Bali Day Trip to Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is a small island on the southeast coast of Bali,  next to Nusa Lembongan. Both are must sees for those who desire a break from the tourist gauntlet of Bali or for anyone who wants to see a gorgeous island that looks relatively untouched from development.  You can take a day trip to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan, or from Bali.

How to Get There

A thirty minute ferry ride from the port of Sanur takes to you to these rugged beautiful islands.  If you go from Bali, you have to factor in ferry time and may have a longer day, or you can choose to see less things. Look at either Rocky Fast Cruises or Scoot Cruises for a reputable safe and quick ferry ride. If you stay on Nusa Lembongan it is only a ten minute boat ride to cross over to Nusa Penida. You could also opt to stay on Nusa Penida.  You can hire a driver/guide or scooter around on your own. Unless you are an experienced scooter jockey, I don’t suggest this. It is a long day in the hot sun. In addition, the roads are terrible and the people I witnessed using scooters looked miserable (I thought as I sat in my AC sipping a coconut looking sympathetically).

Day Trip to Nusa Penida

I did a private day trip with Komang at Trip to Nusa Penida. You can find his phone number and email on the website. He is amazing! He made all the arrangements, including the boat ride to Nusa Penida as well as the scooter rides from the hotel to the boat for my friend and I. It was very personalized. We were driven in a nice van and lunch at a local warung was included. Komang is also an excellent photographer and took many of these amazing pics that I am in.  I will summarize my favorite spots!

Angel’s Billabong

What the heck is a billabong anyway, other than a surf store? Well, it is a natural pool. This one was so tempting to swim in and I had seen Instagram photos of people blissfully floating in this idyllic pool. However, it is not always safe. The tide happened to be especially high and a storm looked to be brewing in the distance.

Day Trip to Nusa Penida

You have to climb down a somewhat precarious ledge of rocks. No biggie.

Day Trip to Nusa Penida

This pic demonstrates the power of the tide…it is so high that it creates beautiful waterfalls with every wave. Mesmerizing to watch, not good for swimming! I did brave the climb down,  in sandals which I DO NOT recommend,  but didn’t get it in. You can see the tide had just came into the billabong in this pic below.

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Broken Beach (Pasih Uug)

Day Trip to Nusa Penida

This stunning land bridge was formed when the land connected the arch to where I’m standing collapsed into the sea. There is a local legend about how this happened. Apparently the villagers killed a creature which happened to be the pet of a God. The God asked the villagers what happened to his pet and they lied. He found out they lied and cursed their land to fall into the sea. Personally I would do the same if someone messed with my pets! As much as I love a good legend, I’m thinking the land collapsed due to erosion or something. Hey, I’m not a damn geologist!

Kelingkling Beach

Day Trip to Nusa Penida

This was my favorite of all the locations. Absolutely breathtaking. It’s little scary up here so be careful! If you look carefully on the neck of T-Rex down there, you will see a tiny path leading to a crazy little staircase of sorts that takes you to the secret beach below. I so badly wanted to go down to that beach but weather was not cooperating this day and the path was slippery and extra scary. Plus, being on the beach in the rain wasn’t ideal. However, I would LOVE to return and do this someday.

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 Car Temple

Day Trip to Nusa PenidaWhat the ???  I never imagined there would be a Hindu temple devoted to cars, but apparently some God out there really likes cars and the locals decided to please him with this adorable temple.

There are other spots to visit. The island has waterfalls, caves and many beaches as well as scuba diving. Nusa Penida is large and because of the roads, you can’t see it all in day. We did the western side of the island and seeing these spots took most of the day. We decided to skip the pool because we were told it was dry. Instead we ended the day sipping Bintangs at a Crystal Bay beach.

Helpful Tips

If  you are looking for places to stay, I stayed at Poh Manis Resort on Nusa Lembongan and loved it. If you prefer to stay on Nusa Penida, you can book here:

I recommend you bring lots of water and decent shoes because there are opportunities for climbing. Definitely bring stuff for the beach as well. including towel, hat, swimsuit, sunglasses and sunscreen.  I brought my trekking shoes/trainers and ended up leaving them in the car. Komang found them and contacted me and was kind enough to leave them at my hotel in Canggu, Bali a few days later when he was in Bali. this was incredibly thoughtful of him and I was thrilled to get my beloved shoes back. However, I didn’t have them for the days I was planning to trek Mount Rinjani on Lombok!

Read More:  Shoeless and Clueless: Trekking Mount Rinjani

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About The Author

Cherene Saradar

Cherene is a travel expert with 30 years of experience in over 100 countries and 7 continents. She has traveled solo to over 50 countries. She is also a nurse anesthesiologist with over 20 years of healthcare experience. Her passions include wildlife travel and visiting wine regions of the world.


