Explore Crystal Bay on Nusa Penida

Crystal Bay Beach

Crystal Bay is one of the more famous beaches on Nusa Penida and is a great location for snorkelling, swimming and watching the sunset.

We visited the beach twice during our stay.

The first time we came here was for sunset. It was our first day on Nusa Penida and it was so cool. There were groups of friends and couples just relaxing and watching the sun go down with a Bintang in hand.

Not the best time to swim since the tide goes out, but you can walkabout and gaze into the tiny tide pools left behind while admiring the Hindu temple on top of the hill. It was just a really relaxed setting.

The second time we visited was during the day, we were heading over to Crystal Bay’s “Secret Beach” and at this time of the day the water was lovely, turquoise and full. It was filled with boats with budding snorkellers and with bodies eager to catch that summer glow.

What to Do & See?

Crystal Bay is famous for its diving, it’s snorkelling and, like mentioned, this is the place to come for sunset as it is one of the only west-facing beaches on Nusa Penida. It is also one of the closest to the accommodation options on the island so it’s not a tough journey.

The sunset was gorgeous, we played around and admired Pulau Batumejinong, the small island out in the ocean – If you look close enough at it you will notice a small Hindu temple on top of the island, with stairs to the top on its south side.

You can grab a beer, coconut or meal from vendors and just relax on your choice of sand, beach chairs or bean bags. 

The Famous Palm Tree Road

Another thing that Crystal Bay has going for it are the rows of palm trees along the road, a must-stop photo op spot. You might even spot the family of cute little pigs or cows grazing just off to the side. 

Take a Hike To Crystal Bay’s Secret Beach – PANDAN BEACH

Crystal Bay is not the only beachfront option here. There are actually 3 beaches next to each other, they are just separated by some land.

Once you find yourself staring directly at Crystal Bay, turn left and walk as far as you can go until you reach some stairs that disappear up the mountain, that’s your path. They are a little broken and battered near the beginning but just take a big step and 15 minutes later you should be nearing Pandan Beach.

How Much Does Crystal Bay Cost?

Parking: We paid 2k to park our bike, but there was no other cost involved.

Hire a Bean Bag Chair: 25K each (We actually hired one on Pandan Beach)

The Best Time To Visit Crystal Bay?

This really depends on what you are looking for:

Snorkelling & Swimming: During the day it is high tide and you are able to swim and snorkel in beautiful turquoise blue waters, but there are many snorkelling tour boats all around this area during the day.

Sunset: In the evening the tide goes out and then the magical sunsets begin.

X Marks The Spot

Where to Park?

When you get closer to the beach some locals will pull you over, ask for a small parking fee and lead you where to park. There are normally a lot of bikes and cars parked everywhere so you can kind of just follow suit.

Need Some Extra Nusa Penida Help?

How Do I Get There?

Nusa Penida

If you are visiting from Bali, you can take a day trip to Nusa Penida.

You can also go by yourself and spend a little longer on the island, which we highly recommend! We ended up staying for a week!

In order to get there, you will have to travel from Sanur harbour in Bali by speedboat or ferry to Nusa Penida. We were told our 30-minute speedboat trip would take 45, but it was a lot quicker than that. We used a company called “Crown Fast Cruises“.

➩ Book here: Sanur to Nusa Penida

How Do I Get Around On Nusa Penida?

Once on the island, you will have to rent a bike or scooter. It cost us IDR 390k for the week which was a little better of a deal compared to the standard IDR 70k a day. The island is just too big to walk. Also, since the island isn’t as built up yet, they only have one well-maintained main route that connects all of the attractions, which means that you will have to travel about 45 minutes between each attraction.

WARNING: The roads to all the attractions are very bumpy and are not regularly maintained. Be very careful when driving! Byron and I drove a bike in Thailand for 2 years and there were still times on the island where we almost slid out and we watched many young couples fall! Be careful…but also, it’s not impossible…

It’s worth mentioning that we absolutely loved driving here, gladly cruising for 3 or more hours a day because of the spectacular scenery, quiet roads, authentic local lifestyle and fresh air. Our favourite spot to unleash the motorcycle yet.

Where To Stay On Nusa Penida?

There are many accommodation options on Nusa Penida. It all really depends on what you are looking for and what your price range is. 
We also recommend using Airbnb since they have a lot more budget-friendly options.

We are looking for Budget-Friendly ➩ Arie Guesthouse  (We stayed here)
We are looking for Unique ➩ Penida Bambu Green
We are looking for Luxury ➩ Kompyang Cottage

➩ When you first sign up to Airbnb and book using our code you can score up to R600 off of your first booking and R225 towards an experience!

We highly recommend Ketut from Arie Guesthouse. 
He was our host on the island. He arranged our speedboat tickets for us (at half price), fetched us from the pier, rented us a motorcycle and the inverse for the way back. Besides being the friendliest man on the island, he really made our trip a lot easier.

Here are Kutut’s Contact Details: 
 Email: iktsolot@yahoo.co.id 
➩ Arie Guest House Phone Number: +628123989312

We hope you enjoy your journey! Let us know what you thought in the comments down below!


Try and smash out these other attractions on the same day:
➩ Pandan Beach
➩ Angel’s Billabong & Broken Beach
Bulian Beach

Other Attractions To Visit On Nusa Penida:

➩ Kelingking Beach
➩ Thousand Island Viewpoint & Rumah Pohon Treehouse
➩ Goa Giri Putri Temple
➩ Peguyangan Waterfall
➩ Angel’s Billabong & Broken Beach
➩ Tembeling Beach & Natural Pools 
➩ Diamond Beach
➩ Suwehan Beach
➩ Teletubbies Hill


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