Top things to do in Nusa Penida
1. Swimming, snorkelling or diving in the live aquarium Crystal Bay in Nusa Penida
Just like its name, Crystal Bay with its clear crystal water offer all the best things that tropical island could offer, excellent for swimming, best for snorkelling and of course outstanding world class diving spot.
Diving in Crystal Bas Nusa Penida meaning you will have a good chance of seeing sharks and manta rays, it is really superb spot for diving.
2. Visit the Bali Starling Nusa Penida
If you love birds and keen to know more about their protection in Indonesia, Nusa Penida offers a great place to visit.
Bird Sanctuary project in Nusa Penida is the great work of Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF). FNPF in Bahasa Indonesia read as “Yayasan Pecinta Taman Nasional”, it is an Indonesian non-profit organisation working to protect wildlife, restore habitat, and improve the wellbeing of local communities, founded in in 1997.
The Friends of the National Park Foundation Bird Sanctuary is also responsible for the amazing starling introduction program here as well as taking care of the natural environment on Nusa Penida.
3. Visit Pura Penataran Agung Ped
Pura Penataran Agung Ped is one of the most popular temples in Bali located in Nusa Penida island, Klungkung Regency.
If you visit this temple you will feel the very strong intense mystical and sacred atmosphere.
The local people visit Penataran Agung Ped temple for praying on other holy days during tilem day (dark moon), full moon and other good days, to ask for salvation, kerahayuan (Safety and Peace), welfare and tranquility.
The temple is indeed has a very wide influence throughout Bali island, and therefore it is a surprise many tourists come to visit this temple, and should be included in one of things to do in Nusa Penida.
Address : Pura Penataran Agung Ped, Ped, Nusa Penida, Ped, Klungkung, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771
4. Visit Pasih Uug Beach (Broken Beach)
Pasih Uug beach literally means Broken Beach one a must visit beach in Nusa Penida Bali.
The beautiful beach that looks like giant pool sits in between cliffs. You can reach this beach only on foot or by bicycle, as it only access for walking and cycling.
This remote beach is almost like Uluwatu beach, it is indeed photogenic. The water is crystal clear, if you are lucky you maybe able to see some manta rays or turtles.
5. Sign up for mangrove forests tour in Nusa Penida
Visiting mangrove forest is one of other great things to do in Nusa Penida, it is super large scenic mangrove forests.
Those who want to visit this mangrove forest normally sign up for a tour trip, who will take you on boat, this is great idea for a family trip.
You will also have opportunity to watch beautiful birds while having a pleasant tour in this lush mangrove forest.
5. Diving at Temple Point
If you are into diving, diving in one or all diving sites in Nusa Penida is a must. Temple Point on Nusa Penida is one of world class diving spots on this land of God.
Here you will find one of the most amazing underwater worlds around Bali and if you don’t want to dive then you can also access this site just by swimming and snorkeling out to the area.
You can get to Temple Point from Crystal Bay and once you look under the water you will find a range of gorgeous statues including Buddha carvings and other beautiful images fashioned out of rock.
This is actually an art installation rather than a natural sunken city but it is still a beautiful underwater experience that you won’t find in many other places around the world.
6. Hiking at Bukit Teletubbies
In west java you can find Teletubbies hill when you are hiking mount Papandayan, Nusa Penida also has one.
Teletubbies hill in Nusa Penida has shape exactly looks like in the children’s cartoon, this beautiful hillside is located nearby Tanglad, the weaving village, on the eastern side of Nusa Penida. You’ll need about one hour travelling time by motorcycle or walk. It is nice, quiet and peaceful interior of Nusa Penida island.
7. Visit the Marine Megafauna Foundation
Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) in Nusa Penida is a research center that do the incredible work on taking care of marine life in the waters around the island.
MMF works with governments and communities around the world to provide effective strategies for protecting threatened marine species and critical habitats.
This foundation does great work with manta rays, they also provide the educational classes every Tuesday and Thursday at the Yoga Shack on Nusa Penida at 6.30 pm, for those on the struggles of marine life in these waters as well as highlight ways to protect the fragile ecosystems beneath the sea in this part of the world.
Address : Jl. Jungutbatu, Jungutbatu, Nusapenida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771
Website : Marine Megafauna Foundation
8. Visit Goa Giri Putri
Goa Giri Putri (Giri Putri Cave) is a magical place sits in the beautiful Nusa Penida which also refers as Goa Karangsari. It is about 5 km from Sampalan harbour. This temple is on the hillside which needs to climb stairs but it has relatively easy access. It can be reached easily by all vehicle modes.
As you would imagine this is an extremely magical place and is made even more beautiful thanks to the eerie rock formations like stalagmites and stalactites that line the inside of the cave.
This is a magical and sacred place where the villagers do the prayer, therefore you need to wear a sarong to enter the temple which can be rented at the temple.
Address: Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave, Suana, Nusapenida, Klungkung Regency, Bali 80771, Indonesia
10. Enjoy more diving at at Manta Point
Manta Point is another world class diving site in Nusa Penida, it is a very popular dive site within the divers who come from all over the world.
From the name you can have an idea what to expect here, swimming with the amazing Manta Rays of course, apart from witnessing other magnificent marine life.
12. Chill at Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach is a pristine, white sandy beach, surrounded by dramatic rock formations and cliffs located in Nusa Penida.
It is a little challenging to visit this beach as the road is a bit bumpy roads but it worth visiting and should definitely be included in your things to do in Nusa Penida.
13. Refresh yourself at Tembeling natural pools
Do you love trekking? Then Tembeling Forest in Nusa Penida is a great thing to do while you are in Nusa Penida. Tembeling is a natural beauty of lush forest in Nusa Penida.
Trekking to this beautiful lush forest gives the opportunity to enjoy the great experience walking through thick, green vegetation and the forest is filled with the beautiful rhythm of the harmonic song of the birds, then you will be rewarded with the natural jacuzzi to cool yourself off in the pools formed by a natural spring.
14. Swim in clear crystal water Angel’s Billabong natural pool
This pool has about 125 square meters in size and is home to several types of small fish. Make sure not to swim during the high tide as it can be dangerous.
You can access to this beautiful pool from Pasih Uug Beach within a walking distance, if you are taking motorbike with you need to park it somewhere safe and close to the location and then you walk for few hundred meters.