Located about a 30 minutes boat ride from Bali, Nusa Penida is the largest of the three Nusa islands and definitely feels like paradise on earth! With so many things to see and do on the island, it can be hard to explore in just a single day.
Since West Nusa Penida is home to some of the most unique attractions, I always recommend visiting this part of the island, especially for first-time visitors.
With breathtaking viewpoints at every corner, T-Rex shaped cliffs that provide views over a rugged landscape, a natural infinity pool and unspoiled beaches, the west coast of Nusa Penida is a great addition to any Bali itinerary!
In this blog post, I’ll walk you through exactly how to plan an epic West Nusa Penida day trip, including the best places to visit, how to get to Nusa Penida from Bali or from Nusa Lembongan, how to get around the island, tour suggestions and more!
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DIY West Nusa Penida Day Trip
If you like going with the flow and don’t want to visit West Nusa Penida as part of a tour, you can totally customize your own itinerary. Below you’ll find a few suggested places to visit.
Note: Make sure to follow the same order if you want to skip the crowds and maximize your time at each attraction.
The very first place I recommend visiting in West Nusa Penida is Kelingking Beach. This is because it’s the most popular attraction on the island, thus the most crowded. Plan to get there at least before 9.30 a.m to avoid the crowds.
The view from the top of the T-Rex shaped cliff offers a breathtaking panoramic view and the white sand beach below is absolutely stunning! It’s no doubt the most beautiful photo spot in Bali!
Most people only visit the viewpoint area but if you’re fit and not afraid of heights, you can also hike down to the beach.
Note that the hike is quite hard due to the steep steps but well worth it for a chance to experience the beach up close!
I’ve written a full blog post if you need more information about the Kelingking beach hike.
Related post: Complete guide to visiting Kelingking Beach
Next stop on this West Nusa Penida day trip is Angel’s Billabong, a natural infinity pool found about a 40 minutes drive from Kelingking. The pool boasts crystal clear water and is definitely the most unique place to swim (during low tide).
When the tide is high, gigantic waves will come crashing into the pool, making swimming extremely dangerous. There have been a few accidents before so make sure to always follow the locals’ advice and only go into the pool when swimming is allowed.
For more information about Angel’s Billabong, you can read this guide.
Related post: Angel’s Billabong travel guide
Another top thing to do in West Nusa Penida is visiting the Broken Beach. The beach is located within the same area as Angel’s Billabong and can be reached on foot in less than 5 minutes.
Here you’ll find a little cove completely surrounded by tall cliffs except for the natural arched bridge that allows water to flow in and out. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to go down to the beach but you can still admire the view from above.
Make sure to read my Broken Beach guide for more information.
Related post: Visiting Broken Beach in Nusa Penida
Manta Ray Viewpoint
If you turn right towards the cliffs about halfway in between Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach, you’ll find the Manta Ray viewpoint. If you’re patient enough, you can spot Manta Rays swimming in the ocean below.
The final stop is Crystal Bay, located about a 50 minutes drive from Angel’s Billabong. Surrounded by rows of palm trees, Crystal Bay is the perfect place to relax after a long travel day.
It’s also a prime spot for snorkeling as the bay is full of fish. I booked a snorkeling tour when I was visiting Nusa Lembongan and we stopped at Manta Point and Crystal Bay. I even got a chance to spot some huge Mola Mola fish on the tour!
Just a heads up though, don’t expect a pristine white sand beach like Kelingking. Crystal Bay is quite rocky in some places and the waves can be rough.
Honestly, it wasn’t my favorite beach but it was still nice to watch the sunset there. There are a few restaurants as well as a couple of street food stalls around the beach.
If you have enough time, I recommend hiking to Pandan beach, which is more secluded. The trail can be found by taking the stairs on the left side of Crystal Bay.
Note: There is no entrance fee for Crystal Bay except for a parking fee of IDR 5k (US$ 0.35).
West Nusa Penida Tour: Join-in or Private
If you don’t want to DIY your own West Nusa Penida day trip, I recommend taking a tour instead. You can either choose to go on a group tour or private tour. Both will take you to Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach and Crystal Bay.
If you have the budget, I highly recommend booking the private tour as you’ll get to customize your own itinerary and choose how long you spend at each attraction.
You also have the option to add a snorkeling tour but keep in mind that traveling around Nusa Penida is quite tiring due to the long distances and bumpy roads. In my opinion, it’s better to book the snorkeling tour for another day.
- Hotel Pickup at 6.30 a.m from Bali from any of these locations: Denpasar, Kuta, Legian, Jimbaran, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Uluwatu, Canggu, Tanjung Benoa, Ubud, Sebatu, Payangan, Tegalalang. Note that there will be an additional charge of IDR 300k (US$ 20.65) if you’re staying outside of the above regions.
- Take a fast boat to Nusa Penida.
- Join-in or private tour of the island.
- Option to add a snorkeling tour at Manta Bay, Crystal Bay or Gamat Bay on a shared boat.
- Return to Bali at 5 p.m.
What’s included in the tour:
- Parking fees at all attractions
- Bottled water
- Round trip transfers/hotel pickup in Bali
- Round trip fast boat transfer
How to get to West Nusa Penida?
To get to West Nusa Penida, you’ll need to take a boat from Sanur in Bali. You can easily book your ticket online or go directly to Sanur harbor. You’ll find several boat operators at the harbor but keep in mind that you might have to wait in line if you’re visiting during high season.
This company provides boat transfers to Nusa Penida as well as a shuttle service from Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Sanur, and Ubud. The only downside is that the departure time is at 8.45 a.m only.
Alternatively, this company provides boat transfers at different times of the day for those who don’t want to wake up too early.
Note: The roads in Nusa Penida are in bad conditions and full of potholes! Only attempt to ride a motorbike if you’re highly experienced as it can be dangerous driving on these roads.
While most people choose to visit Nusa Penida as a day trip from Bali, you can also take a boat from Nusa Lembongan. You can buy boat tickets near the Yellow Bridge on Nusa Lembongan (click here for the location) for about IDR 50k (US$ 3.45) per person.
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida?
D’Lebah Homestay is a great place to stay in West Nusa Penida as it offers clean and cozy rooms inclusive of breakfast. The location is ideal, within walking distance to Crystal Bay, warungs and a mini-market.
Double G Guesthouse
Located close to Toya Pakeh harbor (5 minutes walk), the price at Double G Guesthouse starts from US$ 8 only. Rooms are clean and comfortable and there’s a good selection of local restaurants and grocery stores nearby as well as ATMs.
I hope you found this guide to West Nusa Penida helpful. If you have any questions, just ask in the comment section below.
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