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Nusa Penida Island: What to Do in Bali’s Most Photogenic Gem

Nusa Penida is a paradise for both nature enthusiasts and photography lovers alike. From mesmerizing beaches with turquoise waters to jaw-dropping cliffs overlooking dramatic landscapes, this stunning island offers an abundance of picture-perfect spots that will leave you awestruck.

Are you now interested to know the must-visit attractions and exhilarating activities that make Nusa Penida a top destination for those seeking unparalleled beauty? Let us reveal the top best things to do in this enchanting Bali gem!

So… grab your camera and get ready to explore this captivating corner of Bali like never before!

1. Visit the most popular beach spot in Nusa Penida - Kelingking Beach

After appreciating the view, we highly recommend you hike down the cliff to the beach! A full hike down to Kelingking Beach takes about 40-60 minutes, but don’t let that deter you. Despite its ridge, the crystal-clear waters and white sand far below make it worth the trek upon descending!

Here are a few more tips:

  • Remember to wear comfortable footwear with a good grip as the path can be steep and uneven.

  • Don’t forget to hydrate yourself as you conquer this challenging trail! Bring plenty of water for this hike.

  • To make the most of your visit to Kelingking Beach, it's advisable to start early in the morning to avoid the crowds and capture the sunrise unobstructed. Avoid the peak visiting hours of 11 am to 3 pm.

2. Spend your day snorkelling in Nusa Penida’s best underwater scenery

Immerse yourself in the vibrant underwater world of Nusa Penida, Bali's hidden gem for snorkelling enthusiasts and tourists alike. We strongly recommend that you dedicate a portion of your itinerary to dive into the crystal-clear waters teeming with colourful coral reefs and exotic marine life.

Here are the best snorkel spots in Nusa Penida that you must visit:

Crystal Bay

Crystal Bay is famous for its clear glistening waters and colourful coral reefs, making it Nusa Penida’s best beach for snorkelling.

Witness the majestic manta rays that frequent these waters. These graceful giants gracefully glide through the sea, their expansive wings creating an awe-inspiring spectacle. Swimming alongside these gentle creatures is an unforgettable experience, a true encounter with the ocean's wonders.

Crystal Bay's calm and sheltered waters make it an ideal location for snorkelers of all abilities. The shallow areas near the shore are perfect for beginners, allowing you to acclimate to the underwater environment gradually. Whether a seasoned snorkeler or a first-time explorer, you'll find plenty to discover and enjoy.

Manta Point

The ultimate travel experience is to snorkel with manta rays, and Nusa Penida is the ideal location for this unusual opportunity! These magnificent filter-feeder creatures can be found all year round because of the heavy currents in the area of Nusa Penida.

Embark on a snorkelling or diving excursion to Manta Point, a renowned spot where you can encounter majestic manta rays up close. Dive into the crystal-clear waters and witness these graceful creatures glide through the ocean, an experience that will leave you in awe of the wonders of marine life.

If you’re still hesitant about these giant creatures, fret not! Manta rays are 100% harmless to humans despite their pointy tails and massive sizes.

Just remember to pre-book a snorkel tour before coming here!

Gamat Bay

Gamat Bay is a hidden gem nestled on the northeast coast of Nusa Penida. Although it is less convenient to access than Crystal Bay, this secluded snorkelling spot offers an abundance of vibrant corals, colourful reef fish, and other marine species.

Explore the underwater landscape as you encounter parrotfish, angelfish, and even the occasional sea turtle. Even at the shallowest part, you can already notice the colourful coral reefs. How exotic!

With its calm waters and impressive biodiversity, Gamat Bay is a must-visit for snorkelers seeking a unique and tranquil experience.

(Psst… If you are also into scuba diving, you can do so by joining a discovery diving course offered by a PADI professional!)

Toyapakeh Wall Point

Another amazing snorkel spot suitable for all levels, be prepared to be amazed by the underwater splendour of Toyapakeh Wall, an enchanting snorkelling spot in Nusa Penida.

Descend into the depths and find yourself surrounded by a vibrant tapestry of corals in every shade imaginable. Explore the nooks and crannies of the wall as you encounter an array of marine life, from clownfish nestled in their anemone homes to schools of fusilier fish shimmering in the sunlight. Snorkelling at Toyapakeh Wall offers a sensory feast for underwater enthusiasts.

Make sure you save enough battery on your cameras for this spot!

Buddha Point

This is a super cool spot because even without any scuba gear, you can already spot the iconic group of underwater Buddhist temple statues just a few metres deep.

The serene ambience of the Buddha Temple adds to the enchantment of this snorkelling experience. The calm waters and the surrounding untouched natural beauty create a sense of tranquillity that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the underwater realm. It's a true sanctuary for snorkelers seeking a connection with nature and a moment of reflection.

As usual, remember to get some pictures snapped!

3. Take a dip at nature’s infinity pool - Angel's Billabong

Discover the natural wonder of Angel's Billabong, a mesmerizing natural infinity pool formed by the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Take a refreshing dip in its emerald-green waters and marvel at the stunning rock formations surrounding the pool. This idyllic spot is perfect for capturing Instagram-worthy photos and creating unforgettable memories.

Travel Tip: Check the tide schedule and plan your visit during low tide to enjoy the calmest and safest swimming conditions.

This natural infinity pool can be found just next to Broken Beach, and you need to see this beauty with your own eyes! The contrasting hues of the ocean create a stunning view, and when the tide is calm, bathing here is the ultimate treat.

