Kelingking beach, Nusa Penida, Bali

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Do you need a coronavirus test to go to Nusa Penida?

No, right now you don’t need any test.

The situation may change in the future. But if right now you’re in Bali, and you want to go to the neighboring Nusa Penida island (what I can highly recommend you to do), you aren’t asked to do a coronavirus test.

Not before the trip, not upon the arrival to Nusa Penida.

I’m sharing my own personal experience. I went to Nusa Penida at the very end of July 2020. It was a 4 day trip from Bali to Nusa Penida.

Do You Need a Coronavirus Test to Go Nusa Penida?

Sir, do you have a swab?

That’s the question I was asked upon arrival to Sanur.

We had went to Satur to find out about the options, how and when can we get from Bali to Sanur. The island had only opened. And, as far as we knew, only few boats were operating.

The man at the gates to port told us, that we need a test to go to Nusa Penida.

He said, it would cost us 350 000 IDR, and that we could do it right before boarding the ferry.

Turned out, that he was lying.

We googled. It looked like he might be lying. Then we contacted another travel agent, and another ferry company – Ganga Express – and they confirmed what we had found. You don’t need a COVID-19 test to go from Bali to Nusa Penida.

Walking to Kelingking beach
Have you seen this place THIS EMPTY? I hadn’t – July 2020

What It’s Like Traveling in Nusa Penida Right Now?

It’s very, very hard for locals, many of whom rely on tourism.

Because there are NO TOURISTS.

And it feels so surreal.

To have all of this beauty for yourself.

I have been to Nusa Penida several times in the last years. The last visit is the one I’ll remember for a very long time. It’s just so, so surreal. Go to a beach, and you are all alone. Go to any of the major tourist objects, and it’s likely that you are all alone. Or maybe there are 5 or 10 others. Not 500 or 1000. But only 5 or 10.

Some hotels and guest houses are open and accepting guests.

It’s the same as easy to rent a scooter on Nusa Penida as it was before. Just get off the ferry and ask around. Chances are that you’ll have to walk less than 1 minute.

And it’s half the price now.

Very few restaurants are open.

Broken beach, Nusa Penida
Broken beach, Nusa Penida

If you can, I highly recommend you to visit Nusa Penida right now.

Do you want to see Nusa Penida island without tourists? See my photo gallery.

Have you been to Nusa Penida lately? What was your experience?


1-Minute Nusa Penida Travel Guide

How to Get to Nusa Penida?

How to get from Bali to Nusa Penida?

There are no airports, so you have to take a boat.

Take a ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida – and travel on your own. There are ferries from Sanur, Kusamba and Padang Bai.

Or book a day trip to Nusa Penida. Here’s one great option.

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida?

Wherever you stay everything is 1-2 hour drive away.

The busiest is the area between Sampalan beach and Toya Pakeh Harbour.

Write Hostel – cheap, popular hostel near the pier and the beach.

Singabu Bungalows – very popular and well-rated bungalows near the beach.

What to Do in Nusa Penida?

Check out Kelingking beach and Diamond beach.

Swim in the natural pools of Angels Billabong, and watch the waves at Broken beach. Go swimming at Crystal Bay.

Walk the steep stairs to Peguyangan waterfall.

Go snorkelling at Gamat Bay and swimming with manta rays.

Take a day trip to Nusa Lembongan.

How to Rent a Scooter in Nusa Penida?

Just get off the ferry, and you’ll be able to rent a scooter.

There are several scooter rentals at the port.

It’s about 2-3 times more expensive than in Bali.

Here it costs more like 100 000 IDR / day.

Book Your Trip Like a PRO

1. Book Your Flight

Find cheap flights using Kiwi.com, Momondo.com. Or subscribe to Dollar Flight Club, if you don’t want to be searching for the flights yourself. Momondo usually is my first choice.

2. Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com, Agoda.com and Airbnb. I use Booking and Agoda at least a dozen times a year, and Airbnb – when looking for a long-term stay. My best tip is to ALWAYS compare the price. Sometimes the same hotel is cheaper on Booking.com, other times – on Agoda. Always compare the price!

3. Buy Your Travel Insurance

World Nomads and SafetyWings are two companies I can recommend. World Nomads offers some extra benefits, that will be important for those doing some higher risk activities, while SafetyWings is significantly cheaper. SafetyWings is only $9.25 / week.


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