How to Explore Nusa Penida 2D1N by Motorbike

Kelingking Beach
Kelingking Beach

To be able to explore an island packed with pristine beaches, spectacular viewpoints, a coastline that resembles a head of a t-rex and dive sites where you can swim with manta rays is an excitement.  This finally came true in 2019 when I visited the island of Nusa Penida. There are three islands (Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan) off the east coast of Bali, Indonesia. Nusa Penida being the largest of the three islands, it also has the most beautiful hidden-gems I would say.

On our first day in Indonesia, we decided to explore Nusa Penida. After we landed at Ngurah Rai International Airport we headed to Sanur Beach to catch a speedboat going to Nusa Penida. Travel time could take approximately 40 minutes. If you are planning this route, be at Sanur Beach as early as possible because tourist could build up in this area. Many companies offer fast boat services from Bali to Nusa Penida. Including, El Rey Junior, Crown Fast Cruise, Angel Billabong Fast Cruise, Maruti Express, and Mola Mola Express. The earliest trip is at 7:00AM and last trip going back to Sanur is at 5:00PM. Be careful of locals offering ticket they might charge you with a steep price.

How to Get Around Nusa Penida

There are three options to get around Nusa Penida. Either rent a scooter and get around the island by yourself, hire a car and driver to take you around or join a tour. Since we want to be in control of our time and explore many places as we can with our limited time, we decided to rent a scooter and explore Nusa Penida all by ourselves. Renting a scooter for the day costs us about 70K IDR for the day. Please be careful in driving in Nusa Penida because there are some road that is rough definitely not for inexperienced motorcycle driver.

Travel Tip when going to Nusa Penida

Exploring Nusa Penida by motorcycle super fun! To make your travel vacation seamless and worry-free please make sure you have the following:
  • Since you are on a motorcycle tour make sure to bring a small backpack for all your belongings
  • Wear a pair of versatile shoes/sandals/slippers
  • Nusa Penida can be very hot and humid, wear quick dry clothing
  • Enough cash for the day since most places will only take cash
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Anything that can protect you from being exposed to the sun (sunblocks, sun glasses, sarong, caps)

Here are some suggested spots in Nusa Penida

  • Atuh Beach
  • Diamond Beach
  • Rumah Pohon Treehouse
  • Angel Bilabong
  • Broken Beach
  • Thousand Island Viewpoint
  • Teletubbies Viewpoint
  • Kelingking Beach (T-Rex Beach)
  • Kelingking Cliff viewpoint
  • Crystal Bay
Rumah Pohon Tree House
Rumah Pohon Treehouse

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida

Prior to this trip we did some research of accommodations which is accessible from restaurants and ATM machines and a budget-friendly type of accommodation. Our go-to website when searching for the best accommodation is Agoda. Some accommodations are bungalows and villas which can be a fun and unique experience by itself.

Where to Eat in Nusa Penida

There are plenty of warungs (small family-own restaurants) are along Toya Pakeh Beach, where your boat docked. Also, there are several places for food and beverages along the main routes to all the highlighted destinations.

Please share your Nusa Penida experience by leaving a comment below! Safe travel everyone!


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