Things to do in Nusa Penida

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From Bali: Swim with Manta Rays in Nusa Penida

1. From Bali: Swim with Manta Rays in Nusa Penida

Head for the island of Nusa Penida and embark on a snorkeling adventure. Take advantage of 3 different stops to swim with Manta Rays, enjoy lunch on the beach, then spend the afternoon exploring the mangrove forest. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in selected areas of Bali, and then journey to Nusa Penida, located 20 kilometers off the southeast coast. The largest of Bali's 3 sister islands (Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan), Nusa Penida is much less developed and remains home to abundant and pristine nature. Marvel at the dramatic landscape and steep cliffs along the coast as you make your way to some of the island's best snorkel sites. Upon arrival at the protected bay of Manta Bay, discover an ocean rich with plankton that attracts beautiful reef manta rays that can sometimes measure up to an impressive 4 or 5 meters in wing span. Go to 3 of the best snorkel sites on the island, including popular spots (depending on conditions) such as Crystal Bay, Toyapakeh, and Gamat Bay. As the strong swells of the Indian Ocean can impact conditions, the situation will be carefully monitored to take you to where it is safe to swim with the rays less than 1.5 meters from the surface of the sea. If conditions are not suitable, your snorkeling itinerary will be adjusted accordingly, as your safety is always the number one priority. Following your magical snorkeling adventure, break for a delicious beachside lunch at Paradise Beach on Nusa Lembongan. The lunch is served as an Indonesian food buffet. Then, get the chance to explore the mangrove forest in the afternoon by kayak, stand-up paddle board, or private gondola.  

From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

2. From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

Explore the tropical Nusa Penida Island, nestled in the waters between Bali and Lombok. This tropical island is known for its beautiful beaches, rugged coastline, and relaxed way of life. Discover Klengking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel's Billabong, and Crystal Bay on this speed boat trip from Bali. Depart from Bali and set out to explore the best of Nusa Penida Island. Pass by Klengking Beach, also known as T-Rex Beach due to its distinctive shape. Situated on the western tip of Nusa Penida Island, Broken Beach is unmissable with its distinct massive arch and horseshoe-shaped cove. This beautiful rock formation stretches across a swirling whirlpool of blue and green waters. Next, visit Angel’s Billabong, a natural infinity pool. Make your way to Crystal Bay, known for its clear waters and colorful sea life. Crystal Bay is a prime spot for diving, so take a plunge and get friendly with the fish below.

From Bali: Snorkeling Day Trip to Nusa Lembongan

3. From Bali: Snorkeling Day Trip to Nusa Lembongan

Snorkel through the colorful underwater worlds of the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida on this guided tour from selected locations in Bali. Use high-quality gear to search for marine life and kayak through mangroves. Enjoy a delicious beachside lunch buffet.  Following pickup from your accommodation in Bali, journey across the water to the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida to experience some of the most diverse coral reefs on the planet. Meet a snorkeling guide who will help you with all the necessary equipment. Flotation devices can be provided for people not comfortable in the water so that everyone can discover the pristine corals and enjoy the warm waters that are home to schools of brightly colored fish. Look for resident emperor angelfish, parrotfish, moray eels, and sea turtles. The specially designated snorkeling areas make for a safe and enjoyable activity for all ages. Visit Crystal Bay, and Gamat Bay, famous for its sprawling coral garden and light currents. The exact snorkel spots visited will depend on the conditions. Feast on a delicious beachside lunch and take a mangrove tour by kayak to experience the scenery from a different perspective. If the weather and water conditions are ok, you'll also have a chance to visit Manta Bay.

Nusa Penida: Private Car Hire with Driver

4. Nusa Penida: Private Car Hire with Driver

Spend a day discovering Nusa Penida with a professional driver. Tailor the trip to your interests, and travel between the island's top sights in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Benefit from free guidance to help plan your itinerary. Get picked up at the port or your hotel then start exploring right away. Head to the scenic Kelingking Beach, visit the famous tree house, admire Goa Giri Putri Temple, and more. At the end of the experience, you’ll be dropped back at the port or your hotel. Customize your experience with add-on options of coffee tastings to traditional massage. Not all add-ons are available for all options.

Bali: Day Trip to East Nusa Penida, Atuh & Diamond Beach

5. Bali: Day Trip to East Nusa Penida, Atuh & Diamond Beach

Explore the stunning natural scenery of East Nusa Penida on a day trip from Bali. Enjoy the craggy cliffs and clear waters of the island, stroll up to Thousand Island Viewpoint and relax on the white sands of Diamond Beach. Get picked up in Bali and cruise across turquoise waters to Nusa Penida, where you’ll board the vehicle that will take you around the island. The first stop is Thousand Island Viewpoint. Marvel at enchanting views of countless islands, sweeping cliffs, and maybe even some turtles and manta rays. The next stop is Nusa Penida Tree House. Known locally as Rumah Pohon, this cozy cabin with a thatched roof also benefits from an elevated vantage point on the island. Climb the ladder up a tree trunk and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best panoramic views of the island. Check out the rolling green hills of Nusa Penida with a stop at ‘Teletubbies Hill’ and snap photos of the giant tapestry that stretches across the horizon. For the final stop of the day, head to Diamond Beach or Atuh Beach. Atuh Beach is a hidden gem, whilst the gorgeous water of Diamond Beach makes it ideal for snorkeling. After soaking up the sun at the beach, the day trip finishes with you being dropped back at your hotel in Bali.

