Many people come to Nusa Penida to escape the crowds — and immerse themselves in nature and local hospitality. It’s known as the best scuba diving destination in the area and you’re likely to see large pelagic creatures, like Manta Rays and Oceanic sunfish—maybe even a whale shark.
The hiking is steep, the beaches are beautiful and this island is ideal for the traveler who likes to get away from it all.
How to get there?
The easiest option is to take a speedboat from Sanur Beach – Bali. Other option is from Serangan Island, Mertasari beach, or Kusambe – Klungkung. But the easier way is from Sanur beach – Bali. There are some operators that do speedboat transfers from Sanur Beach to Nusa Penida island and back such as: Gogun Express, El Rey Junior Fast Cruise, Yamuna Express, Dwi Manunggal Fast Boat, Maruti Express, Angel’s Billabong Fast Cruise (Prasi Sentana Express), Idola Express, Crown Fast Cruises, Nusa Jaya Fast Cruise, S’gening Fast Cruise, Caspla and Mola-Mola Express. You can choose one of them as long as the timing suits you.
Most Speedboats operator have departure timing from Sanur to Nusa Penida at limited timings in the morning and a few in the afternoon: 7.30 AM – 11.15 AM and 2 PM – 5 PM. They also have boats coming back in the morning and afternoon at around the same time. If you are doing a day trip, I recommend going to the island as early as you can, so try to catch the 7:30AM boat and back to Bali with the lates boat 17.00pm from Nusa Penida.
Booking Speedboat Tickets
You can book boat tickets online, but it requires at least one day in advance, you can book Nusa Penida Fast boat ticket online via www.PenidaGetaway.com. Or you can buy tickets directly from the operators at Sanur beach but you have to come early morning to get the ticket. Follow google maps to Sanur. I recommend being there 30 minutes before boat departure time to ensure enough time to get tickets. You can find the exact location via google map, just search the company name and you get it.
Getting on the boat to Nusa Penida
Once you get your tickets, they’ll hand you a lanyard. Just wait nearby on the beach until they let you know that the boat has arrived. You then board the boat, which you have to do by wading through a shallow bit of water – it’s best to wear flip-flops or other shoes that can be easily removed. Also, don’t climb to the top of boat, it is not safe