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Australians love to holiday in Bali, and why not? Bali is only a short flight from Australia, and there are often fantastic holiday packages to snap up. Of course, we all love a touch of Balinese luxury and enjoy the company and hospitality of the locals; it's not surprising that many Aussie travellers have been to Bali multiple times. So, what happens when Bali lovers start to experience Bali Fatigue? It's time to look at new areas on or near Bali to explore while still enjoying what we all love about a Bali holiday. Read on to learn more about Nusa Penida, a picturesque, underdeveloped island that neighbours Nusa Lembongan, off the south-east coast of Bali.
Nusa Penida is a nature lover's paradise. It can be explored as a day trip from Bali or as a destination to spend a few nights at after Bali. The island is well suited to people who enjoy raw beauty, outdoor activities and the simple island life.
To get to Nusa Penida you'll take a boat from Sanur. The boat trip takes approximately 45 minutes. You can pre-book your trip or turn up and get on the next available boat. Be aware that in peak periods the boats do book out. We recommend booking a guided tour that includes return hotel transfers, a speed boat from Sanur, a tour guide and transport on the island. A day trip to Nusa Penida is a big day out, so it's best to kick back and let someone else take care of the logistics!
Nusa Penida offers beautiful hiking, snorkelling, diving and swimming.
The hotspots to see are;
You can admire the beauty of Kelingking Beach from the top of the cliff. Or, if you're feeling fit and adventurous then take the one-hour hike down to the bottom of the cliff to reach the stunning beach with clean, clear blue water and admire the surrounding cliffs as you look back up. It's commonly agreed that the hike is well worth the effort.
Crystal Bay is the most popular swimming beach on the island; it's also very popular for snorkelling and diving. Crystal Bay is the best place on the island to watch the sunset as it faces straight west. You can enjoy refreshments – food and beer, rent a bean bag or sunbed and enjoy the island relaxation!
At Broken Beach, you'll admire the beautiful view of the rock formation that creates an archway from the little cove out to the ocean. There's no access to swimming at this beach, but it's a perfect short stop to take some beautiful photos and marvel at the natural beauty.
At Angel's Billabong, you'll see nature's version of an infinity pool! You can swim at Angel's Billabong at low-tide, swimming right up to the edge of the billabong where rock formations will stop you from going over the edge into the ocean (thank goodness). A beautiful place to take photographs and admire another of Nusa Penida's stunning vantage points.
There are so many places to explore on and near Bali, so if you're experiencing some Bali fatigue, and can't help but return to the beautiful tropical island paradise then it might be time to venture further afield on your next trip. We know you won't be disappointed.
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