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From Bali: Swim with Manta Rays in Nusa Penida

1. From Bali: Swim with Manta Rays in Nusa Penida

Head for the island of Nusa Penida and embark on a snorkeling adventure. Take advantage of 3 different stops to swim with Manta Rays, enjoy lunch on the beach, then spend the afternoon exploring the mangrove forest. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in selected areas of Bali or wait directly at the ferry office (depending on the option selected), and then journey to Nusa Penida, located 20 kilometers off the southeast coast. The largest of Bali's 3 sister islands (Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan), Nusa Penida is much less developed and remains home to abundant and pristine nature. Marvel at the dramatic landscape and steep cliffs along the coast as you make your way to some of the island's best snorkel sites. Upon arrival at the protected bay of Manta Bay, discover an ocean rich with plankton that attracts beautiful reef manta rays that can sometimes measure up to an impressive 4 or 5 meters in wing span. Go to 3 of the best snorkel sites on the island, including popular spots (depending on conditions) such as Crystal Bay, Toyapakeh, and Gamat Bay. As the strong swells of the Indian Ocean can impact conditions, the situation will be carefully monitored to take you to where it is safe to swim with the rays less than 1.5 meters from the surface of the sea. If conditions are not suitable, your snorkeling itinerary will be adjusted accordingly, as your safety is always the number one priority. Following your magical snorkeling adventure, break for a delicious beachside lunch at Paradise Beach on Nusa Lembongan. The lunch is served as an Indonesian food buffet. Then, get the chance to explore the mangrove forest in the afternoon by kayak, stand-up paddle board, or private gondola.  

Nusa Penida: Private Car Hire with Driver

2. Nusa Penida: Private Car Hire with Driver

Spend a day discovering Nusa Penida with a professional driver. Tailor the trip to your interests, and travel between the island's top sights in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Benefit from free guidance to help plan your itinerary. Get picked up at the port or your hotel then start exploring right away. Head to the scenic Kelingking Beach, visit the famous tree house, admire Goa Giri Putri Temple, and more. At the end of the experience, you’ll be dropped back at the port or your hotel. Customize your experience with add-on options of coffee tastings to traditional massage. Not all add-ons are available for all options.

From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

3. From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

Explore the tropical Nusa Penida Island, nestled in the waters between Bali and Lombok. This tropical island is known for its beautiful beaches, rugged coastline, and relaxed way of life. Discover Klengking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel's Billabong, and Crystal Bay on this speed boat trip from Bali. Depart from Bali and set out to explore the best of Nusa Penida Island. Pass by Klengking Beach, also known as T-Rex Beach due to its distinctive shape. Situated on the western tip of Nusa Penida Island, Broken Beach is unmissable with its distinct massive arch and horseshoe-shaped cove. This beautiful rock formation stretches across a swirling whirlpool of blue and green waters. Next, visit Angel’s Billabong, a natural infinity pool. Make your way to Crystal Bay, known for its clear waters and colorful sea life. Crystal Bay is a prime spot for diving, so take a plunge and get friendly with the fish below.

From Lembongan: 3 Snorkeling Spot Day Trip to Penida

4. From Lembongan: 3 Snorkeling Spot Day Trip to Penida

Your day will start with pick-up at your hotel in Lembongan or wait at the Yellow Bridge if your hotel is at Celingan. Marvel at the dramatic landscape and steep cliffs along the coast as you make your way to some of the island's best snorkel sites. Upon arrival at the protected bay of Manta Bay, discover an ocean rich with plankton that attracts beautiful reef manta rays that can sometimes measure up to an impressive 4 or 5 meters in wing span. Then, go to 3 of the best snorkel sites on the island, including popular spots such as Crystal Bay, Toyapakeh, and Gamat Bay. As the strong swells of the Indian Ocean can impact conditions, the situation will be carefully monitored to take you to where it is safe to swim with the rays less than 1.5 meters from the surface of the sea. If conditions are not suitable, your snorkeling itinerary will be adjusted accordingly, as your safety is always the number one priority. Depending on the option selected, you'll be dropped off at your hotel or break for a delicious beachside lunch at Paradise Beach on Nusa Lembongan. The lunch is served as an Indonesian food buffet. Then, get the chance to explore the mangrove forest in the afternoon by kayak, stand-up paddle board, or private gondola.

