When coming to Thailand, tourists often talk about Ubud and Canggu but forget to acknowledge the sheer beauty of the places to visit in Nusa Penida. The island encompasses some world-class tourist spots which deserve a place in your Instagram feed. From beaches like Kelingking and Suwehan to cliff points like Manta Point and Mahana Point, Nusa Penida ticks all the boxes for a sea-loving traveller. With so much on offer, it would be a bad idea to skip this destination from your Thailand trip.
We have compiled a list of the 25 best places to visit in Nusa Penida to make the most of your time in Thailand:
This natural infinity pool with splendid green floors offers dumbfounding views of cliffs and coastlines which will leave your eyes wanting more. This location situated between eye-catching rock formations is a top choice among tourists who gather here in millions every year for a swim and to enjoy mesmerising views that are sure to touch their souls. It is advisable to visit this spot during low tides and avoid wearing slippers since it can get slippery. This naturally formed lagoon alone is enough to grab your attention towards Nusa Penida.
Suwahen Beach is one of those beaches which you see in wallpapers and post stamps with its clear white sand and dense wilderness surrounding this beach making it look like a beauty on its own. This location although often ignored by tourists in their iterinary is known to offer opportunities for cliff jumping and swimming. The beach is close to the famous Atuh Beach so you can consider visiting both beaches within a single day. It is not advisable to visit the beach during high tides. Having everything you’ll expect from your dream beach, this location is hands down one of the best places to visit in Nusa Penida.
A small island between Nusa Penida and Bali, Lembongan Island provides a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. With a never-ending list of activities on offer, starting from snorkelling and scuba diving under the water to kayaking and parasailing above, the island has everything covered to serve you an experience where thrill has no limits. Once you’re back from your activities, you can sit back and relax under the sun or go back to your resorts to indulge in a game of beach volleyball.
Another location in the middle of Bali and Nusa Penida inviting tourists for cliff jumping in the crystal-clear blue waters, the Blue Lagoon is surely a place you can’t miss out on. The height for cliff jumping ranges from 4 metres to as high as 13 metres. You make it across the edge of the cliffs to get some perfect shots of the sea for your photo gallery. Whether it is high tide or low, the Blue Lagoon is safe for cliff jumping as the water is deep. Entry to this location is free of cost.
This temple located inside a deep and marvellous cave is a place of pilgrimage for the local public. Each day, people turn up in masses wearing a white dress code to take part in ceremonies for purification which requires you to go through six praying spots. The temple is decorated with red Chinese lanterns and ornaments and is a spot for the devotion of Chinese deities such as the Goddess of Mercy and Guan Yin. You must follow a proper dress code, preferably a sarong and sash which can be rented from the temple’s base.
When talking about some of the best places for cliff jumping in Nusa Penida, the Mahana Point is a name you’ll hear from every local. The place is basically a restaurant and bar and has a 5-metre and 10-metre surfing board for you to test your skills to the fullest. Once the sun sets you can be ready to take some iconic shots of the sea. The jumps are chargeable, a 5-metre jump costs you 25,000 RP and a 10-metre jump costs you 50,000 RP.
Another addition to the list of some of the most thrilling places to visit in Nusa Penida, the Saren Cliff Point is a wonder on its own. A challenging trek on an undulating path will lead you to this spell bounding beauty. The cliff point offers you scenic views of the sea which can also be enjoyed sitting on a tree swing. When it comes to the views, no other cliff point comes even close to the Saren Cliff Point.
Known to be the highest point on the island, this temple is located at a height of 529 metres above sea level and it will take you around 45 minutes to reach the location. Since it’s the highest point of Mundi Hill can expect some serene views of the city from the temple. Once every 210 days, during the Umanis Anggarakasih Prangbakat Day, sacred ceremonies are performed at the temple and Hindu people gather in masses.
Situated at the northwest coastline of Nusa Penida Island, this viewpoint even though not so popular among tourists offers you spectacular views of the island. The sunset from the cliff looks absolutely stunning and the impressive rock formations just enhance the beauty of the whole scene. For its iconic views, this place is one of those places to visit on Nusa Penida Island which should come first on your photography schedule. You’ll also find a rock which is in the shape of a doughnut half submerged in water.
This hidden gem amidst towering limestone cliffs and turquoise blue is easily one of the most amusing places you’ll come across in Nusa Penida. To reach the location you’ll have to hike up for 45 minutes but the views you get after making it to the top are nothing less than amazing. The tides are high so it caters more to advanced-level swimmers. The T-rex-shaped cliffs and stretch of white sand are a treat to watch. It is also popularly known as the T-rex bay as the rock of the beach resembles the backbone of a dinosaur.
Also known as Pasih Uug, this place is highly visited by photographers for its hilly rock arch which is the main highlight of the place. You might also get a chance to spot manta rays in the turquoise-blue water. The location got its name Broken Beach because of a hole caused by a landslide. This hole soon became a thing among photographers offering panoramic views of the sea and stunning rock formations. Amidst dense greenery, this location is surely going to add colours to your social media feed.
Tembeling Beach is another interesting addition to the list of places to visit in Nusa Penida, with two natural pools, a bigger one and the smaller one. The white sandy beach between the cliffs is the highlight where you witness waves crashing to the seashore. Due to high tides, it is ideal to swim in the natural pools and not the beach. Just like all the other beaches in Nusa Penida, this beach makes for a good long session of photography.
