Top 9 Things to do in Nusa Penida, Indonesia

February 2, 2018 Merry Kessler

Discover the best top things to do in Nusa Penida, Indonesia including Kelingking Beach, Atuh Beach, Freedive Nusa, Nusa Penida Island, Pasih Uug Beach, Angel's Billabong, Giri Putri Cave, Peguyangan Waterfall, Friends of the National Parks Foundation Wildlife & Conservation Centre.
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1. Kelingking Beach

Desa Bunga Mekar | D, 80771, Indonesia
Excellent
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5 based on 271 reviews

Kelingking Beach

Reviewed By Mandy K

Terrible roads to get there but the views are absolutely amazing. Worth the effort though. I climbed down to the beach. Don't try unless you are fit and strong. Very dangerous, slippery, steep and unstable bamboo rails but it was one of the best things I have ever done. When I went there were no waves so swimming was beautiful in crystal clear blue water. Sand beautiful and white. Water, soft drink and Bintang available at the beach. Many tourists at the top viewpoint but only five on the beach. Manta rays were able to be seen from the top view points. Incredible place to visit.

2. Atuh Beach

Banjar Pelilitan, Desa Pejukutan, Klungkung 80771, Indonesia
Excellent
78%
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4.5 based on 89 reviews

Atuh Beach

Reviewed By worldiscoverer - India

Its a real long and bad ride to the Atuh Beach parking lot. There are two ways to go here from the junction where you see the signboards...the straight/right turn takes you to the one with steep steps and the left one to a steep trek of about 20 minutes.
We were glad we didn't go down to the beach as the rains caught up with us and it wouldn't have been worthwhile.

3. Freedive Nusa

Jl. Ped-Buyuk, Ped 80771, Indonesia
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 21 reviews

Freedive Nusa

Freedive Nusa is the only freediving school on Nusa Penida island. School is located just 20 meters from the beach. We offer SSI freediving courses and freediving training from beginners to master students, breath-hold workshops for surfers. We have regular yoga classes in our cozy studio. We organize freedive trips to awesome Manta Rays and land trips around the island.

Reviewed By nikki088 - Thirroul, Australia

I completed my Level 1 and 2 at Freedive Nusa. It was an unbelievable experience I think about everyday. Kirill was an inspiring teacher, his teaching methods, calm, safe and poised personality and the fact that he really loves freediving made learning freediving easy and so fun.
My experience at Freedive Nusa has opened a door to a deeper love and appreciation of the ocean and our connection to it. Extending beyond freediving to pranayama, more confidence in my Surfing, yoga and power of the mind. This course is for anyone who wants to learn more about themselves and the human body. Highly Recommend doing it!
Look forward to Level 3 next!!!

4. Nusa Penida Island

80771, Indonesia
Excellent
81%
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4.5 based on 318 reviews

Nusa Penida Island

Reviewed By Munsif M

We used Nusa Penida Explorer - on time. Professional and reasonably priced. Unfortunately we did not get an English speaking guide as they were too busy apparently. It's well worth a visit. Many strips to do - chose wisely. Drive can be very bumpy and uncomfortable. Enjoy.

5. Pasih Uug Beach

Karang dawa, 80771, Indonesia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 240 reviews

Pasih Uug Beach

Reviewed By Munsif M

Many amazing natural sites around this place in Nusa Penida. However the heat may or may not be bearable. Picturesque. Bumpy ride to get here. Worth a visit I guess. Ensure you take water. Guide or no guide - upto you. For us it was worth going with a guide - made things flow better.

6. Angel's Billabong

Banjar Sumpang, Desa Bunga Mekar, Indonesia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 247 reviews

Angel's Billabong

Reviewed By Jonasraditian

Near from broken beach, so you can walk at least 10 minutes go to angel's Billabong. Not recommended come here when it's raining. Because the track can make you crazy and badmood, You have to walk from the place where you parked your motorcycle. But if you used car, you can pass it more easily than used motorcycle.

7. Giri Putri Cave

Desa Karang Sari, 80771, Indonesia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 99 reviews

Giri Putri Cave

Reviewed By Alisik17 - St. Paul's Bay, Malta

I were lucky - I participated the ceremony in this unusual ancient temple inside of the huge cave! It is unforgettable experience when you're immersing yourself inside of the ancient culture together with local people who are alive carriers of this centures-old tradition!