From Bali: 3 Snorkeling Spots Tour to Lembongan and Penida

5. From Bali: 3 Snorkeling Spots Tour to Lembongan and Penida

Snorkel through the colorful underwater worlds of the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida on this guided tour from selected locations in Bali. Use high-quality gear to search for marine life and kayak through mangroves. Enjoy a delicious beachside lunch buffet.  Following pickup from your accommodation in Bali or meet at the ferry office (depending on option selected), journey across the water to the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida to experience some of the most diverse coral reefs on the planet. Meet a snorkeling guide who will help you with all the necessary equipment. Flotation devices can be provided for people not comfortable in the water so that everyone can discover the pristine corals and enjoy the warm waters that are home to schools of brightly colored fish. Look for resident emperor angelfish, parrotfish, moray eels, and sea turtles. The specially designated snorkeling areas make for a safe and enjoyable activity for all ages. Visit Crystal Bay, and Gamat Bay, famous for its sprawling coral garden and light currents. The exact snorkel spots visited will depend on the conditions. Feast on a delicious beachside lunch and take a mangrove tour by kayak to experience the scenery from a different perspective. If the weather and water conditions are ok, you'll also have a chance to visit Manta Bay.

From Nusa Penida: 3 Spots Snorkeling Tour with Manta Rays

6. From Nusa Penida: 3 Spots Snorkeling Tour with Manta Rays

Meet at Toyapakeh Harbour, heading for the island of Nusa Lembongan and embark on a snorkeling adventure. Take advantage of 3 different stops to swim with Manta Rays, enjoy lunch on the beach, then spend the afternoon exploring the mangrove forest. Upon arrival at the starting you, you'll be first served with welcome drink, change and get your equipment before boarding the boat for snorkeling. Next, head to protected bay of Manta Bay, discover an ocean rich with plankton that attracts beautiful reef manta rays that can sometimes measure up to an impressive 4 or 5 meters in wing span. Go to 3 of the best snorkel sites on the island, including popular spots (depending on conditions) such as Crystal Bay, Gamat Bay and more. As the strong swells of the Indian Ocean can impact conditions, the situation will be carefully monitored to take you to where it is safe to swim with the rays less than 1.5 meters from the sea's surface. If conditions are not suitable, your snorkeling itinerary will be adjusted accordingly, as your safety is always the number one priority. Following your magical snorkeling adventure, break for a delicious beachside lunch at Paradise Beach on Nusa Lembongan. The lunch is served as an Indonesian food buffet. Then, get the chance to explore the mangrove forest in the afternoon by kayak, stand-up paddle board, or private gondola depending on availability before heading back to Nusa Penida's Toyapakeh Harbour.

Bali Sanur to/from Nusa Penida: Fast Ferry Transfer

7. Bali Sanur to/from Nusa Penida: Fast Ferry Transfer

Travel along the fastest route between Bali's Sanur Beach and Nusa Penida on a spacious ferry ride. Make the most of your holiday time by booking your transfer in advance and arriving quickly at your chosen destination. Sit back and admire panoramic views of the area as you ride. Board the boat at Sanur Beach or Nusa Penida and begin your journey to the opposite location. Enjoy plush seating and plenty of room for your luggage. Travel at a top speed of 30 to 35 knots, reaching your destination in only 30 minutes. Join your captain on a smooth and safe trip, and relax while you snap amazing photos of the coastline and ocean.

Bali: Day Trip to East Nusa Penida, Atuh & Diamond Beach

8. Bali: Day Trip to East Nusa Penida, Atuh & Diamond Beach

Explore the stunning natural scenery of East Nusa Penida on a day trip from Bali. Enjoy the craggy cliffs and clear waters of the island, stroll up to Thousand Island Viewpoint and relax on the white sands of Diamond Beach. Get picked up in Bali and cruise across turquoise waters to Nusa Penida, where you’ll board the vehicle that will take you around the island. The first stop is Thousand Island Viewpoint. Marvel at enchanting views of countless islands, sweeping cliffs, and maybe even some turtles and manta rays. The next stop is Nusa Penida Tree House. Known locally as Rumah Pohon, this cozy cabin with a thatched roof also benefits from an elevated vantage point on the island. Climb the ladder up a tree trunk and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best panoramic views of the island. Check out the rolling green hills of Nusa Penida with a stop at ‘Teletubbies Hill’ and snap photos of the giant tapestry that stretches across the horizon. For the final stop of the day, head to Diamond Beach or Atuh Beach. Atuh Beach is a hidden gem, whilst the gorgeous water of Diamond Beach makes it ideal for snorkeling. After soaking up the sun at the beach, the day trip finishes with you being dropped back at your hotel in Bali.

