When traveling around Indonesia there is just one place you cannot miss. This place is the incredible island of Nusa Penida. With its breathtaking nature, you will never regret a visit to Nusa Penida. There are a lot of things to do in Nusa Penida and we would recommend staying on the island for a couple of days. If you don’t have the time for a longer visit, then Nusa Penida is also a perfect day trip from Bali or other islands in the area. Below we have gathered 8 of the most incredible things to do when visiting Nusa Penida.
1. Explore the famous Kelingking Beach (the famous T-Rex)
Kelingking beach and the breathtaking view from the Kelingking viewpoint is definitely a must-see in Nusa Penida. It is the reason why the island has become so popular over the past few years. And we definitely understand why. Crystal clear water, lush greenery, and an ocean view as far as the eye can see – Kelingking is a place you must visit.
From the top of the viewpoint, you will be able to walk along a path down to the beach. This climb down takes around 40 minutes depending on your speed and breaks to take in the stunning views.
2. Diving or snorkeling in Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is the perfect place to get your PADI. Their marine life is incredible – Especially in Manta Bay. Here you will have the opportunity to see Manta Rays. And don’t worry if you aren’t that big a fan of diving. Going on a boat trip and snorkeling around the beautiful creatures is also a possibility.
3. Take a cool dip at Angel’s Billabong
Another popular place to visit in Nusa Penida is Angel’s Billabong. This place is a natural tide pool with crystal clear water. If you arrive at the right time (low tide) you will get the best experience of the pool. The clear water makes it possible for you to be amazed by the different textures and patterns beneath the surface. And if you want, you can even take a dip in the beautiful water.
4. A cultural visit to the underground temple Pura Goa Giri Putri
In the northern part of Nusa Penida, you will find the amazing Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave. This is a religious sight perched in a mountain and is well-visited by Balinese people as well as tourists. The atmosphere of sight is very special. The entrance to the cave is very impressive – you must crawl through a crack in the rocks and afterward you will be awarded an incredible inside of a 300-meter-long cave. The Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave is definitely worth a visit in Nusa Penida.
5. Take some time to relax at Crystal Bay
This amazing bay is surrounded by green palms and a beautiful view of the crystal blue ocean. The area has good snorkeling opportunities, swimming, and just plain old relaxation. Crystal Bay is also a perfect place to watch the sunset. If you are a bit adventurous, you can visit the small island in the bay. It has a small temple and is a fun thing to do while you spend some time at Crystal Bay.
6. Be amazed by Mother Nature at Broken Beach
Broken Beach is a small cove in Nusa Penida. The name of the cove comes from the natural archway around the bay which allows water from the ocean to flow in and out. Unfortunately, you can’t visit the beach in the cove. But take in the beautiful sight and be amazed by Mother Nature.
7. Go beach hunting
Nusa Penida is famous for its beautiful beaches. A visit to the island without a trip to some of the beaches is almost unthinkable. But there are a lot of beaches, and it can be quite difficult to know which ones to visit if your time is limited. Some of the most popular ones are Kelingking Beach, Crystal Bay, Atuh Beach, and Diamond Beach. But there are a lot more of them, all worth a visit if you have the time.
8. Stay a night at Rumah Pohon Treehouse
One of the things you should consider, if you are visiting Nusa Penida for a couple of days, is a stay at Rumah Poho Treehouse. Or at least a visit. A few minutes from Atuh Beach is this cozy treehouse. It has become very popular in the last few years and a definitive must-visit in Nusa Penida. The treehouse is surrounded by lush greenery and a breathtaking view.