Discover the Hidden Gems of Nusa Penida: A Memorable 2-Day Adventure
Nusa Penida, Indonesia, is a beautiful and secluded island worth visiting. It’s just a short boat ride from Bali, but it feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of Bali’s tourist hotspots.
The island boasts stunning natural landscapes, from crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches to lush green forests and towering cliffs.
After the boat ride, we hopped on our scooters and headed to Diamond Beach. We stopped at a cafe to get food and refreshments along the way. We found this lovely beachfront restaurant and bar called The Chill.
The Chill has a stunning ocean view just 5 minutes from Sampalan Harbour. The Chill offers a perfect place to chill, soak up the sun, good food and the finest cocktails with an island vibe.
It’s the perfect place to enjoy delicious food before an adventurous day on Nusa Penida Island!
Check out The Chill website.
Diamond Beach, nestled on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, is a breathtaking example. Although the journey requires a bit of a trek down steep stairs, the reward is pure magic. Diamond Beach is surrounded by towering cliffs and lush greenery and offers soft white sand and crystal-clear waters. However, it is not advised to swim due to the strong currents. The walk down the stairs is fine at the start, but there is no handrail halfway, and it gets pretty tight with twisty turns. Take care on your descent down!
Kelingking, the T-Rex
Kelingking Beach is one of the most popular attractions. It offers breath taking views of the ocean and a T-Rex-shaped rock formation.
We walked down as far as we could along the cliff’s edge, which was challenging, especially on the way back up!
Broken Beach in Nusa Penida is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking natural wonders you’ll ever witness. Near Angel’s Billabong, a bridge which you can walk over with a cove down below. There is no access to the beach down there as it is covered in water.
Albeit, some fantastic photos to take here!
Stay in a Bungalow
We stayed at a lovely bungalow called The Dagan Bungalow. As our itinerary was quite busy, we checked in late. We checked out early to see as much of the Islands as possible. Hence, we were okay with the style of our accommodation. Still, this bungalow is clean and comfortable and has a lovely relaxing porch. The staff spoke good English and were very kind. I ate my dinner at a local restaurant down the road.
Here is a link to Booking.com
Gamat Bay in Nusa Penida is a hidden gem, with crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkelling. The calm and serene ambience of the bay is ideal for those seeking a quiet retreat.
I went to relax and did some snorkelling there for an hour which was nice to see the many colourful fish. I wanted to see the manta rays. Although we were pushed for time, I will likely see them next time.
Rumah Pohon Treehouse
The Rumah Pohon Treehouse is a must-visit if you’re looking for an Instagram shot. Nestled in the lush jungle of Nusa Penida, this treehouse offers unparalleled views of the ocean and the surrounding greenery. I paid a small fee to get a video and some photos there.
Thousand Islands Viewpoint
The Thousand Islands Viewpoint is an absolute must-visit if you’re looking for a stunning panoramic view of the Thousand Islands. This viewpoint offers breathtaking vistas of the islands and the sparkling blue sea. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world as you gaze at the endless ocean stretching out before you. Whether you’re a photography enthusiast or just looking to take in the beauty of the Indonesian archipelago, the Thousand Islands Viewpoint is an experience you won’t soon forget. So don’t miss the chance to see one of the most incredible views in the world from this beautiful vantage point.
The island is home to traditional villages where visitors can experience local culture and customs, including the famous seaweed farming that can be seen at one of the seaweed farms.
Overall, Nusa Penida is a must-visit destination for anyone travelling to Indonesia. Its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage make it a true paradise that should not be missed.