Not many people know that one of the tourist destinations in Bali still has a lot of exoticism that many people don’t know. One of them is Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is an island part of the Indonesian republic located in the southeast of Bali which is separated by the Badung Strait. Near this island, there are also other small islands, namely Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan. The waters of the famous Nusa Penida island with its diving areas include Penida Bay, Manta Point, Batu Meling, Batu Lumbung, Batu Abah, Toyapakeh and Malibu Point.
Nusa Penida is also known as a new sanctuary of Bali Starling that was threatened with extinction after a highly successful bird breeding program, which was originally an endemic species of forest area in West Bali National Park.
Nusa Penida is more than 200 square kilometers in size – significantly larger than the popular Nusa Lembongan and easily accessible brother, Nusa Ceningan. Fewer visitors compared to the other two, Nusa Penida also has very limited hotel and tourism features. However, what is lacking in the infrastructure sector makes natural beauty and cultural beauty untouched.
Close to the white sand beaches of Penida in Crystal Bay, divers enjoy one of the best dive sites in Bali, where pristine coral reefs and Mola-Mola fish (also known as oceanic fish), manta rays, and, if you are right really lucky, even Shark Whales are some of the season’s sights. Besides diving in Nusa Penida, you can also find good visibility for snorkeling right near the coastline. Some local shops that sell food and drinks right on the beach make it a beautiful relaxing place with views of the sunset.
Among the most famous temples in Penida is Giri Putri Cave, a Balinese Hindu temple located in a limestone cave in the village of Karangsari, which sees the flow of pilgrims from mainland Bali visiting to pay homage and request holy water and blessings. The great temple complex of Pura Penataran Ped in the north coast village of Ped is another popular monument to visit. There are other temples along the island’s coast, but be sure to visit the unique Paluang Temple in Karangdawa village on the western cliff of Penida – has a holy place that resembles a car!
To enjoy some natural beauty, visit Pantai Atuh, a secluded beach on the southeast coast of Nusa Penida, bordering green hills and peninsula formations. Another popular beach is Pasih Uug, aka “broken beach” owned by Nusa Penida which was once a large cave that collapsed, showing blue waves that hit the Indian Ocean below. Nearby, there is Angel’s Billabong, with a large lagoon formed by waves after high tide. Some visitors dare to go down and take some photos but remember that this is dangerous.
From the mainland of Bali, most ships depart from Padangbai port in East Bali, but you can also take a boat from Sanur. Most visitors usually visit Lembongan and Ceningan first, then add a boat ride to Penida as a long tour on their Nusa Islands trip.
To get to Nusa Ceningan, ships depart from Sanur, Serangan Island and Tanjung Benoa on the mainland of Bali to Nusa Lembongan. Travel usually takes around 45 minutes. From Lembongan, you can access Ceningan by the bridge.
So, it isn’t the wrong choices to fill your vacation time, Nusa Penida is one of your vacation listings.