Nusa Penida Tour – 5 Must-See Beaches on Your Nusa Penida Tour
If you’re looking for a nusa penida tour then look no further! We’ve got a 3, 4, and 5 day itinerary option that will visit some of the best attractions on this stunning island.
Start with the world-famous Kelingking Beach, where a T-rex-shaped cliff overlooks a beautiful beach. Then head to Paluang Cliff, a less-crowded spot with swings and a Balinese temple with a quirky car shrine.
Kelingking Beach is one of the most famous spots on Nusa Penida and a must-visit for any Bali travelers. This T-Rex shaped cliff beach is breathtaking and has been featured on many Instagram pictures and blogs. But what is it really like?
There is a hiking path that leads down to the beach, but it can be very crowded and hot. If you do want to visit the beach, try to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.
It is also a good idea to wear water shoes and bring plenty of water as the hike down can be pretty steep and slippery. It is also a good idea to bring snorkeling gear as there are lots of great coral and fish in the waters around the beach.
Goa Giri Putri Cave Temple
Located in the village of Suana on the north-eastern part of Nusa Penida, this unique cave temple is one of the island’s major cultural attractions. A shrine and a priests’ praying shelter guard its entrance, which is uniquely a narrow opening in the rock face. Once inside, you will find a spacious temple courtyard. Floorings before the main shrines in the corner are partly covered with white marble.
The temple offers a spiritual ambiance for devotees and visitors alike. The temple priests perform sacred rituals and prayers for fortune, health, and prosperity. The place is also a great retreat for meditation and self-reflection.
To enter the cave, you’ll need to wear a sarong. You can rent sarongs for a small fee (usually less than 10k Rupiah) at the temple entrance. You’ll also need to sign a visitor’s book and leave a “donation” of 20k Rupiah. A white-garbed pemangku will then sprinkle you with holy water before you go through the cave temple.
Atuh Beach is one of Nusa Penida’s most popular beaches. It has a long stretch of gorgeous turquoise water and fine, yellow sand. There are parasols and deckchairs on the beach and small warungs that serve fruit juice, grilled fish, and basic Indonesian dishes. Swimming is allowed, but caution is advised because of strong waves and currents.
To reach Atuh Beach, you must walk down a steep path from the cliff. It is difficult and requires some extra stamina, but the effort will be rewarded once you set foot on the beautiful sand. There are also several bars on the beach where you can enjoy a drink while watching the sunset.
Renting a motorbike is the best way to explore the island, as it allows you to travel faster and save time waiting for buses. You can ask your hotel or guest house to arrange a rental, or you can find a driver at the port when you arrive. Prices start at IDR 100,000 for a day. You should always check your bike for safety features before riding it, especially in unfamiliar territory.
A trip to Nusa Penida would be incomplete without a visit to Diamond Beach. This is a gorgeous beach with black sand speckled with clumps of ice that give it the appearance of shimmering diamonds. You can also go on a boat ride around the lagoon to see the floating icebergs up close.
The best time to visit Diamond Beach is in the morning so that you can enjoy it before the crowds arrive. The beach has vivid green mossy rocks and tidal rock pools but be careful because the current can be strong here. You can also enjoy the view of the huge cliffs towering over you as you relax on the glistening sand.
The best way to explore Diamond Beach is to book a tour that includes it. One option is this Bali East Nusa Penida Private Tour that includes door-to-door transportation from Sanur. It will take you to the Thousand Island Viewpoint, Atuh Beach, and Rumah Pohon Tree House (Rumah Pohon Molenteng) along with Diamond Beach. It’s an all-inclusive tour that will ensure you have a stress-free day.
A visit to Nusa Penida isn’t complete without a stop at Manta Point. This is a snorkeling spot that’s popular with tourists from around the world because it’s home to lots of Manta Rays all year round. It’s located near to the Goa Giri Putri Cave Temple on the southwest coast of the island.
You can see the manta rays from the lookout and there’s also a great beach down below. The only downside is that it can get pretty crowded here because it’s such a popular destination.
If you have a little more time, I recommend staying for 1-2 nights on the island so you can enjoy the beaches and lookouts at your own pace. You’ll also have plenty of time to go snorkeling and spend more time on the beach!
The best way to get around Nusa Penida is on a motor scooter. There are plenty of places that rent scooters at the pier and on the main road. Just make sure you choose one that is in good condition. The roads on the island can be quite rough and you don’t want to end up with a broken down scooter!