Of the three islands off the coast of Bali, Nusa Penida is the largest. It is located to the southeast of the mainland. You have two transportation options to get there— the public boat takes around 90 minutes and is the most economical option, and a speedboat can get you there in just 50 minutes. Both options depart from Sanur.
Nusa Penida Best Things to Do
Travel 30 minutes from Sanur to the island of Nusa Penida, where you’ll find the stunning underwater environments of Manta Point and Manta Bay. These are two of the best spots to admire the enormous wingspan of a manta ray. Manta rays come here especially to meet up with wrasse fish, fish that feed on the parasites that grow on the rays’ wings.
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Go diving just off the coast of Nusa Penida Island for the chance to see the abundance of manta rays that call Manta Point home. But it’s not just manta rays – the wildlife is so rich here that as of 2010, Manta Point has been designated as a Marine Protected Area. There is no current here, making it a good spot for an introductory dives.
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Nusa Penida is known for its pristine ocean water and coral reefs which surround the island and lure in snorkelers and divers. Although the island draws its share of visitors, many do not step foot in this untrammeled region. This slice of paradise boasts sharp, awe-inspiring cliffs that create a dramatic background for the ocean, natural pools, and hidden waterfalls.
Atuh Beach is one of the island’s most impressive and isolated beaches. Get here via a slightly bumpy moped ride and know that the jewel-toned waves are worth it. The ride to Atuh Beach takes you along winding mountain roads through small villages and offers jaw-dropping views.
Even as one of the most visited areas on Nusa Penida, Crystal Bay still draws considerably fewer visitors than the best beaches on mainland Bali. This spot is popular for snorkel and dive trips and has a huge variety of snorkel and diving hotspots.
On the west side of the island, the natural pools at Temeling offer a splash of fresh water. The setting is stunning here—crystal clear swimming holes have turquoise waters which are fed by spring water and tidal inlets. Nestled in the jungle, with often only a few curious monkeys for company, the Temeling pools capture the essence of Nusa Penida.