Two days in Nusa Penida, Indonesia is a great introduction to the island. Located off the southeast of Bali, Nusa Penida (also called Penida Island) is a beautiful place to visit while you’re exploring Bali and/or the other Nusa Islands (Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan). From the secluded beaches to the jaw-dropping viewpoints, you’ll have an incredible time traveling and relaxing around this quiet island.
In this post, we’re providing information on how to spend 2 days in Nusa Penida and other helpful travel tips such as how to get around, where to eat, and more. With this Nusa Penida itinerary, feel free to mix around the schedule and sightseeing activities. If you want to spend more time on the beaches, go for it!
If you have the chance, we would suggest that you stay in Nusa Penida for at least three days. The island is huge and has long traveling times between attractions. You’re better off taking your time to spread out the Nusa Penida attractions over more days.
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Nusa Penida Itinerary Day 1
It’s recommended to depart Bali in the early morning so you can arrive at Nusa Penida by 9am or 10am. (We have more information about how to get to Nusa Penida below or you can click here to see it now.) Once you arrive in Nusa Penida’s Toya Pakeh Harbor, stop by your Nusa Penida accommodation to check-in and drop off your luggage before heading out for the day.
Swim at the Crystal Bay Beach.
The weather is hot and humid, so it’s time for a morning swim at Crystal Bay Beach. The refreshing water is a great way to cool off. It’s stunning here – so blue and clean. This area is known for snorkeling so you’ll see a few boats docked in the water. We saw many locals swimming and relaxing in the area as it’s easy to get to from the main port area.
Explore the iconic Kelingking Beach.
Kelingking Beach is the iconic spot splashed over social media and Instagram. You’ll recognize the spot with the extended green cliff area surrounded by the deep blue water (it looks like a T-Rex’s head!) It’s well worth the opportunity to spend some time here. Most visitors tend to stay on the top overlook area which is amazing for photos. Yet, you’re competing with other tourists for the same spot.
If you have the chance, take the stairs down for a better view of the coastline and also go to the beach. The stairway is steep so it’s recommended to have closed-toe shoes and to hold onto the bamboo railing for extra support. We did the climb in flip flops but was extra careful to not slip on the rocks.
We can see why this beach is considered one of the top beaches to visit in Southeast Asia. The white sandy beach is secluded and not crowded since it takes a while to head down and you also need to think about coming back up!
The road to get to Kelingking Beach is one of the sketchiest places that we’ve been on. It’s a pothole mess so be extra careful if riding a motorbike.
Admission Cost: 5,000 IDR ($.35 USD) per person + 1,000 IDR ($.07 USD) for motorbike parking
Stop by the Pura Paluang (Car Temple).
A five-minute walk from the Kelingking Beach parking lot is the Pura Paluang (also known as the Car Temple). It’s a small Hindu temple that has two cars (one is a smaller version of the Volkswagen Beetle) in the worship area. Unfortunately, we couldn’t enter the temple as there was a ceremony so we’ll come back on a future visit. If the temple is open to the public, please remember to cover knees and shoulders before entering.
Awe the views from the Paluang Cliff viewpoint.
Next to the Pura Paluang temple is the Paluang Cliff viewpoint. Surprisingly it isn’t crowded and provides another fantastic view of Kelingking Beach’s cliffside. There is a wooden boat that overlooks the cliff so it’s another photo opportunity spot. It’s so relaxing in this spot that we didn’t want to leave! Feel free to rest and order a drink at the local shop.
Watch the sunset from Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach.
If you have time to visit Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach before sunset, then go for it! The host of our guesthouse recommended seeing them around sunset time frame.
Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach are next to each other so you don’t need to travel far. Angel’s Billabong is a natural pool between two jagged rocks. Broken Beach is the picturesque spot with the natural archway surrounded by the water.
Although this was high on the Nusa Penida bucket list, we didn’t get a chance to visit. We had a motorbike accident driving to Seganging Waterfall after Kelingking Beach. While the accident wasn’t terrible, it was necessary to return back to our guesthouse to clean up the wounds. We’ll return back to Nusa Penida to see these two places.
