Tourism in Nusa Penida has picked up only in the last couple of years. As of today, there are few ways to get to this island from Bali, all of them involving a ferry or speedboat.

You can catch a ferry from three points on the east coast of Bali—Sanur, Padang Bai and Kusumba- Tribuana village. Pick the one that’s most convenient for you.

1. Sanur Harbour

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If You’re Travelling From: Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta or southern Bali

Taking a speedboat from Sanur harbour is one of the quickest and most comfortable ways to get to Nusa Penida. On the beach front, you’ll find several companies that operate speedboats that ferry to and fro between Sampalan or Toyapakeh in Nusa Penida to Sanur in Bali. The journey will take you around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the weather conditions.

Ithaka Recommends: There is no pier on Sanur beach that connects the shore to the boat. The boats come right to the waterfront where you’ll have to wade through knee-deep water to get into the boat. Remember to wear short pants or a dress and flip flops for convenience. Also, be prepared to carry your luggage from the ticket counter to the designated spot where your boat docks. However, there will be people to assist you while getting your luggage in. You may also want to get a cover for your bag, in case it accidentally gets wet while loading it in.

Details

  • Ferry Service: Mola-Mola Express, Maruti Express, Idola
  • Timings: 7am to 5pm
  • Cost: IDR 200,000 to IDR 250,000 (Rs 950 to Rs 1,187, or US$ 13.7 to US$ 17.5)

2. Padang Bai Port

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If You’re Travelling From: Batur, Bangli, and the north

If you’re taking your motorbike or car along with you to Nusa Penida, you will want to take the ferry from Padang Bai. This is a port on the north east side of the mainland and is convenient if you’re travelling from areas like Batur, Bangli, and other northern places. When you get to the port, you’ll first have to get a passenger ticket, pass border control and then pay for your vehicle.

The ferry is much cheaper than the fast boats in Sanur, but takes a lot of time (over an hour or two) to crossover to Sampalan in Nusa Penida.

Ithaka Recommends: Plan to get here at least an hour or two before the ferry departs, as there might be a long queue for loading vehicles.

Details

  • Ferry Service: Public ferry
  • Timings: 11am
  • Cost: IDR 31,000 (Rs 147, or US$2) per person, IDR 50,000 (Rs 237, or US$3.5) per motorbike, and around IDR 300,000 (Rs 1,425, or US$20.5) per car.

3. Kusumba or Tribuana Village

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If You’re Travelling From: Ubud and Gianyar

Between Padang Bai and Sanur, there are two fishing villages called Kusumba and Tribuana close to each other, where ferries depart for Nusa Penida, too. It would be convenient to take these boats if you are travelling from areas like Ubud and Gianyar. These speedboats will take you 20 to 30 minutes to get to Sampalan.

Ithaka Recommends: If you want more of a native feel, you can choose the traditional boats that are usually quite crowded with locals. There are no fixed timings, but the first boat leaves around 6am.

Details

  • Ferry Services: Sekar Jaya (Kusumba), Gangga Express (Tribuana)
  • Timings: Sekar Jaya (7am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm), Gangga Express (6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am, 8:00am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2:30pm, 3:45pm)
  • Cost: IDR 75,000 to IDR 100,000 (Rs 356 to Rs 475, or US$5 to US$6.8)

Scheduling a trip to Nusa Penida on your itinerary will be worth the effort getting here. The multiple ferry options make it quite easy, too. Try to get on the early rides to avoid crowds and the harsh sun. Also, you might want to carry motion sickness medicines in case it turns out to be a bumpy ride.

However, once you get on this island, it’s pure bliss. The turquoise water that awaits you on Nusa Penida jetty is a sight that will revive you from the ride. And that’s not all! From untapped beaches, to breathtaking view points, this gorgeous island has much to offer.

What to do in Nusa Penida?

1. Kelingking Beach

If you’ve been looking up #ExploreBali photos on Instagram, you’ll definitely have come across a picture of Kelingking beach. The top view offers you a sight of the T-rex shaped cliff. The limestone cliffs lined with greenery and the pristine blue waves at the beach on the bottom make for a unique view.

2. Angel’s Billabong & Broken Beach

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Angel’s billabong is another unique spot to explore in Nusa Penida. This is a natural infinity pool with a view of the ocean. You can step down to the pool for a swim when the tide isn’t too rough. A few minutes’ walk from Angel’s billabong, you’ll come to Broken beach. This used to be a massive cave a long time ago, but the roof has since collapsed, leaving behind a stunning rock formation.

3. Crystal Bay

Crystal Bay is a serene beach on the west coast of Nusa Penida. It has clean blue waters, white sand, tall palm trees and corals. It’s the perfect spot to catch the sunset on this island, as the sun sets in the horizon behind a beautiful rock formation in the middle of the sea in front of you.

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