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Exploring authentic Nusa Penida


Froukje van der Hoek

Nusa Penida the Island of natural beauty

Once upon a time, Nusa Penida was inhabited by dark spirits and demons that made the island infertile. Priests were sent from Bali to purify the island of the negative energy and the bad spirits. According to the Hinduism mythology, they are still fighting against the demons and ghosts today. Don’t let this story frighten you! The island is beautiful and totally worth a visit!
Only 40 minutes away from the touristic south of Bali, you find the beautiful, pure and authentic Nusa Penida. Besides the beautiful and quiet beaches, Penida offers you an amazing rough nature, peaceful local people, and all of this still unaffected by tourists. Did you always dream of a quiet holiday enjoying the beautiful nature and drinking from a coconut, while lying on a beach, then leave Bali behind and spend some days in Nusa Penida.

The first things to do in Nusa Penida are: rent a motorbike, drop your backpack at the hotel and check the route to go to all these amazing nature attractions:

Broken beach
Broken beach or Pasih Uug is defined as a damaged beach. Damaged or not, it’s a real beauty! The road to get here is bumpy so be careful or in Bahasa Indonesia ‘hati hati’! It is not possible to swim here so take your time to wander around, enjoy the amazing views and take some once in a lifetime pictures!

Angels Billabong

Only a few minutes walking from Broken Beach you will find an incredible rock formation with a natural infinity pool. This place is called Angels Billabong. You can enter the infinity pool by climbing down the rocks. This is one of the most incredible natural attractions to experience. Unfortunately, sometimes it is high tide and not safe to swim! On the other hand is it really cool to watch the big waves collapse against the rocks, another great appearance to capture on your camera!


Have you ever seen a cliff form in the shape of a Tyrannosaurus Rex? At Kelingking Secret Point Beach you will find one! At many points along the cliff edge, there is no rail, be very careful as you walk along the edge to enjoy the view.

Peguyangan Waterfall

The Peguyangan waterfall is like a natural hot tub! This waterfall will take your breath away and so will the journey to get there. The way to get to the waterfall it quite challenging, including a 200-meter cliff of very steep stairs to scale, but the scenery is more than worth it.

Puncak Mundi Temple

Built at the highest point of Nusa Penida, you find the holiest temple, Puncak Mundi. To reach the top of the mountain it is the easiest way to rent a motorbike. Drive safe and sure, now and then the roads are steep and bumpy which makes it a real adventure! On the way, you drive by other temples, where you can take a break. The locals are very friendly and always willing to help you explain the way to the temple or somewhere else. Once at Puncak Mundi, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, a view of the whole Island and the beauty of the temple.

White sandy beaches
Because Nusa Penida is not very touristic yet, you can enjoy the peace and nature of the island. Find amazing, white sandy beaches where you can relax while drinking a coconut. For lying at a peaceful beach you should visit Crystal Bay and Atuh beach! I already went! When do you?

Swimming with Manta’s

Nusa Penida is the perfect location to dive, besides the variety of colored fish and coral you have the chance to dive with the spectacular and rare Mola Mola’s (sunfish) and swim between Mantas! This is a once in a lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss. The best period to spot the Mola Mola fish is in August, September, and October.

Dancing with the local people during Nusa Penida’s festival
Every year there is an organized festival in Nusa Penida to give extra attention to the culture, flora and fauna of the island. There are Jukung races, these are small colored fisher boats, and there are dance performances and ceremonies. Every year the date of the festival changes, it will be announced on the ‘Nusa Penida Festival’ Facebook.

Don’t miss out on this unique and authentic Island!

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