Nusa Penida Itinerary Day 2
We’re now on our second day in Nusa Penida and we’re off to see more beautiful places on this island.
Hike down to the Peguyangan Waterfall.
With our failed attempt to see Seganging Waterfall yesterday, our host from our guesthouse recommended Peguyangan Waterfall. The waterfall also has a small temple area. From the Toya Pakeh port, it’ll take around 45 minutes to get to this waterfall and the road quality is much better than going to Seganging Waterfall.
From the parking lot, it’s an adventure to get to the waterfall as you walk/hike down a steep set of blue stairs along the edge of the cliff for 15 minutes. The stairways are stable yet you’ll need to climb over pipes and tree branches. You may need to use the handrails to balance yourself going down. If you’re afraid of heights, you’ll test your fear here.
Once you reach the bottom, you’ll see a small temple area which also has holy water. Don’t forget to wear your sarong as you enter the temple. You’ll pass through a stream which is the start of the Peguyangan Waterfall.
Peguyangan Waterfall is a bit of an understatement as it didn’t have the huge cascades like the waterfalls in Bali. It was more of a stream from the water pipes that falls directly to the ocean. If you continue further down the cliffside, there is a bathing area to wade in a small pool. Otherwise, this place is a fun offbeat destination in Nusa Penida since it isn’t crowded.
Admission Cost: Free. Motorbike parking is 5,000 IDR ($.35 USD). Sarong rental is 10,000 IDR ($.70 USD).
Relax at the Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach.
Diamond Beach and Atul Beach are next to each other so you need to pay for one admission cost to visit both of them. From the Peguyangan Waterfall, it’s about a 30-minute drive to get here.
Diamond Beach is a clean and secluded beach to spend an hour or two to relax, take a nap, and read a book. The entrance is closer to the parking lot area so you can head their first before going to Atul Beach. You have to take the stairs down to Diamond Beach. The stairs are steep and you also need to watch out for your head along the white sandstone cliff. At the bottom of the stairs, there is a store that sells drinks and food. It also offers a swing experience (similar to what you see at Tegalalang rice terraces) for 100,000 IDR ($7 USD) per ride.
The beach itself has soft white sand and isn’t too crowded. You’ll get some views of the large rocks in the water. You don’t need to worry about umbrellas or shade as the cliff covers the area most of the time. Bring your towel, swimsuit, and enjoy this relaxing spot.
If you’re eyeing for more beach time, head to Atuh Beach. Located on the other side of the mountain, Atuh Beach has beachside amenities with the lawn chairs, umbrellas, and drinks available for purchase. To get to Atuh Beach, go back up the stairs from Diamond Beach, follow the signs to Atuh Beach, and then head back down the mountain to Atuh Beach. We didn’t spend any time at Atuh Beach as we didn’t want to be in the sun after the shade from Diamond Beach.
Admission Cost: 10,000 IDR ($.70 USD)
Visit the Goa Giri Putra Temple.
On your way back to town, consider taking the route going east of the mountain. The roads are a lot smoother and paved.
If you have the chance, stop by the Goa Giri Putra temple. It’s an opportunity to visit a temple inside a cave. You’re only allowed in the cave one at a time as the entrance is very tight. We didn’t have a chance to visit this place as the sun was setting by the time of our arrival and we wanted to catch an early dinner.
How to Get to Nusa Penida
Now, we’ll share some helpful information on how to get to Nusa Penida.
From Bali to Nusa Penida
It’s best to stay in the Sanur area so you can take a boat that goes directly to Nusa Penida. There are several speed boat companies that’ll take you directly to the boat. You can inquire at the dock and make a reservation. Your Nusa Penida accommodations may also assist with making a speed boat reservation, so you can make an inquiry.
From Bali to Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida
You can also travel from Bali – Nusa Lembongan – Nusa Penida route. We did this route as we stayed in Nusa Lembongan for two days before visiting Nusa Penida.
