You probably have heard about them or have seen pictures passing by on Instagram. One of the most popular hotspots at the moment are the Nusa Islands. The islands are a huge hit with tourists thanks to beautiful beaches and iconic spots. The Nusa Islands are three small tropical islands just a 40 minutes fast boat ride away from Bali.
They consist of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan and are all easily accessible from the mainland.
Whether you are doing a 2 week placement or a 3 month placements, a visit to these amazing islands should definitely be on your bucket list. All our volunteers go on this island trip during their placement and not one of them regrets!
How to get there? From Bali you can grab a fast boat from Sanur harbor directly to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida. Make sure you get your tickets through our local volunteer accommodation, as they work with trustworthy companies to get you there, including transport from Ubud to the harbor.
There are so many spots worth a visit on the islands. You can rent a motorbike and drive around yourselves, however please do note that the roads aren’t in a very good condition as well as many curves and hills so it’s not advisable to drive yourself if you are not experienced.
You can also easily hire a driver for the day, especially if you make the trip with some other volunteers you can share the costs for transport and you can be comfortable in the car with a driver who really knows the hidden spots!
Nusa Lembongan is closest to Bali, and it has many dreamy beaches and beautiful sights. One if them is ‘Devil Tears’. Here the water comes into the rocks with a power that shows us not to mess with Mother Nature. The amazing nature that’s shown here is surely worth a visit, but please do be careful, the waves can get very high so don’t stand too close to the edge.
One of the most beautiful beaches in the area is ‘Dream Beach’ and it definitely is worth its name, so dreamy and tropical!
If you want to go to the neighboring island Nusa Ceningan, just simply follow the signs for the Yellow Bridge to cross over. Being on this iconic bridge is already worth a picture itself!
One of the main spots to go to on Nusa Ceningan is the Mahana Point Cliff Jump. The name says it all, this spot is really for those adrenaline junkies as you can jump the cliff into the blue and clear sea. Or you can just enjoy the cliffs and the view at the Blue Lagoon (and watch those who do want to jump!).
To get to Nusa Penida is only a 10 minute boat ride, departing from the Yellow Bridge. Nusa Penida is very popular these days and has so many amazing places to visit, that you might want to separate the other Nusa Islands and do a special trip on to Nusa Penida for 2 or 3 days.
Starting with the famous Kelingking Beach, the view point also known as T-Rex beach, probably one of the most famous Instagram location pictures. To get down to Kelingking Beach takes around an hour and you must go at your own risk. The bamboo railings are not greatly maintained and you shouldn’t put 100% of your weight on them.
Next on the list is Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach. Angel’s Billabong is a very beautiful, naturally formed infinity pool. Be careful though with high tide!
Just a 5 minute walk and you will find Broken Beach. The arched tunnel allows the ocean to flow in making a natural pool and a great photo spot. This along with Angel’s Billabong are two of the most popular spots for Nusa Penida tours as they are two of closest attractions to the ferry port.
Rated one of the best beaches on Nusa Penida, the trip out East to Atuh Beach should definitely be one of the top things to do in Nusa Penida.
A fair drive from the west side of the island, where the majority of the tourist spots are located, although well worth the journey on a sunny day. Even amongst the down pour on one of our trips we could see how clear the water was and had a splash around anyway.
We suggest to take a driver to get here as the roads are challenging!
And all the above are just the hotspots on the islands, there is so much more to see and to visit, we can’t name it all. Check it out yourself and visit these islands during your volunteer placement!