Nusa Penida

Until a few years ago, Nusa Penida was still a real insider tip. But thanks to Instagram, the island with its clear blue water and breathtaking rock formations has become increasingly popular. And understandably so! Because I really liked Nusa Penida. It feels like Nusa Penida is still what Bali was before the big tourism boom. Everything here is still a bit more rustic and original. But here and there you will see a cool restaurant, a cute café or a chic beach bar in the well-known Bali boho style.

Nevertheless, Nusa Penida is much quieter than Bali. Perhaps this is also due to the fact that many Balinese avoid the island because, according to legend, the evil giant Jero Gede Mecaling lives here. But you should definitely not avoid the island! Because the beaches are a dream. You definitely won't get a panorama like this everywhere!

Incidentally, it's not just Nusa Penida that is worth a visit. The neighboring islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are also worth a visit! Nusa Lembongang is home to just under 5,000 people who live mainly from seaweed cultivation. You will also find impressive cliffs and beautiful beaches there. The island is also characterized by its mangrove trees. You can reach Nusa Ceningan via a bridge. The island is still very undeveloped. However, its Blue Lagoon is making it an increasingly popular travel destination!


What to see

  1. Kelingking Beach
  2. Atuh Beach
  3. Diamond Beach
  4. Broken Beach
  5. Tembeling Beach
  6. Pandan Beach
  7. Crystal Bay
  8. Gamat Bay
  9. Goa Giri Putri Temple
  10. Angel's Billabong
  11. Thousand Islands Viewpoint
  12. Manta Point
  13. Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan
  14. Teletubbies Hill
  15. Guyangan Waterfall
  16. Seganing Waterfall

Where to Eat

I loved my accommodation on Nusa Penida so much that I also ate there. But I'm not sad about it, because the Warung Bambu Green won me over for both dinner and breakfast. I was able to enjoy my meal in peace and quiet and with a magnificent view of the jungle and the sea.

You can also find delicious food on Nusa Penida at the Amok Sunset beach club. There you can first enjoy the sunset from the pool and then order a delicious dinner.

Where to sleep

My very favorite accommodation during my Bali trip was on Nusa Penida. The Penida Bambu Green Suites were so beautiful that I was sad for the first time that I was traveling alone. Because it's usually the best moments that you want to share!

You can only reach the accommodation via a gravel path, as it is located in the middle of the jungle. The hotel rooms here are not rooms, but small bamboo houses with beautiful terraces and outdoor bathrooms. There is also a hammock with the best view of the main island of Bali and Mount Agung. It was my absolute dream accommodation. And best of all, it's not even expensive. So I can only recommend staying at the Penida Bambu Green Suites! Alternatively, there are the Penida Bambu Green Villas, which are also located on Nusa Penida.

What to see & discover:

Top 1: Kelingking Beach

My highlight and at the same time my nightmare was Kelingking Beach. I had seen so many pictures of the impressive rock formation on the famous beach. And it is indeed impressive in real life (or perhaps even more impressive). However, to fully enjoy the view, you should get here early! Because the view of Kelingking Beach attracts a lot of tourists.

The beach itself is much emptier. This could be because it is not so easy to reach. You have to climb down a steep cliff path, some of which involves climbing. Once you reach the bottom, you are rewarded with a beautiful (and empty) beach and bright blue water.

Only the waves here are very Turkish. Relaxing in the water is not the order of the day. Instead, you'll be jumping over the waves... or saving your things from the waves. Because they can reach unrecognizably far onto the beach. And that brings us to my nightmare: unfortunately, the waves caught my things and caused some water damage to my cell phone... When I wanted to climb back up, I logically had to take the same steep path again. Unfortunately, I had already used my water to clean my sandy clothes, so I arrived back at the parking lot completely exhausted and somewhat dehydrated. And then, after a little refreshment, I had to find my way back to the hotel without a GPS...

My trip was a bit of an adventure. So to make it better for you, you should definitely take care of your things (from the waves and the monkeys!) and have enough water with you!

By the way: Kelingking Beach costs 15K IDR entrance fee.

Top 2: Diamond & Atuh Beach

Diamond Beach and the adjacent Atuh Beach are no less famous. You will have seen countless pictures of this beach on Instagram. Although I found the view of Kelingking Beach even more impressive, the views here are also impressive! In addition, the plateau from where you can look out over the coast is more natural than at Kelingking Beach, which I liked better.

The biggest plus point, however, is that Diamond Beach is much easier to reach. This is because there are well-built steps leading down to the beach. Of course, it is also strenuous to walk up them again after your visit to the beach. In contrast to the climbing excursion at Kelingking Beach, however, this is only a small effort. The beach is also quite empty, so you can relax in peace and quiet!

Another thing you shouldn't miss is the view from Thousand Islands Viewpoint. There is a small wooden hut from where you have a unique view of the coast and the rock formations. It's also a good photo spot - I'm sure you've seen a photo of it somewhere before ;)

By the way: The entrance fee to Diamond & Atuh Beach is IDR 10K.

What else you should visit

Nusa Penida has so many other beautiful beaches. You should therefore plan enough time to see them all. You should not miss Angel's Billabong. This is a waterhole in the rocks where you can swim at low tide (it's too dangerous at high tide). It's like a natural infinity pool. Broken Beach is also located right next to Angel's Billabong. As both places are very popular, you should get here early to avoid the crowds.

Another highlight is Tembeling Beach and Forrest. The beach is somewhat hidden and therefore less frequented. The real highlight, however, are the natural pools in Tembeling Forrest. Nusa Penida also has so many more beautiful beaches to offer. We recommend Pandan Beach, which is close to the famous Crystal Bay, but is much emptier and perhaps even more beautiful. Gamat Bay is also popular. You can snorkel everywhere here. For a special snorkeling experience, however, you might want to head to Manta Point. Because you can dive with manta rays there!

Bege also recommended the Goa Giri Putri Temple to me. This is located in a large cave and is something completely different! There are also beautiful waterfalls on Nusa Penida, e.g. the Guyangan Waterfall or the Seganing Waterfall. Oh, and of course, a trip to the Teletubbies Hills is a must.

Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan

A trip to the neighboring islands of Nusa Penida is also worthwhile. You'll often find even fewer tourists here, but Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are no less beautiful! Similar to Nusa Penida, it is much more pristine there, but you will still find one or two cool beach clubs. Popular beaches on Nusa Lembongang are Coconut Beach and Mushroom Bay as well as Sandy Bay and Dream Beach.

On Nusa Ceningan, you should definitely not miss the Blue Lagoon. In the rocky bay, the blue water just beams at you. It is particularly popular at sunset. So it's better to come here at sunrise to enjoy the picturesque view in peace. However, the water is most radiant during the day - outside the golden hour. Nusa Ceningan also has one or two insider tips. Like the beach behind Villa Trevalley. You can visit it if you eat something there.

I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.