Where To Stay In Nusa Penida – 2023 Guide To Nusa Penida Accommodation & Areas
Are you looking for where to stay in Nusa Penida?
Well, look no further. This post will give you all the information you need to make a decision on the best area to stay in Nusa Penida, and the best hotel, depending on your budget.
I also threw in a few useful tips to help you have the best Nusa Penida stay.
Nusa Penida is situated only 30 minutes ferry ride from Bali mainland, yet it’s a completely different world out there.
Lose yourself in Penida’s pristine clean beaches with dazzling turquoise water and white, soft sand. Swim with manta rays in Crystal Bay and soak in the unworldly clifftop views over the ocean.
In a rush? Here is the overall #1 hotel in Nusa Penida 🏝️ ➡️ Adiwana Warnakali Resort – which is a luxury pick situated near the ferry harbour and within walking distance of restaurants and shops.
Nusa Penida is still a hidden gem, a place where you can escape Bali’s mainstream tourism and immerse yourself in unspoiled nature. But hurry up because it won’t always be this way. More people find out about Nusa Penida every day through Instagram and other social media.
Currently, the island is still underdeveloped, so you probably need to adjust your expectations a little bit if you’re used to luxury villas. Having said that, keep reading to find where to stay on Nusa Penida and find a perfect Nusa Penida hotel that meets your needs and budget.
Things are improving fast with new Nusa Penida, hotels popping up and new, enhanced roads being built like the one that runs from the harbour area to the southeast.
Where To Stay In Nusa Penida Map
Click anywhere on the map to access the interactive version of the Nusa Penida Where To Stay Map. Starting from the northwest are Crystal Bay, Tojapakeh Harbour Area and Batununggul; in the southwest, you have the Atuh Beach area.
Best Place To Stay In Nusa Penida At A Glance
There is never ‘one fits all’, and every area is special and offers different advantages, which I discuss in detail further below. However, not to keep you waiting or scrolling too much, I’ll give you a short summary here.
Crystal Bay is great for being close to an amazing beach, safe for swimming, snorkelling and catching a boat to see manta rays. Here, you’ll find a good choice of cafes, restaurants and Nusa Penida accommodation.
🏨 Book your stay at the unique luxury glamping ➡️ Autentik Penida Glamping, or book the super affordable ➡️ Mahaloka Valley.
Atuh Beach is located in the southeastern, remote part of the island. Here you’ll find places like the Rumah Pohon Treehouse, the aforementioned Atuh Beach and the epic Diamond Beach. Restaurants and hotel options are limited here.
🏨 Book your stay at the family-owned hotel where we stayed ➡️ Atuh Forest Cottage with quirky decor and located close to the Diamond Beach and tree house.
NORTHEAST COAST (Batununggul)
The northeast coast boasts some of the best places to stay on Nusa Penida. Here, you can find luxury hotels for a midrange price tag, cool beach clubs and good restaurants. You will also be close to the harbour.
🏨 Book your stay at the luxury ➡️ Kompyang Cottage, or book the chic and boho accommodation at ➡️ La Roja Bungalows.
TOJA PAKEH HARBOUR
The harbour is the best place to stay Nusa Penida has to offer for convenience. It boasts a wide selection of healthy cafes, local restaurants, beach clubs and Nusa Penida hotels, and it’s close to the main points of interest.
🏨 Book your stay at the #1 hotel on Nusa Penida ➡️ the luxurious Adiwana Warnakali Resort, or book the midrange hotel where we stayed ➡️ Hotel Arsa Santhi.
Where To Stay In Nusa Penida – Comparison Table
|Autentik Penida Glamping||Crystal Bay||Luxury / Unique|
|Mahaloka Valley||Crystal Bay||Midrange|
|Penida Bay Village||Crystal Bay||Midrange|
|Bintang Bungalows||Crystal Bay||Budget|
|Adiwana Warnakali Resort||Toya Pakeh||Luxury|
|Semabu Hills Hotel||Toya Pakeh||Luxury|
|Hotel Arsa Santhi||Toya Pakeh||Midrange|
|Nuansa Penida Hostel||Toya Pakeh||Budget Hostel|
|Hello Penida Homestay||Toya Pakeh||Budget|
|Tropical Glamping Bali||Atuh Beach||Midrange/ Unique|
|Atuh Forest Cottage||Atuh Beach||Budget/ Rustic|
|You and We House||Atuh Beach||Budget/ Pool|
|La Roja Bungalows||Batununggul||Budget/Cute|
The Best Hotels In Nusa Penida Bali
If you have no time to read the full post, here are the top 3 hotels in Nusa Penida. You can’t go wrong if you stay in one of them. Their full reviews can be found further below.
