What to Do in Nusa Penida, Bali


Thinking of heading to Nusa Penida while in Bali? I totally get it – Nusa Penida is absolutely breathtaking and is a must for your Bali itinerary. If you’re wondering how long you should stay in Nusa Penida and more importantly, what to do while you’re there – this post should be answering your questions.

You can read more on how to get to Nusa Penida here or you can quickly check the options on 12GO. Note that if you’re planning on booking your boat tickets online – you should book them a few days in advance.

How Many Days Should You Spend in Nusa Penida, Bali?

Honestly, if you’re thinking about going in two days, it’s going to be a tight schedule. We were there for 3 days, 2 nights but when you include the arrival and departure – it feels a bit short.

Real Life Example

Day 1: We got to Nusa Penida around 1 PM totally exhausted from the traveling. After all, we drove all the way from Canggu that morning and then, we had the speedboat ride. When we got to Nusa Penida we were pretty hungry and we had to sort out a scooter which wasted quite a bit of time. We still managed to explore on the first day – while taking a look at the diving centres.  

Day 2: We went diving on the second day – which means that we got back around 2-3 PM. Obviously, after diving, we were both feeling hungry and tired. We did relax and took a nap in the afternoon. Then, we were planning on checking out the sunset – we actually missed it, ha.

Day 3: Our time in Nusa Penida was almost over. As we both are digital nomads, we also had to catch up on work a little. And there we were, already back in Bali, ha.

What does this mean anyway?

In our case, 3 days weren’t enough. I would have easily stayed 2-3 more days for a longer trip in Nusa Penida. Here are things to keep in mind to help you make a clear decision.

  • Are you planning on diving while in Nusa Penida? If so – your trip should be longer if you want to dive AND explore the island. The island is surprisingly huge.
  • Are you thinking of visiting Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan while you’re in the area? If so, you should definitely stay longer.
  • Are you on a tight schedule? If so, you could also consider booking a tour that would bring you everywhere without any dramas.

Fun Things to Do in Nusa Penida

Diving in Nusa Penida

One of the main reasons why people decide to visit Nusa Penida and its surroundings is for diving options. It was also one of the main things we wanted to do during our weekend in Nusa Penida.

Most scuba divers want to visit Nusa Penida for two main reasons: manta rays and mola-mola.

It wasn’t the mola-mola season when we went to Nusa Penida, but still – we did swim with the manta rays.

If you’re planning on diving in Nusa Penida – you should know that there are diving centres all around the island which makes it easy and ideal for travelers. You could also do your PADI open water course there.

If you don’t have your diving certification or if you’d rather go on a snorkeling trip, then you could still swim with the manta rays during a snorkel trip. You can book your snorkel tour in dive centres or join a tour that includes snorkel options such as the West Coast Tour.

Want to swim with manta rays without spending too much time in Nusa Penida? Book your day trip from Bali. LINK