Attractions, places to stay and halal food

With pristine beaches, majestic cliffs and clear waters, Nusa Penida will take you away from the busy tourist areas of Bali. Not to mention dozens of instagrammable spots too 😃

Most people take a day trip from mainland Bali since it’s about an hour ferry ride, but the island is so big and spread out that it’s impossible to see it all in one day . We’ve created a Muslim-friendly guide for you to dive deeper into the island’s culture and enjoy the sights it has to offer 😍

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How to get to Nusa Penida

Fly to Ngurah Rai International Airport, located less than three hours from Singapore. Once you arrive at Bali airport, you can hire a private driver or take a taxi to Sanur port. Then, take a speedboat from Sanur Beach with any of the major operators such as Maruti Express, Crown Fast Cruises and Mola-Mola Express. A boat ride costs on average about IDR 700,000 (return tickets for 2 adults) and will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Best things to do in Nusa Penida

1. Keling King Beach

One of the main sights of Nusa Penida is this “T-Rex” cliff at Kelingking Beach which looks like a dinosaur. Marvel at the beauty of the limestone rock formations from above and be sure to take as many pictures as you like! 😍 If you’re up for an adventure, head to the beach where you’ll be rewarded with unspoilt white sand and fewer people. It is recommended to visit from 7am to 9am, before the day trippers arrive at 9am.

2. Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach

From Kelingking Beach, head to Angel’s Billabong, a spectacular rock formation known for its natural infinity pool. The path to Angel’s Billabong is a little rough, but the views are worth it. Another place to visit in Nusa Penida is Broken Beach, which is connected to Angel’s Billabong. This breathtaking cove was once a huge cave, but the roof has collapsed and now you get this incredible natural wonder. Unfortunately, you can’t jump into the creek for a swim, but hiking around it will still be a great experience. If you’re lucky, you might even spot manta rays from the cliff 🤩

3. Crystal Berry

Crystal Bay is a beautiful, sheltered cove with clear turquoise waters and home to one of the best snorkeling spots on Nusa Penida. Along with the colorful reef, there is plenty of marine life like manta rays and the rare Mola Mola fish in the bay 😍

Mola Mola fish are usually only found in deep waters, but if you are lucky you may spot them in Crystal Bay between July and September.

However, as it is the most popular beach on the island, it gets crowded. Here’s an insider’s tip: Take the stairway on the far left of the beach, which will take you on a hike to a hidden bay. It’s a tough descent, so come prepared with a good pair of hiking boots 😉

PS Crystal Bay faces west, so it’s a great spot for sunset views of Nusa Penida!

4. Thousand Islands Viewpoint

A One of the most spectacular views on the island is found at the Thousand Islands viewpoint, which overlooks the famous towering limestone karsts of Nusa Penida. If you prefer to be on the beach instead of just looking at it, take the stairs down to a pristine white sand beach, perfect for swimming 😍

The Instagram famous Rumah Pohon (treehouse) can also be found here, and is a great place to watch the sunset! It costs between $18 and $80 per night depending on the dates you have booked through, but is usually booked months in advance, so be sure to plan your stay.

5. Giri Putri Cave Temple

One of the largest caves in Nusa Penida, Goa Giri Putri is an important spiritual place and one of Bali’s top cultural attractions. The sacred cave is located in the village of Suana in the northeast of the island. It looks narrow at the entrance (you’ll have to squeeze in and out!), but once inside you’ll find a spacious temple courtyard 🥰 Note that you’ll need to wear a sarong and belt to enter.

Halal food in Nusa Penida

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1. Dapur Kue Hamza

Balinese love their nasi campur, so you definitely have to try this place! Nasi campur refers to rice with a variety of accompaniments or fillings. Usually, the sides are displayed at the counter, and you just have to choose the dishes you want to accompany your rice and they will serve it to you 😍
Halal status: owned by Muslims
Address: 8F9Q+JGR, Jl. Raya Toya Pakeh – Ped., Kp. Toyapakeh, Kec. Nusa Penida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

2. Warung Coconut

Warung Coconut is another nasi campur spot you can check out! Plus, they also offer Western-style meals and desserts! Many reviews online say you’ll walk away with a satisfied tummy, so get ready for a feast 😋
Halal status: Only halal ingredients used
Address: 8F9Q+WM3, Jl. Raya Toya Pakeh – Ped, Ped, Kec. Nusa Penida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia
Opening hours: 8am-10pm daily Instagram

3. Vegan Soul Kitchen

Vegan Soul Kitchen serves local and Western vegan dishes and is the only all-vegan restaurant on the island. After your meal, treat yourself to a fruity smoothie or chocolate chia pudding, a popular option! 🤤
Halal status: Vegan options only, but alcohol is served on site. Dine with discretion.
Address: 7GV3+4Q3, unnamed road, Sakti, Kec. Nusa Penida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily Instagram

Where to stay in Nusa Penida

1. Coco Resort Penida

This is the perfect family resort – outdoor pools, water sports facilities and huge family rooms! Coco Resort Penida is a 30-minute boat ride from Sanur Harbor and just a 3-minute drive from Crystal Bay Beach. All of their rooms, from Poolside Bungalows to Superior Quadruple Rooms, feature Lumbung-style decor (traditional Balinese designs!).

All equipped with large comfortable beds, wifi, air conditioning and mountain/pool views. You also have extra long beds with the whole suite located on the ground floor 😍

Assess: From SGD119 per night on Agoda (for 2 adults 1 bedroom)
Address: Jalan Crystal Bay Desa Sakti Island of Nusa Penida, Sakti, Kec. Nusa Penida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia Website | instagram

2. Bintang Hostel and Homestay

Credit: Agoda
If you are looking for a budget place close to popular places, look no further than Bintang Hostel & Homestay! This is the perfect place to get around, just 14 minutes from Crystal Bay Beach!. Whether you choose the either from double family rooms to 10-bed dorms with comfortable beds, rest assured that all rooms have air conditioning, a terrace and wifi 😉
Assess: From SGD35 per night on Agoda (for 2 adults 1 bedroom)
Address: J7FR9+2GQ, Sakti, Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency, Bali 80771, Indonesia

3. View from Mount Dungkap

Boasting a year-round outdoor pool, this mid-range hotel offers a wide range of rooms, bike rentals, and car rental services. You are also only 5 km from the the famous beach of Kelingking 😍 From luxury double rooms to family suites, there is something for everyone. All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, private bathroom and flat-screen TV. The family rooms are equipped with several beds and rooms for cribs.

Assess: From SGD31 per night on Agoda (for 2 adults 1 room)
Address: 7G5W+9VP, Batukandik, Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency, Bali 80771, Indonesia

It’s time to go for your long-awaited beach vacation now in Nusa Penida! If you’re heading to Bali or other nearby islands, check out these articles below!

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