NUSA PENIDA (POPULAR WITH BACKPACKERS)
The biggest island – Penida – features secluded white sand beaches in the north and spectacular limestone coastal cliffs, karst formations, caves and offshore pinnacles in the south.
Crystal Bay is the major attraction on Nusa Penida and the perfect holiday hub with good facilities, e.g. sun-brella & chair hire, snorkelling and refreshment.
Broken Beach and the Angel Billabong are other icons of the island. Best seen from the airplane or by a drone – a large cave that has lost its roof over time appears like a huge hole in the land filled with water.
Nusa Penida is a fairly traditional place, and religion is extremely important for the local people. There are several interesting Hindu temples to visit. If you rent a scooter the best way is to self-drive around the island to explore its wonders.
The most popular activities on Nusa Penida are trekking, mountain biking, snorkelling, scuba diving and bird watching.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES IN NUSA PENIDA
DID YOU KNOW?
Nusa Penida is regarded as a bird sanctuary for endangered Balinese and Indonesian bird species, including the near-extinct Bali Starling, Java Sparrow, Lorikeet and Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.
NUSA LEMBONGAN (BEACH HOLIDAY HUB)
This tiny little dot next to Nusa Penida is an idyllic island and a tropical paradise. Almost no traffic, pristine beaches and marvellous scenery – these are to be found on Nusa Lembongan. The isle is a great holiday destination for those looking for “dolce far niente” and a perfect place to put up your feet, have a cocktail at the hotel`s pool and chill.
Nusa Lembongan is actually increasing its popularity, and there is a good tourist development – luxurious resorts, hotels and guesthouses. The waters here are much cleaner than in Bali, and that makes corals and marine life thrive.
Surfing, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving are just what you can do apart from relaxing.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES IN NUSA LEMBONGAN
NUSA CENINGAN (IDEAL FOR ADVENTURERS & INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS)
The smallest and least trodden, Nusa Ceningan is a destination for an adventurous traveller. Connected to Nusa Lembongan via a suspension bridge, the island can be reached both, on foot or by scooter/bicycle.
The island offers brilliant surf, scenic roads and paths, and magnificent sunsets over Bali from the central Ceningan Ridge.
Nusa Ceninagn`s staggering landscapes, beaches and mangroves can be explored in as many as two days independently, and it is a lovely one or 2 day trip from Nusa Lembongan.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES IN NUSA CENINGAN
WHEN TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit the islands is between May-October, in the dry season. Especially, fans of beach, diving and snorkelling will enjoy the clear, calm waters and bright skies in these months.
The peak season is June-September, the prices go up, and islands often crowded.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly to Denpasar/Bali.
To Nusa Lembongan, Penida and Ceningan you will have to catch a boat. There are both public ferries and private speedboats from Benoa, Sanur and Padangbai in Bali.
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