  1. Adventures with Crystal | 16th Nov 18

    I wouldn’t have pictured Bali with so many cliffs. The temple also looks like such an amazing, spiritual spot. I’ve been wanting to go to Bali and will definitely add these spots to my list.

    • csaradar | 17th Nov 18

      Oh yes lots of dramatic cliffs and views. It is so much bigger than I expected!

  2. Becoming a Global Citizen | 24th Jun 18

    Hi, after I dock in nusa penida, are there drivers for hire on that area?

    • csaradar | 24th Jun 18

      I am pretty sure you can also find one. It seems like everytime you get off of a boat anywhere in this region, you are surrounded by people offering taxis.

  3. Shaireen Abedin | 20th May 18

    Hey there! May I ask how much you paid for the day trip with the driver?
    And just to confirm you went from Lembongan to Nusa Penida right?
    Thanks so much

    • csaradar | 20th May 18

      Hello! Yes I was picked up by scooter in Lembongan and then took boat over to Nusa Penida. I think we payed $80 roughly but I honestly can’t remember now! I am so sorry. Whatever it was I thought it was worth it for the picks up and the air con car ride around the island:)

  4. batukaranglembongan | 24th Jan 18

    Stunning, this place looks astonishing! I also want to go there someday. Awesome post with accommodation services and delightful photographs.Thanks for sharing!

    • csaradar | 25th Jan 18

      You’re so welcome. It blew me away with the raw unspoiled nature.

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  6. rommanne | 20th Aug 17

    What wonderful pictures! This looks like heaven on Earth! Added to my bucket list 🙂

    • csaradar | 21st Aug 17

      Thank you! I hope you make it there! Will be worth it:)

      • rommanne | 21st Aug 17

        Yes, I plan to go there in 2018. Fingers crossed.

  7. Monet | 10th Aug 17

    How much was it to book a guide? I’m going to Nusa Penida in a few weeks! The guide sounds awesome! 🙂

    • csaradar | 11th Aug 17

      I think my friend and I paid the equivalent of $50 each…to have whole day with car including pick ups and boat ride fro Nusa Lembongan. So nice you’re going! it’s amazing!! Komang was excellent guide. If you are already on Nusa Penida price will probably be less.

      • Sajib Bhowmik | 3rd Jan 18

        Hey, we are in Bali at the moment, so did u say 35 USD??!! That’s great please provide the guide details

        • csaradar | 3rd Jan 18

          Hello. I provided the link in the post, called Trip to Nusa Penida where you can find Komang, the guide and negotiate the price with him! Have fun!

        • Jennifer | 6th Jan 18

          Ya no…just emailed him for a trip this week and he’s 1.500.000 IDR now. Okay pal.

          • csaradar | 6th Jan 18

            Yes that is a bit more than I had paid. I think maybe I caught him at a slow time or perhaps he has more business now. I didn’t get any kind of special deal because he didn’t know I was a blogger. Maybe the tour goes to more places than I did? I don’t know for sure. Thank you for the information.

  8. Erin Bast | 1st Jul 17

    Wow, this place looks amazing! I would love to go there someday. Wonderful post with helpful information and beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Aarti Kamath | 1st Jul 17

    Wow, you must have had a great time here. You have also got some great shots here!… I am pinning this post for my proposed Bali tour (which I an unsure when)!

    • csaradar | 9th Jul 17

      I hope you make it there soon!

  10. Aarti Kamath | 1st Jul 17

    Stunning Pics!.. I have no idea when I would be going to Bali next but this location indeed goes to my places to see!.. You managed to get some great shot no doubt 🙂

    • csaradar | 9th Jul 17

      Than yoU! I can’t recommend it enough. Komang was the best guide too.

  11. California Globetrotter | 1st Jul 17

    OMG looks like a wonderful day trip!!! Pinned to my Bali board! #blogpostsaturday

    • csaradar | 9th Jul 17

      thanks babe!!

  12. Nana | 1st Jul 17

    Thanks for inspiration – I am going to Bali soon and since its high season at that time I have been looking a bit for something less touristic to visit – and I love to explore and nature so it sounds like a great option! Kr nana

    • csaradar | 9th Jul 17

      Always great to get off the tourist track a bit. It’s getting harder and harder isn’t it?

  13. Gracefully Global | 24th Jun 17

    Looks totally gorgeous. Hoping to make it one day. Thanks for all the tips…

    • csaradar | 24th Jun 17

      I hope you do! One of the highlights of my trip:)

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