- Encounters with locals
- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Water Sports
- Place or Religious Monument
- Sustainable Tourism
- Off the beaten track
Rumour has it that Nusa Penida is like Bali was fifty years ago. Peaceful and authentic, this little island off the south east of Bali is not nearly as developed as its big sister.
Most of the island is wild. There are a few fishing villages and small towns scattered about the island, surrounded by lots of vegetation, not to mention the different caves, springs, waterfalls, beaches and view points.
I recommend that you rent a scooter (check it first) and be vigilant on the road (the roads are in a bad way, with lots of potholes, etc.). That way you will be free to enjoy the whole of the island, taking a few trips, going through the small villages, visiting the Hindu temples or just relaxing on the beautiful wild beaches or by the natural springs. If you like diving there are some good quality sites, (Cristal Rock, Manta Point), around the island, where you can see enormous manta rays and even, if you are very lucky, Ocean Sunfish. Finally, if you would like to get closer to the local population, there is a volunteer centre (as you leave Ped) where you can help children learn English, help in the fields and other things. I didn't have a chance to help out but I heard a lot of good things about it.
In brief, it's the ideal escape if you are looking for an authentic stay in Indonesia, on a wild island with lots of natural riches and the chance to meet the local population.