Nusa Penida, the hidden treasure box of Indonesia, lately became a popular destination for travellers. Thanks to its secluded beaches, unique natural landscapes and amazing snorkelling sites this island is truly one of a kind. It is still relatively undiscovered, there are no fancy bars or western restaurants, the roads are bumpy and the beaches are all natural, no resorts or shopping streets.
The locals live in the jungle in small villages and we were lucky enough to live next door to them for a few days. We saw pigs and chickens running around freely, local boys cooking bananas in the jungle, everything was so calm and perfectly in balance.
If you want to experience how walking in paradise feels like, don’t hesitate to go and check out the hidden beauties of Nusa Penida. Let’s see what are the most amazing things you can do on the island:
Find the T-Rex at Kelingking Beach
Kelingking Beach is the most famous Instagram spot on Nusa Penida and to be honest, seeing pictures of this place convinced us to visit this island. The coastal cliff scape looks like a T-Rex head, this is where everybody is trying to take the famous Kelingking Beach photo. The secluded azure beach at the bottom of the cliff is one of the most beautiful beaches we saw during our travels.
Swim with the Manta Rays
Swimming with Manta Rays at Manta Bay can be an outstanding highlight to your trip. These majestic animals can reach a width of 7 meter and they swim really fast, so it can be hard to keep up with them if you are not a good swimmer. That’s why I chose to watch them from the boat, while Lorand jumped in the ocean and took some amazing pictures he was very proud of.
Visit the Broken Beach
Broken Beach is another spectacular viewpoint on the island. It is a little cove, with a spectacular arched tunnel in the cliffs. The arch which was formed over many years now makes this place a tourist hotspot. This arch lets the water flow in and out from the ocean.
Take a dip in Angel’s Billabong
Angel’s Billabong is a natural infinity pool framed by steep rock formations. Checking out these picturesque pools with straight view to the ocean is a must do when you visit Nusa Penida. The spectacular view of the crystal clear water entering into the pool makes this place outstanding. During low tide you can enjoy swimming here, unfortunately we were not so lucky. However it was a breathtaking experience for us to see the crystal clear water from the cliffs.
Snorkel in Crystal Bay
Crystal Bay is the best known strip of sand on the island, swimming here gives you the chance to admire the beautiful beach and the blue water. The sparkling clear waters offer a great place for snorkel. Snorkelling here can be a memorable experience, as you can see healthy colourful corals meters away from the sandy beach. Various fish live here, so don’t hesitate to jump in the waves and explore the crowded world of the corals under the ocean.
Go off the beaten path
When you are done with sightseeing and exploring the famous Instagram spots, it’s time to go off the beaten path to see something extraordinary! As I mentioned the island is relatively untouched, so don’t hesitate to discover its hidden beauties. You can find small villages in the middle of the jungle, with just a path leading to them instead of a paved road.
Seeing these villages and waking up in the jungle to the sun shining through the coconut palm trees meant a lot for us. Being greeted by local kids who were playing outside, woman brewing arak, man gathering wood and being busy building a new house showed us a different form of lifestyle we wasn’t sure it still exists.
There are no fences around the houses, you can never know if you are walking on someone’s private property or not… Or if that concept is even a thing there. I am not sure.
If you are visiting Bali, don’t forget to check out Nusa Penida! You can reach the island easily by fast boat from Sanur Bay, the trip takes only 40 minutes. Get ready to experience the jungle feeling and the stunning landscapes this island can offer!