Nusa Penida Bali
The Islands of the Holy People
Nusa Penida is collectively formed as an archipelago with Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. While the Badung Strait separates Nusa Penida from Bali, the Lombok Strait separates it from Lombok.
The list goes on when it comes to things to do in Nusa Penida ranging from waterfall treks to visiting sacred, ritualistic temples and snorkeling in magical spots such as Kelingking Beach where you have the chance to swim with colonies of manta rays and other mystic sea creatures.
The Nusa Islands are three of the most exotic islands found in Indonesia.
This exoticism is owed to its mythical stories that envelope the island of Nusa Penida in addition to distinctive cultural traditions practiced by the locals.
Varying activities range from snorkeling in turquoise-colored oceans to surfing monstrous waves found on world-renowned beaches and uncovering differing schools of aquatic animals.
The list goes on when it comes to things to do in Nusa Penida ranging from waterfall treks to visiting sacred, ritualistic temples and snorkeling in magical spots such as Manta Bay and Christal Bay.
Do you wish to uncover the ultimate experience regarding rare, underwater aquatic life in Nusa Lembongan? Snorkeling Nusa Lembongan provides just that. Are you an avid diving expert that enjoys discovering different snorkeling sites? Luxury Bali Tours provides just that.
Nusa Lembongan provides dive sites suited for individuals of all skill levels- beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Which skill level do you classify yourself as?
Aside from snorkeling Nusa Lembongan, there are other activities you can participate in diversifying from exotic excursions to breathtaking sunset views and treetop trekking in the luscious vegetation that Indonesia has to offer.
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With numerous cliff lookout viewpoints and endless beaches, Nusa Penida is home to an abundance of geographical highlights. Discover the endless high coastal cliffs on a Nusa Penida tour you will never forget.
This island is one of the best places to ignite your mouth’s palate with traditional Indonesian food as well as other culturally-inspired cuisines such as Italian, French, and seafood.
A highly-recommended restaurant is Ba’Bar Kitchen offering tasty treats such as pizza, pasta, gnocchi, and other delectable delights.
Moving onto background history, Nusa Penida is enshrouded with ancient beliefs, legends, magic, and spirits. Centuries ago, this island was solely reserved for outcasts and criminals until the 1930s.
What gave this island its name was its historic, supernatural battle between light and darkness.
But, before criminals were exiled here, this island was notoriously known for Bali’s demon king, Macaling I. Priests were sent to cleanse this island and banish Macaling I along with his spiritual army. Diseases and natural disasters that occur on this island is blamed on Macaling I and his invisible spirit army that once inhabited this dark island.
With the Balinese belief system supporting an equal balance between good and evil, this island remains a vitally important spiritual destination for locals who are required to pilgrimage here at least once in their lifetime.
The landscapes and surrounding environment of this dazzling island is a key draw for tourists with its scenic view of Devil’s Tear and panoramic viewpoints at Mangrove Point.
Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan – The Silent Islands
This relaxation getaway is perfect for perching your feet up and simply relaxing. If you choose to switch it up, you do have the option of snorkeling, diving, or surfing. These water sports activities are highly recommended as the water seems to be the clearest you will ever witness.
Approximately 8km2 in size, the culture of Nusa Lembongan is centered around locals practicing Hinduism emphasizing religion on this island.
Remaining uncrowded and not overflowing with tourists, you’ll also come to realize the lack of parties, supermarkets, and nightclubs give this island a sense of tranquility and seclusion making it the perfect, hidden getaway.
The main revenue-generating activities are seaweed farming and tourism. When it’s low tide, you’ll see farmers harvesting the seaweed as the beds are exposed.
Did you know that Indonesia is one of the primary exporters of seaweed for Asia supplying specifically for cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries?
Due to the limited amount of bare essentials on the island, necessities such as water, food, and other toiletries must be brought in daily by boat from Bali.
The two main villages on the island are Jungut Batu Village and Lembongan Village. Jungut Batu Village is famous for its arts and crafts handmade by the locals making it the perfect village to purchase an authentic souvenir. On the other hand, Lembongan Village offers rare sights of locals preparing the seaweed for farming. Both of these villages are a must-see if you wish to immerse yourself in the culture.
