Top 3 Things You Should See On Nusa Penida Island, Bali
There are a trio of islands off the mainland of Bali called the Nusa Islands: Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. Research has told me that there are many sights to explore on all three islands, but we chose to spend our time on the largest island, Nusa Penida. While there are many things to do here, here are the top three MUST SEE places you must visit!
1) Kelingking Beach
A.K.A "T-Rex" Beach. Can you see it? It really does look like a little, friendly dinosaur!
This beach is a b**** to get to but SO worth it. After at least a 30 minute motorbike ride (depending on where on the island you're coming from) across pretty sketchy roads that are one part pavement, three parts pot hole, and two parts gravel, you'll make it to the top of the ridge where you will find the parking lot and a gate keeper - you will have to pay a small entrance fee (less than $1 USD). From there, it's just a short stroll from the parking lot before you're greeted with the most breathtaking views you will likely ever see in your life. If you're not in the mood for a hike down to the beach, the views at the top alone are worth the trip. You can walk right up to the edge of the cliff and peak out over the side with no barrier. Yes, it's scary, but as you make your way around, I recommend continuing to walk along the edge to the right, past where all the tourists congregate, to get a different (but just as spectacular) view of the beach from the side.
If you're feeling adventurous, definitely make the trip to the bottom where the beach is. The path is steep and sketchy so take your time, share the path, put your selfie stick away, and wear REAL shoes! *thinking back to the girl I saw who wore Gucci flip-flops... OY*.
2) Atuh Beach
This beach is located on the opposite side of the island from Kelingking Beach, so it makes for a descent drive to go from one spot to the other. Overall, it took us 45 min to an hour on a motorbike to make the trip but there are plenty of little cafes along the way to stop for a snack. While this beach doesn't yet have a "safe" way to get to the shore, it is still worth visiting purely to see how blue the water is. I say safe in quotations because you will see that there is the start of a staircase being carved into the side of the cliff that make it look accessible, but as you start your way down them you will realize that they aren't quite finished.
As you're admiring the view be sure to be on the lookout for Manta Rays. The water is definitely clear enough to see them.. or if you're lucky, a Sea Turtle!
3) Nusa Penida Tree House
Just one cove away from Atuh beach, the Nusa Penida treehouse is a must see pit-stop. Just look how dreamy!
To find this magical tree house you can look up "Rumah Pohon" specifically, or you can start by following directions to Atuh beach. As you get close, the pathway splits into two... Atuh Beach to the left and Rumah Pohon to the right. As with all of the above, be prepared to buy entrance tickets before you make your way to a lengthyyyy set of winding stairs to get down the cliffside (you can see a small section of them in the first image below).
While the treehouse itself is spectacular, this spot should also be on your list to visit simply because of the view. Known as Thousand Islands viewpoint it consists of a variety of small island formations that sit right off of the coastline.
Fun Fact: There are three treehouses on this little patch of land, and they are on Airbnb! While they aren't the nicest and you'd have to deal with tourists coming by for photos, I can only imagine what it is like to wake up and watch the sunrise from this spot. That's right, for only $37 a night, this treehouse could be yours.