Nusa Penida is a very special island. It is not a normal beach destination, it’s famous for its incredible high coastal cliffs and untouched nature.
Usually overlooked by Bali tourists it’s a paradise for adventurers and wannabe explorers. There is no denying that it is the best-kept secret of Bali. Most of the beaches are difficult to access but once there the whole drive on very very bad roads and the many cliffy hikes are already forgotten.
The Island is full of life. Small villages, where I met the most amazing and friendly locals, living their lives with amenity and contentment, tons of happy kids playing with each other and waving at you, impressive locations, pristine beaches.
Here are my favourite sites on the island:
KelingKing Beach: The beach is only reachable after a 30-minute hike down the cliff on an incredibly steep path. However, once at the beach, it’s pure paradise! But keep in mind you have to climb up again. We saw many people having troubles after spending too much time in the sun.
Angels Billabong & Broken Beach: Angel’s Billabong is a 150-meter walk from Broken Beach. Since it is not as hard to get there and its closeness to the Nusa Penida Port they are the most popular destinations for a Nusa Penida tour. Though, compared to Nusa Lembongan there still is so little tourism. The shape and purity of Angel’s Billabong seduce to dip in, but be aware of the heavy waves – many people have died there.
Seganing waterfall: The view is amazing but the way down challenging. Read more about this magical place on my previous post: SEGANING WATERFALL AND GIANT MANTAS
Tegeling waterfall: After a walk through the last remains of the rainforest with birds and a waterfall you’ll reach a Temple with natural springs – and the rough ocean.
Temple in the cave (Goa Giri Putri): After entering the cave from a tiny opening, you’re amazed by the size of this huge cave. The light is dim and the air is filled with incense, people are meditating and praying. Dresscode: Sarong
Close to Seganing waterfall, located on a cliff, there was another beautiful temple. I can’t really remember its name but it’s a stunning place.
Because of to the bad roads, many travelers prefer taking a tour guide rather than driving by themselves. But to be honest, the best way to see the island is to rent a motorbike and just go explore. We would often get lost somewhere but the locals were more than happy to explain us the correct way.
When in Penida, make sure to visit „The Gallery“ as well. They serve the best vegan food on the island and Mike the host and his family are amazing! He was the first European who permanently lived in Nusa Penida and does a lot for the regional producers. Like providing work for local families in the rosella and weed industry.
I’m very much looking forward to visiting this paradise again. 💙