From Bali: 2-Day Nusa Penida and Lembongan Complete Tour

9. From Bali: 2-Day Nusa Penida and Lembongan Complete Tour

Begin your adventure with a fast boat transfer to Nusa Lembongan, approximately 40 minutes by boat ride. Start your first day by snorkeling in 3 different spots in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. After the inclusive lunch, enjoy the mangrove tour followed by the island tour. Visit the iconic Panorama Point, Devil's Tear and Dream beach. Check-in at a beach front accommodation where you can relax on white sand beach with its crystal water right in front of the resort. You will also be provided with scooter to go around the island at your own pace in your free time in the evening. On the second day, have breakfast at the hotel and be picked up at 8:30 AM to embark an inter-island transfer to Nusa Penida. Visit the famous Kelingking Beach for the chance to take photos of the most beautiful spot on the island. Marvel at the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean and then continue to Pasih Uug (Broken Beach) and the natural pool of Angel's Billabong. Explore these beautiful spots and enjoy the lunch box provided for you. After your island tour in Nusa Penida, hop in a fast boat at 5:00 PM heading back to Bali. Your driver will be waiting for you at the harbour and transfer you back to your hotel in Bali.  

Bali: Best of Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour by Fast Boat

10. Bali: Best of Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour by Fast Boat

Climb aboard a fast boat at Sanur Beach and cross the brilliant blue sea to Toyapakeh on the small island of Nusa Penida. Meet your local host on arrival and begin your day trip by air-conditioned van. See pristine white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, and lush vegetation along the way. Visit the famous Kelingking Beach for the chance to take photos of the most beautiful spot on the island. Marvel at the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and then continue to Pasih Uug (Broken Beach) and the natural pool of Angel's Billabong. Experience the peace and quiet of one of the less-visited spots on Nusa Penida before going to the popular beach at Crystal Bay, known for its great diving and snorkeling opportunities. Note, however, that snorkeling and diving are not part of this tour. Customize your experience to include add-ons for a variety of activities, including a coffee tasting, a traditional massage, a photographer to accompany your tour, 10 Polaroid camera photos, or 3-4 minutes of high-quality drone footage of your tour.

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What people are saying about Nusa Penida

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,970 reviews

Had a great dive trip here. Parented booked easy enough. Paid up in full on arrival. We go lucky and had a private diving trip in the end just us and a dive master. LocTed in the south east of the island. Easy access I’d your local. We had to drive 45-1 hour via moped from Ubud. Then 1 hour they drove us to the Mir north western coast port to start the dive. Headed off in a small boat. Every is set up for us, as it’s how locals earn pocket, so that was very kind. I felt bad for being lazy. Two dives on a gorgeous day. Dive master gave us a quick briefing before each dive. The view was clear and beautiful, for to see some lovely sites. Saw reef sharks which was fun. We both had. A great time and it was well organised by our guide. A spot do lunch at a set restaurant, which had a very limited menu, BUT the food was great so no complaints: cheeky beer before heading back to the dive site. We’ll worth it, and a must do in Bali. For me, the only reason to go to Bali is dive! Do it!

We had a great tour from start to finish thanks to our tour guide Donald! Donald was flexible and allowed us to include snorkelling in our tour and brought us around to the most wonderful scenery! Donald was also helpful in organising hotels and dinner when the ferry could not sail due to bad weather! An unforgettable experience!!

Really good, we met our guide at the port in Nusa Penida and previously shared the route/things we wanted to see beforehand and it was really smooth process. The whole island is absolutely beautiful!

We went to Nusa Penida on a rainy day, but it was still a good trip. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, with good photography skill.

Good event good crew! They knew lots of good spots