Linda Yli-Mäenpää

A trip to Nusa Penida

Linda Yli-Mäenpää
A trip to Nusa Penida

We had some free time the hole week because all of our classes were cancelled due to the big IMF World Bank Meeting, so we decided to head to a small Island called Nusa Penida that is located in the South Eastern coast of Bali.

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We arrived to the island Tuesday morning with a speed boat that departed from Sanur at 8.00 o’clock in the morning. The ride took us about 40 minutes and the tickets back and forth cost us 375 000 IDR (22€). We rented a scooter from the harbor and then headed to our hotel. We left our belongings there and started to explore the beautiful island.

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First we went to Thousand island (Pulau Seribu) viewpoint and right away we were amazed by the turquoise water and the magical view. Right next to the Thousand Island is a tree house that is worth a visit! It’s a great spot for taking pictures. I think that you can actually sleep in the tree houses as well but I’m not hundred percent sure. After that we went to the Atuh beach that is also very near the Thousand Islands. Before we climbed the stairs down that led to the beach we ate lunch in a Warung that was on the way. When we had finished our lunch we noticed that there had appeared a low tide so you couldn’t swim there because there wasn’t any water at the shoreline so we decided to not go the beach. Instead we went to Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave that is a Hindu temple that is inside a huge cave. We rented traditional clothes (sarong and a belt) so we would be allowed in to the temple. We were splattered with some holy water and then we were allowed in to the temple through a small crack in the ground. After we crawled in the roof opened up and there appeared to be a big cave that had an altar in the back where the praying takes place. There wasn’t any ceremony going on while we were there but it was still interesting to see how an underground temple looks alike. Then we just scootered our way to the hotel and ate dinner there. Before we went to sleep we watched the sunset from our hotel’s beach.  

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Next day we got up at 7.00 o’clock and ate some breakfast at the hotel and at 8.00 am we were on our way to Kelingking (T-Rex). The view was so nice and we just had to take the typical picture on the edge of a cliff. When you looked down you could see the Kelingking Secret Point beach and the horrible stairs that were leading down. As crazy as we are we went down the stairs so we could see the beach from below. The climb down took us 40 minutes and the stairs weren’t the safest ones so you had to be really careful with your steps. Finally, when we got down we were once again amazed by the view. The water was bright blue and the sand soft and light. Only thing that wasn’t so nice were the big waves on the beach. You couldn’t really swim there because of the crazy waves and intense currents. We spent there approximately two hours and then we climbed back up the stairs. It was a lot easier to climb up the stairs but then again so much more exhausting. Then we ate lunch at the top and then it was time to go to the Broken Beach. We took some pictures and just walked around and enjoyed the view. Then we headed to our hotel. 


On the last day we decided to have a relaxing beach day because our boat back to Sanur left at 3.00 o’clock in the afternoon. We ate breakfast, packed our things and headed to the Crystal Bay that is a beautiful beach and thank god didn’t have any stairs to climb. We sunbathed, ate some lunch and then went to the harbor to wait for our boat.

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You had to pay an entrance fee and for parking in almost every sight but the amount was only like 10 000 IDR (0,60€) and 1000 IDR (0,06€) for the parking. There was also a lot of stairs to climb because the Nusa Penida is a mountainous island. Also you have to rent a scooter if you want to move around on the island because there are only a few taxis and I can just imagine how expensive the transportation is. You should be really careful while driving the roads because they are very curvy and some of them are in very bad shape.

Overall I can really recommend Nusa Penida and it really is a paradise island. The turquoise water blew my mind and there are so many nice sights to see. Next time I really want to visit the other small paradise islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan that are located next to Nusa Penida.