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 .
Nusa Penida is very well regarded for its diving, with Crystal Bay, Manta Point and SD Point being the best known of its spots, but the vast majority of divers visit from either Nusa Lembongan or Bali where you'll find a wider variety of dive operators to work with. 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 ... Read more about Diving around Nusa Penida .
While Nusa Penida is most famous for its diving, it isn't too shabby when it comes to snorkelling and it is seeing more visitors coming over on snorkelling trips from Lembongan now that the best reef there has been trashed by idiocy. The most popular spots are Crystal Bay and Gamat Bay, two bays that face towards Nusa Ceningan and both can be reached by road or boat. The former is very popular ... Read more about Snorkelling at Nusa Penida .
Nusa Penida's best known strip of sand, the aptly named Crystal Bay, makes for a lazy day out on the sand, with clear waters, some decent offshore snorkelling and a couple of simple places to eat and drink. Crystal Bay is a quiet arc of white-grey sand set amid rocky, scrubby outcrops, with a small jagged islet off shore and rugged Nusa Ceningan in the distance. The majestic mola mola, or ... 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 .
Also sometimes referred to as Goa Karangsari (the name of the nearby village), the cave temple at Goa Giri Putri is set midway between Sampalan and Suana, and is well worth a visit. While for the casual visitor the cave is the main attraction, this is an active temple so you're required to wear a sarong and sash before beginning your climb to the dave entrance. Don't worry if you forgot to ... Read more about Goa Giri Putri .