LUXURY PICK – Adiwana Warnakali Resort
This is one of the most luxurious hotels in Nusa Penida, excellent for a romantic stay with sunset views from the epic infinity pool. It is located in the convenient area of Toya Pakeh Harbour, close to restaurants and ferry services.
UNIQUE STAY – Autentik Penida Glamping
Situated just a short drive from Crystal Bay Beach, Autentik Glamping is the best choice for adventure seekers that love unique stays with a touch of luxury!
CUTE BUDGET PICK – La Roja Bungalows
What I love about this hotel/hostel is that it’s dirt cheap, but at the same time, it has a really cute pool area and offers quality rooms. Even dormitory rooms come with a flat-screen TV!
Nusa Penida Accommodation By Area
#1 Crystal Bay Area – West Nusa Penida
BEST FOR: Short stays, being close to main Nusa Penida sights and a wide selection of hotels, as well as a swimming beach.
Crystal Bay Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island’s west coast. It’s a stretch of 200 m of white sand surrounded by lush palms and nearby hilltops. There is a little picturesque islet and a seaside temple to explore called Pura Segara Penida.
The beach is a perfect spot to laze and sunbathe. There are sun loungers and parasols to rent out and a few local warungs for lunch.
The bay’s clear waters make it perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving, with visibility reaching 30 m deep, weather permitting. Crystal Bay is also the place where you can catch a boat to see manta rays!
Most hotels are located in the nearby village, a short drive away from the beach.
• Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong | Famous natural tidal pool and an incredible sinkhole.
• Kelingking beach | The most famous spot on Nusa Penida and an Instagram-famous beach with the T-rex rock.
• Peguyangan Waterfall | Off-beaten track spot where you can hike down steep stairs to a temple and natural pool in a cave.
• Banah Cliff Point | An excellent place to watch the sunset.
• Tembeling Natural Pool | Off-beaten track place to visit in Nusa Penida, where you hike to a crystal clear pool overlooking the coast.
Best Hotels Nusa Penida West
Autentik Penida Glamping – Where to stay at Nusa Penida for unique luxury.
Autentik is the most unique accommodation on Nusa Penida; it’s a collection of luxury tents that come equipped with air conditioning and all modern facilities boasting stunning jungle views.
LOCATION: Autentik Penida Glamping is located just off the main road, a few minutes drive to Crystal Bay Beach.
FACILITIES: There is a lovely pool area with a bar for guests to enjoy as well as a daily breakfast that is served in the privacy of the luxury tents. Rooms/tents come with a double bed, outdoor bathroom and a private terrace with a comfy sitting area.
BEST FOR: Couples, friends, adventurous souls & boutique accommodation lovers.
Mahaloka Valley – Midrange
Mahaloka Valley is a brand new property built only in 2019, consisting of 10 wooden cottages with a pool in the middle.
LOCATION: This hotel is situated a 12-minutes walk (400 m) from Crystal bay beach amongst towering green hills and palm trees.
FACILITIES: Rooms are spacious and include a coffee/tee facility, free bottled water and a simple en suite bathroom. They are equipped with efficient air conditioning and mosquito nets. The hotel has a scooter rental onsite and can organise a driver for you if you prefer to be driven to places and a transfer back to Bali. There is a good restaurant on site that offers a vegetarian menu.
BEST FOR: Midrange travellers and being able to walk to the beach, families, couples.
Penida Bay Village – Midrange choice.
LOCATION: Penida Bay Village is situated a 10-minute walk from Crystal Bay Beach in a traditional local village with good proximity to a few little shops and local warungs.
FACILITIES: The bungalows are clean and spacious and include free wifi use and toiletries in a private bathroom. There is an onsite restaurant that serves a good breakfast that is included in the room price, but also lunch and dinner for an extra charge. The hotel has a room service if you prefer to stay in. Other services include scooter rental and car transport arrangements.
BEST FOR: Beach bunnies, families, and friends.
Bintang Bungalows – Budget Pick.
LOCATION: These super cool bungalows are located within 15 minutes walk from Crystal Bay Beach.
FACILITIES: It’s a great budget option for single travellers especially. There is a pleasant pool area and motorbike rental on site. Each bungalow comes with a semi-outdoor bathroom, air-conditioning and a private terrace.
