to Nusa Penida?
If you have the opportunity, it is ideal to spend at least two days here, leisurely exploring all the main attractions of this relatively large island scattered along the coastline.
What can you see on Nusa Penida in one day, two, and three days?
If you have only one day on the island, it won't be possible to see all the top attractions, even if you don't spend much time at each of them.
Firstly, Nusa Penida has quite extensive distances and poor roads.
Secondly, it gets dark early here, so after witnessing the sunset, the only places you might include in your visit list are restaurants, hotels, or the port.
On a one-day trip, you'll have to choose which attractions you want to visit.
Alternatively, would you prefer to leave time for a beach vacation? Atuh Beach and Crystal Bay are perfect for swimming.
Are you planning to swim with manta rays? Then include snorkeling in your itinerary. On our website, you will find three options for a one-day trip to Nusa Penida.
Choosing a two-day tour allows you to dedicate the first day to excursions and beach relaxation: take a stroll around the enormous hole in the ground - the unique Broken Beach, admire the power of the ocean waves at Angel’s Billabong, if you dare, descend down the cliff to the wild Kelingking Beach and feel like a character from the famous movie with Leonardo DiCaprio. Afterward, take a dip in the warm turquoise waters of Crystal Bay.
After such a packed day, staying on the island and relaxing at the hotel is priceless.
In the morning, you'll wake up refreshed and ready for new vibrant experiences, such as snorkeling with giant manta rays. Marvel at how gracefully they glide through the water, slowly flapping their wings. Mantas are completely safe for humans, and the chance to encounter them in these waters is nearly 100%.
If you are a fan of slow-travel, it would be ideal to spend three days on Nusa Penida.
You can also include the treehouse Rumah Pohon in your itinerary, which offers a breathtaking view of the island's rocky coast and the ocean. Here, you can capture impressive photos in the style of Robinson Crusoe. By the way, did you know that Rumah Pohon is not just a picturesque spot but also a hotel that offers treehouse accommodations? The conditions are basic, but it provides a unique experience in its own way.
You will definitely have time to reach the most remote and tranquil beach - Atuh Beach and visit another gem of Nusa Penida - Diamond Beach, named so because of the rock formation resembling a diamond.
You can find options for two-day and three-day itineraries HERE.
But what if I want to go on my own route?
If you want to go according to your own route, that's absolutely fine! If you already know which specific places you want to visit on Nusa Penida, you can rent a car with a driver and travel at your own pace. Such a trip has its advantages - you decide how much time to spend at each location, where to have lunch, and when to return home. The driver can also offer advice on optimizing the route so that you can cover it fully without getting too tired.
Renting a car will be cheaper than a tour, but you'll have to buy entrance tickets to all attractions separately.
Is it possible to come to Nusa Penida with your own transportation?
Coming to Nusa Penida from Bali with your own transportation is only possible by ferry from Padang Bay port. In this case, the journey to the island will take considerably more time than on a fast boat.
If you wish to explore Nusa Penida on your own, you can rent a scooter locally. There are many rental services around the port, although the condition of their bikes, as well as the roads on the island, may leave something to be desired.
Speedboats from the Sanur port operate daily. The travel time is 40-50 minutes. You can purchase tickets HERE.