The thing to remember when planning your days in Nusa Penida, which we also found to be true in Ubud, is not to underestimate how long it take to explore each location. By this I mean, don’t plan too much in one day. It isn’t that it takes a long time to get to each destination, or that it takes a long time to explore it once you’re there. It is the hikes up and down to each location that takes the time. The journeys can sometime get pretty gnarly, and making your way back up in the heat and sun can really take it out of you.
1) Thousand Island viewpoint
First stop on our first day was Thousand Island viewpoint.
How to reach Thousand Island viewpoint:
Thousand Island Viewpoint is located on the east coast of Nusa Penida, and was a 50 minute from where we were staying (near Toyopakeh dock). The viewpoint is one of the attractions on the island and looks along the beautiful coast of Nusa Penida. It’s not far from Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach.
We rented a motorbike for the duration of our stay on Nusa Penida, for 4 days we paid 180,000 rupiah. which is a pretty good deal considering most places charge 70,000 IDR per day on Nusa Penida.
This location is absolutely stunning, and home to a famous tourist attraction, the Tree House (photo below).
You do have to pay to take a photo in the tree house, and seen as the views were so beautiful without the treehouse, we opted to not pay and just take our photos at the natural viewpoints.
The journey back to the top from the viewpoint, was difficult in the heat and blazing sun, as you can see from the photos below. But the view is well worth the climb.
2) Diamond Beach
As I said before, Diamond Beach is a short bike ride from Thousand Island viewpoint. There is also a viewpoint here which we didn’t walk to. Instead we opted to dig straight into the long and gnarly decent to the beach.
The beach was beautifully peaceful, and if you walk to the end of the bay there were next to no people. We spent a couple of hours here, but you have to be careful. The waves down here are pretty rough, and hard to swim in. The currents are strong and just before we arrived, they had to rescue someone from drowning.
As a side note, Ed actually got injured on this beach whilst standing knee deep in the water. The current carried a pretty huge rock into his foot, which caused a pretty big cut and swelling.
None of this is to deter anyone from visiting this beach. many people were swimming and were absolutely fine. We were just having a pretty unlucky day. As I said, the beach was stunning.
3) Peguyangan waterfall
Not really a waterfall by most standards, and it doesn’t quite measure up to the size and force of the falls in Ubud, but is spectacular for different reasons.
The hike down is another crazy one, and if you’re scared of heights (like Ed is) then you may find it difficult. The electric blue metal staircase that winds and wraps itself across the edge of the cliff, is a hard one to muster up the courage to descend. The steps are pretty narrow with gaps between each one, where you could easily see the distance of your fall.
Once you get to the bottom, the climb was worth it. You are able to soak off in a natural infinity pool in the side of the cliff overlooking the ocean. The water is crystal clear and the perfect temperature to cool off in after walking in the sun.
You do have to wear a sarong to do this hike as you pass a temple on your way, so either bring one with you, or if you forget, you are able to rent one before starting the hike, as Ed did.
That concludes our day one in Nusa Penida adventures and itinerary. Stay tuned for day 2.