If a pre-wedding photoshoot is on the cards, then there is no place better than Bukit Teletubbies. The location can be identified by rounded undulating hills with green grass which are the reason behind its name. In between valleys, you’ll get to witness coconut palm trees and fields of food crops which add another feather to the cap. The best time to visit Bukit Teletubbies is during the rainy season when the hills look bright green. From the hills, you might get to witness views of Lombok Island and Mount Rinjani.
This temple comprising a court table, a cave cage, and a statue of Lord Ganesha, is a sort of jail that is meant for the spirits of individuals whose life is subject to wrongdoings or for individuals who do anything wrong to the visually impaired. Ida Bhatara Jogor Manik is the melinggih in the temple who has the ability to see where the person is and what he is doing. This temple witnesses thousands of visitors each year and is open throughout the day.
This iconic 200-metre stretch of white-grey sand offers visitors the best opportunity to swim and snorkel underwater. Diving at Crystal Bay you get to explore the vibrant aquatic life including manta rays and sunfish. Divers often praise the visibility at the location underwater which stays decent down to 30 metres. At the beach, you can pick up some snacks and drinks from local vendors or food stalls. Surrounded by green hilltops this location is one of the best places to visit in Nusa Penida.
A temple you can snorkel your way to, the Temple Point or the Buddha Temple is one of its kind underwater temple where you swim across colourful corals to reach a host of sculptures which include the great statue of Buddha. The statue, 7 metres high, has been overgrown with corals and weeds and is now an area for fish to play around and for you to witness. Don’t forget to click some underwater photos of the statue as it will be really hard explaining to your friends and family this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Referred to as Pantai Atuh by the locals, this iconic beach surrounded by attractive limestone rock formations and green cliffs is one of the hottest places to visit in Nusa Penida. Your time at the beach can be spent with a relaxing session under the sun, followed by some thrilling activities like snorkelling, swimming, and cliff jumping. Here at the beach, you can find some striking rock formations including the Batu Bolong or “hollow rock” which is worth a shot due to its arch-like structure. On the shore, you might find a few vendors selling snacks and beers.
One of the less-known destinations in Nusa Penida, the Peguyangan Waterfall also known as the Guyangan waterfalls is known for its blue ocean staircase which is carved between a cliff leading you to a sacred temple. To reach the waterfalls you’ll need to hike down 700 steps to reach the temple before enjoying views of the waterfall. This iconic path down towards the waves is the reason why this location is called the ‘Blue Stairway to Heaven’.
This beautiful location situated close to the famous Atuh Beach can be added to your day’s itinerary. The entrance fee for this viewpoint is 5,000 IDR which won’t seem like a hefty amount once you witness scenic rock formations and crystal-like seawater. If you have binoculars with you then you’ll also be able to locate the Lombok islands. You can choose to stay in Rumah Pohon treehouse close to the viewpoint which can prove to be a stay of a lifetime.
If you miss out on visiting the Peguyangan waterfall there’s nothing to worry about since you have another great option with you. This waterfall located between majestic green cliffs is sure to please with its turquoise water. It will take you a hike down the hill to reach the location but you can wash away all the sweat and tiredness from the hike under the waterfall.
When thinking of some of the best places to visit in Nusa Penida Island for snorkelling activities then Toyapakeh must be the first spot you should be heading to. Here you get to witness diverse aquatic life underwater including sharks, manta rays, and jellyfish swimming through colourful coral reefs. The place is close to several luxurious accommodations so if you’re considering staying here for a couple of days then you’ll surely be rewarded by some iconic views of the ocean waters and green cliffs from your room’s balcony.
To the ever-lasting list of charismatic beaches in Nusa Penida here is another worthy addition, the Diamond Beach. It will hardly take you 20 minutes to get down to the beach from stairs carved out of limestone. The beach is surely one for the postcards but is not suitable for you to have a swim due to the rocks and corals which come along the waves. Hence, it is better to settle on the sand and savour the sunlight falling on you while you appreciate the charm of this iconic wonder.
If you’re someone who’s come to Nusa Penida to capture manta rays in your camera then the Manta Ray Viewpoint or the Manta Point is one of those places to visit in Nusa Penida which guarantees you a closer look at this magnificent sea creature. Do not forget to climb up the cliffs on the west to enjoy some views before you return to your hotel. The best thing about Manta Point is its proximity to a plethora of tourist spots including the Peguyangan waterfall, Pura Sekar Kuning, and Saren Cliff Point. Entry to this location is absolutely free of cost.
Located a 30-minute walk from Crystal Bay, this charming beach is suitable for tourists who’ll like themselves a quiet and peaceful place to relax with their loved ones. Even though this beach isn’t visited much by tourists who decide not to go the further mile after Crystal Bay, the beach has some features like a paid swing, a mini tuckshop, and a paid toilet. You can pick up some drinks from a shack located near the entrance and sit down to appreciate the boundless charm of Pandan beach with your partner.
This ancient temple made completely out of limestone is highly respected by Balinese Hindus and is known to have an interesting history. It was built as a place to respect the defenders of the island, the wong Samar, who was controlled by the ruler, Ratu Gede Nusa. The ruler with his enchantments used to spread sickness and fiendishness before he was finally killed by the Watu Renggong general. Hindus gather here in masses to indulge in spiritual activities such as praying and meditation. The temple is open 24 hours for tourists to pay a visit.
The list is enough to prove that Nusa Penida is indeed a paradise of beaches and cliffs which makes it one destination worth being on the lock screen of your smartphone or the wall of your bedroom. From beaches and diving sites to beautifully built temples, there are numerous places to visit in Nusa Penida which makes it a high priority among tourists coming to Thailand. If you are a water baby and find joy in exploring the different shades of the ocean, then Nusa Penida must be given a go.
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