Bali: Best of Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour by Fast Boat

6. Bali: Best of Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour by Fast Boat

Climb aboard a fast boat at Sanur Beach and cross the brilliant blue sea to Toyapakeh on the small island of Nusa Penida. Meet your local host on arrival and begin your day trip by air-conditioned van. See pristine white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, and lush vegetation along the way. Visit the famous Kelingking Beach for the chance to take photos of the most beautiful spot on the island. Marvel at the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and then continue to Pasih Uug (Broken Beach) and the natural pool of Angel's Billabong. Experience the peace and quiet of one of the less-visited spots on Nusa Penida before going to the popular beach at Crystal Bay, known for its great diving and snorkeling opportunities. Note, however, that snorkeling and diving are not part of this tour. Customize your experience to include add-ons for a variety of activities, including a coffee tasting, a traditional massage, a photographer to accompany your tour, 10 Polaroid camera photos, or 3-4 minutes of high-quality drone footage of your tour.

From Bali: 2-Day Nusa Penida & Lembongan Complete Tour

7. From Bali: 2-Day Nusa Penida & Lembongan Complete Tour

Begin your adventure with a fast boat transfer to Nusa Lembongan, approximately 40 minutes by boat ride. Start your first day by snorkeling in 3 different spots in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. After the inclusive lunch, enjoy the mangrove tour followed by the island tour. Visit the iconic Panorama Point, Devil's Tear and Dream beach. Check-in at a beach front accommodation where you can relax on white sand beach with its crystal water right in front of the resort. You will also be provided with scooter to go around the island at your own pace in your free time in the evening. On the second day, have breakfast at the hotel and be picked up at 8:30 AM to embark an inter-island transfer to Nusa Penida. Visit the famous Kelingking Beach for the chance to take photos of the most beautiful spot on the island. Marvel at the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean and then continue to Pasih Uug (Broken Beach) and the natural pool of Angel's Billabong. Explore these beautiful spots and enjoy the lunch box provided for you. After your island tour in Nusa Penida, hop in a fast boat at 5:00 PM heading back to Bali. Your driver will be waiting for you at the harbour and transfer you back to your hotel in Bali.  

From Bali: West Nusa Penida & Snorkeling Small Group Tour

8. From Bali: West Nusa Penida & Snorkeling Small Group Tour

Nusa Penida is a charming island off the east coast of Bali known for its picturesque beaches and excellent snorkelling opportunities. Measuring over 200km in size, it’s a large island that’s impossible to see during just one day. For that reason, you'll be taken on an adventure around the west part of the island! Whether you're in it for the amazing marine life, the gorgeous scenery, or the relaxing swim, we will have an amazing time time exploring the crystal-clear waters around Nusa Penida. And the best part? You don't have to be an experienced diver or swimmer to have some fun and look at the abundance of colourful sea life around the area. You don't even have to worry about snorkeling gear or entrance fees either – it's all taken care of by your trusty guide. You will have the chance to snorkel at some of the popular watering holes such as Manta Point Nusa Penida, Wall Point Nusa Penida, and Mangrove Point Nusa Penida. (If you want to see graceful manta rays out and about, pick Manta Point!) There's a 85% chance of seeing manta rays and you will definitely enjoy this tour. You'll also get to cover three beaches: Kelingking Beach – where you can spot more manta rays and turtles riding the waves below, Angel's Billabong – a natural blue and green infinity pool, and Broken Beach – an enormous swirling pool that is definitely one for the Nusa Penida bucket list!

Bali and Nusa Penida: Fast Boat Transfers

9. Bali and Nusa Penida: Fast Boat Transfers

Spend less time traveling and more time exploring with this fast and convenient boat transfer between Bali and Nusa Penida. Located 18 miles southeast across the Badung Strait, Bali's sister island is known as a romantic getaway with all the modern amenities. Discover its unspoiled nature and tranquil ambiance with ease. Depart from Serangan Port at 9:00 AM and take ample time to explore the island at your own pace. Dive or snorkel through the colorful reefs, experience the year-round surfing waves or laze on a deserted white sand beach in a secluded cove. Escape the crowds and experience the rural life on foot or bike. All vessels for crossing are equipped with navigational and safety equipment to international safety standards for your peace of mind. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey to Nusa Penida and back.

Bali: Full-Day Snorkeling Trip to Nusa Penida & Manta Point

10. Bali: Full-Day Snorkeling Trip to Nusa Penida & Manta Point

Nusa Penida is a perfect spot for snorkeling and exploring marine life as you’ll see on this trip. Spot the ocean sunfish, or mola mola, and the great manta rays on some of the most amazing drift dives in Indonesia. Board the boat at Sanur Beach for the ride to Nusa Penida and your first snorkeling session of the day at Manta Point. Marvel at the majestic manta rays, which grow up to 6 meters in length. Take some time to enjoy a swim or to relax on the boat, before your second snorkeling session. Afterwards, savor a delicious lunch on the boat. Return to Nusa Penida Island after your day of exploring the colorful underwater world.

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What people are saying about Nusa Penida

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,316 reviews

This tour is great and Agus went above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing experience! The tour is a great option for people who don’t want to rent a scooter on Nusa Penida but want the flexibility to choose which sights they would like to see. Our guide Agus was friendly and helped us plan our day. Would highly recommend!

It was fantastic. We saw 4 rays, lots of fish and enjoyed the mangroves. Food was great, and we were well looked after. It was choppy on the first stop but that’s not the teams fault. We felt well looked after.

We enjoyed this trip. Diamond Beach was amazing and Desa, our driver and guide, was friendly and took us a lot of pictures. Thank you!

Loved the tour from beginning to end snroekling was great the really looked out for you. Food was amazing and the whole experience

Putu was a great guide, very helpful and patient. Knew all the best photo spots.