Best things to do in Nusa Penida

Post by Guille

June 19, 2024

It’s one of our favorite destinations in the world. And not just because we have one of the five DPM Diving schools there, but because of everything it has to offer, including the atmosphere, food, and activities. Nusa Penida is a must-visit!

This small Indonesian island near Bali is a perfect destination to experience the authentic Asian adventure; great (and affordable) food, beachfront or jungle accommodations (yes, also affordable), a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and, of course, exceptional diving. We know a lot about that because here in Nusa Penida, you’ll find one of the DPM Diving schools. Stay tuned to the article, as we summarize the main attractions and things to do in Nusa Penida.

Top attractions in Nusa Penida

A quick glance on Google will show you an island that derives much of its charm from its beaches and rich marine life. However, while its beaches are truly paradisiacal and its diving exceptional, Nusa Penida holds other charms that are less dazzling but equally enjoyable, such as a lush interior ready to be explored and a vibrant cultural life.

Kelingking Beach

Kelingking Beach is one of the most iconic spots in Nusa Penida due to its impressive dinosaur-shaped rock formation overlooking the beach. From the top of the hill, you get a breathtaking panoramic view of a white sandy beach and crystal-clear waters.

Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beache

Angel’s Billabong is a natural infinity pool with crystal-clear waters, offering stunning views and a serene spot for swimming during low tide. Meanwhile, Broken Beach features a natural archway over turquoise waters, creating a picturesque and dramatic coastal landscape that’s perfect for photography and sightseeing.

Crystal Bay

Crystal Bay is a beautiful bay that lives up to its name with its stunningly clear waters, offering an exceptional opportunity to observe its abundant marine life. It is, therefore, a magnificent starting point for diving and indulging your passion for exploring the underwater world, where you can discover many species, including sea turtles and manta rays.

Atuh Beach and Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach is known for its white sand and crystal-clear waters, making it a picturesque and exceptionally beautiful spot for taking photos and enjoying the sun. Access to the beach is via a steep staircase carved into the hillside, which is a tourist attraction in itself.

Atuh Beach, on the other hand, is famous for its impressive rock formations and natural arches. The beach boasts white sand and turquoise waters, making it a beautiful place to swim and relax.

Tembeling Natural Pool and Forest

Tembeling Natural Pool is a secluded freshwater pool surrounded by lush jungle, offering a tranquil and refreshing spot for a swim. The nearby Tembeling Forest is a serene and scenic area with dense greenery and hidden pathways, perfect for exploring nature and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.

Adventure activities

If you’re into adventure, you’re in the right place. Nusa Penida is a paradise for active lifestyle and adrenaline lovers, thanks to its combination of water sports and a rocky interior where you can unleash your explorer spirit.


Diving in Nusa Penida is an exhilarating experience due to its rich marine life and stunning underwater landscapes, which DPM Diving is delighted to show you. There are many dive sites that will leave you speechless, such as Crystal Bay, known for its exceptional visibility and the chance to see the mola mola, Toyapakeh, and Manta Point, a place where you can have close encounters with giant manta rays that gather here to feed, and divers often swim alongside them. In addition to manta rays, Nusa Penida is home to large banks of fish, including Napoleon wrasse and trevallies.

The diving season in Nusa Penida is typically from April to October, during the dry season, when the waters are calmer and visibility is excellent. However, some people also dive during the rainy season.

Hiking and trekking

For those who prefer land-based adventures, Nusa Penida’s rugged terrain offers excellent hiking and trekking opportunities. Trails lead through lush forests, past dramatic cliffs, and to stunning viewpoints overlooking the ocean. Popular hikes include the trek to Kelingking Beach, with its iconic dinosaur-shaped cliff, and the journey to the natural pools of Tembeling Forest. These treks provide not only physical challenges but also breathtaking scenery and a chance to connect with nature.

Cliff Jumping

Thrill-seekers will find cliff jumping in Nusa Penida an exhilarating experience. The island’s dramatic cliffs and clear waters create perfect conditions for this adrenaline-pumping activity. Spots like Broken Beach and Angels Billabong are popular for their stunning backdrops and exciting jumps. Safety is paramount, so always check the water depth and look for obstacles before taking the plunge.

Cultural experiences

Nusa Penida offers enriching cultural experiences that highlight its unique traditions and local heritage. Visitors can immerse themselves in Balinese Hindu culture, evident in the island’s temples such as Pura Dalem Ped, where traditional ceremonies and rituals take place. Witnessing a traditional Balinese dance performance or participating in a temple ceremony provides insight into the spiritual beliefs and customs of the local community.

Exploring traditional villages like Ped and Tanglad offers opportunities to interact with friendly locals, observe traditional architecture, and learn about daily life on the island. Additionally, visiting local markets and trying authentic Balinese cuisine are excellent ways to further engage with Nusa Penida’s rich cultural tapestry.

Tips for visiting Nusa Penida

  • Transportation: Arrange your transportation in advance, as getting around the island can be challenging. Consider renting a scooter or hiring a local driver for convenience.
  • Accommodation: Book your accommodation early, especially during peak seasons, to secure your preferred choice. Options range from budget homestays to luxurious resorts.
  • Pack Essentials: Carry essentials like sunscreen, a hat, comfortable footwear for hiking, and swimwear for beach activities. Don’t forget insect repellent and a reusable water bottle.
  • Cash: ATMs are limited on the island, so it’s advisable to carry enough cash (Indonesian Rupiah) for your entire stay. Some places may accept card payments, but cash is often preferred.
  • Mobile Coverage: While some parts of Nusa Penida have decent mobile coverage, it can be patchy in remote areas. Purchase a local SIM card if you need reliable internet access.
  • Respect Local Customs: Nusa Penida is predominantly Hindu, so dress modestly when visiting temples and participating in ceremonies. Respect local traditions and customs.
  • Explore Responsibly: Protect the environment by not littering and avoiding single-use plastics. Follow designated paths and guidelines when visiting natural attractions.
  • Safety: Be cautious when swimming or diving, as currents around Nusa Penida can be strong. Follow safety instructions provided by tour operators and lifeguards.
  • Plan Activities: Research and plan your activities in advance, whether it’s snorkeling at Crystal Bay, hiking to Kelingking Beach, or exploring the cultural sites. Tours and activities often require early booking.
  • Enjoy the Silence: Embrace the peaceful ambiance of Nusa Penida, especially in less touristy areas. Take time to relax, unwind, and appreciate the island’s natural beauty.

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