How to travel to Nusa Penida

How to travel to Nusa Penida Island – Bali

Nusa Penida is an island in the south-east part of Bali. When you consider yourself as an adventure seeker, travel to Nusa Penida while you’re in Bali is a must! It is fairly easy to travel to Nusa Penida from wherever you are in Bali.

How to travel to Nusa Penida

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How to Travel to Nusa Penida

What’s more exciting than a short getaway to Nusa Penida from Bali? The easiest way to start your sweet escape from Bali is by boat! Go to Benoa or Sanur and you could find a number of fast boat services to Nusa Penida, or depart from Kusamba or Padang Bai in East Bali instead.

All boats leave directly from the beach with no pier, so generally you will need to paddle into the water, normally about knee-height, before climbing the steps onto the boat. Depending on the weather, the trip will take around 30 to 45 minutes before finally reaching the designated pier on the island.

How to Get Around in Nusa Penida

Is public transportation available there? Unfortunately, no.

As Nusa Penida is huge, you will need private transport to discover the beauty of this magnificent island. Rent a motorbike, which normally starts from 70,000 rupiah per day, but may go as far as 250,000 rupiah a day when demand is high.

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Roads are pretty bad and accidents may happen. Don’t forget to get a helmet or even better, bring your own. Check if you have enough petrol as you don’t want to be stuck with an empty tank, stranded in the middle of the island. If by any chance you get a flat tyre, a bengkel (or bike workshop) is normally available in every village. However, get ready to pay some extra cash.

If you’re ready for your sweet escape to Nusa Penida, secure a safe and comfortable boat seat now with Patagonia Xpress.

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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!

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Lombok Travel Tips : Do’s and Don’ts

Your adventure here in South East Asia wouldn’t be complete without visiting Lombok. While Lombok has it’s own charm and character when compared to Bali, remember to stay vigilant and stay safe.

Here are some important “Lombok Travel Tips”, we have compiled a list of dos and don’ts when visiting Lombok.

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Choose A Reputable Fast Boat Company

Fast boats are the fastest way to get to the Gilis. Just 90 minutes from Bali’s Padang Bai Harbour or over 2 hours from Benoa Harbour, and you’ll soon arrive at your destination. Choose a reputable and credible company for the sake of your safety, value for money and for peace of mind. Patagonia Xpress is Bali’s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from Gili Islands, Bangsal, Lombok and Bali. Be sure to check out ticket prices and schedules at www.patagonia-xpress.com and don’t forget to check our new destination to Nusa Penida.

Be Mindful Of Your Things

If you disembark at Bangsal Harbour, don’t allow a stranger to handle your personal items, not even if they declare themselves a “porter”. They will charge you unreasonable amounts just to carry your bags for you. Authentic porters only charge Rp 2,000 per bag! If you’re not sure who the actual porters are, just play it safe and carry your own stuff. Remember to pack light.

Local Vendors

There are plenty of local vendors at Bangsal Harbour who will bombard you with the trinkets they’re selling. Their prices are most often shockingly high. Remember there are tons of other shops in Lombok and the Gilis that sell sundries and day-to-day items at a much better price. Children will also offer to wash sand off your feet; remember this is not free, they will ask you for money.

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Transportation

Lombok isn’t Bali and getting a Go-Jek or a Grab isn’t as easy as pushing a button. Don’t give in to the touts at the harbour, simply call the Lombok taxi service at 627000 and ask them to pick you up.

Despite it all, 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 the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok, and Bali. Check our new destination to Nusa Penida as well!

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5 Unique Lombok Hotels

Looking to soak up the solitude in peace and quiet? Head over to Bali’s neighbouring Lombok and stay at these impossibly quirky and charming hotels.

#1 Mentigi Bay Dome Villas

Also dubbed as “Hobbiton”, this dreamy resort is located on a cliff’s edge in Mataram and overlooks the beautiful crystal clear waters of the bay. The resort’s dome-shaped villas allow for inspiring 360-degree views while you lie in your bed. Connecting dome villas with a private pool are also available.

#2 Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp

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This luxury resort sits in the heart of 55-hectares of natural forest reserve and is mostly made with bamboo, wood and alang-alang. Beautifully designed luxurious interiors come with amazing views of the sea. Your stay includes 3 meals per day, all prepared fresh, using only local produce. This is the ideal resort if you wish to feel far removed from civilization.

#3 Tugu Hotel Lombok

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Inspired by the ancient Hindus of Majapahit, the Tugu Hotel Lombok, like all other Tugu properties in Indonesia, are living testaments to Indonesia’s rich culture and history and houses some of Indonesia’s finest art and antiquities. Guests can expect a full Indonesian experience through cultural performances and refurbished historic buildings. Each room is different and unique, as local artisans carefully curated every room, suite, and villa.

