Near the village of Ped on Bali’s Nusa Penida, the Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) runs a programme aimed at protecting and boosting the numbers of the endangered Bali starling, or Bali mynah. Numbers of the pretty bird, with white plumage, a long white crest and distinctive bright blue frame around its eyes, plunged over the past half a century in Bali, as development exploded ... Read more about Friends of National Park Foundation .
That flash of white cliff you see from Bali's Sanur hulking in the far distance shouldn't be ignored if you have a sense of adventure and want to get away from the busy south part of the island. Nusa Penida, which centuries ago served as a gaol for the less desirable characters of the Gelgel dynasty, is easily reachable by boat from Bali or neighbouring Nusa Lembongan. Its mostly natural ... Read more about Weekend in Nusa Penida .
Crystal Bay, Manta Point and SD Point are the best known of Nusa Penida's dive spots. Manta Point is known for, well, manta rays but as was very clearly explained to us, there is nothing else here to see — so if the manta rays are out of town there is no point getting in the water. Crowd pleasing Crystal Bay is famous for sunfish (mola molas). The waters off Penida are known for their strong ... Read more about Diving around Nusa Penida .
Three main spots are accessible to casual snorkellers. The north coast of the island, roughly from Ped to Sampalan, has a number of offshore snorkelling spots (we tried it from near Ped). You can only really do it at high tide and it is a good idea to get a local to point the way out as the seaweed farms can be a formidable barrier (or rather, maze). Once you're out there, you'll find a good reef ... Read more about Snorkelling at Nusa Penida .
Bali’s Nusa Penida has so far escaped the rampant development of south Bali and is a long way from approaching even the level of congestion on neighbouring Nusa Lembongan. Which is strange, considering it offers some stunning beaches, amazing cliffs and wonderful, desolate scenery — there’s plenty here to see and do for a few days, at the ... Read more about Crystal Bay .
The southeastern hub of Tanglad is a bit over an hour by motorbike from Toyo Pakeh, and half the pleasure of coming here is the ride. The cotton fabrics they weave here, called 'kain cepuk', take about a year to make, use three main colours and are primarily for formal use for funerals and trance ceremonies. Should you find one you like they're for sale too, but don't expect any ... Read more about Tanglad traditional weaving centre .
When you head out to see the stunning cliffs of Bali’s Nusa Penida, it can take a moment to realise that not only are you staring across to sheer massive walls of rock that soar to hundreds of metres high, but you’re actually standing on those cliffs yourself. You know, about a metre from the edge and with nothing between you and a deathly plunge into the deep blue ... Read more about Banah cliffs .
The actual entrance point is a miniscule crawlway at the summit of fifty or so steps from the road. Note this is a temple, so if you don't have one you'll need to rent a sarong and sash from the shop at the base for 5,000 rupiah. Once at the summit you need to crawl through the entrance way into a cavern that opens up to quite a large cavern. There's a shrine towards the far end and then the ... Read more about Goa Karangsari .