What to do in Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida offers so many beautiful beaches that are still untouched, it makes a perfect trip for those looking to escape the chaos and truly explore.
We spent two days on the island of Nusa Penida – you can see where we stayed HERE – and it was our Bali highlight. It’s located 40 mins off the east coast of Bali which you can get to by boat and it’s utterly beautiful. We had so many pictures saved of Nusa Penida but seeing it with our own eyes was an absolute treat.
Driving in Nusa Penida
This not an easy island to travel so be warned, the roads are treacherous and each of the main tourist spots are off the beaten track. You’ll find yourself driving down a main road which will just stop and become pure rubble. If you’re the passenger then take a travel pillow to pop under your butt – it will ease the pain!
We managed to hire a dirt bike, these are pretty tough to get on the island but somehow Matt tracked one down. It made the bumpy rides so much more bearable. Also, when looking to hire mopeds just make sure you give them a good check over. There are a lot of old bikes to hire on the island, for example, someone tried to loan us a bike that had no lights and dodgy breaks.
These factors aside, this island is a real feast for the eyes. With its unusual rock formations to its insane beaches, it’s a bucket list trip. There are plenty of things to do in Nusa Penida, and it’s wise to plan your days.
We wanted to share our personal must-see spots and a few of our favourite photographs from this mesmerising island…
Angel’s Billabong is a natural infinity pool and is absolutely stunning. It’s very near to Broken Beach so worth visiting both spots. We made sure we checked the tide on Magic Seaweed the previous day so it is safe to swim. We arrived at Angel’s Billabong at 7am and we were presented with the most instagrammable sight ever. As the tide was out, it meant we could climb down, swim and take all the shots we wanted. Plus, there was also no one there! Do note that there is a climb down though, not steep just a little sharp, but of course, it’s totally worth it. If you arrive early then you’ll also miss the entrance fee and mostly likely be the only ones there like we were. It was magical.
Amok Sunset a restaurant with a pool that offers happy hour at sunset as well as the most cool, chilled-out vibes ever. Again, the road down to Amok Sunset is a very bumpy one but you’ll be seriously rewarded when you get there. We spent an afternoon enjoying beers by the pool and watched the most magnificent Nusa Penida sunset. It’s not the cheapest spot compared to most of the places we visited in Bali but it’s worth the splurge. We spent £40 for an afternoon of drinking, eating some snacks, pool use and towel hire – in reality to what that would get you in London, it’s very cheap!
After another bumpy journey we arrived at the most well known tourist spot in Nusa Penida. We weren’t the first ones there so we did have to pay the entrance fee of 10,000 IDR per person and 5000 IRD for parking. The viewpoint is breathtaking and its unusual landscape is known to the locals as the T-rex due to it’s shape. It’s a VERY steep, climb down to the beach and most people didn’t even attempt it. The famous photo spot is about as far as people got, us included! We were told it can take 2 hours to climb down due to how steep and rocky it gets. We hadn’t eaten so decided to cut our losses, get the Insta-famous shot and admire that spectacular view from the top.
Another must-visit spot in Nusa Penida is Diamond Beach. This peaceful stretch of sand is accessed by a steep staircase which gets tricky to climb due to the stairs crumbling. It’s only some of thr steps but good to know ahead of your visit so you wear the right footwear. Again, we arrived here at around 7.30am and hiked down before most people arrived. The beach itself is breathtaking; surrounded by sharp jagged rocks and one large diamond shaped rock, it’s a photographers dream. We snapped away and frolicked in the mini rock pools. You’ll find a small beach shack serving up local dishes but that’s about it so if you want to stay for the day, then bring snacks. Don’t forget that the climb back up will be a struggle too. Plenty of water is needed for this visit!
The viewpoint at Abangan Hills is one that we hadn’t read much about online but we’re glad we visited. It’s on the way to Suwehan Beach and is a large hill with a few trees perched on the top. If you have a drone then this is a great place to fly it. The views are incredible and we stood and admired the rolling hills and turquoise waters for quite some time. We fell in love with magical Bali in that moment. The best thing about this viewpoint is that it’s totally free and not a tough hill to climb. You just have to keep an eye out for the trees on the hill and pull over when you recognise it. There are small handwritten signs on the road beforehand, so keep your eyes peeled for those too.
Due to the earthquake, the Suwehan Beach staircase had been ruined, leaving only remains of steps to cling on to. The helpful thing is the rope that has been added by locals so you can steady yourself down. This is another free beach spot to enter, it’s just the difficult way down to those beautiful sandy shores you have to contend with!