A Bike Trip Around Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is a small island just next to Bali. It’s really small – the distance from one coast to another is maximum 30km. But we spent four days there, which was not too long. The roads are in much worse condition than in Bali, driving takes longer than we expected, taking shortcuts does not pay off at all. And the coastline is awe-inspiring; the island offers so many breathtaking views that we couldn’t believe we were still in Indonesia. Below you can see two maps that will give you a better sense of the location of Nusa Penida.

Nusa Penida is one of the three small islands to the southeast from Bali
Nusa Penida is one of the three small islands to the southeast from Bali (I am the blue dot at the moment)
Nusa Penida with all places that we visited there; Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan are not that easy to get to with motorbikes (although some locals offered us that they could take our bikes on a boat, no idea how they would carry them through the water, but they desperately wanted to make money), that's why we decided to spare them for another trip
Nusa Penida with all places that we visited there marked with stars; Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan are not that easily accessible with motorbikes (although some locals offered us that they could take our bikes on a boat, no idea how they would carry them through the water, but they desperately wanted to make money), that’s why we decided to spare these two islands for another trip

We got to Nusa Penida by a public ferry – it’s cheap, allows you to bring a motorbike with you, and gives you the experience of traveling like Indonesians. On the ferry you will have a chance to laugh together with locals at a stupid comedy that is screened on the on-board TV. The ferry leaves from Padangbai, Bali, only once a day at 1 pm. Sometimes it does not operate – a couple weeks before this trip, once I got to Padangbai, I was told that the ferry had been broken and was docking in Java. But this time I had more luck. Below you can see a few pictures from the route we made.

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On the ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida – the latter on the horizon
Here the trip begins – northern Nusa Penida
Happy in the fields!
Balinese xylophone – the kid was playing it in Crystal Bay
Crystal Bay – from the beach you can see Nusa Ceningan
Product Placement: Nyuh Kadah Guest House has the best value for money ratio from all places stayed in in Indonesia so far, and Ketut, the owner, is a sweetheart - I strongly recommend this place, you will find it in google maps
Product Placement: Nyuh Kadah Guest House has the best value for money ratio from all places I stayed in in Indonesia so far, it was so unbelievably clean! And Ketut, the owner, is a sweetheart – I strongly recommend this place, you will find it in google maps.
If you are tempted to take a shortcut from Crystal Bay to Broken Beach, because the map shows it would be so much shorter – just don’t
Pasih Andus (Smokey Beach) – a huge cliff with waves splashing loudly into it
If Google maps fail - happens a lot in Indonesia - Pasih Andus can be found between Crystal Bay and Angel's Billabong
If Google maps fail – happens a lot in Indonesia – Pasih Andus can be found between Crystal Bay and Angel’s Billabong
A water blow in Pasih Andus
Pasih Andus: some more water splash
Broken Beach which turned out not to be an actual beach, but we didn’t complain
Angel’s Billabong, adjacent to Broken Beach
When in Nusa Penida, carry swimwear at all times; this time although with no beach – the place gave us a relaxing time
Kelingking Beach – hundreds meters down there was a white sand beach, but what you see in the picture is the furthest we got
A random view in Nusa Penida – a bit south from Kelingking Beach
A cliff to the north from Kelingking Beach
It was adventurous; here Asia is being the best nurse, Łukasz the best audiende, Ewa the best photographer (I hope I was the patient)
It was adventurous; here Asia is being the best nurse, Łukasz the best audience, Ewa the best photographer (I hope I was the best patient)
Banah Sunset Point
Banah Cliff Point
Here we we spent the night
Banah Sunset Point: here we spent the night
How to build a hut – take two bikes, one or two upper parts of a tent, get under it – done, enjoy
When your bike is not strong enough to carry two people… one needs to yield
Women only! Temeling natural pool
Saren Cliff Point
Dreaming about a warung
Found a warung, waiting for nasi goreng
The way to Peguyangan Waterfall -it takes over 700 steps down
The way to Peguyangan Waterfall – it takes over 700 steps down
Penguyangan Waterfall - natural poor formed by water coming from the spring in the cliff
Penguyangan Waterfall – a natural poor formed by water coming from the spring in the cliff

The Polish Couple

I would like to tell you about a charming couple, whose path crossed with mine in Bali. Now, when they’re already gone, when recalling them in our talks, me and my flatmates call them “The Polish Couple”. Asia and Adam had stayed with us for a few days, on the way from Australia to other Indonesian islands. They come from Poland, so you may think that they embarked on a long journey. In fact, they have been on a 2-year-long journey, without a pause.

They have hitchhiked all of Europe and Asia, as well as boat-hitchhiked to Australia and New Zealand. You can visit their Facebook page: Na Nowej Drodze Życia or their blog to see which countries they have visited (here is their exact route), and what they have experienced on the way (for me the most informative part was about hitchhiking by boat.

They are a great inspiration for me. I share this with you, because their adventures may also inspire some of you to follow your dreams. I am not saying that it must be stopping what you are doing now and travelling the world. It could be anything that you have always wanted to start, or quit, but you couldn’t. Asia and Adam prove that people can.

The little change that they have made to me took place in their tent, in Penimbangan beach. We talked about travelling and love, two passions of great importance for us. This post is dedicated to the couple, so I will not share the details of how they changed my thinking. But I want to take this chance and thank you, Asia and Adam, for giving me something more than a shelter that night.

I was fond of the stories they told us when we were on a trip around Bali. The top one would be how Adam became possibly the most famous hitchhiker in Poland. Before they married, he had been hitchhiking a lot to Olsztyn, where Asia was studying, from Wrocław, where he was studying. One day Adam’s cousin (or brother? – not sure now) was hitchhiking too, stopped a car, and the driver told him a romantic story of a guy that had stopped his car some time ago. This guy was so much in love that he was travelling regularly to his girl from Wrocław to Olsztyn. So now, Adam must be a legend among truck drivers in Poland.

In this post I am sharing some pictures from our trip to the north of Bali, which was dominated by Polish people: Asia, Adam, Ewa, Wojtek and me. Dijana (from Slovenia) is almost Polish now, having shared the house with me and Ewa for a few weeks. And Firman (from Indonesia) speaks fluent Polish. At least he can say, ‘Jesteś piękna i sympatyczna’ — he is currently just getting rid of the accent.

Asia and Adam proved to be professionals in clearing and dressing wounds after another accident I had, this time in Nusa Penida island, no cow involved. You can also find the pictures from that trip in this gallery.

Munduk Waterfall
Sekumpul is a complex of 7 hidden waterfalls in the North of Bali – the one you see in this picture is one of the smallest
On the way to the highest Sekumpul Waterfall; later we had a swim in the pool down there
With this picture I wanted to show how tough we were, that Bali isn’t all about lying on the beach and doing nothing; this is on the way from one waterfall to another
The highest Sekumpul waterfall is by far taller than me – it is about 80 meters
First time feeling cold in Bali – swimming in the pool of Sekumpul waterfall
Lele goreng, telur goreng – they love everything fried, so do I
A local flirt
Adam controlling the traffic, and practicing his favourite phrase: belajar sana!
Banjar Hot Springs – the yellowish sediment is sulfur, the white spot in the water is me
In the top pool the water is even hotter and smells like more sulfur