TOP PLACES IN NUSA PENIDA
In 2018, I only did a day trip to Nusa Penida but I KNEW that I HAD to come back for more. So in 2019, I spent 3 full days on the island to really explore it all because this island is full of pure adventure.
Thousand ISLAND VIEW POINT
If you are going to wake up for sunrise anywhere, it is here! Make sure to wake up early enough to reach the viewpoint before the sun comes up because you will want to see all the different colors from pitch black to dark blood orange to bright and sunny!
You do need to go down quite a few steep steps and climb back up them as well so if you are not physically capable, I do not recommend this. But this applies to all cliffs on Nusa Penida.
Rumah pohon tree house
Thankfully you don’t need to go far from the Thousand Island viewpoint to reach this famous treehouse because it is right there! Enjoy them both at the same time!
Diamond Beach is the beach that you see from Thousand Island viewpoint and Rumah Pohon Tree House. Getting here is only about a 5 minute drive from the view point. You are asked for a donation at entry. Please donate.
The view from the top is amazing but being at the bottom of the beach is even better! The sand is as soft as you can imagine! To get to the bottom, there are stairs that start off quite easy but do get progressively more difficult as you get closer to the bottom. You also need to be able to come back up these stairs. I do not recommend if you are not physically capable.
You can walk to Atuh Beach from here as well. We chose not to go to the bottom.
Now this is a workout! To get to the bottom, you need to go down a series of over 800 steep and small steps and you have to get back up it as well. The views are well worth it! At the bottom you will be surprised by a beautiful temple that locals visit to pray every day. The waterfall here is not really much so don’t visit if you only want to see a waterfall. But to make up for it, there is a natural pool inside a cave at the bottom ;). Careful when you visit and make sure the waves are not too rough. You will be right on sea level where the waves will be crashing onto the rocks and can be extremely dangerous.
Manta ray view point
Visit this view point after visiting Peguyangan Waterfall as they are nearby each other. Look down and you might be able to spot a manta ray or two! If you’re lucky, you will even spot a sea turtle!!
Angel’s Billabong is one of those insane wave experiences that you will not forget. During high tide, the waves crash into the cliffs with an intense sound. They occasionally get very high and can also come very close to where you are standing so be careful! When we were there in 2019, a couple got swept away by the waves… Thankfully they survived but it was a very traumatic and dangerous situation.
During low tide, you can swim in the natural rock pool as many do this. We were waiting for low tide that day but it never happened. The couple were swept only about 20 minutes before low tide was supposed to happen but the waves were just getting stronger.
Broken Beach is only about a 5 minute walk from Angel’s Billabong so you can visit both at the same time! The beautiful blue colors of the water is something that you will not forget.
Of course, how can we forget the iconic T-Rex shaped cliff on the island? This will by far be the busiest place that you visit on the island and with reason. It is one of those places that look even more magical in person than it does in photos. I did not visit here again in 2019 even though the whole reason I even came back to Nusa Penida was to go to the bottom of this beach. I chose to spend my time adventuring the rest of the island.
You can do Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong, and Broken Beach all in 1 day as a day trip to Nusa Penida. Read about a Day Trip to Nusa Penida Here.