Photo: So many cliffs, so little time.

Three Days on Nusa Penida

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That flash of white cliff you see from Bali’s east coast looming on the horizon is not neighbouring Lombok, but is actually Nusa Penida and if you have a sense of adventure, this rugged limestone beauty should not be ignored. Nusa Penida, is easily reachable by boat from Bali or neighbouring Nusa Lembongan and its mostly natural attractions can be seen over three days.

In high season it would be wise to prebook your accommodation, similarly if you have your heart set on a particular spot as the popular places fill up fast. If you have time, consider volunteering with Friends of the National Park Foundation (FNPF) and stay in their basic but delightful digs in the bushland near Ped village.

Meet the Bali starling. Photo taken in or around Three Days on Nusa Penida, Nusa Penida, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Meet the Bali starling. Photo: Sally Arnold

Once settled, you’ll need to sort out some transport. A motorbike is the easiest way to zip around and we’d strongly suggest a driver as well. Wear a helmet, take water and don’t forget to fill the tank! Expect to pay from 70,000 rupiah a day for a bike, or around 200,000 rupiah a day for a bike plus driver and 500,000 for a car plus driver. These rates will certainly be higher in peak season. Your accommodation can help with transport arrangements. Be sure to read the small print on your travel insurance before deciding to ride unlicensed.

Day 1

You are probably biting at the bit to see those white cliffs up close, so first up we’d head to the most popular, Kelingking. If you are fit and adventurous, that stunning piece of golden sand below is sure to entice, but it is a steep and dangerous climb down and takes longer than it looks—take care. If you are not so brave, a selfie form the top is almost as good.

Defining spectacular. Photo taken in or around Three Days on Nusa Penida, Nusa Penida, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Defining spectacular. Photo: Sally Arnold

Not far from Kelingking is the unusual “car temple” Pura Palung. There’s not much to see (although there are good views) and you may not be allowed to enter the temple itself, but if you have time, it’s worth the detour to ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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