Nusa Penida Guide: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Nusa Penida is a relatively undeveloped island south-east of mainland Bali. You won’t find the snazzy beach clubs, organic cafes or trendy restaurants here, but Nusa Penida is still worthy of a visit. It houses some of the most photogenic sights in Bali.

If you only have one day to spare, don’t worry! A day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali is very doable. You can get to Nusa Penida via a speedboat from Sanur in the morning and come back in the afternoon. But if you want to see the entire Nusa Penida and really enjoy your stay, you would need 2-3 days on the island.


Brief History of Nusa Penida

Nusa means “island” and Penida means “priests” in Balinese. Therefore, isn’t necessary to refer to the island as “Nusa Penida Island” – it would just be redundant.

The island is known to local Balinese as the black magic island. Long before it became a tourist attraction for its natural beauty, Nusa Penida was once believed by locals to be inhabited by dark spirits, banished to the island by the priests of Bali. However, even with such negative connotation Nusa Penida remains an important religious destination. This is because Bali’s spiritual belief dictates balance in the universe, in which both good and evil are necessary.

Nowadays, Nusa Penida is known mostly for Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach, but you can still visit temples where the dark spirit is worshipped – and kept at bay. I will elaborate more on that below.



Nusa Penida Day Tours by The Bali Concierge

If you have decided to to go with a Nusa Penida tour, we recommend you to booking the tours due to the bumpy and slippery roads.


 The price includes:
1. Free pick up and drop transport
2. Round-trip ticket of fast boat
3. Mineral water
4. Car in Nusa Penida
5. Entrance ticket
6. Lunch
7. Insurance cover

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 Going to Nusa Penida without tours

About our fast cruise Sanur - Nusa Penida:

- The largest fast cruise to Nusa Penida

- The fastest with low noice, powered by 2 unit engines with 360 Horse Power eac

- The safest fast cruise. It's qualified in International Ship Security Certificate. Equipped with navigation system, life jacket, and liferaft.

- Most comfortable. We have large cabin with Air Conditioner, bigger seat, and many facilities.


Departure Time

Mertasari : 8 AM 

Nusa Penida : 5 PM


Free Pick up and drop service area

Sanur : 7 – 7.30 AM

Jimbaran, Nusa Dua : 6 – 6.30 AM

Denpasar : 6 – 6.30 AM

Kuta, Seminyak : 6 – 6 AM

Benoa : 6 – 6.30 AM

Ubud Central : 6 – 6.30 AM

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What to bring to Nusa Penida:

  • All the things you need to combat that strong sun in Bali – A hat, Sunscreen (at least SPF50!), and Sunglasses. If you are biking, wear a thin layer with sleeves that can be removed.
  • A thin cotton scarf/sarong wrap – I love this because they are versatile! you can wear it around your neck and shoulder to protect yourself from the sun, but can also double up as something to sit on while you are at the beach.
  • Sufficient Cash – there are hardly any ATM or places that take credit card here, so you need enough to last the entire time you’re on the island.
  • Bathing Suit – once you see how clear the water is in this part of the world, you’d want to jump in. Trust me.
  • Suitable Footwear – You need good walking shoes for the treks, but you’d probably want to wear flip-flops while at the beach. So bring both if you can!
  • 4G Local SIM Card – If you don’t already have one, it’s always a good idea to have 4G SIM Card while in Bali. Coverage was pretty good in Nusa Penida too! Although it got a bit spotty as you go inland, I was still able to navigate using Google Maps and the local data. Order a 4G SIM Card online here and pick it up in Bali.







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