Getting to know the Nusa Islands

Getting to know the Nusa Islands in Bali

Want to get away from the busy streets of Bali? Take a trip to the Nusa Islands and experience a more laid-back island atmosphere. It’s all about enjoying different activities surrounded by nature, and relaxing at the Nusa Islands – Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.

Don’t know which island to visit? Get to know each of these islands and be sure to discover more during your adventure!

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Nusa Lembongan

Growing as the most touristy of the island trio, Nusa Lembongan is known for its great waves during an epic surfing session. Non-surfers can also enjoy the island by visiting the Dream Beach, a perfect spot to hang out with easy access to food and drink. You can swim in the waves or take a dip in the infinity pool.

Don’t forget to visit the Devil’s Tears while in Lembongan. Explore this area and witness waves crashing on the rocks before blowing up the tears of the devil! Discover epic tide pools around you, and take a short walk to reach one of the best magical sunset spots on the island.

If you plan to stay on this island, plenty of fancy resorts are available on the beachfront. For a more affordable stay, you can opt for a private room in a hostel instead.

 

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Nusa Penida

Being the biggest island of the three Nusa Islands, you should try to stay for at least 2-3 nights to fit everything in. There are beaches, caves and waterfalls, where you can enjoy the serenity of nature here at Nusa Penida.

Walk around the island and witness epic views or enjoy fresh coconuts at the stunning Atuh Beach. Also, don’t forget to capture your moment at Nusa Penida’s Instagram-famous spot, Kelingking Beach Lookout.

If you want to add on a cultural experience, stop by at Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave and wander around this 300m long cave where locals normally perform their meditation and religious ceremonies.

 

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Nusa Ceningan

Located between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan is the smallest Nusa Islands and a small tropical island accessible by crossing the iconic yellow bridge from Nusa Lembongan. For thrill-seekers, Nusa Ceningan is a must visit! Almost every corner will provide you with a cliff jumping opportunity.

Come and visit The Blue Lagoon, one of the most famous spots, where you can cliff jump from 4m, 6m, 8m, or a 13m height.

So, which island are you planning to visit? Make your decision and book a trip with Patagonia Xpress for a safe and comfortable journey.

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Nusa Penida’s Kelingking Beach

Scrolling through Instagram, you’ve most likely come across some really beautiful shots of Nusa Penida’s famous Kelingking Beach, also known as Secret Point Beach or T-Rex. This majestic little spot rose to fame thanks to its unique shape that some say resembles a T-Rex dinosaur. Locals call it Kelingking, which means pinky finger in English. Whatever you call it, one thing is for sure; this is one spot you must not miss when you next visit Nusa Penida.

It goes without saying that this is one of the most magnificent places in Nusa Penida. You’ll enjoy the most breathtaking views here, and those feeling adventurous, and who are in good shape, can try and climb down to the small, secluded beach below where you’ll most likely have the entire place to yourself. You’ll feel like you’re on your own magical island where nothing and no one can disturb your peace.

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Watch Your Step!

To get down to the beach, you’ll need to take on some really steep steps with nothing to help you along the way except for frail bamboo rails. Once you’re down there, you can swim, relax and play to your heart’s content. The water here is not too rough, depending on the tide.

For some mind-blowing views and an adrenaline rush like no other, another great activity is to walk along the cliffs right to the very end of the T-Rex. Remember the path here is narrow and doesn’t come with a safety harness or railings, and it’s a straight drop down hundreds of feet below on either side.

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Going to Nusa Penida

Kelingking Beach is just 30 minutes away from the harbour and the road leading here, as with most roads in Nusa Penida, is filled with pot-holes and loose gravel. There have been many accidents where those riding on scooters slip and skid, sustaining some terrible and some not-so-terrible injuries. If you’re not an experienced driver, it’s better to hire a local guide for your safety.

As you view the T-Rex along the cliff’s edge, please be aware there are no railings to prevent you from falling straight down to the rocks below. Remember to watch your footing.

