Bali Trip, Part 3: Nusa Penida

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Let's continue my adventures in Indonesia. After a fun tour in Ubud and after a chill day in Kuta, we left the main island of Bali and headed over to Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is an island which is located southeast of Bali. It is known for its breathtaking landscape with beautiful rock formations, fine white sand beaches, and crystal clear teal waters. 

On our third day in Indonesia, we left the hotel at 5am and chartered a car service going to Sanur Port. It was a thirty minute drive. We reached Sanur Port before 6am and had just enough time to grab a bite. Days prior to the trip, I had already contacted a travel agency who would arrange our tour in Nusa Penida. I booked our tour via GoTravelaIndonesia because their tour package was the least expensive that I could find. It was only 575000IDR (around 2000PHP), and it already included round trip fast boat tickets, private car tour in Nusa Penida, all entrance fees, and even lunch.

Our fast boat left Sanur Port at 7:30am and we arrived at Port Maruti in Nusa Penida after a 45 minute boat ride. From there, we were greeted by our tour guide and then we started the tour. We rode a Suzuki APV and had it all to ourselves for the entirety of the tour. 

To get to our first stop, we had to go on a drive that lasted for more than an hour. It was a bumpy ride since not all roads in Nusa Penida are properly cemented. The views were so beautiful though.

First stop was Angel Billabong which offers an amazing view of the Nusa Penida rock formations. It also had a little pool which we were allowed to swim in.

A few minutes walk from Angel Billabong is Broken Beach. It is famous for its arched tunnel that lets the ocean flow into a pool of water surrounded by a cliff.

After Broken Beach, we went for another hour of drive, this time going to Kelingking Beach. It is a secluded white sand beach enclosed by a steep cliff. It was one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen in my entire life. I would have loved to go down to the beach but because we have limited time, we were not able to.

We then went on a quick lunch of traditional Indonesian dishes, which I posted about here. After having lunch, we then went to Crystal Bay, where we stayed for the rest of the afternoon before heading back to Port Maruti. Apart from its fine sand and clear turquoise waters, Crystal Bay is known for its diving spots and snorkeling spots. We didn't go snorkeling or diving though. We just spent our time there swimming, sunbathing, and taking photos.

We left Nusa Penida at around 3:30pm and was able to get back to Kuta just in time for my last Balinese sunset while drinking a bottle of Bintang and chatting with my new local friends. It was such a perfect way to end the day.

That's about it for this post. For a detailed itinerary, breakdown of expenses, and more travel tips for Bali, watch out for my next post.

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