TWO. The wilderness will transport you back to the set of Jurassic park. Primitive roads snake through the dense flora which can only be accessed via confident moped drivers. Find an escape from these endless roads and emerge upon a 400m vertical cliff. Watch as giant mantas swirl beneath in the idyllic blue ocean.
THREE. Friendly locals are willing to return your smile, Bulee prices are not yet in existence and traditions remain intact.
FOUR. Share the lookout points with no one. Only a handful of tourists are venturing to Penida so when your staring in awe, looking at the enormous sea cater before you, you cannot help but feel like the only person in the world.
Just south of Bali sit three little islands, Nusa Penida is the dominating landmass while, Nusa Lembongan forms a channel
Check your weather situation. A strong wind and rough sea will stop anyone from sailing the 20km between Bali and its southern islands. Ferries leave either from Sanur or Padangbai on Bali’s southern coast. Boats also connect Nusa Lembongan with Nusa Penida.
From Sanur. Fast Ferries and local boats leaving from Sanur Beach are scheduled at 08.00, 11:00, 14:00 & 16:30. and cost around 250,000 – 300,000/person (one way). Be careful of the Wallace line where waves might increase in size
From Padangbai. It is possible to get your motorcycle onboard a passenger ferry for 15,000 per person and 20,000 for the moped. The ferry leaves at around 2pm but it is wise to get there early, around 11am in order to attain a ticket from a queue of eager locals. If you arrive late you may be able to bribe the officials in order to catch the boat. The boat takes 1 1/2 hours in calm seas. and lands in the town of Sampalan in the north east. There are several fast boats, but these are expensive from Padangbai.
From Nusa Lembongan. A public boat leaves at around 6am each morning. A tiny local boat can also be chartered from 100,000. Jus ask locals along the beach.
From Sampalan. The single large passenger-car ferry departs daily from Sampalan at 11 am. We recommend you arrive no later then 10:30 to book ticket.
From Toyapakeh. Boats leave for Sanur every, well whenever they fancy it seems. Several operators have timetables which depict 7 departures per day but then they choose which of those seven will go on a daily basis. Hotel staff and local warung owners alike seem to possess a knowledge of ‘all’ that goes on in Penida and will be able to relay tomorrows specific boat timings.
The relatively new Namaste bungalows are french owned, reasonably priced and very cute. Isolated in the outskirts of tiny Sakti, these bungalows ooze tranquility. For a standard room you will be looking at 350,000 rupee including breakfast. (+) Friendly Staff and very helpful with ferry times (+) delicious bali coffee is 7,000 rupee (+) Motorbike hire is 70,000 for the day (+) Snorkel with mantas is 200,000 rupee – who wouldn’t be happy with that price (+) cute pool area (+) awesome pancakes for 18,000 rupee (+) comfortable bed and pillows, large room and very clean bathroom! (-) Tours are not refined just yet. Maybe hold back until they have settled in a little more. (-) Existing tours are expensive (except snorkelling with mantas) and the tour guides lack knowledge of the local area.