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

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Emilia Majewska

I am not a traveler. I love my home country - Poland, my favourite activity is lying in my bed with my cat and I cannot stay vertical without my morning coffee. But at the same time, I love my life and everything it offers to me. Once I got accepted for a yearly scholarchip in Indonesia, I packed my backpack, gave my crying parents a goodbye kiss each and came to Bali.

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