This island has long been overlooked by tourists, much to the pleasure of the locals. In fact originally I was not even going to write about it. However my blog is not near as popular as some of the others out there and I highly doubt that this post will result in a flood of new tourists to Nusa Penida, so I have decided ehh what the heck, I’m going to write about it.
Despite being located only a 40-minute fast boat ride from Bali, for some reason this island has been completely overlooked by foreigners. It is full of small villages, gorgeous locations, pristine beaches, tons of happy young kids who will all wave and yell “hello mister!” as you motorcycle past, and even a Buddhist temple inside of a cave!
There is only one hotel and one resort (comprised of ten bungalows) on the entire island. The latter is where my friend Jenny and I decided to stay. The owner is a French husband and wife who discovered the majesty of the island nearly a decade ago and decided to move there, become Indonesian citizens and open their resort.
Namaste Bungalows (photo via Namaste web site as I did not take any of my own because I did not plan on writing about the island)
The best thing to do while staying on the island is to rent a motorcycle and just go exploring. One of my favorite places there was the traditional village of Tanglad, located about an hour drive up into the mountains.
In addition to being downright gorgeous, Tanglad is also well-known by Indonesians for their tenun, handmade traditional fabrics of a colorful nature. Although tenun fabrics have been made for centuries, only in the last few years have they become known to the outside world as a result of modern day clothing designers incorporating them into their designs — most notably Didiet Maulana and his Ikat Indonesia line. However tenun still pales in popularity compared to batik, Indonesia’s most well-known fashion style.
Last year I spent a week at a bakit school, learning how to produce my own batik…batik bule. Watch The Video
More Photos Of The Beautiful Island
How To Get To Nusa Penida
Go to Sanur Beach, just east of Kuta, the infamous foreigner area of Bali. Fast boats depart from there three times a day, at 10am, 1pm, and 4pm. The cost is 150,000IDR (around $13USD) per person.
Plus a gift for all you Pinners out there 😉
Where To Stay
I recommend Namaste Bungalows as it is where I stayed. They have both air-conditioned and non-AC bungalows available, five of each. The price is 500,000IDR/night ($45USD) for the ones with AC, although I would imagine the non-AC ones are slightly cheaper. They will even arrange a fast boat and transportation to/from the Nusa Penida port as well.
Namaste does not know I have written about them and gave me no promotional consideration during my stay. In fact I was charged two days for my motorcycle despite the fact I only had it for 24 hours :/ Regardless, I still recommend them — and if you do book with Namaste, make sure to say that Derek sent ya!