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Written by Amirthavarshini on May 21, 2020 Share on

Top 10 Places to Explore in Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is the biggest among the three Nusa Islands. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Cningan are the other two Nusa Islands off from mainland Bali. Each Island is uniquely stunning landscapes and sceneries. Nusa Penida is the land where nature took its rebirth. Full of cliffs, beaches, and waterfalls, this place is undoubtedly a paradise for nature lovers. There are so many interesting things to do in Nusa Penida Island. Scroll on to read more about Nusa Penida and the top 10 places on the island.

How to get there?

Head to the Sanur beach to catch the ferry that takes you to Nusa Penida. The ferry leaves multiple times per day from Sanur. Booking can be made in advance to get a hotel pickup and drop off. One can even rent a scooter or moped to reach there. However, the roads of Nusa Penida is quite rough and rugged. 

Woman walking in a beach in Nusa Penida
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And, here are the top 10 places in Nusa Penida that you shouldn’t miss on your trip there.

#1 Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave

The Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave is located in the midway up the mountain. It is accessible by a steep winding staircase. Rent a Sarong to reach the start of the staircase. Beware of the naughty monkeys in the temple. You will be blessed with a sprinkle of holy water before you enter the temple. Crawl through a tiny crack in the ground to reach the prayer hall. Once you get there, you will witness a 300m long cave echoing with the sound of prayer. Visit the Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave and sense the smell of Incense and the eerie atmosphere. Wander around the cave and indulge yourself in the spiritual journey. 

 #2 Atuh Beach

After the spiritual trip, make your way to the coast. You will have to drive through the tricky roads of Nusa Penida through the villages to reach the Atuh Beach. It is a perfect place to rest your back under the shady umbrellas on the shore. You can watch the turquoise blue water of the sea shimmering with the sunshine all day. The stunning white beach sand surrounded by majestic cliffs and rock formation stands ideal for capturing amazing pictures. Grab a fresh coconut and explore the shore by walking around. Atuh Beach is definitely going to be a highlight in your Nusa Penida Visit. 

Atuh beach from cliff
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#3 Peguyangan Waterfall

Peguyangan Waterfall is the most famous attraction in Nusa Penida. It has a mix of everything such as hiking, sightseeing, temple visit, etc. Climb through the steep blue stairs of the mountain and give your body a flex. Once you reach the cliff, you will be WOW-ed by the spectacular views of the Island. Finally, have a refreshing drench at the waterfall and submerge in the divinity of the sacred temple. The villagers and local residents believe that a holy shower in the spout of the temple will cleanse their mind and soul.  

Shrines and trinkets beautifully aligned on your way will take you down to the cascading pools. These pools having crystal clear water flows down and join with the mighty ocean. Peguyangan Waterfall will surely be the favourite part of your trip!

#4 Seganing Falls

For all the adrenaline junkies, This place is strictly for those who are in love with heights. This incredible trek will take you through extremely narrow paths in between rocks and wooden fence. Take this trek with a trained guide to assist you. Make your way to the waterfall which will make you forget all the efforts of climbing. The cascade of trickles running down will wash off your sweat and give you instant refreshment. This adventurous fun-filled trek is a must-try for all the daring hearts!

#5 Kelingking T-Rex

This T-Rex shaped coastal cliffscape offers you excellent scenic views with its crystal clear water. Take a short trek down the spine of the T-Rex and experience a drone view from the top. This picturesque Kelingking beach will definitely be every photographer’s favorite. Enjoy the soothing breeze and be on the smooth sand all day and you will never mind looking at your watch to leave. With its beauty and might, it is no surprise that it made to the list of top 10 places to visit in Nusa Penida.

Trex shaped Kelingking beach
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#6 Manta Bay

Hop on the snorkelling tour from Lembongan and swim with the giant Manta Rays. You can even shoot pictures and videos of  Manta Rays playing here and there. After spending half an hour with the playful Manta rays, have a relaxing walk on the shore. Manta Bay will surely be remembered for its Manta Rays and refreshing atmosphere.

#7 Crystal Bay Beach

Take a nap on the smooth sand of Crystal Bay Beach and reload your energy. Its time for a beautiful boating experience. The guide will take you through 100 yards of pure bliss. The crystal Bay got its name because of its crystal clear water. Enjoy being surrounded by perfectly blue water all around with the scent of the moist wind and eye-catchy views.  

#8 Angel’s Billabong

Angel’s Billabong is one magical spot that you should never miss. This crystal clear tide pool cascading into the ocean is a dream place to visit. You can see the bottom-most surface of the sea clearly from the top. Angel’s Billabong may disappoint you during high-tides as you may not witness the transparency of water. Magic Seawind website will help you to plan your day with its forecast. So before you head to the place, have a look at the website and then plan your day accordingly. Load your camera to capture the beautiful patterns of the surface from the top. Angel’s Billabong is indeed a must-visit place when you are in Nusa Penida.

Transparent surface seen from Angel's Billabong
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#9 Broken Beach

This incredible little cove on Nusa Penida is famous for its archway that wraps around the bay. It is through this archway, water flows in and out from the ocean. Though one cannot get near the arch to take a dip, the eye view of the place is quite satisfying. Broken Beach is one of nature’s unique marvels that one should visit at least once in their lifetime.  

#10 Thousand Island (Pualu Saribu) View Point

Get awestruck by the views that Thousand island offers! In order to reach the first view pint, one should climb down a steep stairway for around 10 minutes. The view from this point is just incredible. The second viewpoint will take you to the most famous treehouse of Pualu Seribu. Watching the sunrise from the balcony of the house is pure bliss! Do not miss visiting this paradise when you are in Nusa Penida. 

With mesmerizing views, breathtaking cliffs, and relaxing beaches, Nusa Penida stands out as the most gorgeous places to visit in Bali. Forget yourself amidst the beautiful scenery. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your trip to Bali right away!

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