8. Peguyangan Waterfall

80771, Indonesia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Peguyangan Waterfall

Reviewed By blackeldo - Kiama, Australia

THE FALLS ARE UNDERWHELMING BUT THE LOCATION AND STAIRWAY DOWN THE CLIFFSIDE ARE SPECTACULARLY AWESOME
It may be different in wet season, but my visit to the falls saw a very low flow of water out of a pipe beneath the Lovely pool near cliff-bottom which trickled down maybe 25mm of rock to the sea. But getting there was a bit mind blowing.
Most of PENIDA consists of a high limestone plateau which falls precipitously to the sea along east, south and west coasts. I’ve viewed these cliffs from distant Mainland Bali and closer Nusa Ceningan many times, wanting to check them out up close. In JUNE 2017 I finally got the chance.
When reaching the top of the cliff the outlook over the ocean and down the cliff-side is breathtaking. There is a temple up top with a nominal parking charge, a small warung with food and drinks and the head of the stairway. There are over 700 steps mainly metal in good condition with safety rails plus occasional concrete sections. Steepness is awesome – often 45degrees. Water pipes which supply plateau top villages and electrical supply cables for the pump-house near the base of the cliff are adjacent the stairs.
The foot of the stairway is still about 30m above sea-level. There is a small pool there with crystal-clear water. This fell as rain when CITIZEN KANE was a kid and leached down thru hundreds of meters of limestone over the years. NO SWIMMNG signs are present (this is drinking water after all) but I’ve seen online pix showing just that. I wouldn’t try swimming in the sea – access down the remainder of the cliff looks tricky and the sea tends to be pretty rough in dry season’s prevailing south-east swell.
There is a pump-house alongside the pool with a good sitting platform to rest, drink in the scene and perhaps down some refreshments. To the north a short distance is a small shrine associated the cliff-top temple.
TIPS
- take your time going up the stairway, stop often for a breather and you should have few problems. There are some good platforms where you won’t block climbers and allow you to drink in the awesome views while recovering. Some svelte-challenged dudes seemed to be doing okay this way when I went by. I live in a town with killer hills which I walk, run or cycle most days and I’m proud to say I made it back up the stairway non-stop, despite being 71 with a heavy motorcycle helmet strapped to my backpack. But DOMINOS’ TRAGICS won’t need this level of preparation if they stop and rest – even my circumferentially enhanced pal SACREMENTO SLIM, the only person (still alive) to completely surround a 40cm HAWIIAN SUPREME in under 50 seconds, would make it to the top.
- check MATA AIR TEMPLE at the top. It has special religious significance to not just locals but the Balinese in general. Online pics I’ve seen show a full size wooden replica of a CITROEN 2CV there. I don’t know the significance and it was absent when I looked in.
- the small warung adjacent the temple parking area has ice cold drinks at very reasonable prices, just the thing after climbing the stairs.
- a navigation device is recommended – the last 6km down a maze of mountain roads has many alternative un-signposted intersections and is super confusing. But just about everyone these days has a smart ‘phone so maybe this tip only applies to Luddites and geezers like me (my ‘phone doesn’t even have a camera!). I was heading in what I hoped was the right direction for some cliffs (ANY cliffs would do!) when I moved over to let a compact SUV with a local driver and 5 western ladies overtake. I decided they were a tour group headed somewhere interesting and tucked in behind. A few km later we arrived cliff-top. YAY!
- a tour guide is not a bad idea. I lost so much time finding spots that I managed only 3 significant locations over 2 days. I couldn’t find or ran out of time for another 2 I’d earmarked. My rental moto cost a typical idr60k (less than $US5) a day but my resort quoted only 200k a day for a guide to take me on the back of a moto which would have saved a lot of hassle, back-tracking and visited more places. The 5 Belgian girls did it in style - SUV and driver/guide $US25 – the same cost per person as my moto for greater comfort, expert local knowledge and more places. Several online companies offer tours for higher outlays.
- If riding solo, take your time - the side-roads are super narrow (the small SUV took the mirror off a carelessly parked moto when trying to squeeze past in a village), have few location or direction signs, and atrociously rough (mainly broken tarmac) sections. You will not make good time. However I had no problem as a novice rider – there are no ridiculous slopes with slippery gravel like in the Thai Islands.
The main plateau top roads are well surfaced and not too narrow. Sign-posting is better but not great.
Enjoy the Guyangan cliffs gang, This is a good one.

9. Friends of the National Parks Foundation Wildlife & Conservation Centre

Banjar Bodong | Ped , Nusa Penida, 811111, Indonesia +62 828-9760-8696
Excellent
63%
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4 based on 18 reviews

Friends of the National Parks Foundation Wildlife & Conservation Centre

Reviewed By TimMPerth - Perth, Australia

This is a volunteer staffed conservation organisation that is re-introducing the Bali Starling to the wild here on Nusa Penida, working on community Gardens and working with the locals to encourage the establishment of marine protected areas. They have breeding Bali Starlings to view in...MoreThank you so much for your support Best wishes, Bayu

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