I can’t begin to describe the excitement I felt going into that boat at the port of Sanur. Heart beating with anticipation…the craving to explore Nusa Penida Island had been in play for about a year.
It all started when I saw this amazing photo on, (you guessed it) Instagram. Two girls were sitting on the edge of what I felt to be the most magnificent sight I’ve ever laid eyes on (I know I’ve said this before). I made a promise that I’d one day get to not only sit on that edge, but to actually go for a swim in Angel Billa Bong.
Thence begun the vivid tale of my wish being fulfilled and also the most embarrassing moment of my entire existence. Sit back, relax and have some wine.
Nusa Penida Island
It’s located off the Eastern portion of Bali Island, a much bigger island compared to its neighbouring Nusa Lemboghan. My friends and I had planned to stay on the island for two nights but upon further research we realized that a day trip is all we needed. There aren’t many commercial centers or much accommodation, so this has helped preserve the true nature of Nusa Penida.
How to get there
It’s 45 minutes by boat from the port of Sanur. The price of the boat ticket is IDR150,000 ($10) one way. This price varies according to the boat company but shouldn’t cost more than IDR200,000 ($13). My friend and I, after haggling with a tour agent named Komang, booked a day tour (7:00am to 3:00pm) for IDR650,000 ($44) each. This included:
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Fast boat return trip
- Private car in Nusa Penida (driver, petrol included)
- Mineral water
- Entrance fee to all scenic spots
Getting on the boat is also challenge, you will have to trek in waist deep water before getting to it. Kindly dress for the occasion.
Getting to the scenic spots
You might consider renting a scooter or motorbike for $10 a day because it’s cheaper, but most of the roads in Nusa Penida are really narrow, worn out and bumpy. If you think you’ve been on bad roads before, you’re yet to experience the joys of these potholes.
The distance between one spot to the other is about an hour’s ride by car. I needn’t say that going by car would be your best option.
We arrived at Nusa penida harbour minutes past 9:30 am, got into our private van and started on the journey to Angel Billa bong and Broken beach.
Angel Billa Bong
This is a natural infinity pool, gorgeous but very dangerous at high tide. The raging ocean created the cove and also eroded the cliff around it, which explains the sharp rocks. It’s not advisable to sit on them, you just might rip a few holes in your skirt.
I had a bulletproof plan, to get to Billa bong, hike down and float in the pool like a boss. Things went wrong in so many ways.
I do have photos to prove it, so I don’t know what was more embarrassing, the nip slip or the fact that my tour guide carried on taking pictures.
About 200 meters from Angel BillaBong is a natural limestone cave opening formed by floods and rain called Broken Beach. A burning blue lagoon and a near perfect archway to fulfill all your instagram needs, if any. There’s a beach below but it’s inaccessible. Just because you see me by the edge of the cliff doesn’t mean I wasn’t scared to death, it’s quite a drop to the bottom.
You’re probably wondering, what exactly might have possessed this lady in a skirt, to throw caution to the wind and hike up a tree…maybe it’s got something to do with the air in Nusa penida, or the vast untouched beauty this Island has to offer.
The famous T-rex shaped cliff formation you’ve all been waiting to see, is a 30 minute ride from Broken beach. It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth, Maldives water stamp of approval!
There were a few adventurous people attempting to climb down to the beach. The path down is very steep and treacherous not to mention dangerous. I did however see a couple of people swimming in the water below.
This was supposed to be part of the tour, but the road to Crystal bay was being reconstructed so we had to cut our trip short, and head to the harbor to catch the boat back to Sanur. I missed out on the chance to swim with Manta Rays and Mola Mola but I was completely satisfied with the day trip.
Next week, I’ll guide you to the community of 5 star hotels only in Nusa Dua, Bali.
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