This post was last updated on July 1st, 2020 at 04:56 pm
Do you want to go from Bali to Nusa Penida? From Sanur, which is located on the east coast of Bali, you can easily travel by fast boat to the Nusa Islands. The Nusa Islands are three islands that lie just below Bali: Penida, Lembongan, and Ceningang. Nusa Penida is a more adventurous island and the other two are best known for their relaxing beaches, nice restaurants, and the many diving & snorkeling possibilities. You can travel to Nusa Penida quite easily from Bali, but you can just as easily sail to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningang. You can also use the tips below if you want to go to Lembongan or Ceningang. How exactly do you arrange a trip from Bali to Nusa Penida? Below you can read how we scored our fast boat tickets, in which hotel we stayed, and a shortlist with to do’s for Penida:
This is how you book a boat from (Sanur) Bali to Nusa Penida
Sanur is the best place to choose if you want to go from Bali to Nusa Penida. This was even the reason that we immediately went to Sanur after arriving in Bali; because after a few nights in the Sanur House hotel, we already wanted to go to the Nusa Islands. If you also stay in Sanur for a few nights, this hotel is highly recommended (very cozy, super friendly staff, great decoration, nice pool, clean rooms, good breakfast, and nice location).
Sanur House was able to arrange a boat ticket for us, but it soon turned out to be more expensive than expected (about 400,000 IDR for a single trip per person, but with transfer to the port) so we decided to score a ticket near the port itself. The port of Sanur is located in the north of the coastal town, where there are actually several boat and ferry services that can take you to the smaller islands.
Where to book the ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida & ticket costs
There are several places where you can arrange a ticket for the Ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida. There are several organizations going that way and they all take you to the port on Nusa Penida in about 30 minutes. A return ticket costs between 400,000 IDR (~ US$28) and 600,000 IDR (~ US$42) and can be purchased on the spot. We went from Bali to Nusa Penida with Sri Rejeki Fast Boat and bought the ticket for this on the beach, just in front of the harbor.
A one-way ticket from Bali to Nusa Penida costs 250,000 IDR (~ US$17.50) per person, so for two people, we paid 500,000 IDR. These prices depend on whether you want to go from Bali to Nusa Penida in the high season or in the low season and to what extent you negotiate for the price. We also opted for a one-way trip, because we did not know how long we wanted to stay on the Nusa islands and we probably wanted to sail back from Lembongan.
A good organization to go from Bali to Nusa Lembongan?
We finally went back to Bali from Nusa Lembongan. A good organization to go from Bali to Nusa Lembongan is Rocky Fast Cruise/Rocky Fast Boat, we chose to book our tickets through them. Recognizable by the red logo. This is a well-known organization with nice sturdy boats and the trip to Lembongan will be a little faster than to Penida. We bought a one-way ticket for 300,000 IDR (~ US$21). This could probably get a bit cheaper with a little negotiation.
A day trip from Bali to Nusa Penida?
You will notice that you are also offered a day trip to Nusa Penida if you walk around Sanur. We did not do this ourselves because we knew that we would need more time to see all the highlights on Nusa Penida. Moreover, we heard from many people that Nusa Penida is so fun, beautiful, and adventurous, which made us think that a day trip would be too short. If you have not seen much of Bali yourself, it can be smart to do a day trip, but since we have already discovered a lot of Bali and we just wanted to go off the beaten track, we did not choose it. We ended up spending three nights on Nusa Penida and four nights on Nusa Lembongan.
Hotels on Nusa Penida
On Nusa Penida, you immediately notice that it is less developed than in Bali and that you will not easily find such hip and modern hotels like Sanur House hotel. You can easily compare hotels on Nusa Penida on Booking.com, but we ended up booking a house through Airbnb. This didn’t include breakfast but was close to nice places like Penida Espresso and Penida Colada. The Airbnb where we stayed is called Tentacle Bali on Penida (if you are booking through Airbnb for the first time, sign up via this link because you will get a discount of around US$38).
Rooms are around US$22 per night for two people, so if you stay for several nights and book with a discount (you get a discount by registering here), you often already get one night for free. It was an amazing Airbnb, very clean, modern, nice outside shower and we also managed to rent our scooters here (70,000 IDR per day, or around US$5, but maybe if you negotiate better you can get it down to 50,000 IDR).
TIP – Do you have more questions about Airbnb? Read our guide on Airbnb here.
Difference between your hotel on Nusa Penida and Bali?
You’ll notice on Nusa Penida that it is a bit less developed than Bali. A hotel like Sanur House is super hip, fits in with the latest trends and is also very well trained in terms of staff. On Nusa Penida, it is sometimes a bit of a search for a nice hotel or Airbnb and there are also a lot less nice restaurants or coffee shops where you can go. So there is a difference.
To do’s on Nusa Penida
Wondering what you can do on Nusa Penida? Below are some of the to do’s! But if you want to know everything about this adventurous island, read our full article: Places to see and things to do on Nusa Penida
1. Snorkeling at Manta Bay on Nusa Penida
A bizarre and almost surreal experience, but at Nusa Penida, you can snorkel with giant manta rays at Manta Bay. Not in the mood to snorkel? From the cliffs, you also have a very nice view of the manta rays, because from above you can sometimes just see them swimming in the sea!
2. Kelingking Beach
On Nusa Penida, you will find one of the coolest viewpoints and beaches in all of Indonesia, namely Kelingking Beach. Here the rocks seem to be in the shape of a giant dino and that is why it is also called T-Rex Bay.
3. Diving at Nusa Penida
Do you like diving? Then you should definitely do that when you are on Nusa Penida, the underwater world is magical here.
4. Broken Beach
At Broken Beach you will find one of the coolest beaches on the island, the sea here is a bright blue color and the rocks seem to form a natural bridge.
5. Angel’s Billabong
At Angel’s Billabong, a natural swimming pool has been created in the sea. Suddenly it is super quiet swimming between the cliffs and rocks and you can float in a bright blue ocean. Super nice to see but also a very cool place to cool down at the right time of day. Depending on the tides, you can enter the water.
6. Crystal Bay
Crystal Bay is such a beach that is dotted with palm trees and cozy beach bars, here you can relax for a few hours.
7. Take the blue stairs to the Peguyangan Waterfall
You can make a very nice hike on Nusa Penida to the Peguyangan Waterfall via the blue stairs that are built along the rocky wall.
8. Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach is located on the east coast of Nusa Penida, a very nice beach with all kinds of jagged rocks. Make sure you are there during high tide, otherwise the bay consists of only rocks and the blue sea water is hard to find.
9. Thousand Island (Pulau Seribu) Viewpoint
Another beautiful viewpoint that you don’t want to miss: Thousand Island Viewpoint or Pulau Seribu. The sea, the rocks, it just has a magical view.
10. Nusa Penida Treehouse (Rumah Pohon)
This is arguably the coolest Airbnb on the entire island: Nusa Penida Treehouse (Rumah Pohon). This is a treehouse where you can sleep… if you book well in advance! Can’t get a place to stay? Even then you can go to this great spot and just enjoy the awesome view!