Nusa Penida is an island district located off of Bali, Indonesia divided by the Badung Strait. The area includes the smaller islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The island is limited in natural resources but brimming with ocean beauty and wildlife. Tourism is growing exponentially as this Indonesian diamond in the rough is scrubbed to shine beside Bali’s prominent sparkle.
Fashionable activities on Nusa Penida include adventuring off-road to reach the stunning reaches of Pasih Uug Beach, swimming in the unsurpassable infinity pool of Angel’s Billabong, exploring the cultural Giri Putri Cave, or participating in scuba diving, snorkelling, and wildlife tours. Crystal Beach is the most touristic location on the island, and there is also the Pura Penataran Ped Temple to see and the Tembeling Forest to explore.
Access to Nusa Penida is primarily by boat routing from Sanur, Kusamba or Padang Bai in East Bali. Motorcycle rentals are the most utilised form of transport around the island, although shorter distances can be walked and locals often offer private transportation. Roads on the island are not developed and often rough and rocky.
Nusa Penida including its neighbouring islands has become recognised as an unofficial bird sanctuary for endangered Balinese and Indonesian bird species. A local agreement made in 2006 enacted regulations for the protection of this wildlife, including the critically endangered Bali Starling.