4. Exploring one of Nusa Penida’s most picturesque spots - Broken Beach

Just a stone's throw away from Angel's Billabong, you'll find Broken Beach, a natural formation that will leave you in awe. I mean… just look at this majestic arch!

Marvel at this dramatic archway carved by the crashing waves, creating a circular lagoon surrounded by towering cliffs. Watch as the waves crash against the rocks, offering a breathtaking display of nature's power.

This is the perfect spot for travel photographers and other travellers seeking panoramic views.

Travel Tips:

  • While exploring the area, stay within the designated paths and admire the view from a safe distance.

  • Try to visit early in the morning or during low tide - You may be lucky enough to spot some marine creatures!

5. Visit the iconic Tree House (Rumah Pohon)

One of the hottest attractions in Nusa Penida, this Instagram treehouse is a MUST-visit especially if you are visiting this island for the first time.

You can get a stunning panoramic view of the whole island from the lush foliage of a massive tree. It can take you a 15-20 minute trek from Atuh Beach, but the stunning sights are well worth the journey.

After paying an entrance fee of 10,000 IDR (less than 1 USD!), you definitely have to do this iconic shot:

We highly recommend you visit the Rumah Pohon treehouse either during sunrise or sunset. There may or may not be a line of people waiting to get a photo of the coastline, but trust us, the view is worth it if you get to see it for yourself.

If you want to elevate your experience, you can also book a one-night stay at the Rumah Pohon Tree Houses through The cost is ~$40 USD per night, which is pretty cheap for the amazing view. However, we have to warn you that the room is extremely basic and small. You might also be disturbed by other tourists having their random photoshoots near you.

But… it’s still a unique experience!

6. Trek to the Teletubbies Hill/Bukit Teletubbies

By now, you might feel that there’s something oddly familiar.

If not, let us state the obvious - The Teletubbies Hill is known for its green rolling hills reminiscent of the hills from the Television show, "Teletubbies." What we like about this place is that

It's a relatively easy hike that will take you about 30 to 45 minutes uphill, offering a unique natural view that will blow your mind.

7. Experience the best sunset view at Banah Cliff

Nusa Penida boasts several famous sunset spots, and Banah Cliff is a must-visit spot. The site is located on the east coast of the island, and it's perfect for watching the sunset while overlooking the majestic ocean.

Be extremely cautious while admiring and taking photographs of this panoramic view though, because there is no safety barrier to protect you from falling off the cliff edges!

8. Visit Nusa Penida’s secluded paradise - Atuh Beach

Escape to the tranquil paradise of Atuh Beach, a hidden gem boasting pristine white sandy shores and crystal-clear turquoise waters.

If you are going to Atuh Beach directly, be mindful of the steep stone steps. It can be quite a challenge to climb up and down in the warm weather. We suggest that you get to the beach via Diamond Beach as it is an easier route (plus you get to explore two beaches at one go!).

As you arrive, be greeted by the stunning panoramic view of the bay, dotted with towering cliffs and lush greenery. Relax under the shade of swaying palm trees, take a refreshing dip in the calm ocean, or venture along the cliffs for mesmerizing viewpoints.

9. Embark on a spiritual oasis in a sacred cave - Goa Giri Putri Temple

Goa Giri Putri Temple is one of Nusa Penida Island’s major cultural attractions. This large cave temple can anticipate over 30,000 worshipers at one sitting, and the impressive limestone cavern is also home to religious ceremonies.

Immerse yourself in the mysticism of Goa Giri Putri Temple, a sacred Hindu temple located inside a natural cave. Venture through the narrow entrance and discover the hidden chambers adorned with intricate carvings and sacred relics. Engage in spiritual rituals, meditate in the serene atmosphere, and embrace the profound spirituality of this unique place.

When visiting Goa Giri Putri, here are some tips you should take note of:

  • Remember to be in appropriate attire and be respectful because it is a sacred location

  • You can rent a sarong and sash on the spot if you forgot to bring your own.

  • Be prepared to bring some cash along, because you are required to pay a small donation fee (20,000 IDR / 1.33 USD per person) before entering the temple.

10. Have a blast at Peguyangan Waterfall

When you visit Peguyangan Waterfall, it feels like arriving in another world. The bright blue waters and the steep staircase leading to the ocean are insane. It may be a long way down, but visiting this waterfall is a must-do.

Although there isn’t much of a waterfall, you can still get in touch with the local Balinese culture by exploring the beautiful temple at the bottom of the stairs.

Don’t forget to be in a sarong because otherwise, you will have to rent one at the top of the stairs before going down.

Begin your descent down the blue stairs, appreciating the breathtaking views of the ocean along the way. When you reach the bottom, you'll find a rejuvenating natural spring pool surrounded by cascading waterfalls. Take a refreshing dip, cleanse your soul, and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of this sacred site.

Nusa Penida Island is the perfect getaway for travellers looking for a mix of adventure, culture, and natural beauty.

You'll find Instagram-worthy views, beautiful beaches, an abundance of wildlife, and adventurous activities on this island. Just remember to pack light, wear comfortable shoes, and allow yourself to delve into the breathtaking nature that surrounds the island.

If you're planning a trip to Bali with your friends or partner soon, remember to include this hidden gem in your itinerary.

Enjoy and have fun exploring Nusa Penida!

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