You can take a one day full trip from Bali to Nusa Penida. As one of the most unexplored and undeveloped areas in Bali, Nusa Penida offers great attractions for travelers who want to spend their time in less crowded places. It is located only few minutes off shore from Bali southeast coast and you need to go there when you visit Bali since you can enjoy beautiful nature and clear sandy beach.
In Nusa Penida, you may not be able to find snazzy beach clubs, trendy bars with loud music, or organic cafes and restaurants. However, you can find relaxing time for both your mind and body when spending time in this small island. Here are some information that you probably need to know when you planning to visit Nusa Penida.
How to travel from Bali to Nusa Penida Island?
You have to at least have a one full day of Nusa Penida itinerary to explore the small island and experience Bali natural view and traditional cultures. One day is enough to make a trip to Nusa Penida, but of course we suggest you to spend more time to fully enjoy the attractions available and you probably need to stay 2-3 days at much.
The easiest way to travel from Bali to Nusa Penida is by ride regular speed boat services which operate daily between Sanur and Penida in South Bali. It only takes around 30 to 45 minutes to arrive but also depend on the weather condition as well as the swell since they can make the journey longer due to the rough trip.
If you decide to travel to Nusa Penida from Sanur then there are boats available in Jalan Hang Tuah to various destinations in Nusa Penida which depend on the travelling company. The boats depart directly from Sanur beach and in Nusa Penida, many companies available with their own pier or ferry operators.
Alternative for more affordable or cheaper way to reach Nusa Penida is by riding a traditional public boat namely Jukung in Sanur. It only cost around IDR 40,000, but it will take longer time to reach the island which is about 90 minutes.
In conclusion, there are so many tour companies offer trips to Nusa Penida. However, if you prefer cheaper trip then you can do your own planning trip by arranging the details and simply book traditional transportation or ferry. Here are some of the picture to help you breakdown the costs:
- Depending on where you stay in Bali before, you may need to spend around IDR 75,000 to take a taxi then arriving at Sanur.
- Get a ferry ticket to Nusa Penida for IDR 300,000 per person or you can ride a traditional boat with cheaper cost for IDR 40,000.
- If you want to explore Nusa Penida without a tour then you can rend a motor bike (IDR 75,000 per bike) or car (IDR 550,000 per car).
The total cost above is only for accommodations during your stay in Nusa Penida trip. Of course you can make your own budget depending on activities you want to do in there including cost for lunch and dinner.
Alternative for Nusa Penida Tour
From Bali to Nusa Penida, you can take a tour especially if this is your first visit. Many tourists will choose among these tour routes:
West Nusa Penida day tour
This is in fact the most famous tour route you should take on your first travel to Nusa Penida. From Bali to Nusa Penida on the west area, you will be able to explore beautiful spots such as Broken beach, Kelingking beach, Crystal Bay and Angel’s Billabong. You can ride a car to arrive to each different places and it cost around $50USD per person depending on the pickup point.
East Nusa Penida tour
If you prefer spend time in areas with less tourist then you can take east tour route where you can explore further inland area like Rumah Pohon Tree or Atuh Beach. It cost less than West tour route and the cost you need to spend is around $48USD per person depending on the pickup point.
Snorkeling Nusa Penida trip
If you want to travel from Bali to Nusa Penida just to have snorkeling activities then you can take this trip. In the small island, there are many snorkeling spots with clear water and best reefs. It cost around $65USD per person or more depending on your instructors or companies.
Where to stay in Nusa Penida?
Nusa Penida offers wide range of hotels and guesthouses for staying place depending on the booking price and facilities even some of them come with large pool for swimming. If you want to stay in a place with natural view then you can rent a cottage in Atuh Forest Cottage. It is only 2 km from Atuh beach. However, if you want to stay in more luxury place with pool then try Coco Resort Penida. The pool is beautiful and very relaxing and you can stay in here before head to Crystal Bay for more adventure.
Namaste Bungalow is also a nice place to relax in quieter staying place where you can rent a bungalow for your family. It has pool for swimming, restaurant and even the breakfast is already included. You can stay only for a night before continue your journey. This staying place also has friendly staff and the foods are great.
What to prepare before travel to Nusa Penida?
When you are planning to go from Bali to Nusa Penida, of course you should prepare enough money for accommodations. Aside that you may need to prepare other things such as:
- Things to combat strong sun in Nusa Penida such as sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
- Scarf or sarong since you can wear them when visit temples or when you just need protection for your body from the sun.
- Bathing suit for swimming right when you see how clear the water. You just need to jump.
- Footwear such as flip fops during your vacation in the beach or shoes for treks.
- Local SIM Card when you stay in Bali and Nusa Penida. You can use Google map to navigate yourself with internet.
Those are several important tips about what you should do and how to travel from Bali to Nusa Penida for perfect holiday trip.