Places To See On The Nusa Islands
January 1, 1970
by Cheryl Koh
Getting bored and tired of being stuck in traffic when traveling in Bali, Indonesia? Why not escape to The Nusa Islands!
The Nusa Islands consists of a trio; Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida. These remote islands have amazing breathtaking views that go on for miles, and I’m always in search of white sand, quiet beaches, and turquoise water when I’m on a beach holiday – The Nusa Islands are perfect for that.
The best part is, they are only a 20-minute ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of mainland Bali. There are multiple fast boat options you could choose from Sanur, which is only about 30 minutes from Seminyak.
Note: You are strongly advised to take antihistamine, which will be provided by the fast boat companies because the journey might get really rocky and choppy!
1. Dream Beach (Lembongan)
Throughout the trip, we were blessed with blue, cloudless skies – which means incredibly sparkly turquoise water combined with huge waves rolling and crashing into the shore. After having researched about this dreamy beach, I decided to book a night at Dream Beach Huts which is a beachfront resort located at Dream Beach itself.
The infinity pool overlooking a beautiful coastline is right outside my room. This resulted in me lounging at the pool and the beach the whole day, suntanning and taking a dip (y’all beach bums know what I’m talking about).
As I do not know how to ride a bike, I stayed in the resort come sundown as the trails and roads were too dark for me to explore by feet. Fortunately, the in-house cafe kept me occupied and well-fed. The resort offered their local taxi services but we figured it was too much of a hassle anyway.
2. Devil’s Tear (Lembongan)
Only a 3-minute walk from Dream Beach and the resort, this majestic sunset spot is a must-see if you are in Nusa Lembongan. Waves come crashing and get sucked into the cove at high speed and then gets spewed out with a high force that they tear up in the air. Mother nature really is powerful. We just sat there for hours admiring the spectacular show of crashing waves. There are tons of little coves and corners in this huge area for adventures and exploring.
Don’t be taken aback by the huge amount of tourists when you arrive. Just wait a little longer for them to disperse in order to get that Instagram shot ?
3. Atuh Beach (Penida)
We hired a tour guide from Lembongan to Penida, as we were told it would be dangerous to explore alone given the condition of the trails and the distance between locations. From Lembongan, it was just a mere 15 minute slow boat ride to Penida, where we were greeted by our guide and thus beginning our journey to our first stop, Atuh Beach. It was raining cats and dogs while in the car, but fortunately, the weather cleared up and once again, we were blessed with clear blue skies once we started our tour. Upon reaching the beach, we realized that we had the beach all to ourselves!
The journey to Atuh BeachThe only way to access Atuh Beach is to climb down hundreds of steep steps but trust me, it is definitely worth it. The only thing I could think of while hiking down was the fact that I needed to climb the same steps up again under the scorching sun.. The breathtaking views and clear turquoise crystal water made up for that! It was such a sight to just walk along the beach and bask in the beauty.
4. Rajalima Molenteng Tree House (Penida)
A short drive after visiting Atuh Beach, we were brought to this photogenic spot; the treehouse.
It was a short hike down to reach the treehouse, with handmade railings on the side to hold on to. They even have a ladder leaned against a tree for all these Instagrammable shots! The best part about this treehouse is that you can actually rent it on Airbnb for pretty cheap, considering how popular this spot is becoming and the insane views you get from inside the treehouse. Just imagine waking up to this view..
5. Kelingking Beach, Secret Point (Penida)
…or rather, the T-rex spot as poeple would dub it because of its shape. People are allowed to trek down the spine of the T-Rex, down to the pristine beach and even take a dip in the crystal blue waters, but we weren’t feeling adventurous that day, and I have been regretting it a little since then.
6. Angel’s Billabong (Penida)
After an hours drive through some treacherous roads, we finally reached this gem. I was super excited about this spot as this is considered the hottest tourist spot in Nusa Penida! We were told that there were freak waves and it would be dangerous to go down to the pool, so we decided to just admire the beauty from afar. Please do be careful if you decide to go for a swim here!
7. Broken Beach (Penida)
Walking distance from Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach is a stunning natural formation on the coast of Nusa Penida. Apparently, this postcard view got its named due to the rock formation which was “broken” or eroded, and left a distinguishable formation and a landmark for the area. Needless to say, this place is usually crowded and packed with tourists and photographers no matter the time of the day. You are not allowed to go down to the beach due to the huge tidal waves but you can walk around over the top of the arch if you wanted to. There are a few small vendors who sold some local foods and refreshments, but at your own risk! My friend had food poisoning after consuming the local food.
The Nusa Islands are definitely your top choices if you are looking for a visual-feasting and relaxing holiday. Unfortunately, due to time constraint, we weren’t able to visit Nusa Ceningan but that will be on my next destination to visit for sure!