Is it your first time spending holiday in Bali? Or maybe Bali has been your regular holiday destination? Either way, now let’s leave busy South Bali for a moment. This time, you can visit islands close to Bali. Perhaps not all tourists know that Bali has 3 separate islands near with their beauty, which are Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan. As the name states, “Nusa” means island in Sanskerta, traditional and ancient language in Indonesia. These islands offer the beauty of nature, along with their distinct characters. Seems like hidden gem in the middle of Bali, long known as tourists’ favorite destination. So, visiting these 3 islands may be another unusual experience for you. In this article, we will give you full guidance in how to reach these 3 must visit islands around Bali. Let’s start to dig more about each island, one by one.
How to Get There?
To reach these 3 must visit islands around Bali, all you need to do is take the ferryboat. You can choose either Sanur or Padang Bai, small port in Karangasem, Bali. The boat is available since 6am in the morning. PS. you should take morning trip because the wave tends to be friendlier. If you are coming in-group, you can also choose to book your own boat. By taking the ferry, you can reach Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan within a route. The ticket price starts from 20,000 rupiah according to the kind of ferry. It took around 1 hour to reach Nusa Penida from Padang Bai.
Among these 3 must visit islands around Bali, the biggest one is Nusa Penida, while Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan are smaller. There is a bridge to connect Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan because the distance is close. Arriving at these islands, it is possible that you will feel like the owner of the island, considering the quiet and relaxing ambience. Now let’s talk about the first island from 3 must visit islands in Bali, Nusa Penida.
As the biggest island near Bali, Nusa Penida has so many beautiful places that you can explore. After taking the ferry boat, you need to ride the scooter to reach this island. There are many pickup services available for tourist. First of all, never miss the chance to visit Pasih Uug, a unique tourist destination in Nusa Penida.
Also called as broken sea, this place has spectacular nature phenomenon. This place was actually a cave, and formed gate made of rock. The bottom of the cave is a hole that allows the seawater to enter the rock gate. You can even swim inside this hole! The view is breath taking; don’t forget to take some pictures to preserve your amazing experience!
Just 10 minutes from Pasih Uug, you have to visit Angel’s Billabong. All you need to do is just walk 10 minutes to the right. Be careful as the cliffs in this area contain karst stone. What is this place offer to you? The natural infinity pool! You will be relaxed spending time in Angel’s Billabong. As this place located next to the sea, be very cautious of the wave.
Leaving Pasih Uwug and Angel’s Billabong, still in Nusa Penida, you can come to Kelingking Beach. Stepping your foot in this place, the combination of blue sea water and green hills will greet you at the first place. But remember, as this beach is still natural, you need to take a walk about 100 meters from the parking lot. Be careful, as the route is a bit steep.
Who doesn’t know the fame of Raja Ampat in Papua? You can also see the beauty similar like Raja Ampat in Nusa Penida, especially in Atuh Beach. You can see one single pointing rock in this beach that becomes the main attraction. Some tourists said that this place looks like Nugget Point in Australia. But be careful, as the road to get in this beach is not too well maintained. So you need to prepare yourself because it’s not as easy as in Bali to reach beautiful beaches in Nusa Penida. But the view is worth-considering!
If you choose to visit a quiet and peaceful place, Pura Dalem Ped might be the answer. This is one of the most well known praying sites in Bali. Located in Ped Village, Sampalan, the local people acknowledge this place as Pura Kahyangan Jagat, like the honorable status to the Pura. Among Bali people, this is the place where they pray and ask for peace and blessing from God. Pura Dalem Ped has historical story. If you decide to visit this Pura, keep your attitude and be polite as it is the place of worship.
You can choose to do a day trip or spend the night in this one of must visit islands around Bali. Either way, there are a lot of travel agent that will help you to arrange the itinerary. For those who plan to spend couple days here, you can reserve the resort, hotel, or even AirBNB according to your preference. Considering that Nusa Penida is located far from city, some provider might not be detected there. The tourism infrastructures are also still developing. Based on the experinces of the tourists, you might need more than one day to explore the whole beauty of Nusa Penida!
If you like to have a complete and easy trip in islands around Bali, consider rent a car along with the driver. The driver can guide you to the beautiful places around Nusa Penida. But if you want to explore and having adventure by your own, just rent a motorcycle for around 50 until 100 thousand rupiah a day. Don’t worry to be lost because the local people will be glad to help you.
There are still a lot of unexplored places in Nusa Penida. Well, we even haven’t talk about the other 2 small islands, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan! We will continue talking about these 3 must visit islands around Bali on the next post. So stay tune and wait for our next post!