Bali’s Best Kept Secrets- Nusa Penida

Have you ever been to Nusa Penida? Most tourists who visit Nusa Penida probably have no idea that this is known locally as the ‘black magic island.’ Nusa Penida has historically been the island where the evil and dark spirits were banished to by priests on Bali’s mainland.

Nusa Penida is the biggest of the three Nusa Islands just off from mainland Bali. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan make up the trio of islands, each with uniquely breath-taking landscapes. In Bali, the residents strongly emphasize balance – both of the good and the bad. Therefore for the Balinese, Penida is an important spiritual destination. By visiting this temple where fresh water runs into the sea. And if you open yourself up to it, you probably can feel a strong spiritual presence there.

Getting to Nusa Penida

If you want to go to Nusa Penida Island from Bali, the easiest and cheapest way, if you go from the capital, Denpasar is by getting to the Sanur beach and using some traditional public boat called ‘jukung‘. Jukung will cost you maximum around IDR. 40.000 and it will take around 90 minutes to reach Nusa Penida.
There’s another option you can take if you go from Sanur. You can also take some speedboat which is a lot more expensive than jukung (could be IDR 50.000 more expensive) but also a lot faster (50 minutes). If you want to travel in your own car/ motorbike to Nusa Penida (please noticed its only for Nusa Penida, not Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan) you can go Padang bay (on the east part of Bali,an hour drive from Denpasar) to take a ferry boat (Kapal Ro-Ro and Kapal Re-Re).
This boat will take you crossing the Badung Strait, and the trip will take around one hour to get to the Toya Pakeh Harbor in Nusa Penida Island. Beside from Padang Bay and Sanur, you can also take some jukung from Kusamba (cost you around Rp. 25.000).

Getting Around Nusa Penida

When you arrive in the harbour of Toyapakeh you can rent motorbikes at the spot. This is absolutely the best way to get around Nusa Penida! Cruising through the coconut tree fields and as it’s quite a big island you need this to go on little exploring adventures. The roads are quite ok but can get super rocky at some points.

The ABCs Of Nusa Penida


Angel’s Billabong– A crystal clear natural pool on the West Coast of Nusa Penida.


Broken Beach-features a hole in the rock that has been eroded over time by the powerful waves. It is a little cove on Nusa Penida island and it has an archway that wraps around the bay allowing water to flow in and out from the ocean.


Crystal Bay Beach- Crystal Bay is the name of a secluded cove with a 200-metre stretch of sand on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island. Despite its isolation, the bay is quite accessible thanks to well-developed roads. Besides its beautiful palm-fringed beach, the bay is best known as one of Nusa Penida’s famous snorkelling and dive sites.


Kelingking Secret Point Beach- Enjoy the Kelingking Secret Point Beach right along the cliffs. It is one of the best sunset spots on the island of Nusa Penida and a unique angle of Kelingking Secret Point Beach. Instead of hiking down the stairs, head to the right along the cliffs. There is a worn path along the cliff edge but no railing so be careful. Here you can find multiple epic viewpoints, with arguably a better look at the beach than the hike. It’s an awesome spot for sunset and doesn’t involve any hiking for those of you out there looking for the easy option


Manta Bay- Check out the Manta rays. Manta rays are large rays belonging to the genus Manta. The larger species, M. birostris, reaches 7 m (23 ft 0 in) in width while the smaller, M. alfredi, reaches 5.5 m (18 ft 1 in). Both have triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins, and large, forward-facing mouths. The Manta Ray isn’t dangerous but it is still intimidating when it swims straight at you before ducking away at the last moment.

Mola Mola- It is also known as the Oceanic Sunfish. The best period to spot it is from August to October. The Mola Mola usually live very deep (and therefore not easy to see) but during these months they come up to shallow waters to be cleaned of their parasites. During this period divers from all over the world come to Bali especially for the Sunfish.

Peguyangan Waterfall- Guyangan Waterfall is a very popular attraction located on the island, just off the west coast of Bali. Hike the trail downwards through the 460 stairs made from metal and wood which are installed on the cliff surface. It is one of the most dangerous hikes which you should take to reach a tourist destination.

Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave– One of Nusa Penida Island’s major cultural attractions. The Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave is a large cave temple is located in Banjar Karangsari, Sauna village. It is about 5 km from Sampalan harbour, on the north-eastern part of Nusa Penida Island. 

The word “Giri Putri” was given to the greatest cave in Nusa Penida Island for a certain reason. The word “giri” means ’hill’ and the word “putri” means ‘female”. These words were given to refer to the cave as a holy site of Siva on the manifestation as a goddess who possesses the nature and power to protect, nurture, and love human beings. Perfect place for meditation.


Rumah Pohon (Nusa Penida Treehouse)- The Nusa Penida Treehouse (Rumah Pohon) is located within the Thousand Island viewpoint. The viewpoint is one of the attractions on the island and looks along the beautiful coast of Nusa Penida. 

There’s a ton of epic things to do on the island, so check them out and do some good planning before heading to Nusa Penida.

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