Nusa Penida the Magic of Bali’s Lesser Known Neighbor
As an island that combines fascinating nature beauty with geographical diversity and rich culture as well as great hotels and resorts, Bali has been, for a long time, one of the first spots that jumps to the minds of many travel lovers, globetrotters, and adventure seekers when they think of the ideal haven to spend their vacations in.
The island, which is considered the crown jewel of Indonesia’s tourism and nature beauty, combines all the characteristics you might be looking for in an out-of-this-world vacation, be it the tropical climate, the white sandy beaches, the breath-taking waters and diving sites, the soaring volcanic mountains, the rice terraces, or the historic sites and temples to discover.
However, while Bali is indeed the most outstanding component of Indonesia’s archipelago, there are many other fascinating less-known locations in the world’s largest country island, such as Nusa Penida.
Nusa Penida’s location:
Located off the southeastern coast of Bali across the Badung strait, Nusa Penida is an island of a hilly landscape, mesmerizing beauty and plenty of diving sites and spots that are perfect for hiking and extreme activities.
Nusa Penida is one of three islands the formulate the district of the same name. The other two being Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
There are several characteristics that explain why Nusa Penida is a must-visit for you such as:
1- Abundance of Diving Sites:
If there is one thing Nusa Penida does not lack, then it must be the magical diving sites.
If you seek exploring the unbelievable beauty of the world living under the blue water surface, then you would not regret spending some quality time in Crystal Bay, one of the island’s most popular sites with crystal clear water that makes it a perfect location for snorkeling and observing the marine life.
Manta Bay is another diving site worth visiting; named after the giant fish, the bay houses a large number of Manta fishes which you can have an unforgettable swim or dive with.
2- Bird Sanctuary:
The island has mainly served as a sanctuary for rare and endangered birds for years now. The most renowned of birds Nusa Penida protected would be the critically endangered Rothschild’s Mynah (also known as Bali Starling) whose numbers dropped to less than 10 adults in 2005 before it was reserved in Nusa Penida and released again into the wild two years later when the number increased to 64.
Here is a delightful treat for extreme sports’ fans and adrenaline lovers. Nusa Penida’s waterfalls, namely Peguyangan and Seganing, are the go-to destinations for hikers in Nusa Penida.
This is not a good recommendation for the faint-hearted or people who don’t like heights though. The only way to go up Seganing waterfall is through climbing a path that can be as narrow as half a yard at some points enclosed by the rocks on one side and a wooden fence on the other.
Peguyangan offers a similar experience with its visually distinguishable blue stairs, but what really makes this waterfall stand out is the stunning view from the cliff overlooking the coast and the sacred temple located there.