Nusa Penida: Home of the Legendary “Dinosaur Spine”

Nusa Penida, located southeast of Bali, is a beautiful island surrounded by the ocean like a shining gem. Exploring Nusa Penida, you will be amazed by its stunning beauty and unique places that cannot be found anywhere else.


Blessed by nature, Nusa Penida lies peacefully in the southeast of Bali, pristine and tranquil. It is the perfect destination for those who love serenity and tranquility. The gentle waves and breezes create an indescribably close and peaceful atmosphere.

Nusa Penida is not just a typical Bali tourist destination; it is a treasure trove of natural secrets. Unique rocks with amazing patterns are a special highlight of the island. Each detail on these rocks bears the imprint of time and the impact of natural elements, creating strange and unique shapes.

The azure sea of Nusa Penida blends with the rocky landscape, creating a breathtaking picture that no one can deny. The harmony between the rocks and water here leaves every visitor in awe and deeply enchanted by the mystical beauty of this place. 


2.1 From Bali to Nusa Penida

There are various means to get to Nusa Penida, with boats and ferries departing from several ports. The most convenient way is to take a speedboat from Sanur Beach. Currently, three major companies offer trips to Nusa Penida from here: Maruti Express, Angel’s Billabong Fast Cruise, and Mola-Mola Express. You can buy tickets at the beach, but it’s advisable to check each company’s schedule about a day in advance to fit your plans.

The fare for a speedboat is around 150,000 IDR (approximately 245,000 VND), and the boats operate from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The trip from Sanur to Nusa Penida usually takes about an hour. Onboard, you’ll experience the thrill of gliding over the waves and breathing in the salty sea air.

2.2 Getting Around Nusa Penida

You can freely choose between a motorbike or a car to explore Nusa Penida. If you opt for a motorbike, remember to keep to the left and limit your speed on steep roads. Renting a motorbike costs around 50,000 – 100,000 IDR per day, making it easy to move around and enjoy the island’s scenery. However, the roads in Nusa Penida are often rugged and challenging, so if you’re not confident in your driving skills, you might face some difficulties. 

If you prefer renting a car, the cost is a bit higher, around 550,000 IDR per day. However, traveling by car is faster and safer compared to using a motorbike. Especially if you are traveling with a group, renting a car will make it more convenient to explore the island.


3.1 Kelingking Beach

Famous for its enormous T-Rex-shaped cliff jutting into the sea, Kelingking Beach is an unmissable “million-like” check-in spot on Nusa Penida. Conquer the cliff to enjoy a panoramic view of the stunning bay, immerse yourself in the majestic scenery of nature, or relax on the soft white sands and enjoy the clear blue sea – all providing unforgettable experiences for visitors.

3.2 Angel’s Billabong & Broken Beach

After visiting Kelingking, you can’t miss Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach, two famous spots on the west side of Nusa Penida. Angel’s Billabong is the only natural infinity pool on the island, where saltwater and freshwater mix, creating a unique phenomenon. With the morning sunlight, you’ll witness a striking contrast of two opposite colors. 

The best time to visit Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach is from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM when the sun illuminates these spots beautifully. Besides Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach is also a must-see. Its name comes from the arched bridge surrounding the bay, creating an incredibly unique and magnificent scene as ocean water flows in and out.

3.3 Crystal Bay

Crystal Bay is renowned for its fine white sand embracing the wild beauty of nature, along with crystal-clear waters. It is a must-visit spot for beach lovers and snorkelers. Here, visitors can explore a diverse and vibrant marine ecosystem, admire colorful coral reefs, and encounter unique sea creatures. 

3.4 Thousand Islands

At Thousand Islands, visitors have the chance to explore over 100 islands located northeast of Nusa Penida, captivating with pristine nature. You can join kayaking or snorkeling activities to uncover the hidden secrets of these islands. 


4.1 Western Nusa Penida

This area attracts the most tourists in Nusa Penida, offering a wide range of accommodations from budget to luxury. It is home to many famous attractions such as Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Crystal Bay, Peguyangan Waterfall, Toyapakeh Beach, Ped Beach, and Pura Goa Giri Putri.

4.2 Eastern Nusa Penida

Known for its untouched and tranquil beaches, the eastern part of Nusa Penida is an ideal destination for visitors seeking peace and relaxation. It features beautiful beaches like Gamat Bay, Atuh Beach, Tegal Wangi Beach, Suwe Lakuh Beach, Banjar Giri Beach, and Pura Puncak Mundi.

4.3 Southern Nusa Penida

For those seeking a luxurious holiday, Nusa Penida offers high-end resorts concentrated in the southern area. This region boasts beautiful beaches like Nusa Dua Beach, Dreamland Beach, Pandawa Beach, Melasti Beach, and Gunung Payung Beach.