NUSA PENIDA TRAVEL GUIDE: Experience Island Tour with Snorkeling

Nusa Penida Full Day Trip from Bali

Kelingking Beach, Indonesia by Nattu Adnan via Unsplash

Complete Nusa Penida Island Guide

A trip to the Land of Gods Bali in Indonesia is never complete without exploring its tourist-famous southeastern island, Nusa Penida. The island district of Klungklung Regency may be small, but it’s filled with breathtaking attractions like beaches, dive sites, and viewpoints.

Kelingking Beach is one of the most popular attractions at Nusa Penida Island
Kelingking Beach is one of the most popular attractions at Nusa Penida Island.

Some of its many gems are Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel Billabong, Crystal Bay, Diamond Beach, Atuh Beach, Suwehan Beach, Peguyangan Waterfall, Tembeling Forest, and Segening Waterfall.

How to get to Nusa Penida

And because it’s popular, the ports going to the island never miss a big crowd daily. To get to Nusa Penida, you must take a fast-service ferry from Sanur Harbor. Don’t worry about not getting a ticket, as many ticketing offices already exist. To get around the island of Nusa Penida, it’s best to hire or rent a car.

Kelingking Beach, Indonesia by Nattu Adnan via Unsplash
Kelingking Beach, Indonesia by Nattu Adnan via Unsplash

Book a Nusa Penida Day Trip via KLOOK

To skip the hassle, we recommend booking your Nusa Penida day tour via Klook, which pretty much arranges everything for you, like what we did during our recent Bali trip with Cebu Pacific. Round Trip ferry tickets, car charter service to and from every destination, entrance fees to almost all attractions, fuel, a tour guide to better appreciate the places, and even free lunch if you opt to include it in your package.

The guides from Klook were really accommodating and attentive to our questions
The guides from Klook were really accommodating and attentive to our questions.

Klook offers private tours and joiner tours. Since during this trip it was just a friend and me, we decided to get the joiner tour to save money. We really enjoyed the whole trip because we didn’t have to think about the trip arrangements anymore since it was all taken care of by Klook, and we just had to show up at our meet-up place. After the tour, we were also dropped off at the same place just a few steps away from our hotel.

You will be picked up and dropped off for private tours from and to your hotel. Very convenient! Since Klook has been a trusted travel, tour, and activities provider, you can assure you are safe all the time. You can even read reviews from other travelers who have availed of the Nusa Penida tour package.

Here are the inclusions of the package we booked:

  1. Admission to attractions
  2. Lunch
  3. Bottled drinking water
  4. Round-trip transfers to and from your hotel
  5. Basic English-speaking driver/guide
  6. Shared boat rides between Sanur Harbor and Nusa Penida (worth IDR300,000)
  7. Local tax (IDR25,000)
  8. Private transfer on Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida Day Tour with Snorkeling Sample Itinerary

For this trip, we wanted to also experience the marine life of Nusa Penida, which the island is also famous for. Depending on the season, you can add this to your Klook booking for about $20.

Taking the fast-service ferry at Sanur Harbor to Nusa Penida
Taking the fast-service ferry at Sanur Harbor to Nusa Penida

We chose the West Nusa Penida day tour, which started at around 6:30AM when the driver picked us up from a nearby convenience store from our hotel, our assigned meeting place. We traveled to Sanur Harbor, and from there, we were guided to the fast-service ferry we were taking to go to the island.

The ferry ride to Nusa Penida took less than an hour
The ferry ride to Nusa Penida took less than an hour.

It took less than an hour to get to Nusa Penida, and it was smooth and hassle-free. We were led to an area where guests could prepare before diving or snorkeling. There are showers and changing areas available, which you can utilize after the activity. If you’re not doing this activity, you’ll go to where your car charter service is parked and begin your land tour.

This was us on the speedboat en route to the snorkeling areas; the equipment was provided and included in the package
We were on the speedboat en route to the snorkeling areas; the equipment was provided and included in the package.

Not too long, we started to jump in our speed boat leading to the snorkeling areas. The first stop was Manta Bay. The boatmen and our guide were so happy because, after long weeks of no sighting, we saw one manta ray and swam with it!

Manta ray sighting at Manta Bay
Manta ray sighting at Manta Bay

Next, we went to Gamat Bay, Crystal Bay, and Wall Bay. We spent about 2-3 hours of magical underwater experience, swimming and exploring the island’s beautiful corals and fishes. This is definitely worth the try.

Right before lunchtime, we went back to the mainland. We took our service, and it first dropped us off at an eatery for our free lunch. After lunch, we started touring around. The spots aren’t far from each other, and you’ll just have to go on a short walk to get to them.

1. Kelingking Beach

Kelingking Beach and its famous T-rex-shaped cliff
Kelingking Beach and its famous T-rex-shaped cliff.

One of the most popular stops for Nusa Penida tours, this scenic beach offers a jaw-dropping view from its clifftop. The huge cliff takes the shape of a T-Rex, and the ocean looks pristine with its white sand and different shades of blue water.

2. Broken Beach

Even though the day was gloomy during our tour, the view was still breathtaking
Even though the day was gloomy during our tour, the view was still breathtaking.

Our next stop was Broken Beach which is popular for its archway cove that leads to the ocean, allowing the waves to come in and out majestically. While swimming at the beach is not allowed, you can take as many photos as possible from its viewpoint.

3. Angel Billabong

Angel Billabong Photo courtesy of Klook
Angel Billabong Photo courtesy of Klook

Angel Billabong’s crystal emerald waters, which look like a natural infinity pool, mainly draw tourists because they give a panoramic ocean view.

At around 4 or 5 in the afternoon, we were brought back to the port to return to Sanur Harbor. Then at 6PM, we were dropped off at the convenience store and returned to our hotel.

Detailed Nusa Penida Itinerary

  • 6:30AM Meetup at Circle K, Seminyak
  • 7:00AM Wait for the fast-service ferry at Sanur Harbor
  • 7:30AM Departure from Sanur Harbor to Nusa Penida
  • 8:30AM Arrival at Nusa Penida Island, prep for snorkeling
  • 9:00AM Take the speed boat to the diving/snorkeling areas
  • 9:20AM Diving/snorkeling/swimming time at Gamat Bay, Crystal Bay, Manta Bay, Wall Bay
  • 12:00NN Back to the mainland, change clothes for an island tour
  • 12:30PM Lunch
  • 1:30PM Start island tour – Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel Billabong
  • 4:30PM End of an island tour, back to port and wait for the ferry
  • 5:00PM Departure back to Sanur Harbor
  • 5:50PM Arrival at Sanur Harbor
  • 6:30PM Back to the hotel

What to bring

  1. Extra clothes for changing
  2. Own snorkeling gear (if you have one, for sanitary and hygienic purposes
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Hat/cap for sun protection
  6. Water bottle
  7. Extra money
  8. Camera
  9. Raincoat or umbrella (In case the weather changes)
  10. Waterproof bags for your things
  11. Towel
  12. Swimwear
  13. Mosquito repellant (some areas with lush greeneries around the island have insects)

Nusa Penida Travel and Tour Packages via KLOOK

Check out our list of cheap Nusa Penida resorts and hotels, and resorts via Agoda, Booking, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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