Nusa Penida is a tropical paradise only 1 hour away by fast boat from mainland Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Xpress, Bali’s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats from Benoa Harbour to Nusa Penida, Bali.

Gili Trawangan’s Nightlife (Best Gili Island Bars)

Gili Trawangan’s Nightlife (Best Gili Island Bars)

Gili Trawangan has gained quite the reputation as Lombok’s crazy party island and a monicker as the “Ibiza of the East”. If you haven’t been there yet, you’re sure to have heard rumours of Gili Trawangan’s nightlife, epic parties, and if you’re planning to head there yourself, check out our Gili Trawangan travel tips and then read on for some ideas of what to expect.

 

Gili Trawangan’s Nightlife (Best Gili Island Bars)

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Sama Sama Reggae Bar

This huge, two storey, yellow building is the first thing you’ll see when you disembark at Gili T – quite the fitting welcome for all party animals. Many locals and tourists say that Gili Trawangan’s nightlife starts here. It gets pretty crowded later on in the night thanks to live music, bright lights and cheap drinks. This is a great bar to try on your first night here. It’s centrally located so it’s easy to bar hop if you’re feeling a little bit restless.

 

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Rudy’s Pub

When you want to enjoy another different Gili Trawangan’s nightlife go to Rudy’s pub and get ready for another rowdy night out with Rudy’s beach parties that are just out of this world. In addition to sick drinks and some very questionable Arak cocktails, there’s a huge wooden sign on the premises that claims the availability of magic mushrooms (which are illegal in Indonesia, by the way).

 

Gili Trawangan’s Nightlife (Best Gili Island Bars)

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Scallywags Seafood Bar & Grill

Here’s a slightly more relaxed option for those who are still looking for some fun, but without actually going off-the-charts crazy. Scallywags is a good place to relax on the sand right by the water with a wide selection of really delicious, good quality cocktails, wine and drinks and a scrumptious BBQ spread with epic views of Mount Rinjani and the Lombok coastline. Scallywags has it owns resort that suitable for backpackers. But if you would like to seek for more luxury place, there are some recommended luxury accomodations in Gili Trawangan.

 

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Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin is originally a dive centre – one of the very best in Gili, Lombok and Bali -. There are many beautiful diving sites around Gili Trawangan and Gili Air. Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan is the place to start your evenings and end your nights in the wee hours of the morning. Just behind the dive centre is a pretty little resort, which is also the location of one of the island’s most popular bars and the Famous Monday Night Party.

Gili Trawangan is a tropical paradise only 90 minutes away by fast boat from Padangbai, Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Xpress, Bali’s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok, and Bali.

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Adventurous things to do on Nusa Penida

The biggest of the three island trio, Nusa Penida is an alternative to escape from the hustle and bustle of Bali. As the island is quite big, consider staying here for around 2-3 nights to get the best experience. Offering you an array of activities and adventures, we have compiled a list of the top things to do in Nusa Penida for you.

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Visit the Instagram famous spot, Kelingking Beach Lookout

As everyone’s favorite, this Instagram famous spot will never disappoint. Overlooking crystal clear water, come here to get an incredible view while watching the waves crashing down below you. You can also climb down the stairs to lead you right to the beach.

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Go snorkeling with Manta Rays

If you’re up for an adventure, this one is a must do. Go join a snorkel tour and jump off the boat at Manta Bay to swim with giant Manta Rays. This is your chance to enjoy an unforgettable underwater experience!

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Visit the magical Angel’s Billabong

Want to see the Manta Rays but don’t feel like snorkeling? Go visit Angel’s Billabong and see them cruising the coast at leisure.  With the crystal clear water, you can see a detailed view of the textures beneath the surface and even take a dip in areas where the water is deep enough.

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Take the stairs to reach Peguyangan Waterfall

Enjoy impressive cliff views while taking a walk down the stairs for around 20 minutes. You will arrive at the sacred temple where locals are doing their rituals and ceremonies. The pathway will finally lead you to witness rock pools with crystal clear waters that eventually flow out to the ocean.

Are you ready for an adventure on Nusa Penida? Book you trip now with Patagonia Xpress for a safe and fun adventure. 

