Many people travel to Bali as one of their first trips in South East Asia but if you want to take the road less traveled – this island escape is only a one hour boat ride away from touristy Bali. Bali is one of the few travel destinations in Asia I actually find myself coming back to time and time again. I thought I wouldn’t go back, until I saw this post and I couldn’t resist a third trip. The islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida are beautifully untouched, less traveled and gems. Go and visit before all the other tourist find out!
Fly into Bali and spend one night in Sanur. If time permits, book two way fare public speedboat to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida for the earliest boat the next morning. Don’t fall into the tourist trap and pay almost double for a private speedboat boat – the ride is only 1 hour.
Cost: 175,000 IDR one way
Sanur public speedboat ticketing station can be found here.
Duration: 30-45 depending on conditions, 1 hour including on-boarding/off-boarding
The speedboat will drop you off here. Stay at a homestay nearby the beach.
Day 2: Explore Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
Rent a motorbike for the day. We brought our own snorkel gear and snorkeled off the beach at Mangrove beach. The water is calm and the coral is about 100 meters from the shore (look for other snorkel group boats for the best coral locations).
After snorkeling we cross the yellow land bridge to Nusa Ceningan – the main attraction is Blue Lagoon. The most beautiful aqua blue ocean water I’ve ever seen.
From there we explore Nusa Lembongan starting from Dream Beach, you can ride your motorbike north across the dirt stretch to explore the other popular “beaches” in this area – Devil’s Tear and Sunset Beach. We decided to watch the sunset at Devil’s Tear for the most interesting photos.
Motorbike rental: 50,000 IDR
Mangrove entry fee: 6,000 IDR
Day 3: Explore Nusa Penida
Wake up early and take the public boats leaving from the yellow bridge. The boats won’t leave until they are full (10 person capacity).
Motobike transfer to yellow bridge: 30,000 IDR
Public boat: 50,000 IDR
Duration: 15 minutes
Motorbike transfer to hotel: 30,000 IDR
Public boat drop off point here
Where to stay: Ped, we stayed at Fullmoon Bungalows
Another day of beach snorkeling! If your staying in Ped you can make your way out to the beach between local houses. Swim 100 meters out through seaweed farms and be amazed at the coral in the area!
My recommendation is to actually spend more than one night in Penida, although is the island is small, the lack of well paved roads means it takes an hour to get between sites so plan your time accordingly!
With only half a day, we decided to explore the south east island. 1 hour Motobike from Ped, our first stop is Peguyangan Waterfall. You can reach the entry to the waterfall here. The waterfall is just okay, the locals use it for fresh spring water but the hike offers some stunning views of Penida cliffside and is really an experience of a lifetime for the faint hearted.
1 hour from the falls is Broken Beach – much more amazing than anything the camera can capture. It’s essentially a donut shaped land mass with a hole, creating a natural bridge, the size is magnificent and you can actually walk the full loop around. We also marked Angel’s Billabong in this area, but we didn’t ha enough to time to go and see.
1 hour from Broken Beach and we catch he sunset at Crystal Bay. Small land masses with Temples on top dot Crystal Bay for a unique photo opportunity.
Motorbike: 60,000 IDR
Entry to Broken Beach: 5,000 IDR
Day 4: Back to Bali
Have the homestay arrange your ferry ticket and transfer back to Sanur.