#4 Villa Sapi

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Guests will fall in love with this villa’s whimsical and slightly futuristic design. There are five delightfully decorated bedrooms and all the modern amenities you’ll need. Designed by Canadian designer David Lombardi, the villa is fitted with full-length glass windows to maximize natural light. There is even a home-theatre system, a spa hut in the traditional Lumbung style and your very own private beach!

#5 Rinjani Lodge

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Seeking an alternative to the beach? Rinjani Lodge is located at the foot of a mountain and promises lush jungle views, an incredible infinity pool and immortal views of Mount Rinjani. This luxury property is a jungle lodge at its best and is only 20-minutes’ walk to Sendang Gile, one of Lombok’s most popular and Instagrammable waterfalls.

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away from Bali by fast boat. Book your trip with Patagonia Express, Bali¹s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok, and Bali.

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Travel Tips to Lombok

Lombok is a pristine paradise, home to a plethora of untouched beaches and waterfalls. Here are our tips on how best to explore Lombok during your stay.

Where To Stay

In this day and age, you could find accommodation options to suit your budget and preferences online. It’s so easy! Just a few clicks and you can secure your stay in the Lombok accommodation of your choice. Be sure to check out TripAdvisor for reviews and ratings.

Things To Do

Beaches

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Lombok’s beaches are pristine, clean and free from crowds. While many tourists head towards Kuta Lombok or Senggigi, the beaches with the most spectacular settings and soft powdery sands are Tanjung Aan, Mawun and Selong Belanak. Did you know that Lombok is home to a Pink Beach too? Also called Tangsi Beach by the locals, the Lombok’s Pink Beach is located in Jerowaru District, East Lombok. It will take you approximately 2.5 hours by car to get there from Mataram. Definitely one of the most Instagrammable beaches in Lombok!

The Gilis

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Lombok is famous the world over for its three sister islands, the Gilis. While you’re in Lombok, don’t miss the chance to visit the popular party island Gili Trawangan. If you prefer something quieter, then head towards Gili Meno or Gili Air. Or you could just as easily visit all 3 islands; they’re only minutes apart by boat. To get to the Gilis, simply head to Bangsal Harbour and get yourself a fast boat that leaves regularly throughout the day. The lesser known islands Gili Nanggu, Gili Kedis and Gili Sudak are also worth a day trip – the waters here are so clear and clean, you’ll be able to see a plethora of colourful fish swimming near the shores.

Waterfalls

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On mainland Lombok, you’ll find some of the most majestic waterfalls. The more popular ones are Tiu Kelep Waterfall and Sendang Gile Waterfall which are located in Senaru, North Lombok. You’ll enjoy amazing views at these waterfalls; a wide expanse of tiered ricefields in the valleys below, as far as the eye can see, and sunrise here is said to be amazing!

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away from Bali by fast boat. Book your trip with Patagonia Express, Bali¹s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats, to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok, and Bali.

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Kuta Bali VS. Kuta Lombok

Did you now that Lombok island has its very own version of Kuta? However, there are huge differences between the two Kutas, and in this article, we explain them.

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Kuta Bali

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This is where it all began for Bali. Surfers first found this stretch of beach back in the 70s and its popularity, along with development, grew rapidly. Mention Kuta, Bali to anyone now and the first thing they’ll say is “Oh, it’s so touristy!” Not to mention the perpetually chaotic traffic along the shopfronts and resorts, right opposite from Kuta beach. This 5km stretch of beach offers one of the very best sunset spots in South Bali.  Enjoy watching the sky turn a deep gold, pink and purple while you enjoy a cold beer or a coconut, on a beach chair or beanbag provided by one of the many vendors dotting the beach. While it’s constantly crowded and never quiet, it’s still a major attraction, especially for surfers and tourists. Kuta town is a major party destination; you’re sure to never run out of shops, restaurants, bars, clubs or spas to visit.

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Kuta Lombok

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Lombok’s Kuta beach is located in the South of Lombok. Those seeking clean, pristine and unspoiled beaches away from the crowds and noise will find what they’re looking for here. Kuta is a long stretch of white sandy beach fringed by palm trees overlooking the beautiful aqua water. There is hardly any development and noise. There are breathtaking views everywhere you look, and mornings are great for yoga and quiet meditation or just having a moment to yourself. Aside from a few fishermen boats out at sea, there won’t be much to disrupt your peace and serenity. At times, a few local ladies might approach you with their wares while you’re on the beach, but they aren’t persistent. These ladies are friendly and would be more than happy to sit and chat with you for a minute or two. In Kuta town itself, there are a few warungs and shops, but they are almost always empty. At night, you’ll find a pop-up bar on the beach to entertain tourists with a little music and some drinks.

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away by fast boat from Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Express, Bali¹s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok and Bali.