White beaches, sapphire blue sea and stunning sceneries are what lures tourists to Nusa Penida. Each corner of Nusa Penida Island offers a picturesque landscape. It is an island situated southeast of Indonesia’s island Bali, which is about 200 squares kilometres and neighbouring small island of Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Penida is separated by Bandung Strait with Bali. The native people are Hindu as in Bali but the language spoken is an ancient dialect Balinese called Nusa Penida.
This is a wild, rugged and largely untamed island which offers plenty to choose with an adventurous spirit. it is highly recommended to spend more time here and see fewer sites each day. Travel is extremely slow between each site and the road conditions are very poor. Tourist infrastructure is very limited but due to Indonesian government’s tourism promotion initiatives the area is growing fast. Limited vegetation is grown in the area due to insufficient natural fresh water in the island and therefore expects higher than in Bali. There is no bank or any shops sell luxury items related to tourism yet.
Nusa Penida has also become an unofficial bird sanctuary for endangered Balinese and Indonesian bird species.
Nusa Penida is best known as a world-class diving destination. There are more than 20 identified dives sites around the island, the must notable including Crystal Bay, Manta Point, Manta Bay, Toyapakeh, Gamat Bay, Ped and SD. THe rich waters around the three island support no less than 247 species of coral and 562 species of fish.
Nusa Penida is one of the best places around Bali to do free diving. Conditions for free diving are perfect here: visibility stays on the high level all year-around, water temperature is around 27-29 C. There are plenty of interesting dives sites around the island suitable for free divers, possibility to free dive with Manta Rays and even underwater cave near Crystal Bay. Just be aware about the current. It can be really strong! There is only one free diving school on the island.
Nusa Penida has been designated an island-wide bird sunctuary by Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF). Various endangered Indonesian bird species have been released onto the island, including the Bali Starling, Java sparrow, Mithcell’s Lorrikeet Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.
Numerious local tour operators have propped up with the increase in tourism. They are all locally owned and operated and most have quite good English skills. They provide island tours, snorkeling tours and bird watching tours. Secret Discoveries do have packages covering Bali and Nusa Penida. For more information please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
A stunning white sand beach at Banjar Penida west of Sakti village on the north western coast facing Nusa Ceningan. It has perfect clear waters and excellent for snorkeling. Lovely white sand beach is great place for a picnic. A truly idyllic spot. This place seems to be one of the more ‘touristic’ spots on the island and you could see couple of shops around the area.
How to go ?
Nusa Penida can be reached with a speedboat that will take you from Sanur Port in Bali to Banjar Nyuh Port in Nusa Penida.
To be sure you may want to bring enough rupiah with you just in case the BRI ATMs are out of order or in some occasions out of cash.
There are few western style restaurants in Nusa Penida and handful of simple local outlets (Warung), which serves traditional Indonesian food too.
Do not forget to take plenty of water with you when you travel in Nusa Penida. The climate here is hotter and drier than in Bali.
Secret Discoveries offers modern hotels with combination of islands including Nusa Penida which has few luxury hotels.