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Nusa Penida Day Trip

Nusa Penida is a relatively untouched island south-east of Bali. It's perfect those who would like to escape the hipster cafes of Bali and experience a simple way of life, reminiscent of Bali of yesteryears. During your day trip, you can visit the very instagrammable Kelingking Beach, scramble about the stunning little bay at Broken Beach, and snorkel with Manta Rays at the aptly named Manta Point. This day trip includes your fast boat transfer to Nusa Penida, and a private guide and transport around the island so you can see all the hidden gems the island has to offer.

No, you can go to Nusa Penida on your own - it's just a little more of a hassle! To get there on your own, you can head to Sanur beach and get a ferry ticket to get from Sanur to Nusa Penida, and once on the other end, you can either rent a scooter at the Nusa Penida harbour or haggle for a driver/guide. For those who would like to rent a scooter, note that Nusa Penida roads are pretty rocky and hilly so it might not be very fun to scoot about!

Alternatively, if you want to save yourself the hassle, book with one of the local operators here, and let them take you to the best places at Nusa Penida!

Dry season in Bali is from May to November - so this is the best time for a day trip around Nusa Penida, as well as for snorkelling (as the dry season gives you the best visibility underwater). That said, even during rainy season in Bali, you'll only get rain for pockets of the day, so there's no reason to give the trip a miss even if you're there during rainy season!

The main difference between the Nusa Penida Day Trip options here is what you will get to see or do. Some of the options will only cover the sights of the island (without the snorkelling), whereas if you would like to snorkel in Nusa Penida, you should choose the snorkelling option.

The main points of interest of Nusa Penida are as follows:

Kelingking Beach is the one that looks like t-rex! This is the spot that you have likely seen on your Instagram feed, and THE spot to take photos of the green 'dinosaur head' swallowing blue waves. You can walk own the "spine" of the dinosaur to get to the beach. But do be careful as the path is not in great condition.

Crystal Bay has some of the clearest waters and the healthiest corals and fish life around. This makes it a great spot for snorkelling.

Broken Beach is another marvel of nature. This pool of water is surrounded by limestone cliffs, except in one spot where the wall lifts up and lets in fresh water.

Angel Billabong is a natural infinity pool! This spectacular rock formation on Nusa Penida island's southwestern cliff edges is one of the must-sees for visitors to Nusa Penida.

Wall Beach/Wall Point is another clear watered beach that is great for snorkelling with lots of fish and coral life

Gamat Bay is a more wild and secluded version of Crystal Bay. It takes a bit of time to walk down an overgrown path to get to the beach, but it's totally worth it. Great for snorkelling as well!

Manta Point is the best place on the island to snorkel with the majestic manta rays!