Additionally, Jungut Batu Village (located in the north) caters towards vacation resorts, rentals, beach bungalows, and villas with enchanting views of the Indian Ocean to match. On the other hand, Lembongan Village (located in the south) is home to locals as it is much larger in size compared to Jungut Batu Village. It is the governmental center of the island. Homes, schools, offices, and historic Hindu temples can be found here.
A unique sight that Nusa Lembongan has to offer is its underground cave house, Gala-Gala Underground House. Comprised of multiple bedrooms, a well, sitting room, and kitchen, this house was finished in 1976 by a man named Made Byasa whose occupation was a dancer, priest, and shadow puppet performer.
As previously mentioned, many beautiful Hindu temples are found on Nusa Lembongan that is definitely worth a visit. Year-round, special ceremonies and celebrations are held in either Pura Puseh or Pura Segara.
You’ve heard all the facts of this hidden paradise, but how do you arrive?
One of the many transportation options to arrive at Nusa Lembongan is by boat via Sanur, or via helicopter. The duration of the trip only lasts around 20-30 minutes allowing you to potentially witness large pelagics on the way such as dolphins. Furthermore, you do have the option of departing from other port points instead of Sanur.
Visit Nusa Lembongan today to uncover the rest of the mysteries this island has to offer.
Check out our sample itineraries encompassing the best activities to participate in while visiting Nusa Lembongan.
Dream Beach and Mushroom Beach are both beautiful sandy spots to lounge or enjoy easy access to restaurants, resorts, or pools.
A must-see spectacular natural phenomenon is Devil’s Tears. Here, the waves crash into the craggy outcrop and send up a curtain of ocean water into the sky. Check out this impressive view at sunset for a ballet of reds, oranges, pinks and blues.
You can also find some amazing tide pools in this area to explore. Jungut Batu Beach is the longest beach on Nusa Lembongan and a hub for all the major fishing boats on the island.
Sunset here is magical with vibrant orange clouds on the horizon and Mt. Agung watching over you. This beach leads down to a mangrove forest which is a fun adventure. You can kayak around the great twisted roots, or snorkel to greet the tropical fish below the surface. For the extreme bucket-listers, there are some cliff jumping spots around the island to test your limits.
From Nusa Lembongan, South Bali is a shortstop away to bring your luxury vacation in Bali to a close. Depending on how you want to spend your trip, always adjust the days you spend in each location to fit your needs. We’re confident though that no matter how long you stay, you’ll want to extend your trip on this beautiful island of the gods.
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You can travel here by speedboat, cruise, or helicopter via Benoa Harbor, Sanur, or Padang Bai. As the easiest way to get around is by motorbike, be prepared as some spots aren’t easily accessible with motorbikes and traveling on foot is required.
An example of this is Goa Giri Putri Cave. Featuring multiple praying sites and temples, you can only access the entrance of this cave by foot where local priests grant you permission to enter based on your appropriate attire.
If you wish to experience the ‘castaway’ life, Broken Beach is a favorite. It received its name from a sunken cave roof and tides constructing cave and cliff walls. Contact us today to find out about the secret tour Nusa Penida has in store for you!
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Even if you just would like to experience a Nusa Penida day trip!
Nusa Penida Bali is known for its vibrant culture and religion with its growing tourism numbers as well. As Nusa Penida’s tourism industry is slowly growing, it is important to book months beforehand as accommodation is limited on this petite island.
Once that is done, all you have to worry about is how you choose to fill your days- mountain bike riding, trekking, village and temple tours, diving, snorkeling, surfing, indulging in phenomenal food, walking on cliffs to capture stunning views, unwinding on beaches, and appreciating the encompassing nature and luscious greenery.
Maybe you would like to dive deeper into the local culture? Luxury Bali Tours is the only tour operator who offers unique experiences off the beaten path, where you have the opportunity to connect with the locals face to face. Have lunch with our local friends or visit the local schools or one of their local seaweed farms.
Visiting another country is not only about enjoying beautiful beaches but also about connecting with the locals and understanding a different way of life.
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Let us create your tailored, personalized itineraries including must-see sights, water sports activities to participate in, and relaxation treatments to release your stresses in.
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