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    Mar 2015

    Diving Adventure in Nusa Penida Bali

    Who loves traveling and exploring the nature? Well, Bali has so many tourist destinations for you who have a passion for adventure. This time, we will go to Nusa Penida. The island lies at the east of Bali. It has three main islands, such as; Nusa Besar (Nusa Penida), Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan. The stretch of sand and rocky land with various marine tourism and culture become the main attraction. The island has been well-known with beautiful marine life as well.

    The marine park spreads along the island. The visitor will love to see crystal and clear water. Most of them can’t even wait to snorkel and dive. To reach Nusa Penida, there are three routes you can take. Firstly, from Sanur Beach to Nusa Penida, that takes two hours by motor boat. Secondly, from Benoa Port to Nusa Penida that takes 1.5 hours by Bali Hai Cruises and Bounty Cruises. Thirdly, from Padang Bai Port to Mentigi Port that takes 1.5 hours by ferry. Here are some diving spots you can try when you visit Nusa Penida in Bali.

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    If you want to go to Nusa Penida Island from Bali, the easiest and cheapest way, if you go from the capital, Denpasar is by getting to the Sanur beach and using some traditional public boat called 'jukung'. Jukung will cost you maximum around IDR. 40.000 and it will take around 90 minutes to reach Nusa Penida.

    There's another option you can take if you go from Sanur. You can also take some speed boat which is a lot more expensive than jukung (could be IDR 50.000 more expensive) but also a lot more faster (50 minutes). If you want to travel with your own car/ motorbike to Nusa Penida (please noticed its only for Nusa Penida, not Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan) you can go Padang bay (on the east part of Bali,an hour drive from Denpasar) to take a ferry boat (Kapal Ro-Ro and Kapal Re-Re).

    This boat will take you crossing the Badung Strait, and the trip will take around one hour to get to the Toya Pakeh Harbor in Nusa Penida Island. Beside from Padang Bay and Sanur, you can also take some jukung from Kusamba (cost you around Rp. 25.000).

    There are public boats from from Sanur, Kusamba or Padang Bai in East Bali.

    From Padang Bai
    You can catch the daily public ferry (large boat that includes vehicles). A passenger ticket is approx Rp 16,000 each way.
    There is also a smaller public ferry speed boat service that typically carries up to 20 people. This departs from Padang Bai beach side every morning. You should be at the beach side by 6:30AM to catch the public speed boat. Buy ticket from ticket office near beach and then wait until the boat has enough passengers for the boat to depart. The ticket cost is about Rp 40,000 each way.

    From Benoa Harbour
    Quicksilver [3] Runs daily cruises from Benoa Harbour in Bali to their monstrous pontoon which floats off the north western shore of Nusa Penida. The trip includes watersport activities centred on the pontoon. Rp 570,000 per person.

    From Sanur
    Caspla Bali Boat, Sanur Beach in front of Ananda Beach Hotel, ? +62 361 7912299. Speed boat service, 3 times daily to Nusa Penida. Scheduled departure from Sanur Beach at 11AM, 2PM and 4:30PM. Departure from Buyuk, Nusa Penida at 8AM, 12:30PM and 4PM. One way fare Rp 200,000/person and return Rp 400,000/person.

    Maruti Express, Sanur Beach in front of Ananda Beach Hotel, ? +62 819 1626 8871. The first speed boat service to Nusa Penida. Scheduled departure from Sanur Beach at 10AM and 4PM and departure from Nusa Penida at 9AM and 3PM. One way fare Rp 250,000/person and return Rp 480,000/person.

    From Nusa Lembongan
    Public boats depart daily at 6AM close to the suspension bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan and run to Toyapakeh or Buyuk Harbour in northern Nusa Penida. There are also services from the Jungut Batu area of Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida. All of these can be a little 'worrying' at times and are often very crowded.

    Charter boats are available, departing from and arriving at the same area as the public boats. If you are staying on Nusa Lembongan, ask at your hotel. If not, go to the shoreline close to the suspension bridge or to the beach at Jungut Batu and ask around amongst the boatmen. Rates certainly vary but expect to pay around Rp 300,000.

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    The island is less than 25 kilometres far from Bali. It is still a place without any purely commercial tourism. It measures about 70 kilometres along the coast. The highest peak of the island is Mundi, rising to 503 metres above sea level. The southern coast is formed by amazing rocks and dramatic sceneries. The cliffs here are as high as 300 m. In the bays, you can observe mantas or dolphins. You will find here even several amazing forested valleys with magical canyons and ponds. These are prevailingly sacred places. The western shore of the island is framed by reefs falling to a more than 200 metres deep canyon that separates Nusa Penida from Ceningan Island. In this part of the island, there is the Toyapakeh Bay where Penida Dive Resort is settled. The northern coast is densely populated. The capital, Sampalan, is located in this part of the island, and it is also the destination of ferries coming from Bali, which arrive daily. The eastern coast is wild and hardly accessible. There are numerous Hindu villages in the interior of the island. Nusa Penida is still like a virgin pearl right in the vicinity of the commercial Bali.

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