The beautiful, exotic island of Nusa Penida, lies just 25 kilometers from Bali, and it’s considered part of the Bali province. It’s a much smaller island than Bali, but it has some of the most incredible scenery anywhere in Indonesia.
This island can be visited on a day trip from Bali (same day return), but I think it’s better to spend at least a few days seeing things here.
How to get to Nusa Penida From Bali It takes about 30 minutes to get to Nusa Penida from Sanur and only 15 minutes from Kusamba, which is located near Padang Bai. Some fast boat companies serve the port of Banjar Nyuh, which is close to Toyapakeh, and others serve the port of Sampalan. Both ports are located in the North of Nusa Penida. The safety on board is well maintained. I’ve never heard of any major incidents. Life jackets are available on board of all boats.
Before the Covid-19 , there used to be up to 23 fastboat companies connecting Bali and Nusa Penida on a daily basis. You could choose between 40 fast boats to get to Nusa Penida every day. Nowadays there are 8 fast boat companies that are still operating from Sanur to Nusa Penida, with a total of 12 boats every day. And 13 additional boats every day from Kusamba to Nusa Penida. A rapid test is no longer required, but you will need to wear a mask. Most of the time the boats are not full, unless an important ceremony is being held in Nusa Penida that day.
Also, a new fast boat terminal is being built in Sanur. The construction of the jetty has already been decided on, but not yet implemented. So you still have to board in short pants from the beach!