Tuesday, May 02, 2017
This article aims to provide enthusiastic travelers all they need to know about Nusa Penida day tour and snorkeling tour at Nusa Penida island, along with informations on how to get there, and recommendations on how to get around, what to do, and where to stay.
Have you ever wondered what Bali would have been like when it were strapped off with tourists? Have you ever wondered what the island was like at the time where it had not yet been put on the tourist map? Bali then may be extremely different to what it is these days, a beautiful yet incredibly congested island. This, as we know it, is largely due to the increasing number of tourists visiting the island. It’s, perhaps, difficult for us to imagine as the image of tourists flocking all over Bali has been successfully planted in our minds. The best way to imagine the island then is by looking at Nusa Penida.
More about Nusa Penida
Stretched over 200 square kilometers with population of about 60,000 people, Nusa Penida is the largest out of three neighbouring islands situated in the far off Bali Islands’ southeastern coast. Despite of the fact that it is the largest island in the complex, Nusa Penida is actually not as popular as Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan – due to this fact, it can be said that Nusa Penida still has limited infrastructures and resorts unlike its neigboring islands. Majority of travelers opt to go straight to Nusa Lembongan and then followed with Nusa Ceningan, but only a small number of them would go over to Penida. Is the limited infrastructures and touristy things-to-do the culprit of this issues? Or is it our own limited knowledge on the matter which causes us to pass up the opportunities to witness a real Balinese beauty?
Three of Nusa Penida’s main tourist attractions
Whichever your answer to the question is, it’s important for us to get to know this untrampled beauty. The following is a list of a few main attractions in Nusa Penida to help you get started on getting familiar with the island.
• Pasih Uug (also widely known as Broken Beach)
Located in the Bunga Mekar Village, the Broken Beach is highly regarded as the most unique destination in the Island. Often likened to Bali’s own Uluwatu, Pasih Uug offers incredible beauty with its calm currents and stunning scenery. The sunset view in this beach is also one of the best sunsets you will ever witness in your life. With a gigantic natural springs (formed by broken clifts, hence the name) nearby, this tourist destination is hard to pass by.
• Crystal Bay
All diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will rejoice when they find out that this tourist attraction is to-die-for, and it’s not an exaggeration! Crystal Bay is highly regarded as the best site to snorkel and dive in Nusa Penida. Not only that, this tourist destination is also known to be the world’s leading and only place to observe the massive Mola-Mola. This pelagic fish’s measurement is hovering above 3-meters and is truly a sight to behold. Snorkeling at Nusa Penida island and wishing to observe this majestic creature? Visit Nusa Penida and try its turquoise waters from June to October. More interested in diving the paradise? There is an incredible sandy slope which leads us to a 10-meter deep coral plateau which is then followed with a 50-meter deep plateau. Or are you more interested in relaxing and enjoying the view? There is a tiny island in the middle of the aforementioned sandy slop, and atop of it there lies the magnificent sacred temple. Simply breathtaking.
• Angel of Nusa Penida (also known as Angel’s Billabong)
Not too far from Pasih Uug, there lies a slice of beautiful gem that is only visible off a cliff. Its estuarine water has a green tint to it and it’s something you must see for yourself to understand its exceptional beauty. Would like to visit but unsure as to how to get there and arrange the fun activities? Don’t worry, these days you can easily sign up for Nusa Penida day tour and get going!
How to get to Nusa Penida and best tour recommendation
The best way to get to Nusa Penida is, without a doubt, by fast boat. Those who opt for Nusa Penida day tour may not need to know any informations related to how to get there as everything is typically taken care of by the travel agent. But just in case you are coming for a visit after a few days of exploring Nusa Lembongan, you may simply take Maruti Express, a fast boat which departs at 9 AM, 10 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM on a daily basis. Departing from Bali? Scoot over to Sanur and take the fast boat! Eager to see what the itineraries for a typical one-day tour in there? Check out the following!
• Nice Tour’s Bali to Nusa Penida Island tour
Your day will start at around 6.30 in the morning as that is typically the pick-up time, an hour later you will be in your fast boat departing for Nusa Penida. This boat trip generally takes less than an hour. You will arrive in Nusa Penida’s sampalan Harbour at approximately 8.30 - 09:00 AM.
• 9.00 AM: arrive at sampalan harbour and depart to Kelingking points
• 10.00 AM: arrive and spend roughly 15 minutes at kelinking points and take a good shoot at Love tree overlooking the sea
• 11.30 AM: arrive and spend roughly an hour and a half in Pasih Uug and Angel Billabong nearby.
• 12.30 PM: transported to Crystal Bay for snorkeling at Nusa Penida island and lunch here
• 02.30 PM: depart to Nusa Penida’s sampalan Harbour to return to Bali
note : program might changed due to travelling time, form a point to the other point
The Nusa Penida day tour may seem brief as it is over at 02.30 PM and you will be back in Sanur by 4 PM, however, it nicely covers all of its main tourist destinations in the island – so what are you waiting for?