Nusa Penida is the largest of the Nusa Islands yet it is the least visited with most tourists going to the more popular Nusa Lembongan. Should you choose to go that little bit further and visit Nusa Penida you will find a gorgeous island with attractions away from the crowds in what many people would only describe as being paradise. Read on to discover the best view points on Nusa Penida.
This is the spot where most day trippers to the island find themselves at. The viewpoints of Crystal Bay, Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong are crammed with tours. It is a steep climb down to the beach requiring a scramble on all fours in places. Arrive here before or after the crowded tours and you will have the place to yourself. If you go swimming here you should be wary of the strong tides and current.
You will soon discover that the island contains lots of cliffs and stairways, some are very steep. The tough climbs up and down are worth it though for the views on offer.
A place to stay
Most tourists that choose to stay at least one night on the island choose something close to the port area. If you choose to go a little further into the islands interior you will find somewhere to stay in one of the small villages with views across to Bali’s Mount Agung and you could well be the only foreigner and get treated very well by the locals. The views across the island at sunset are incredible.
This is one of those long steep climbs, 750 steps to be precise. The views on the way down (and back up) are fantastic. You will discover a sacred temple where locals go as a rite of passage. The waves crashing into the cliffs give a display of the seas power. The waterfall if you fail to spot it is where the fresh water runs into the sea. The climb up and down is not for those with a fear of heights. The temple at the bottom is worth the effort.
Suwehan beach is a beautiful white sandy beach with yet more steps to reach it. There are 350 steps to be negotiated to take you onto this secluded beach with beautiful clear water. The steps are big and easier to climb than many others in the area.
Snorkeling at Manta Point
There are several snorkeling trips on offer all over the island but they all tend to bring you to the same place-Manta Point. You could take an organized tour or try to negotiate a price yourself with a local to take you out on his boat. The area is famous for the number of Manta rays, hence the name.
Goa Giri Putri Cave Temple
For a peek into some Balinese local culture you should take a look inside this cave temple. It is a cool place to experience a little local culture during your stay. You need to wear a sarong or have your legs covered before entering via a few stairs. You will receive a blessing of water on your forehead before you can climb into the cave. There are often ceremonies taking place, usually with local people dressed in white and chanting. You will probably notice that there are some bats flying high above your head.