Nusa Penida 101 by Bukit Vista

img Adiel Bukitvista | July 18, 2023

Put on your beach shirt, jump on a scooter, and hang a camera around your neck to fully enjoy the island life. Yes, welcome to the piece of heaven on earth, Nusa Penida. From the holy temple to the incredible view of white sand and pristine beach, Nusa Penida has it all in one island pack.

In this article I will share some basic information supplies to anticipate your holiday; how to get here, the stunning spots, recommended places to eat, and exhilarating tours! Are you ready?

Let’s begin …

Nusa Penida – an Insight

Nusa Penida is part of 3-islands group on the east side of Bali, after Ceningan and Lembongan. Compared to the two others, this Penida is the biggest one. Don’t ask me which one is better, that will be the hardest question ever. Each island has its own greatness that I will share with you in the next article.

Nusa Penida has a lot of beautiful destinations. You can visit iconic destinations like Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong Beach, Crystal Bay, and the Tree House, or even just a random beach beside the main road. All are beautiful!

Just take a 40-minute fast boat trip from Bali, this island is pretty safe for solo or group travelers and provides proper basic needs such as pharmacy, mini market, even gas station.

How to Get Here

The simplest way to get in Nusa Penida is taking a fast boat from Sanur harbor. There are plenty of boat provider like idola express available that cost around IDR 150K per trip. So you just simply go to Sanur, and buy the ticket on the spot. Some boat companies even have a shuttle service from your hotel. The earliest boat will be leaving at 7 am, and the latest at 4.30 pm.

nusa penida speedboat

Should you want to bring your scooter or car to this island, there is a bigger ferry operating 2 times per day from Padang Bai harbor. It takes at least 3 hours trip from Kuta to get to the harbor.

Once you arrived at Nusa Penida, there are also many options to get to the homestay.

  • You can rent a scooter straight from the harbor, it costs around 100-120K IDR per day, depending on the season. On the holy days when the people come from Bali to do the ceremony here, the scooter will be rare to find and cost a bit higher.
  • For those bringing a huge luggage, you can get a taxi from the harbor to drop you at the homestay, and rent a scooter from there instead.
  • If you book one of Bukit Vista properties in Nusa Penida, you can also book our pickup service and our driver will take you from the harbor directly to your place. 

transportation nusa penida

What to Do in Nusa Penida 

There are a lot of beautiful spots in Nusa Penida that made your trip won’t be enough for one or two days only. Here I show some popular places that you should visit:

Angel’s Billabong

Broken Beach

Manta Point


Atuh Beach

Giri Temple

Atuh Hill

Thousand Islands

Where to Eat in Nusa Penida 

Nowadays, there are a lot of restaurants lined up along the road on this island. Local “warung”, coffee shop, even pizza restaurants are available. These are many places that I personally recommend you to get some meals:

Mentigi Traditional Market

Here is the place where you can ‘eat like local’. This Mentigi market sells fishes and vegetables in the morning and magically turn into a food court in the night. But please note that your stomach is ready to take the consequences of the strange food. Don’t forget to always ask the seller “TIDAK PEDAS”, means no spicy for your food.

This is the most wanted dessert; Terang Bulan. Some people called it ‘street pancake’ since it has a similar texture with the pancake, and then you add your favorite topping as chocolate, cheese, or strawberry jam.

The Chill Penida

The Chil Penida located just 5 minutes from Sampalan harbor with a stunning ocean view.  Whether relaxing in the day bed in the front of the infinity pool enjoying the signature drinks or swing with the ocean breeze.

It’s perfect pre and posts your adventurous day in Nusa Penida Island

Penida Colada

A casual hangout on the beach serving international food & cocktails with ocean views. What else do you need to rewind, hangout with your friends and enjoy the breathtaking view

How to Get Around in Nusa Penida 

Rent a Scooter

Just like in Bali, renting scooter sounds like the best idea. Nusa Penida is different. The roads are mostly ups and downs, especially the way to get in the tourism spot, so you should be extra careful. Our staff at our properties can also help you with scooter rental if you need one. 

nusa penida scooter

Book a Daily Tour

If you are not confident to ride the scooter, there are many driver who offer one day tour by car. It usually cost around 600-800K per day, including driver and gasoline. Ideally, two days will be perfect to hire a driver to take you around; first day to Kelingking area, the second day to Atuh Beach in the opposite direction. In each area, they will take you to 3 or 4 spots in a day.

We can also provide you our special tour to take you to some of the spots in Nusa Penida. 

nusa penida tour

Looking for accommodation in Nusa Penida 

Sounds like a fun trip right! Should you ever travel to Bali, you should definitely visit Nusa Penida to get that full island experience and  experience the breathtaking nature surrounding it. As a leading property manager in Bali & Nusa Penida, we have countless of rental vocation homes for your next trip! 

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