If you’re headed to Bali, you really shouldn’t miss out on visiting the beautiful surrounding islands. The most famous islands that travelers always visit are the Gili Islands. People never really talk about the Nusas and I honestly had never even heard of them before I went to Bali. But that’s such a big mistake! Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Nusa Penida on a budget.
About the Nusa Islands:
There are 2 Nusas, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Lembongan. What they both have in common is their rugged and natural beauty. The Nusa Islands are some of the most breathtaking islands off the coast of Bali. The most amazing and relatively untouched beaches are located here. They also have incredible diving and snorkeling spots and you can swim with the giant manta rays.
However, they can be a bit of a hassle to get to and can get a little expensive. The roads aren’t as developed on the Nusas either, so it can be hard to get around once you’re on the islands.
We were in Bali with PACK, a company that creates 30-day retreats for digital nomads. Some of our group wanted to stay on the islands for a couple days. This was a little outside of our budget so Pete and I decided to go with some of the other members of our group who were planning to do Nusa Penida on a budget with a Nusa Penida day trip.
Nusa Penida on a Budget Day Trip:
We found Nusa Penida Trip on Instagram and knew right away that this is what we wanted to do! It includes everything for the perfect Nusa Penida day trip and made it super easy and inexpensive.
What Our Day Trip Included:
- Pick up/drop off at your villa in Bali
- Round-trip drive to the ferry and back
- Round-trip ferry ride to/from Nusa Penida
- A driver in Nusa Penida
It was such a great day (even though we were literally melting like the Wicked Witch from the heat). We were picked up by the driver at our villa at 6:15 am and were on the ferry at 8 am. We landed in Nusa Penida by 9 am and started our (very bumpy) day. TRAVEL TIP: The roads in Nusa Penida are not well developed and are extremely bumpy so make sure to take motion sickness medicine if you do get car sick and hang on tight! lol
Our first stop of the day was the gorgeous Angel’s Billabong. We wandered around taking in all the incredible views and snapping as many pictures as we could. A short walk away is Broken Beach, which is actually not a beach at all but a gorgeous natural bridge that looked like it was made for photoshoots.
The second stop of the day was the super Insta-famous Kelingking Beach. THIS VIEW! 😍 I can’t even put it into words because the pictures don’t do it any justice. I could sit and stare at this view all day long. There was a path where you could get down to the clearest and most perfect beach I’ve ever seen in my life. It is really steep and takes about an hour so unfortunately, we had to pass on that.
After enjoying the view we sat and had the lunch that was included in our tour. It was nothing special just a box lunch with rice, chicken, watermelon, and water.
Our third and final stop was Crystal Bay which was the first beach spot. We immediately jumped into the crystal clear water to cool off from the heat and relaxed on the sand.
We were back on the ferry at 4 pm and back at our villa by 6 pm.
The whole day cost us 400,000 Rupiah each (about $28 USD) and was exactly what we were looking for. It’s the perfect day trip if you’re looking for a little taste of Nusa Penida on a budget.
What to Wear:
Nusa Penida was HOT! I know hot because I was born and raised in the Miami humidity. But Bali was another type of humid. And Nusa Penida was on another level entirely. Make sure to wear something airy like a sundress (nothing too tight) and cover your face from the sun with a fun hat. Wear your bathing suit underneath your clothes because there aren’t many places to change. Also, bring tons of sunscreen and plenty of water!
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Have you guys ever done a day trip to an island? Let me know in the comments!