Nusa Penida tour information
If you visit Bali and want its natural beauty, then your visit is not complete without visiting Nusa Penida. There are several neighborhood islands situated in the southeast of Bali, approximately 20 km from Denpasar, these islands are Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan, each island has its unique natural beauty and are the best natural tourist destinations that you must visit while in Bali. In this article, we will only discuss about Nusa Penida, while for the other 2 islands, we will discuss it on another occasion.
Where is it?
Nusa Penida is located in the southeast of Bali island, separated from the main island by the badung strait. In addition to Nusa Penida Island, there are also some small islands around it, are Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Tourists often refer this island to a golden egg island, because there is a part of the island that resembles an egg. Nusa Penida has many natural tourist spots that will captivate you, some tourism activities can be done in Nusa Penida include marine tourism such as snorkeling and diving in crystal-clear waters, spiritual tours by visiting temples which is sacred by Hindus, and of course Nusa Penida has amazing beautiful white sandy beach, beyond that all there are also spectacular natural scenery spots in this island.
How to get there?
Nusa Penida can only be accessed by sea, because there is no connecting bridge between the main island of Bali and Nusa Penida, there is also no small airport like the one in Karimunjawa or Biak island. There are 4 ways by means of transportation to get to Nusa Penida, are:
1. Using traditional boat with onboard engine.
2. Using fast boat (speed boat)
3. Using Roro ship – Nusa Jaya Abadi (main transportation)
4. Using cruise ship (Quick Silver) most of this cruise ship ended in Nusa Lembongandi.
Using Roro ship (Roll of Roll on) Nusa Jaya Abadi
First of all, a traveler must head to Padang Bai Port in Padang Bai village, Karangasem Regency. This port located in the eastern part of Bali Island, this port is one of the journey entry points from Bali to the eastern part of Indonesia. From Kuta, Denpasar area, it takes approximately 1.5 hours drive to Padang Bai port. A little advice, if on vacation to Nusa Penida from Bali, it’s good for travelers to rent a motorbike from Bali to simplify the trip and saving the budget, the rate is also cheap, one day 1 x 24 hours is only 60 thousand.
The Roro ship departs from Padang Bai port, the schedule is 2 times a day, the first departure at 11.00 Wita and the second one at 1:00 p.m. While the price of tickets for adults is Rp. 15,000 and for motorbikes Rp. 20. 000. The journey duration from Padang Bai to Nusa Penida is approximately 1 hour.
Using Jukung – a traditional wooden boat
Traditional boat departs via Kusamba Beach and takes approximately 1 hour to reach Nusa Penida. the price is only Rp.35,000 per person, and will be docked on the Toya Pakeh Nusa Penida.
Using regular fast boat
Fast Boat is the best choice if you do not want to linger over the sea on a boat, such as traditional Roro or wooden boat.
There are 2 port options where you can use the fast boat, are:
- Departure from Padang Bai port nearby the Roro ship. From Padang Bai to Buyuk harbor on Nusa Penida akes approximately 30 minutes. And the ticket price is around Rp. 85,000 per way.
- Departure from Sanur port, this fast boat express takes about 20 minutes faster, the schedule is almost every two hours, starting from 8:00 upto 16:00, departure adjusts to the conditions of the sea. The ticket price is around Rp. 150,000 per way. Some of the names of the ships are Maruti, Idol, Mola-Mola, Penida to Angel Billabong Fast Boat.
Using Cruises Catamaran
The journey uses the Catamaran Cruise starting from Benoa Harbor, most of the cruises like Bunty Cruises and Bali Hai heads Nusa Lembongan Island except the Quicksilver cruise which is docks at Toya Pakeh (Nusa Penida). There are many facilities offered additionally if you use this curise ship.
The Cruises ship are more often used by foreign and domestic tourists who want to travel to the Nusa Lembongan or Penida tourist areas, the package usually included watersport activities and villages tours, the rate is relative but are clearly more expensive than other modes of transportation.
Places of Interest around Nusa Penida
Klingking Secret point
Kelingking Beach is a hidden beach in the village of Bunga Mekar, on the southwestern coast of Nusa Penida island. You can enjoy one of the most breath-taking views over the hills and small strip of white sand from atop a hill of the same name. The sight features a limestone headland covered in green, against the deep blue waters of the open Indian Ocean. This unique formation is reminiscent of a Tyrannosaurus Rex head, hence its nickname ‘T-Rex Bay’. The secluded beach itself is down a rugged 400m cliffside hike. This is recommended only for the fit and adventurous.
The second route to go to Nusa Penida from Karangasem Regency can through the Padangbai Harbor-Buyuk harbor Buyuk harbor is located in the Buyuk, Kutampi, Nusa Penida. Time needed if crossing by this route is approximately 30 minutes. Landing place of this path is in the Port of Buyuk. Below is detail information about the crossing to Nusa Penida through Padangbai harbor-Buyuk harbor.
Nusa Penida harbor
Route to go to Nusa Penida from Karangasem Regency, one of which able is through Padangbai harbour-Nusa Penida harbor. Time needed using this route is approximately 30 minutes. Tha landing of this route is in the Port of Nusa Penida. Below is detail information about the crossing to Nusa Penida using Padangbai harbour to Nusa Penida harbor route.
