Pura Goa Giri Putri
Situated about an hour from Ped village, the drive will take you through Sampalan, various other villages along the ocean road until you reach a peninsula high on a cliff top, the view is breathtaking.
This area is a photographers paradise, with stunning sunrise vistas. A 2o minute walk down the steps will land you on the white sands of Atuh Beach with crystal clear blue waters to dip your toes in. Do not be surprised if you are the only ones there.
The effort put into getting there is well worth it.
Goa Giri Putri, or the Princess Cave Temple, one of the most famous on the island. This temple is thought to be around one hundred years old. Many Hindus and some Buddhists from all over Indonesia come to Pura Goa Giri Putri to search for inner peace, to pray or to meditate.
A short walk up the stairs (which includes breathtaking vistas of the ocean) leads to the temple entrance. A small aperture in the rock opens up into a magnificent cave housing the temple. Walk through to the end and be rewarded with a view out the other side of the hill, you can choose this as your exit if you wish.
Traditonal temple attire is required, our guide will explain what that entails.
If you like trekking, Tembeling Forest is the perfect choice for you. Tembeling is the last remnant of natural forest that once covered areas of the island.
The walk down is through thick, green vegitation and the forest is filled with the melodious calls of native birds. After reaching the bottom of the track, you are rewarded with cooling off in the pools formed by a natural spring below. Tembeling Forest has two pools, both of spiritual significance, one for men and one for women.
Continue further to the very end and you will emerge at a beautiful beach. Do not forget your camera!
Crystal Bay is famous amongst photographers, divers and snorkellers. Facing west it has a small temple on an island just off shore, great for sunset silhoutte photos.
If you have an underwater camera, you will be rewarded with photos of rich coloured corals and striking tropical fishes.
For a panoramic photo of the entire bay, try climbing the steps to the south or extend your walk and continue on to the next secluded beach at Padan Bay.
Alternatively you can relax on the beach, have a meal at the local warung and view Ceningan and Lembongan islands in the distance.
LOCATIONS AND TOUR DESTINATIONS
Check out the many incredibly beautiful locations in Nusa Penida. Most of these locations feature in a range of package tours - otherwise, feel free use the form here to custom build a tour.
Pura Puncak Mundi
snorkelling and diving point
Karang, Ampel and Tanglad
Nusa Penida is famous for its aquatic environment, and is a popular destination for diving, snorkelling and photography enthusiasts. One of the most famous spots for snorkelling is SD Point, located in front of Ped Village.
SD Point is the longest uninterrupted beach in Nusa Penida. It is home to many types of colourful coral and beautiful tropical fish and divers frequently do drift dives adjacent to the shore.
Karang Ampel is a village that practices traditional weaving, specifically producing the type of weaved fabric known as rang-rang - a design only found in Nusa Penida. The weaving is done in a family group or community group based system - similar to what we would term a co-operative.
Tanglad is one of the weaving villages in Nusa Penida that can produce natural dyes and colours by using natural ingredients like wood, seeds, fruit and roots. The weaving produced here is one of the most famous designs in Bali, cepuk, and is in fact another native Penidian design.
Broken Bay, or Pasih Uug, is one of the most unique natural phenomena on Nusa Penida. The name Pasih Uug comes from the local dialect and means broken bay or beach – a direct reference to the history and formation of this landmark. You can clearly see the gaping hole and arch that gives Broken Beach its name, and it is this that, combined with the brillant blue expanse of sea and lines of wild cliffs in the background that makes Pasih Uug one of our most popular locations.
It is located on the Western side of the island, and access to this location is quite difficult, with the road in fairly poor condition and directions quite complicated. To travel there, we need around one hour of driving time from the Penida Tours office in Ped. But do not fear that this journey will be boring – as we pass through the enchanting local villages of Banjar Nyuh, Toyapakeh – the only Muslim village on Penida, Sebunibus, Sakti, Bunga Mekar and Sompang. If you wish to visit Broken Beach alone, you must be able to drive a car or scooter – with some experience and considerable skill. If you’re not one hundred percent confident in your skill on a scooter or in a car on the rocky roads, it is best to enlist the services of a local experienced driver. You may have to spend a little bit if you wish to use their services, as Broken Beach is fairly isolated, and a challenging drive. Otherwise, Broken Beach can be visited by taking our WEST Directional Tour, or creating your own bespoke tour.
And remember – if you’re lucky, you may see the playful antics of dolphins and manta rays swimming below!
The Hill Temple, or Pura Puncak Mundhi, is the highest point of Nusa Penida. The temple complex at the end of the road contains three main temples - Pura Beji, Pura Dalem, and Pura Puncak Mundi. In this area there is also a fairly broad Wantilan or resting area. The view, of course, is spectacular from up here!
A wonderful place to swim and cool off, Angel’s Billabong is your very own natural infinity pool on Nusa Penida. You can float and relax while taking in the beauty of the sea that lies just beyond the edge of the pool. It is told that the name of Angel’s Billabong reflects the view that a place this beautiful must be the bathing pool of the angels themselves. The popularity of Angel’s Billabong began to skyrocket in June 2015, with the help of social media – so see it quickly, before too many people discover this secret! Angel’s Billabong is located just to the west side of Broken Beach, so they are ideal to combine in one trip. The best time to visit the Billabong is between 9 and 11 am – at that time, the waves of the ocean beyond are calm and still, imbibing the experience of floating in serenity as one of true heaven.
You may have watched (a long time ago!) the television show called Teletubbies. If not, allow me to introduce you to it – four strangely shaped and coloured characters live in the wild on a rounded hill. The hill looks surprisingly similar to a series of round hills on Nusa Penida – thus giving this location the name Teletubby Hill. Teletubby Hill offers you a view that is extraordinarily special. From here, you feel as though you have become one with the mountains surrounding you, merging into one of the small, rounded and neatly arranged hills. This location is also particularly peaceful, as it is located far from any busy centres or villages. Teletubby Hill is nearby Tanglad, the weaving village, on the eastern side of Nusa Penida. You’ll need about one hour travelling time (by scooter or car) from our office in Ped.
Water blow hole
Pasih Andus, or the Waterblow Hole, has a uniqueness of its very own. At Pasih Andus, you can be entertained by the natural phenomenon of the ocean shooting into the air as a result of the waves crashing against the cliff wall and funnelling through a small channel. Every so often, as we wait in anticipation, the water truly blows up into the air! The location of Pasih Andus lies on the west side of the island, only about one and a half kilometres from Broken Bay. Pasih Andus can be reached with a scooter or car.