A view from a cave on the Kelingking beach, Nusa Penida

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Nusa Penida is a small island next to Bali.

I had been to Nusa Penida several times over the years.

But the last visit – in July 2020 – is the one I’m sure I will remember for a very long time. It was a very unique time. The island had only opened, it was again possible to simply take a ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida (you don’t even need a COVID-19 test). And the tourist sites and beaches were open again as well.

We were in Bali at the moment, and we decided to go for it.

Nusa Penida Island Without Tourists (July 2020)

Are you ready to see what it’s like?

How does this popular island looks like when there are barely any tourists? What it’s like to visit the famous Kelingking beach or Broken beach, when you are the only person there?

Here are some of my best shots.

1. Kelingking Beach

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

Cliff views of Nusa Penida

Looking down at the Kelingking beach

A view from a cave on the Kelingking beach, Nusa Penida
A view from a cave on the Kelingking beach, Nusa Penida

Waves on the Kelingking beach, Nusa Penida

Kelingking beach, Nusa Penida

Going down to the Kelingking beach, Nusa penida

The famous Kelingking beach during the sunset

2. Diamond Beach, Atuh Beach

Stairs going down to Diamond beach
Stairs going down to Diamond beach

A view of Diamond beach from above

Girl going down to Diamond beach, Nusa Penida

Diamond beach, Nusa Penida
Diamond beach, Nusa Penida (high tide)
Rocky islands near Diamond beach
Rocky islands near Diamond beach
Atuh beach, Nusa Penida
Atuh beach, Nusa Penida

3. Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong

Broken beach with no tourists, Nusa Penida
Broken beach with no tourists, Nusa Penida

Girl looking at the Broken beach

Girl on a cliff, Nusa Penida
On the other side of the Broken beach
Angels Billabong pool, Nusa Penida
Angels Billabong natural pool

4. Peguyangan Waterfall, Tembeling Beach

Jumping next to a cave on Nusa Penida
Next to Tembeling beach
View from a cave on Nusa Penida
Next to Tembeling beach
Steep cliff side stairs on Nusa Penida
Steep cliff side stairs to Peguyangan Waterfall
Driving a scooter on Nusa Penida island
Driving a scooter on Nusa Penida island

Driving a scooter in Nusa Penida

Have you been to Nusa Penida island? 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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