Nusa Penida Day 1

After landing at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport we took a Taxi and went to Seminyak.

Seminyak and Kuta are adjacent to each other and we didn’t know where exactly we were staying, but we were staying close Double Six Beach. Some 10 minutes walk away from the beach.

After spending a night at Seminyak, it was the first day of Island hopping and technically 2nd day in Bali.
We woke and started our first day of Island hopping and the first in the list was Nusa Penida.

Nusa Pennida is south east of Bali, some 50 minutes fast boat ride from Bali. Nusa Penida is the biggest and farthest of the three Nusa Islands (other being Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan ) and receives very few numbers of tourist as compared to others Nusa’s

How to reach.

From Bali there are many harbour gateways to Nusa Pennida (like Sanur, Padang Bai, Bennota beach). One side ticket fast boat cost between 28$ to 50$ which may include transfer from hotel.

We booked 2 tickets online for 45 $ each with a hotel pickup from Seminyak.
We started from Sanur in a fast boat and landed at Toyapakeh Harbor after 50 minutes. Our hotel, Wani Bali Resort was at a walkable distance of 400 meters from the harbor. We reached quite early, early check-in was not possible. Hence we decided to explore the island. The receptionist helped us to rent a scooter from near by shop. We rented a scooter for 60K IDR per day for 2 days, fuel extra. And we hit the road to explore Nusa Penida. We planned to move towards the east coast of the island and go to the south of the island.

Atuh Beach

After riding 30 km on the scenic road passing through untouched beaches, villages, jungles, and mountains with resorts on their gradient we reached Atuh Beach. Atuh beach is southernmost point of Nusa Penida and very people come to this beach.
Atuh beach is a beautiful white sand beach covering an arch-like rock formation coming directly out from blue pristine water. Swimming on the beach is not encouraged due to the rock formation and coral reef are dangerously exposed on the sand bed. Numbers of shack are lined on the beach, which serves some delicious delicacies of Indonesia like Nasi goreng and Mi Goreng. And if you are thirsty you can either have coconut water or Bali’s famous Bintang.

The Costal Road leading To Atuh Beach.
Road Leading to Atuh Beach,
Atuh Beach from top.
Atuh Beach with Arch Formation.
The arch is good place for cliff jumping.
During low tides.
Stony beach during low tides.
The blue water of Atuh Beach.
Atuh Beach with Shacks.
Atuh Beach from top.
The pristine Blue water.

Once you are down to the beach there is a staircase on the right of the beach. Hike up the right-hand stairs you will feel yourself to be human drone looking down at Atuh Beach. On the top of the cliff a beautiful bungalow named Jugloo Bungalow. The bungalow is very beautifully and strategically located that, spending a night under the shimmering sky and waking early to see beautiful sunrise far in the horizon from the sea is beyond imagination

Jugloo Bungalow.
View from Jugloo Bungalow.

Diamond Beach.

When you are on the top you will get an incredible view of the diamond beach. The diamond beach is a narrow white sand beach with exposed rocks on the sea beach. There are numbers of tiny diamond-like islet offshore, from it has got its name diamond beach.

There is a staircase which leads to the beach. walking down the staircase itself is challenging as in many places cliffs hang directly over the head. But in the recent earthquakes, the staircase has been damaged and only a few are there, who dares to walk down to the beach.

Diamond Beach
Stairs leading to Diamond Beach.
Another good Place to Stay, which oversea Diamond Beach.

We returned back to hotel and called it a day.