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What To Eat: Lombok Traditional Food Options

Some say that Lombok is just like Bali was 20 years ago, where most areas and beaches remain untouched and pristine. Lombok also has a really interesting culinary scene, so don’t just rely on burgers and pizzas while you’re there. Here are some of the top quality Lombok traditional food options on the islands:

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Ayam Taliwang

Ayam Taliwang is one of the most popular Lombok traditional food. This dish is so popular that it has made its mark across the country. You can even find specialty restaurants selling the Ayam Taliwang in Bali! Fresh chicken marinated in special sauces, herbs and spices and then grilled over hot coals, gives you a succulent meal that is slightly crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth soft on the inside. The best Ayam Taliwang is made using free-range chicken or ayam kampungand served with rice, raw greens and a delicious dollop of sambal.

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Bebalung Soup

A delicious soup, featuring a tantalizing mixture of herbs and spices like shallots, turmeric, ginger and chillies and the main ingredient, cow ribs. Sometimes this soup is even made using buffalo ribs! You can find this dish in Lombok and Bali as well. For an extremely satisfying meal, after a day of swimming and snorkeling, the soup is best consumed hot. Our new destination in Nusa Penida is another great spot for swimming, diving and of course delicious food!

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Sate Tanjung

Next on our list for Lombok traditional food, Sate Tanjung. This is an all-time favourite with a twist! Sate Tanjung is not your regular everyday sate made with chicken, pork or beef – it’s made with tuna. Try it, and add a new and mouthwatering favourite to your book of culinary adventures. 

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Nasi Balap Puyung

A delicious Lombok traditional food consist of rice, shredded chicken, fried tempe and abon, which is spiced flossed chicken or beef meat, with sambal and fried eel.

Lombok is a tropical paradise only 90 minutes away by fast boat from Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Xpress, Bali’s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from Lombok to Bali. Don’t forget to check our new destinations to Nusa Penida!

Malimbu Hill

Explore Lombok: Sunset at Malimbu Hill

While holidaying in Lombok, you’ll enjoy numerous wonderful sunset moments, but none will compare to the sunset you’ll witness while at Lombok’s Malimbu Hill. Located just 45km from Mataram town or 10 km from Senggigi, Malimbu Hill promises views unlike anywhere else on the island.

The name Malimbu Hill was derived from America’s famous “Malibu” beach but due to the local dialect, the hill eventually became known as Malimbu. It’s been said that sunset views at Malimbu Hill are epic. The spectacular panoramas are further intensified by two of the Gilis (Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno), as well as Bali’s majestic Mount Agung. Don’t forget to check our travel & money saver tips at The Gili Islands.

Malimbu Hill

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Three beautiful icons against nature’s most breathtaking backdrop of God’s own canvas. In addition to sunsets, Malimbu Hill is a very popular destination for families, young adults and the motorbike and bicycle communities. On a clear day, the dazzling blue sky blends well with the blue of the ocean, the sparkling white sands and the lush greenery of the hills beyond, making Malimbu Hill a favourite destination for photographers.

To reach Malimbu Hill, you’ll need to drive for 45 minutes from Mataram. The road leading here is quite challenging. If you don’t know the way, ask a local or bring a local friend or guide with you. You’ll have to climb quite a number of steps to get to the top! At the top of the hill, there is a rest area on the hill’s east side that is roughly 150 metres long and 2 metres wide. For safety reasons, a strong guard rail has been installed against a 25 metre dramatic drop.

If you’re going up to the hill, be careful of your belongings though, as there are monkeys at the top of the hill waiting for snacks and treats. There are also small warungs or traditional stalls selling snacks, drinks and fresh coconuts. Remember, however, to take your trash with you and keep Malimbu Hill clean. If you’re planning to head towards the Gilis, you’ll definitely take the route that takes you pass Malimbu Hill, as it is located on the north end of the island. Check our schedule for more detail.

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away by fast boat from Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Xpress, Bali’s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok and Bali. Or you can check our newest destination, Nusa Penida.