Nusa Penida

Beach of Nusa Penida Island

Penida Island or Nusa Penida has unspoiled scenery, the island is about 15 kilometers from the coast of Bali, in addition to two other small islands namely Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan islands. In addition to snorkeling and diving tours, the island is famous for stingrays and mola-molas (the largest bony fish in the world). Nusa Penida also offers unspoiled villages, natural scenery, and pretending to be sacred.


The boat is slow and speed boats depart from the east coast of Bali to Nusa Penida. Some tourists choose to visit individually, rent a motorbike or rent a vehicle with a driver, and spend several days on the tour. Guided tours make it possible to enjoy the beauty of the island and gain broader experience, especially for those who want to spend only one day on Nusa Penida.

Many tourist activities on Nusa Penida focus on underwater attractions such as snorkeling or diving with giant manta rays on Manta Point or Manta Bay, diving to look for sunfish (sea sunfish) at Crystal Bay, and admire the reef and marine life on the site below rich sea. Water sports are also an option, and some tours offer the tranquil charm of Nusa Penida, visit natural wonders, traditional villages, and pretend to be.

The Nusa Penida tour is an absolute must for lovers of the underwater world because Nusa Penida offers some of the best diving and snorkeling locations in Bali.
The traffic on Nusa Penida is not crowded compared to that on the mainland of Bali, but some roads are in a rather damaged condition so this is not a place to learn to ride a motorcycle.

Some dive sites around Nusa Penida and Lembongan are already famous for their strong currents. Be careful, especially around the full moon and new moon when the waves are stronger.

Nusa Penida is a traditional island. When visiting the temple, close your shoulders and wear a sarong. Some temples require women to cover their arms to the wrist.
Nusa Penida is located in the Lombok Strait, about 15 kilometers off the southeast coast of Bali. Small ferries and speed boats depart daily from Padang Bai, following a changeable schedule, while other speed boats connect Sanur Beach and Nusa Lembongan, as well as Nusa Penida. Snorkeling and diving tours usually depart from Sanur, but often offer easy transportation directly from hotel stays in southern Bali.

Scuba divers looking for elusive sunfish (sea sunfish) must come between the end of June and October, manta can be seen throughout the year. High waves are not uncommon at the end of July and August which can make access to the island difficult and snorkeling becomes challenging. Nusa Penida is drier than the mainland of Bali, so this is a good choice for the rainy season which is from October to March, although in the rainy season the ocean tends to be filled with plastic waste.

Also known as ocean sunfish, sea sunfish, or giant sunfish, mola mola is one of the largest known bony fishes in the world. The weight of this fish can reach 1,000 kilograms. Between the end of June and October sunfish are often seen in Nusa Penida, especially around Crystal Bay because cold water flows from the depths where these giant fish spend their time.