Do you know, right next to the island of paradise Bali is a lot of beautiful small islands. Not only that, due to underdeveloped tourism like Bali, the nature here still retains a pristine charm, which is loved with adventure visitors. One of the small islands is Nusa Penida. If you are familiar with the bustling beaches in Bali, a short trip (1-2-3 days) to the dreamlike small islands is a good suggestion, right? If you would like to escape from the cluttered places of the town, Nusa Penida island is a perfect spot. So, what to do and how to spend 1 day in Nusa Penida – “A Wild Paradise” in Bali? Let’s check it out our suggested Nusa Penida 1 day itinerary (Nusa Penida one day itinerary) through Nusa Penida day trip (Nusa Penida island day trip) and Nusa Penida one day tour to find out the answer!
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Besides the smoothly blue coastlines are sweeping in cliffs to create the impressive shapes, the nature brings here many supremely beautiful sceneries, attractive enough for travelers from afar.
In addition, you can have an actual experience in a daily life of local residents because of this spot with a still wild and intact scenery due to not so many travelers’ arrival.
1 day in Nusa Penida (Nusa Penida day trip): How to get to Nusa Penida island, Bali?
Nusa Penida is a western island of Bali. There are multiple ways to arrive in Sanur port from the center.
The traffic in Bali has no subway, has frequent traffic jam, and is always overcharged by taxies’ drivers, therefore, we chose Klook as a companion. With over 1 million VND/person only, our team was assisted by a Klook’s staff to take us from the hotel in Kuta area to Sanur port.
Every carrier is here specific and every passenger on the ship shall be supplied one name-tag to identify the ticket of which carrier is from.
If you lose your way, you shall base on the colors of name-tag to follow. One-way (departure/return) ticket price is from 100,000 IDR ~ 175, 000 IDR upon the carrier.
There are 3 departure trips from Sanur port and 3 returning trips from Sampalan harbor in the island for every day.
From Sanur port, the ship spent around one hour to take us to Nusa Penida island. You might rent motorbikes to have your experience in the local residents’ life from faraway island.
The rental price is about 75, 000 IDR ~ 100,000 IDR for the whole day, it’s up to your discussion.
In addition, you can rent a car driven by your own driver and go with a local tour guide. Coconut tree ranges along to the paved roads.
Due to a tour booking on Klook, Mr Wayan & Kadek – two local tour guides have waited for us for a long time. These two guys are Klook’s staffs in Bali, therefore, we didn’t worry anything. The routes on the island were almost asphalted, but are narrow and haven’t many vehicles for travel. The infrastructure of this place still has a lot of inadequacy, however, the natural scenery is ultimately spectacular.
Every smoothly blue coconut trees range is stretched on the winding roads that sections you have to go up and then go down the slopes, to cross the forests, cliffs, coastlines and then continuously pass on the potholes caused by the traces of fallen rock, obviously that is a very fantastic, amazing and also interesting feeling.
Because of only one day on the island, Wayan and Kadek took us to visit the major landscapes such as Kelingking beach, Angela Billabong cliff, Broken beach, and Crystal Bay – the spots mentioned in the schedule of Klook as well.
The formations of Indonesia’s islands were mostly from volcanoes, the strong erosion of seawater deeply striking against the cliffs created several small bays inside the mountainside. Day by day, the sea waves have ridged into rock rapids to become a majestically spectacular scenery.
Nusa Penida 1 day itinerary (Nusa Penida one day itinerary) — Morning – Afternoon: Visit the spots for extremely virtual photography
A first destination where Wayan and Kadek took us was Kelingking Beach. It was nearly one hour to reach to Kelingking Beach from Nusa Penida wharf. You shall be here attracted in an eye-catching natural scene. If you are a believer indulges in photography, this place shall not make you disappointed. Looking down from above, a full shape of “a giant dinosaur” is creeping into the cave, exposes its tail to the sea side.
Left side of such dinosaur is an ellipse shaped small island as an egg, right side is a white sandy beach with deep blue water, sea waves lap on the purely white sand. This is a specific location where should not omit while footing on Nusa Penida island.
Next, Wayan and Kadek waited for us to visit Angel Billabong cliff. From afar, this cliff looks as a big pool formed by the lava eruption inside a volcano. The pool is located between two cliffs that the interior is the azure jade water.
Momentarily, the big waves overflowed from the sea, hit and covered the cliffs and then melted, the whole pool was risen to a fully white color as some giant snow hills in a vision that you usually watch in films.
Broken Beach is not far away from there. This place has a legendary stone bridge dividing a border between outside of the sea and inside of the deep blue natural pool. Day by day, the seawater has overflowed in the pool through a huge hole under the corrosive mountain edge, likely such stone was broken by someone. That is a reason that people named Broken Beach.
If you have time to stay on the island, you can walk along on that stone bridge to see the sunset. Nobody can know when was such bridge from, just know that this is a masterpiece which the nature brought to this island, anybody who came to Bali must drop in this bridge.
Nusa Penida island day trip (Nusa Penida one day trip) — Afternoon – Evening: Enjoy the delicious food of the locality and visit Crystal Bay
We had lunch in a local restaurant on the island. This tour price of Klook included lunch fee, so you don’t need to worry about food and drink. This meal including one dish (cooked rice/noodles) accompanied by drinks. This restaurant’s space is quite luxurious enough for your unreal life under the sultry weather in the equatorial country.
After lunch, our final destination was Crystal Bay, a landscape having an extreme wild beach with the crystal azure water. However, Crystal bay does not possess a white sandy beach as same as the other sea areas due to impaction of the volcanic lava eruption. The waves are adequately strong, are washed over ashore for every time, you can be scratched caused by fragments of stones or corals colliding on feet if you are not careful. Therefore, you should arrange the personal protection equipment such as glasses, life-jacket, etc. for swimming.
Being known that we liked taking photos, Wayan and Kadek earnestly kept stuffs for our seriously characteristic experience.
We only had one day to discover Nusa Penida, therefore there were a few of spot we went. If there is more time, you should spend 2-3 days to explore all the islands and also the other famous places such as seeing of sunset at Banah Cliff Point, swimming in Tembeling Forest pool, Rumah Pohon tree house, Peguyangan (Guyangan) waterfall, Suwehan beach, Atuh beach, Bukit Teletubbies hill, swinging experience at Saren Cliff Point or coral snorkeling in Gamat bay and etc.
If you don’t know how to get there, don’t worry because Klook shall support you everything.
Thanks to Wayan and Kadek – Klook staffs in Bali – new friends who are very nice. Surely, we shall come back here in a recent day.
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