Mentigi traditional market
Pasar Tradisional Mentigi terletak di Mentigi, desa Batunuggul, Nusa Penida. Untuk menuju pasar ini sangatlah mudah, terletak dekat dari pantai yaitu pantai Mentigi, juga sangat dekat dengan 2 pelabuhan yaitu Pelabuhan Nusa Penida yang menggunakan Ferry sebagai transportasi utama di laut dan Pelabuhan Mentigi yang menggunakan Jukung (perahu) sebagai transportasi utama.
Malibu point bay
Malibu Point, on southeast Penida, lies on a very steep slope, with table corals and big bommies. There are huge schools of rainbow runners, big trevallys, and rays. Malibu Point is Penida’s best location to see a variety of sharks. Malibu point is small bay with idyllic white sandy beach lined with palm trees at the south-east side of Nusa Penida, the larger of 3 islands between Bali and Lombok. During our break time between dives around the island.
Manta Point on Penida’s southwest coast has dramatic limestone cliffs that descend straight into the ocean. The swell and surge however can be strong. The mantas seen here are 2 to 4m (6 1/2 — 13 ft.) in size at an average depth of 5 to 10m (16 — 33 ft.); you may see other big fish such as Mola-Mola, bamboo sharks, shark rays, tuna, tiger mackerel, and dolphins, while the smaller fish include other rays and unicornfish.
Pasih Uug is just like Uluwatu beach in Bali main island, the only different is there is no such as temples or apes. However, the view at Pasih Uug is no less beautiful than Uluwatu. In addition, Pasih Uug is much quieter and more comfortable because it is convenient away from residential areas.
Old Manta point
Old manta point is one of the best places for diving in Nusa Penida to see manta ray fish. This is where the Manta ray usually gather to eat the planktons.
Guyangan water spring
Guyangan water spring is located at Banjar Guyangan, Batukandik vilage, on the southern part of Nusa Penida. This water spring is located about 23 km from the Port of Nusa Penida. To reach this water spring we can use a bicycle, motorcycle or car but it will only take you to the upper cliff of the water spring. We need to take stairs down through the cliif to reach the water spring.
It will be really tiring to go down the cliff. Along the journey we will see a very beautiful coastal scenery, quiet, comfortable, cool and natural. After we reach the bottom you will found the water spring, located side by side with the high seas separated by 10m high cliff. There’s a water spring pool also there, you can take a bath while you enjoying the beautiful sea scenary.
Puncak Mundi Windmill
Puncak Mundi is a beautiful hilly tourist area which is also the highest point of Nusa Penida. From Puncak mundi, we can look around Nusa Penida. In fact, we can also see the highest mountain (Mount Agung) in Bali from this location very clearly sometimes. The area of Puncak Mundi located right on the summit of Mount Mundi in Banjar Flat. This area is also right in the middle of Nusa Penida. The interesting object in Puncak Mundi is the windmills, which serves as a powerhouse.
Inside the bay is sheltered from the currents, with a wonderful array of soft corals. Move outside the bay and feel the current pick up, sometimes trying to pull you down the sand & coral slope. Stick with our experienced guides and stick close to the reef. These currents bring with them good chances of encounters with the larger schooling ocean fishes and Mola mola in season. Usually great visibility here and often very cold. In the corner of the bay is a small bat cave you can surface in and take a breath.
Hanging Yellow bridge
The recently built suspension bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan allows visitors to easily access each island. The narrow bridge allows access by foot, bicycle or motor bike: it is unsuitable for cars. The Ceningan Strait runs almost dry at low tide and is given over to seaweed cultivation at the western end. It’s worth visiting this area just to cross the bridge as it provides a very scenic view.
This bay located on the northwest of Nusa Penida, off Toyapakeh Strait, between Toyapakeh and Crystal Bay. Gamet bay is the only good site on Nusa Penida that is not a drift dive. The shallow depths here are exceptionally rich with colourful soft coral, hard corals, gorgonians, bommies and many reef fish. You may want to stay for your whole dive as the colour of Gamet’s shallow reef simply glows. Following the slope into 10 to 20 metres of water, a series of large bommies provide some protection from the current and are probably the nicest part of the reef. Sharks are common, especially at a depth of 20 – 25 metres where there is a cave which almost always has white tip reef sharks hiding in it. At 18 metres, there are two caves where you will often find green turtles, occasionally seen in Gamet Bay itself.
Banjar Nyuh harbor
Second path option to go to Nusa Penida from Denpasar is Sanur-Banjar Nyuh. Sanur located in Denpasar. There is a place to cross over to Nusa Penida. You can use a wooden boat to cross to Nusa Penida from this small harbor, this wooden boat called “jukung”. Banjar Nyuh harbour located at Ped Village.
Driving to the north, passing houses of local seaweed farmers you will soon notice that the landscape changes into mangrove forest. The whole north-east part of Nusa Lembongan area is covered with mangrove. The dirt road suddenly stops and there will be someone asking for a fee before you are able to continue driving. Pass this point there is the Mangrove Restaurant where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Agung accompanied with something to eat and drink.