Nusa Penida, a small island off the coast of Bali, is becoming one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia? Why? Because Nusa Penida is the closest thing to paradise. Dramatic cliffs, turquoise water, white beaches, and famous Instagram spots (such as the Kelingking Beach), Nusa Penida is a traveler’s dream.
But how do you reach this heaven called Nusa Penida? The most popular way is through a ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida.
In our guide, we will teach you how you can get from Bali to Nusa Penida and what do need to know to get your transport!
How to Get to Nusa Penida From Bali?
Below we will talk about the 2 different ways to get to Nusa Penida from Bali. One is the DIY cheaper way and the other one is the comfortable but pricier way. Whichever method you decide to use to get to Nusa Penida, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
1. Wear something you don’t mind getting wet. To get on the ferry, you will need to walk in the water to get to the boat. The water can go up to your waist so definitely don’t wear a pair of jeans and nice shoes.
2. The ride can be very bumpy. Even though the journey is around 45 minutes, don’t underestimate how uncomfortable it can get. The waves are huge and it literally feels like you are on a roller coaster sometimes. That’s why I always carry motion sickness medicine in my all-purpose medicine kit.
3. Arrange your transport in Nusa Penida before you get there if you can. Some accommodations in Nusa Penida offer free transport from the port to their property. Depending on where you have picked to stay, it might be worth knowing if they offer transport services!
The Cheap Way To Get From Bali To Nusa Penida
The cheapest way to get from Bali to Nusa Penida is by arriving in yourself and purchasing a ferry ticket from Sanur to Nusa Penida. Though this method is a little bit more exhausting because you need to call your own taxi and buy your own ticket, it is worth it if you are traveling on a budget in Bali.
There are two Uber-like apps they use in Bali, GoJek and Grab. If you are solo backpacking Bali, order a scooter from GoJek instead of a private car from Grab, it will save you money. Set your destination as Sanur port.
Chances are your driver will ask you where you are going and you will tell him Nusa Penida. Then he will say he knows where to get the ticket and will take you to one of the many fast boat companies in Sanur.
He will personally walk you over to the fast boat company and ask you to pay this much. He will always high-ball you because you are a foreigner and because he probably gets a commission from the company he takes you to.
You should not pay more than 150,000 – 200,000 IDR for a one-way boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida. Those prices are already “foreigner prices”. Locals pay around 50k IDR.
If you don’t agree with the price, just walk around. There are plenty of fast boat companies.
They will also try to get you to buy a round-trip ticket. I suggest not buying a round-trip ticket from that company as then you are limited to the boats you can take when you come back to Bali. When you are reading to leave Nusa Penida, just go to the harbor and buy the ticket for the next ferry to Bali.
The Comfortable But Pricey Way To Get From Bali To Nusa Penida
If you are not traveling Bali on a budget and want more comfort, consider a private transfer booked directly from your hotel or online here. Your private transfer should include pickup from your hotel, ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida, and possibly even transport from the Toyakapeh port to your accommodation on Nusa Penida.
This is a great option if you are traveling with kids and want comfort!
Check out our special tours on Nusa Penida:
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida
For a complete guide on where to stay in Nusa Penida, please click here.
Best Luxury Hotel In Nusa Penida – Daphila Cottage
Daphila Cottage is the best hotel in Nusa Penida for stunning views. Their infinity pool overlooks the sea and the beautiful lush island below. The aesthetics of this hotel is superb with simple and modern wooden cottages. Did I mention friendly staff that will help with organizing tours and an on-site restaurant with delicious Indonesian food?
Best Airbnb in Nusa Penida – Cubang Lantang Cottage
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If you are looking for an Airbnb in Nusa Penida with the very best sunset views, then Cubang Lantang Cottage is the place for you.
This Airbnb is located in Tojapakeh, the most developed part of down. Here guests will find all the amenities that are needed, such as the best restaurants, shops and tour agencies.
However, when staying at Cubang Lantang Cottage, all the attractions in Nusa Penida might become dull. That is because of their dreamy infinity beach overlooking Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan and the glass-like sea around them!
Best Hostel In Nusa Penida – Nuansa Penida Hostel
Nuansa Penida Hostel is perfect hostel in Nusa Penida. An outdoor swimming pool area with lounge chairs where you can sunbathe and relax? Check. A bar and on-site restaurant where you can eat and drink? Check. A nice common area where you can meet other travelers from different parts of the world? Also check! Don’t miss out on Nuansa Penida Hostel when you are here!
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I hope now you are equipped with information on how to get from Bali to Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is one of my favorite places in Indonesia!
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