From Bali to Nusa Lembongan, hire a speed boat to travel between the two islands – either from Rocky Fast Cruise or Scoot Cruise. Once you’ve arrived in Nusa Lembongan, take a taxi to go to the yellow bridge. Purchase a round-trip ticket at one of the boat vendors on the side. They’ll give you a lanyard as your ticket and then you’ll wait until your boat is full with 8 people to go to Nusa Penida. The boat ride to Nusa Penida is 10 minutes.
How to Get Around Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is a large island so you need some form of transportation. The best way to travel around Nusa Penida is on a motorbike. You have the freedom to travel to all of the Nusa Penida attractions based on your schedule.
The caveat is that you need to know how to ride a motorbike and also have the handling skills to go down the steep mountains with gravel roads. We’ve alluded to the terrible road quality earlier. It’s no joke – it’s pretty scary to go on a gravel road with the high possibility of slipping. We can’t stress enough the importance of motorbike safety!
Check out our post to see if you should things to consider when motorbiking on Nusa Penida.
If motorbiking is out of your comfort zone, consider hiring a driver to take you around the island. The cost is around 650,000-700,000 IDR ($46-$50 USD) per day.
The third option is to go on a tour. Check out one of these tour options:
- 2 Day Tour of Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan
- One Day Tour of West Nusa Penida
- One Day Tour of East Nusa Penida
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida offers a variety of places to stay from hotels to guesthouses. Many of the Nusa Penida accommodations include a rustic bungalow to provide a unique overnight experience. Click here to check availability and make a reservation for your Nusa Penida accommodation.
We stayed at Pudak Nature Bungalow and loved our stay here. It’s a five minutes ride by motorbike from the Toya Pakeh beach and in a residential area. Surrounded by trees and a garden, it’s a very quiet place to stay. The host, Ketut, was friendly and offered us hot tea and suggestions on what to do in Nusa Penida on arrival. We had our private bungalow with private bathroom. While the room itself was spacious, the bathroom was very small and a little too tight for us. Our room came with a hearty breakfast of eggs and toast and fresh-squeezed juice which we enjoyed on our bungalow’s patio area. Book a room at Pudak Nature Bungalow here.
Here are some other luxury options to consider:
- Kompyang Cottage is in the quiet area of Batununggul with a swimming pool and an outdoor bathroom setting. You can enjoy breakfast in the swimming pool on a floating tray. Click here to find availability and make a reservation at Kompyang Cottage.
- Coco Resort Penida is your home away from home with an on-site restaurant, swimming pool, and surrounded by trees for the jungle ambiance. It’s also close to Crystal Bay Beach. Click here to find availability and make a reservation at Coco Resort.
Where to Eat in Nusa Penida
Here are some recommended Nusa Penida restaurants that we enjoyed during our trip.
- WR Makan Restu is a local restaurant and a good place if you want to enjoy a meal on the beach and watch the sunset. It’s located on the Toya Pakeh Beach and has a variety of food options from seafood to vegetarian. If you love grilled fish, definitely order it here. The sauce on the fish was so magical that even the flies knew what smelled good. (We were swarmed by flies after ordering it so it was a constant battle with ensuring that the flies didn’t touch the food.) End your meal with the fruit ice which had seaweed and fresh fruits with shaved ice.
- Oqix Warung is self-proclaimed as the “best Seaview restaurant in town.” We have to say that the views are gorgeous from the dining area. If you love fresh seafood, check out the grilled red snapper and the octopus satay. You can choose a larger red snapper if you want more fish. Octopus has a chewy texture when overcooked, but this place cooks their octopus perfectly. Ask for candles if the flies start to bother you during your meal. If you use a credit card, they charge 3% extra.
We hope you consider extending your Bali itinerary to include Nusa Penida. You won’t regret spending at least two days in Nusa Penida during your vacation. We can’t wait to visit the island again to go snorkeling with the manta rays and visit the other hidden beaches.
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