You will find the most beautiful of Mother Nature’s creatures on an island southeast of Indonesia’s Bali island in the district of Klungkung Regency that includes the neighbouring, small island of Nusa Lembongan. As you already know, my favourite island is Bali, but this time I have to say that Nusa Penida is also a really wonderful place to see, and it should definitely be one of the spots you simply have to visit.
How did my adventure in Nusa Penida begin?
Well, before I went to Bali, I decided to visit another island on a day trip and Nusa Penida sounded like the best idea! I don’t know if you know the Instagram account @balidaily, but this account actually gave me the idea to visit this place.
When I saw the stunning photos, I knew I had to see it with my own eyes.
So, I decided to contact Balidaily and book their tour, we exchanged our mobile numbers and all communication was carried out on WhatsApp. I told them when I would like to go on my trip, the communication was straightforward and fast and so after a few messages we set up my tour.
I finally arrived in Bali, and after my first two days filled with jet leg and laziness, I went to Nusa Penida. The driver from Balidaily was to collect me at my hotel at 6 a.m. So I got up really early and went to reception, but there was no one waiting for me. I waited a few more minutes; afterwards I started to be apprehensive and contacted Balidaily. After half an hour they finally replied. They apologized and said that a driver was on the way. So I waited. The driver arrived after 7 a.m. He was quite friendly and he drove me to Sanur, where the speedboat was leaving from at 8 a.m. to Nusa Penida. The driver drove like crazy, but luckily we made it to Sanur, 5 minutes before the boat left. I went to the harbour, but couldn’t find anyone from Balidaily. I was very nervous. Then some lady came to see me, luckily it was the woman from Balidaily. I paid her for my trip and she told me to go to the speedboat. I became nervous because there was no guide and no other people waiting for this trip, just me. I looked at the speedboat, it was full of people and they started to leave. I became even more nervous, because I had paid lots of money and didn’t have any idea what would happen now. The woman said, I had to go otherwise the boat would leave and there was a driver waiting for me on the other side. So, I decided to trust her and without knowing anything I swam out and jumped into the speedboat. I have to say, that it was a really strange feeling to travel to another Island on my own without knowing if there really was someone waiting or not. (LOL)
After 40 minutes, we arrived at Nusa Penida. I got out of the speedboat. Luckily, there really was a driver waiting for me and my nervousness quickly disappeared.
We got in the car and he drove me around all day on this wonderful island!
It’s an ideal place to switch off your phone and become one with the beauty of this island.
I went to these beautiful places, which you really must visit if you go to Nusa Penida:
A secluded, white sandy beach with turquoise waters enclosed by a steep cliff & headland.
Kelingking Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen! It’s one of the Instagram famous coastal cliffs-capes! To reach it you have to go down the cliff on a demanding path holding on to wooden handrails. In one part you have to use a climbing rope, but it is not as tricky as it sounds. After you make the 30 minute journey down, you will be rewarded with an awesome beach with hardly any people on it. Take your time and enjoy the beautiful yellow sand and blue ocean. Local residents sell bananas, beer, soft drinks and water there. Take your time on the way back up, because it can be exhausting. The best time to travel down is before noon, and it is best to travel back up around sunset, because then the temperatures are tolerable. I would definitely do it again and again.
This place is very interesting because there is a half circle bridge which is only very rarely found in other places. The water has a green-blue colour, and the beach is very beautiful and looks like a hidden paradise. The only bad thing is the very undulating and rough road which makes you feel like you are off-roading by car. So, I’d suggest that pregnant women do not make this trip for safety reasons. Hopefully in a couple of years, the road will be in better condition.
Angel’s Billabong is very close to Broken Beach. It’s a spectacular sight and Mother Nature’s very own infinity pool. It’s a truly beautiful place to enjoy the natural view of the ocean and take interesting pictures.
Crystal Bay Beach
This is a simple beach with a beautiful view and a small island with a temple at the top. The small opening at the right side of the island offers unique views. Visitors can enjoy a swim in the lovely clean sea and there are snorkelling and diving services offered at low prices from local people.
Overall, I felt totally happy and had a pretty awesome day full of adventure. I didn’t want to leave and decided if I came back to Bali I would definitely stay in Nusa Penda for a few more days on my next travel journey.
Why would I like to go back? I think mainly because of the natural beauty. Never in my life have I seen anything more beautiful than Nusa Penida.
PS: If you are interested in Yoga & Meditation & discovering more about Bali, you can join my yoga retreat this October in Bali.
Made with love by Martina