How to get there?
It is only one way to get there and this is by boat. With two departure options: from Sanur, Bali or from Nusa Lembongan.
Tip! Do not make a boat reservation before you arrive in Bali, because some companies are selling day tours at more than 10 times normal price.
We visited Nusa Lembongan first and from there we wanted to go to Nusa Penida. Boats for Nusa Penida are leaving only from Yellow Bridge.
How do you travel?
Either you choose to travel with the locals in a small boat and you pay no more than 100 000 IDR with pick-up service from your accommodation or with the same type of small boat, but privately you pay a lot more.
We chose the first option, with locals. You can arrange this trip directly on the Yellow Bridge with locals who have stores there. They will give you all the details as time of living, pick-up time and costs.
Tip! They do not provide drop-off service on Nusa Penida Island, so make sure that your accommodation from Nusa Penida Island will come and pick you up. Otherwise, the locals from there will try to take advantage of your situation and will ask a lot of money for a small distance. They asked us 400 000 IDR for 8 km.
When you want to return, just go to the harbour and they will offer you a boat in a short time.
Tip! Ask for a boat with life jackets at least. Even if the distance is not big, only 15 minutes with the boat, you will feel safer having those jackets, trust me.
Traveling on the island.
Again you have two options: renting a scooter or a private car with a driver.
Renting a scooter: A big advantage is that it is cheap, less than 80.000 IDR per day and the fact that you can make your own program and stop everywhere.
A big big disadvantage is that the roads are insanely bad. If you don’t have too much experience skip it and choose a private car.
Tip! If you still decide to rent a scooter make sure that you are using a helmet and drive slow. The first day we asked how the roads to Atuh Beach are , they told us that they are bad but we still can make it, but it was worse than that. We met a lot of tourists that were wishing luck to each other to get out of that area safely.
Private tours: A big advantage is that you travel comfortably and have a lot more energy to visit what you wish.