I keep in mind listening to concerning the Nusa Islands off of Bali in Indonesia years in the past. Folks stated it was like Bali was once earlier than the tourism and improvement took over. Ever since I’d imagined how it will be – jungly, with pleasant folks and rocky roads, rugged seashores, and hidden treasures.
After I arrived in Nusa Lembongan, the most well-liked of the three Nusa Islands, I used to be upset. It’s constructed up and even these tiny roads can really feel hectic at occasions. It had me questioning if I’d missed the timing on the Nusa Islands.
Then I went to Nusa Penida, the most important and least widespread of the three, and located a beautiful island that these of us who chase off the crushed path locations would contemplate a paradise.
Most individuals simply go to Nusa Penida on a day journey and miss the best components of the island – however that is excellent news for you and me, since that leaves a lot of the island free to discover with out crowds. I spent 4 days on Penida however want I’d had longer!
These had been my favourite issues to do whereas on Nusa Penida:
Kelingking and the standard suspects: Crystal Bay, Damaged Seaside, Angel’s Billabong
Most day trippers head straight for essentially the most well-known picture spot in Nusa Penida: Kelingking viewpoint. From there, it’s a steep climb all the way down to a white sand seashore that can require scrambling hand and foot in some components, but when you can also make it down, it’s attractive and value it.
We should always in all probability additionally set up now that Penida is all about cliffs and stairs. You’ll be getting a exercise on this island however hey it offsets the gado gado and fried tempeh so it’s all good, proper?
To keep away from the crowds, head to Kelingking earlier within the day or later within the afternoon to get pleasure from it with out the day trippers.
Different favorites embrace Crystal Bay, which is a cove with clear blue water however to be sincere, plenty of folks and boats, and Angel’s Billabong and Damaged Seaside.
Angel’s Billabong is a crystal clear pure pool and Damaged Seaside incorporates a gap within the rock that has been eroded over time by the highly effective waves. Each are lovely but additionally very talked-about with day trippers. You’ll additionally discover that there are various rock formations with holes in them everywhere in the island should you discover additional than the northwest coast.
These are all price visiting, notably within the early morning or later afternoon. Nevertheless, given I wished a much less touristy expertise and knew that I might discover it on Penida, I made a decision to discover different components of the island that I might get a extra secluded expertise on, and I succeeded! Learn on:
Keep on the Airbnb on the hill
The port space on Nusa Penida is the place most vacationers keep however I discovered the vibe and views from the center of the island to be so a lot better. Image locals from tiny youngsters to outdated grannies saying hiya and even blowing kisses, large fats pigs oinking from the shady roadside, and tiny villages with no foreigners round and also you’ll know what I imply – all of it exists within the central components of the island.