Melissa C. Koh

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Nusa Penida

Bali

Nusa Penida is an island southeast of Indonesia’s island Bali that offers a wealth and variety of beautiful scenery.

There are a number of ways you can get to Nusa Penida Island but we took a speed boat from Sanur Beach.

Largely untouched by industrialisation, the island doesn’t have any trains or any other form of public transport so you will have to rent your own vehicle. We would recommend hiring a driver or booking a private tour because the narrow dirt roads used to get around the island aren’t the easiest to navigate. There were many occasions when cars were coming from both directions, and there was virtually only space on the road for one car.

If you’d like to visit different locations on the island within a day, a private tour is almost a necessity as the key locations are about an hour or more away from each other given the traffic and winding roads.

We travelled with The Bali Guideline, who co-planned the entire trip and itinerary with us, and arranged all the necessary transportation on our behalf.

 

Our first stop of the day-trip was Angel’s Billabong.

Angel’s Billabong is an awe-inspiring natural pool on the west coast of the island, formed by the crashing of waves against the rock formations. It might be tempting to get into the water for a swim but we would highly recommend against it, unless you’re there at the right time of the day (i.e. low tide). If you’ve seen my Instagram stories, you would know that tourists that didn’t heed the local’s advice almost got swept away by the currents when the waves came crashing into the billabong. It is best to check the tide using a site like Magic Weed just to be safe and sure.

Our next stop was just 5 minutes by foot at Broken Beach (a.k.a Pasih Uug), yet another amazing coastal formation.

The definite highlight of the beach would be the archway that surrounds the bay area, forming a sight to behold. Places like that always leave me in awe of how mother nature leaves something so remarkable and so amazing over the years.

We heard that there was a manta ray viewing point but didn’t get the chance to explore much of this area as we were quite pressed for time, wanting to visit 2 more locations before the day ended.

 

Our first stop of the day-trip was Angel’s Billabong.

Angel’s Billabong is an awe-inspiring natural pool on the west coast of the island, formed by the crashing of waves against the rock formations. It might be tempting to get into the water for a swim but we would highly recommend against it, unless you’re there at the right time of the day (i.e. low tide). If you’ve seen my Instagram stories, you would know that tourists that didn’t heed the local’s advice almost got swept away by the currents when the waves came crashing into the billabong. It is best to check the tide using a site like Magic Weed just to be safe and sure.

Our next stop was just 5 minutes by foot at Broken Beach (a.k.a Pasih Uug), yet another amazing coastal formation.

The definite highlight of the beach would be the archway that surrounds the bay area, forming a sight to behold. Places like that always leave me in awe of how mother nature leaves something so remarkable and so amazing over the years.

We heard that there was a manta ray viewing point but didn’t get the chance to explore much of this area as we were quite pressed for time, wanting to visit 2 more locations before the day ended.

We took a 1.5 hour drive to Kelingking, nicknamed the T-Rex for how one of the cliffs resembles the famous dinosaur. The instagram famous coastal cliffscape was as impressive as it looked in photos. The massive landscape made me feel so small.

You can start at the main view point at the top and make your way down towards the shore, enjoying different angles and views of the cliff and coastline.

Walking all the way down to the shore, to soak in all that this location has to offer, is definitely on our to-do list when we next visit Nusa Penida. We wish we had a few hours more to spare so we could enjoy the white sand beach and crashing waves.

Our final stop for the day was Crystal Bay. Well known for its tall palm trees, beautiful corals and abundant marine life, Crystal Bay is an excellent spot for snorkelling, diving or simply to enjoy a relaxing day by the beach. We arrived just in time to enjoy the sunset before we had to leave to catch our speed boat back to Bali.

Nusa Penida Island is quite a large island so you may definitely want to consider spending 2-3 nights if you’d like to cover all the points of interest without having to touch-and-go like we did. We did a one day trip (catching the first boat there and last boat back) so we were pretty pressed for time.
The roads on the island were insane– they were extremely narrow and rocky– I would recommend taking some motion sickness pills if you tend to get motion sick, and definitely to hire a driver as some serious skill is surely needed to get around.
If you’d love to see more visuals from my trip on instagram, they’re all saved here: #melissackohinBALI

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