All You Need to Know Before You Go: Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is a smaller island off the South-east coast of Bali, and is most well known for its T-rex coast line (Kellingking beach), but there is so much more to it! Don't worry if you only have one day here, most people only do day trips - but if you want to experience all that this island has to offer, you'll need 3 days.
Check out our 7 day Bali guide, which allows for a day at Nusa Penida.
How to get to Nusa Penida
Probably the easiest and cheapest way to get around.
Cost: 70,000 IDR/day
Car hire with driver
A more expensive but comfortable and safer option. The journey to the further end of the island (eg to Diamond beach) can take a while (over an hour) as the roads are not as well developed and is very bumpy at times.
Cost: 500,000 IDR/day.
Both options are available right at the beach when you get off your boat. We ended up hiring a car with a driver, and headed to Kellingking beach and Diamond beach.
What to do
If you have a day here and don't want the hassle of arranging your own ferry and transport on the island, booking a day tour is the best option.
Tours are generally split into east and west sides, but there is a combined east and west tour we found here.
Kellingking beach is one of the more famous spots on Nusa Penida - the rock formations look like a T. rex! You can walk down to the beach, but it is strenuous and the stairs are huge. It takes 45 minutes to get down, and slightly longer to get back up.
A pretty but dangerous tidal pool with crystal clear water. It's important to check whether it's high or low tide before you go.
This is a little cove that is known for its arch.
Popular for its great snorkelling and sunsets!
It is a 15 minute steep walk down the side of the cliff which has been newly carved. The lower part of the walk gets steeper and some parts don't have a railing either. There is a small shop at the bottom of the stairs selling drinks and a huge swing.
This is a small and calmer beach right next to Diamond beach. If you put in Diamond beach as a location on your maps, this will bring you to a parking area (steep and narrow) between Diamond and Atuh beach. There are a few local restaurants a few minutes from the parking area.
Other popular spots include the Rumah Pohon tree house and Teletubby hills