On one of the trips, someone told me that Bali is overhyped. She went there few years back and found it crowded and touristy. “But did you go to the neighbouring islands of Gili and Nusa Penida?” I asked her. She did not. I knew why she was disappointed. Few people might like Bali for the magnificent temples, rice paddy fields of Ubud, crazy parties in Seminyak/Kuta or their famous Balinese massages. But some of us want to see gorgeous sunsets uninterrupted by thousands of tourists. If you are one of those, then Nusa Penida is the place to be.
Azure waters and unique landscapes define Nusa Penida. Before social media, the island was fairly remote and not popular among the travellers. Now the island is gaining popularity as more and more people visit each year. There are day tours from Bali which I personally think can be avoided. The day tours will rush you without giving enough time to spend at a place. “Hurry Up” was the only thing I heard the entire time I was on the island. It’s your vacation and you should be able to slow down, take a walk and enjoy the views around. You should stay at least for a couple of days and explore the pristine island.
You are definitely living under a rock if you have not seen this picture. Go on the internet and search for Nusa Penida, and this picture will pop up. Kelinking beach has put Nusa Penida on the map and has boosted the tourism in the area. The cliff when seen from top looks like a T-Rex, and is the most instraggamable point on the island. The views are breathtaking, with the turquoise water below and the beautiful coastline of the island in one frame.
While most people enjoy the views from the top, I urge you to go down to the beach. You will have to go down the spine of the T-Rex. Cool Right? It will take you around 40-45 minutes to go down, and about an hour to climb up. Once down, you can see how this pretty beach is surrounded by huge rocks with strong waves crashing on them. Try to go early in the morning when the sun is not shining the brightest and there is lesser crowd on the top.
You must have seen stunning photos of the infinity pools in a beach resort which makes you crave for a beach vacation. What if I tell you that you will find a natural infinity pool in Nusa Penida. During low tides, you can swim in the beautiful emerald water of the pool. The water is so clear that you can see the patterns and textures of the rocks below. The locals believe that angels come to take a dip in this place, and that’s how it got the name. We agree because how can anyone resist to jump in pool when the water is so good.
Just a couple minutes walk away from Angel’s Billabong, you will find another spectacular point: Broken Beach. Once a massive cave, the natural arch was formed due to continuous erosion. This little cove on the island is very famous as you can grab a corner to watch breathtaking views of the ocean and the cliffs.
This is the best place to spend your evenings. Surrounded by palm trees, this beach has beautiful calm waves unlike the rest of the island. You can swim in the cool water, or even snorkel here. This is the top snorkeling location on the island. The best part is that the corals are literally just meters away from the beach. You can also just laze around the beach with a beer in hand and watching the sun go down.
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