The Nusa Islands are just 25 minutes off the mainland of Bali and there are no shortages of things to do in Nusa Penida. There are three islands that make up the Nusa district. However, Nusa Penida is the largest of the three, leaving plenty of things to do. We’ll list our top things to do in Nusa Penida which will cover everything from the main tourist attractions to the lesser known hidden gems.
Where to stay
Most accommodation in Nusa Penida is located on the north of the island. There are a variety of accommodation types ranging from hostels to small beach front hotels. We stayed at the Jasmine Inn and found it was a good location although with limited food options. Semabu Hills Hotel is one of the nicer hotels in the area if you’re looking for a bit of luxury.
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Our top picks for things to do in Nusa Penida
The first stop and one of the most common things to do in Nusa Penida is to head to the famous T Rex shaped cliff, Kelingking Beach. Kelingking Beach Nusa Penida is one of the most iconic and recognisable tourist attractions on all of the Nusa islands. This spot is ideal to admire the beauty of the coastal cliffs, as well as to take photos at one of the many viewpoints. If you’re up for a challenge, there is a hike to the bottom of Kelingking Beach. At the end you will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches ever.
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Korawa Beach Nusa Penida is sure to take your breath away as you look upon an untouched paradise below, quite literally. They are currently building an access down to the beachfront which is sure to become a popular tourist hotspot. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy the view of the coastal cliffs and crystal clear water from Korawa Beach lookout. This hidden gem has pristine tropical vibes that are sure to attract plenty of tourists so be sure to check it out for yourself before it becomes very popular. This viewpoint was one of our favourite things to do in Nusa Penida due to it being lesser known.
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3. Atuh Beach
Just beside Korawa Beach you’ll stumble upon a hidden paradise called Atuh Beach. Atuh Beach Nusa Penida also has breathtaking views from the coastal cliffs that surround the beach. A short hike down some stairs will lead you to this remote beach that is distinctively known for its unique archway rock formation not far from shore. Be sure to consider the tides when heading out to Atuh Beach. At sunrise the tide is low, so the rock beds and coral become exposed. If you’re looking to swim and enjoy the water, make sure you arrive later in the day for high tide!
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The beautiful and Instagaram famous Nusa Penida Treehouse (Rumah Pohon Molenteng) has become very sought after due to its unique placement on a small secluded cliff top. From here you’ll have incredible panoramic views of the ocean and the Thousand Island Viewpoint. The Nusa Penida Treehouse is also available to sleep in overnight if you’re looking to stay somewhere unique and peaceful.
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The viewpoint for the Thousand Islands is located in the same area as the Nusa Penida Treehouse. The Thousand Island Viewpoint, otherwise known as Raja Lima, is a spectacular viewpoint with panoramic views of the ocean and the various islands. This scenic point got its name due to the number of small islands and unique rock formations that can be seen not far from shore. It is a one of a kind view that can’t be missed if you’re visiting Nusa Penida.
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Angel’s Billabong is a natural gem located on the west side of the island and is one of the more popular things to do in Nusa Penida. The water is crystal clear, allowing you to see right through to the bottom of the rock pool floor. Angel’s Billabong is surrounded by jagged rock walls and features a natural infinity pool where the water flows off the edge and into the ocean. When the tide isn’t rough, you’ll be able to relax over the edge of the infinity pool and listen to the sound of the ocean.
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7. Broken Beach
Just around the corner from Angel’s Billabong, you’ll find a naturally formed archway, otherwise known as Broken Beach. Broken Beach Nusa Penida is a picturesque location where the ocean flows through a naturally formed archway in the cliff. You can perch yourself along the cliffs edge and watch the waves come crashing into the cove.
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Manta Point Nusa Penida is the best spot for an unforgettable experience swimming with the large manta rays. These giant creatures are incredibly majestic to swim with and mesmerising to watch while they glide through the open ocean with their large black fins.
The experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we would recommend to anyone visiting Nusa Penida. At first it can be a little intimidating , but after a few minutes you’ll become comfortable. The manta rays are very curious creatures and they can’t harm you. Most of the time they’ll swim right by you and there were even a few times when they would swim so close that they would bump into you.
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Suwehan Beach Nusa Penida is an incredibly beautiful stretch of beach which is located at the bottom of some tall, towering cliffs. A fairly easy walk down some steep, well maintained stairs, will lead you to paradise. With nothing around but giant rock formations and magical bright blue water, you’ll feel like you’re on a secluded island. This place is perfect to get away from the crowds while spending a day admiring the beauty of Nusa Penida. Make sure you visit at low tide as the beach becomes inaccessible during high tide.
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Banah Cliff Viewpoint Nusa Penida is an incredibly high lookout. The viewpoint gives you panoramic views of the surrounding ocean as well as the towering coastal cliffs. With no railings or fences, this spot is not for those who are afraid of heights. Banah Cliff Viewpoint has 2 popular lookouts and is a great place to spend the afternoon listening to the wind and ocean. The second viewpoint overlooks a unique rock arch formation out in the ocean.
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11. Crystal Bay
One of the most popular things to do in Nusa Penida is to go on a private tour, which will most likely end at Crystal Bay for sunset. Crystal Bay Nusa Penida is located on the west of the island. It is a popular beach known for its snorkeling and tall palm trees. Here you can view the beautiful coral that covers the ocean floor as well as marine life through the crystal clear water. This beach is also a perfect spot to watch sunset from the comfort of a sun bed or through the shade of the towering palm tree forest.
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If you’re searching for the iconic Instagram photo on the blue stairs, then Peguyangan Waterfall is what you’re after. The main photo spot for the blue stairs is located not far from the beginning of the walk. This spot is one of the lesser known things to do in Nusa Penida. It has incredible endless views of the ocean as well as the surrounding coastal cliffs. From here you can even see manta rays swimming in the ocean if you’re lucky. The blue stairs are incredibly thin and steep leading to the bottom. Don’t expect a large waterfall at the end as it is mainly streams of water that run off the cliffs edge into the ocean.
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Other Nusa Island Guides
If you’re heading to the other Nusa Islands, be sure to also check out the Top Things To Do On Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan blog to help plan your trip.