Are you in doubt whether to go to Nusa Penida or not? Search no more, I’m telling you, it’s Heaven on Earth. I’ve been traveling for some time now and I have to admit I’ve never seen an island like this. I’ve never seen water as blue and clean as the one here and landscapes this beautiful.
You can search on your own photos from the most amazing places to visit while in Nusa Penida, but I’m writing this to let you know about the 6 things you should keep in mind before going there.
Let’s dig in together to find out more about the not-so-mentioned things in Nusa Penida.
1. The signal is bad, mostly inexistent.
I was expecting to have trouble with my phone signal considering that I was on a small island in the middle of the water. What I did not expect was to have absolutely no signal while exploring the surroundings.
So first thing first, book a place to spend the night so you won’t end up as we did: no signal, no internet, no hotel, no idea where to go. We had to stop and have dinner in a restaurant in order to use their wi-fi and search for a place to sleep.
Everything turned out great and we actually booked 2 nights at Deva Devi Beach Inn. The hotel was the best we could have asked for. The beach was right in front of us, the port 1 minute away, there were plenty of restaurants around and the room was very spacious. It also came with a tasty breakfast included for €24 for 2 nights.
Secondly, prepare yourself in advance and download an app with a map that also works offline. I recommend Maps.me as I’ve been using it everywhere for the past 8 months and never failed me. Don’t forget to first download the map of the place you’re going to.
2. When the roads are bad, they’re VERY bad.
You will arrive in Nusa Penida and you’ll see this very good road and think ” Was this girl blind or what? The roads are more than ok!”. Then you’ll start preparing your itinerary and head it to one of the beautiful beaches from the island. And again you’ll say “Yep, she was crazy or she was talking about another island”. Eventually, the app will show 1 km left until you reach the destination. It will also show 15 minutes left, and then you’ll understand what I was talking about.
Be very careful, especially because some parts of the road, besides being destroyed, they’re also very steep and narrow. I’m not exaggerating when I’m saying that I’ve seen at least a dozen people with recent scratches and blood.
3. Most beaches are dangerous.
Now I’m laughing but I learned this the hard way when I wanted to cool down at Kelingking Beach. Let’s just say the last time I had so much sand in my mouth was when I was a baby and had a thing for eating anything. The currents are seriously strong and the waves huge. You are either in control of the situation or skip the bath and stay by the shore.
4. You need a bit of a physical condition.
I came back from 2 days in Nuda Penida with intense muscle soreness in my arms and legs. If you want to take a closer look or simply enjoy a beach day, you have to work for it. You will definitely come back from the island with a strong desire for avoiding stairs in the nearest future.
If you’re planning to go down at Kelingking Beach, there are some areas where you’ll have to use a rope and get down using some holes in the ground. Overall, the access to the beach is pretty rough and you need either to be in shape or to allow yourself quite some time to do it.
Also, plan your day according to the weather. It’s even harder to go up from Kelingking Beach when the sun is the strongest.
5. Keep in mind the Silent Day.
Nyepi or Silent Day is a holiday celebrated only in Bali, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Lembongan. During this day while locals celebrate the Balinese New Year no one is allowed to leave the house, use electricity or make noise. Also, the airport and ports are closed. Most importantly, these rules apply even to tourists.
To find out when is the next Silent Day, make sure to search online as every year is a different day in the calendar.
6. There is only one way to bring your scooter to Nusa Penida.
Although there are numerous ways to go to Nusa Penida by fast boat or even by doing a day tour, there is only one option to go there with your own scooter.
The only public ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida leaves once a day from Padang Bai at… a different time every day. The actual schedule is 11:00, but this depends on how fast they load the ferry with trucks, cars, and scooters.
The ticket counter in Padang Bai opens at 10:00. They will also tell you when it’s supposed to leave according to the number of vehicles and people they have to get on board. Our ferry left at 12:30 and arrived at 14:10.
On your way back from Nusa Penida, the ticket counter opens and 08:00 and the ferry it’s supposed to leave at 09:00. We actually left at 10:10 and arrived at 11:10.
Price: IDR 50.000 (€3.18) for the scooter and IDR 31.000 (€1.95)/per person.
We paid in total IDR 112.000 when we left from Bali, but on the way back the tickets were IDR 125.000.
If you’re planning to visit Nusa Penida, don’t forget to keep these things in mind to know exactly what to expect and avoid unpleasant surprises. Enjoy your trip and make the best out of it!
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