Nusa Penida is the largest and most popular island in a collection of three Nusa Islands. Nusa Penida is home of the Kelingking beach and one of the most famous Instagram locations of Southeast Asia: the T-Rex Kelingking viewpoint. Other highlights include the hidden Peguyangan Waterfall, nestled at the bottom of an iconic blue stairway. While the Broken Beach, Crystal Bay, Diamond Beach, and Thousand Island’s Point – four excitingly named features – show off secluded bays, tide-pools, coral reefs, archways, and beaches you would expect of a premium tropical paradise. And then, of course, there is terrific snorkeling and diving in Manta Bay.
Besides being a popular boat day trip destination from Bali and Lombok, Nusa Penida serves as a standalone holiday destination. You will need at least three days to explore all of the untouched nature in Nusa Penida. From hidden bays and waterfalls, adventurous hikes, terrific viewpoints, seaweed farms, to world-class beaches with the surf and vibrant marine life right off the shores. Nusa Penida is Bali for those who prefer the laid-back charm and off-the-path seclusion. A yacht holiday in Nusa Penida from Bali is a popular way to discover the best sights and enjoy the other two Nusa Islands.
Nusa Penida day trip
- Take a spectacular selfie on T-Rex viewpoint over Kelingking Beach
- Discover the hidden Peguyangan waterfall
- Visit the incredible little cove on Broken Beach
- Discover a scenic snorkeling jewel at Crystal Bay
- Dive with manta rays and turtles in Manta Bay
- Encounter a colossal Mola Mola fish if you are lucky
- Hike to Thousand Islands viewpoint for breathtaking views
- Explore the fantastic Hindu temples
- Visit remote cove under scenic cliffs at Atuh Beach
- Soak in white sands backed by striking cliffs with a stone stairway at Diamond Beach.
Nusa Penida snorkeling
The Nusa Penida snorkeling tour promises fascinating sites above and underwater. You will need at least three days to explore all the secret snorkeling spots of this beautiful tropical paradise. Nusa Penida day trips from Bali often include visiting scenic viewpoints alongside snorkeling in Crystal Bay and Manta Bay.
Crystal Bay is where many Nusa Penida snorkeling tours begin. Crystal Bay is a world-class beach that promises exotic nature, panoramic view, and stunning turquoise water. Whether it is sunbathing, relaxing or snorkeling, Crystal Bay is the go-to beach in Nusa Penida. This beach is also widely loved by both locals and foreigners for its abundance of marine life. One example would be the Mola Mola fish – a giant fish capable of growing up to 1,000 kg. It is a natural habitat for the deep waters around Nusa Penida, where colder temperature (up to 25C) is ideal for Mola Mola ﬁsh to wander around. Don’t miss your chance and snorkel right away with Islander’s private boat tour exclusively.
Nusa Penida diving
Diving at Manta Bay is the experience of a lifetime, and if you free-dive, it crosses over into heaven! Crystal clear water, exotic marine life, gentle mantas, friendly sea turtles, and giant mola-mola fish are among the sunken treasure. As for giant manta rays, you can see them throughout the whole year. The waters are exceptionally clear, which gives fantastic visibility up to 30 meters. The currents are almost non-existent during the high season. Still, as the rainy season approaches, the waves and currents become stronger.
Manta rays are gentle creatures that tend to travel in groups, and unlike other marine life, they are playful. They can loop back again and again while you are snorkeling. They will often come close to you and rush to the side at the last minute. One of the biggest misconceptions about Manta Rays at Manta Bay is that they are dangerous because they are huge and can grow up to 23 ft (7m) and weigh about 6600 lbs (3000 kg). Despite their large size, manta rays are harmless to humans. They only feed on plankton, crustaceans, or smaller fishes. They also have the biggest brain among other fishes and like interacting with humans. It’s no surprise if Manta Bay becomes one of your best diving and snorkeling spots in Nusa Penida. So, what are you waiting for, add this to your travel itinerary!
Nusa Penida beaches
Diamond Beach is a trending hidden beach located on the east side of Nusa Penida island. We recommend adding this to your Nusa Penida snorkeling itinerary. The surrounding promises a panoramic view of verdant cliffs, limestone, enthralling stairway, and crystal clear water. Interestingly, this secluded beach only became accessible to the public in late 2018. Today, you can experience Diamond Beach through the newly constructed stairways carved from the limestone cliff itself. When you go snorkeling here, you might be able to catch a glimpse of sea turtles.
Tembeling Beach has hidden away behind the forest, very secluded and peaceful. Unlike any other Nusa Penida beach, Tembeling is notoriously beautiful for its untouched nature. Although the journey to get here is pretty tricky – the road is steep and bumpy. But as they say, no pain, no gain. Once you reach Tembeling Beach, you will have a panoramic view of the crystal clear water, surrounded by giant exotic cliffs (orange-brown) and traditional statues. Not as trending as other Nusa Penida snorkeling beaches, you will find some of the best cliff-jumping spots here and all-natural pools. At the bottom of the natural pools, there’s a secret cave loaded with hundreds of rocks that have been carefully balanced on top of each other, forming a rock tower. Well best known, as a unique Instagram friendly area.
Nusa Penida tour from Bali
Nusa Penida belongs in Bali province, and it is possible to explore the best sights during a day trip. A Nusa Penida tour from Bali will show you how much you can enjoy all the Bali essentials while still having a laid-back vibe to things. The untouched nature of the Nusa Penida is equally breathtaking. Discover secret bays and waterfalls, hike terrific viewpoints, visit seaweed farms, relax on the top-class beaches, surf, and soak in the abundant underwater world. By the time you are done with your Nusa Penida tour, you will be hungry for more.