Bali Beaches - Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida - the diver's coral kingdom
Nusa Penida is an island located in the Eastern part of Bali, and is famous for its wonderful diving spots. Once you arrive in Bali, you should definitely draw up an itinerary for yourself, because there are so many beautiful places you must visit. If you are staying at Mia Villa, Nusa Penida is a two hour trip by boat. You should definitely book an early morning trip, so that you are on the island by 9am or 10am the latest. You will need a full day here if you want to take advantage of the amazing diving spots around this tiny island. Just make sure that you take care of all the details, such as:
- Taking proper diving equipment with you, which you can rent in several places; don’t forget those swimming fins!
- Ask the concierge service to direct you towards a good diving professional team that will guide you through the process.
Even if some of your family or friends are not into scuba diving, they can surely spend a pleasant day on Nusa Penida sunbathing and swimming in the clear blue waters. You also need to pack all the necessaries for the entire day, such as food and refreshments, as Nusa Penida is a less developed tourist-ready spot. You will certainly find a few traditional “warungs” where you can buy local delicacies, but in this part of paradise you are not going to find luxury restaurants.
Actually, Nusa Penida is the biggest of a formation of three islands, the other two being Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Diving in Nusa Penida will immerse you into a world of around 300 different species of coral and around 600 species of colorful fish.Crystal Bay – the perfect beach on Nusa Penida
If you want a place where you can relax and have a quiet day, just diving, snorkeling, sunbathing and setting up a nice picnic in the afternoon with your family, Crystal Bay is your top choice here on Nusa Penida. To get there, you need to go through Sakti (which is a small traditional village), and take the road to the west from there. Just ask around for directions if you are not on a guided tour, there is no way you can get lost here on Paradise Island.
Later, when you are done scuba diving, you can pack up and go visit the Sebuluh Waterfall, which is not far away from the village of Batu Madeg. Alternatively, you can visit the Puncak Mundi temple which located high up on a cliff, in the Mundi Hill region here in Nusa Penida. The hill is actually the highest point on the island, some 500+ meters above the sea level. Who said there aren’t plenty of amazing things to do and see on a tiny secluded island?The best diving locations on the island…
Well, there is quite a huge selection of amazing diving sites here on Nusa Penida. Some of these include Malibu Point, Toyapakeh, Lembongan Bay, Sampalan Dive, or SD Point and Suana Bay.
There are several well established diving schools available here, one of which is the MM Diving center in Toyapakeh, and the World Diving Centre is actually located on the neighboring island of Nusa Lembongan.