Top 5 places to visit in Nusa Penida

Planning a trip to Nusa Penida Island? Do not fall short in your stay! The incredible landscape, friendly locals, and extraordinary nature are some of the reasons to plan a stay of at least 3 or 4 days in Nusa Penida. 

In this post, we show you the must-see attractions in the 5 top places to visit in Nusa Penida.

Kelingking Beach

Undoubtedly the most famous spot of Nusa Penida. This incredible cliff with a t-rex shape can be observed from the highest part, where the Kelingking viewpoint is located.

But Kelingking is not only a viewpoint, it also has a beach that will be one of the best you have ever visited. The path down to the beach is quite uneven, so we recommend you go carefully.

kelingking nusa penida
Kelingking Beach

Another tip to visit the viewpoint and the beach of Kelingking is to go early in the morning, to be able to enjoy without big crowds and also to have time to go down to the beach, and to come back! The walk down and up takes about an hour.

Angel’s Billabong / Broken Beach

Angel’s Billabong 

This hot spot is stunning for photos and has crystal clear waters. It is a shallow tide pool best visited at low tide.

You can snorkel or just chill out in the water. Be careful, as when the tide is high the waves break the edge and you could be swept out into the open sea.

The main road to get here is the same as the one leading to Kelingking Beach, so it is best to do both on the same day.

Angel’s Billabong. Picture: Alison Linh

Broken Beach

Broken Beach is another of Nusa Penida’s most famous coves and, despite its name, it is not really a beach. It is just around the corner, a few minute’s walk, from Angel’s Billabong, and is well worth a visit.

Here you can contemplate the beauty of the arch that lets in the incredibly blue waters that surround the island.

It is impressive to see the erosion of the rock to create this arch that influenced the name Broken Beach because this cove is not totally enclosed.

Broken Beach Penida Island
Broken Beach

Diamond Beach

Another of the dreamlike landscapes in Nusa Penida is Diamond Beach. Undoubtedly one of the best beaches on the island.

This sandy beach is surrounded by cliffs, with a turquoise sea and white sands. To get to the beach you will have to go down the cliff by a steep set of steps, but we can guarantee that it will be worth the effort!

The location is southeast of Nusa Penida, and you can combine the trip with a visit to Atuh Beach.

Diamond Beach Penida Island
Diamond Beach

Atuh Beach

Atuh Beach on Nusa Penida is the kind of place that takes your breath away at first sight. From the top of the stairs, the view is already insane.

The arc that runs through the rock formation in the water, the huge plummeting cliffs and the amphitheater-shaped white sand beach at the base of it all is a sight to behold.

The walk down the stairs takes 10 to 15 minutes, but it is quite steep, which is noticeable on the way back, so we recommend you start the walk back before you are completely exhausted or it gets dark.

The beach is long and wide and the sea usually breaks hard. It is recommended to visit when the tide is high, as at low tide it loses much of its charm.

Atuh Beach Nusa Penida
Atuh Beach

Crystal Bay

Crystal Bay is perhaps the most popular beach for those looking for a good view at sunset, or a beach with calm waters for snorkeling or relaxing on the shore

Unlike all the beaches mentioned above, where the sea breaks with great force, this small bay is characterized by being very quiet and relaxed.

Another advantage of Crystal Bay in comparison to the rest of the beaches is its proximity to the Toyapakeh area, and that the road to get there is quite easier and shorter.

The view of the sunset from Crystal Bay is excellent, and many people gather here with friends to enjoy the views at sundown.

Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
Sunset in Crystal Bay. Pic by Nicko Stark

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