BEST FOR: Single travellers, backpackers.
#2 Harbour Area – Toya Pakeh (North)
BEST FOR: Best area to stay on Nusa Penida for convenience and central location.
Another great area to stay in, and probably the most popular, is the harbour area of Toya Pakeh in the northern part of Penida. This is the most developed part of the island, so there is a bigger selection of Nusa Penida best accommodation to stay in. It is also the perfect place to stay for snorkelling and island hopping.
Also, in this part of the island, you will find the greatest choice of restaurants and cafes. Including some great vegan and vegetarian options, my absolute favourite being Vegan Soul Kitchen and the super cool bar and restaurant that has an awesome infinity pool – The Chill Penida.
Nusa Penida is very different from Kuta and Seminyak, and you won’t find here the same social vibe as on the Bali mainland.
Most people stay on the island for 1-2 days and are predominantly focused on sightseeing, not partying and socialising. However, the Toya Pakeh area has some good places to come for a cocktail and sunset watching, like Coco Penida Bar and Restaurant situated on the beach.
Best Hotels On Nusa Penida – North
Adiwana Warnakali Resort – Best place to stay on Nusa Penida for luxury.
LOCATION: Adiwana has an excellent location – right by the harbour with a great selection of restaurants and activities nearby.
FACILITIES: Adiwana Warnakali is an adult-only resort, perfect for couples. Each room has a modern design and comes with a large terrace overlooking the ocean. Guests can enjoy an infinity pool ideal for watching sunsets, a bar and a restaurant.
A complimentary a la carte breakfast is served daily, and the hotel can arrange transfers and activities for guests.
BEST FOR: Romantic and luxury stays, short stays, island hoppers, snorkelling.
Semabu Hills Hotel – Best stay in Nusa Penida for luxury and epic views.
LOCATION: The hotel is located conveniently close to the harbour area where boats come and leave for Bali and close to a selection of restaurants.
FACILITIES: The stand-out feature of this hotel is its incredible infinity pool overlooking the turquoise sea and Mount Agung in the distance. The property offers spacious rooms and a free local shuttle service, and it’s one of the best hotels in Nusa Penida.
BEST FOR: Romantic getaways, island hopping, luxury-lovers.
Hotel Arsa Santhi Nusa Penida – Best hotel Nusa Penida for midrange budgets & central location.
LOCATION: This hotel is situated in an excellent location close to the beach, with great beach clubs, restaurants and shops, all within walking distance. This is the hotel where I stayed on one of my trips, and I really liked it, especially for its convenient location.
FACILITIES: The rooms are clean and simple with all the standard comforts such as air-conditioning, a mini bar and wifi. There is also a pleasant pool area where you can chill out, and a free breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant.
BEST FOR: Nightlife, friends and couples, island hopping or short stays.
Nuansa Penida Hostel – Nusa Penida best place to stay for solo travellers.
LOCATION: This Nusa Penida hostel is a good option for solo travellers. It is located 10 minutes away from the harbour main area and 6 km from Crystal Bay Beach, and 8 km from Kelingking Beach.
FACILITIES: Dormitory rooms range from 4 to 8 bunk beds and come with an en suite outdoor bathroom. There are two nice pools great for chilling and a restaurant that serves breakfast (included in the rate), lunch and dinner – both very cheap.
There are a few shops in the local area within walking distance of the hostel. Nusa Penida doesn’t have an extensive selection of hostels, so Nuansa Penida is a really good find!
BEST FOR: solo travellers and backpackers wanting to meet people.
Hello Penida House – Friendly Budget Nusa Penida Homestay.
LOCATION: Hello Penida is situated close to Penida Colada Beach Bar and a short drive from the harbour.
FACILITIES: This is also a great budget option (I mean, it doesn’t get any cheaper than this) with a friendly host.
There are four spacious and very clean bedrooms, a few minutes walk from the beach. Rooms are clean and simple and come with an en suite bathroom and free wifi.
BEST FOR: solo travellers and for travelling on a shoestring
#3 Atuh Beach Area – Southeast
Another interesting location to stay is the Atuh Beach area. It used to take a long time to get from the main harbour area to this part of the island. One had to navigate treacherous roads across the island. However, there is a brand new road that has been built along the east coast, allowing easier access to Atuh Beach, and now it only takes about 1 hour.
The Southeast part of Penida is much quieter and less touristy because it’s too far away for day-trippers from Bali to get. The beaches on this part of the island are epic and way less frequented compared to Crystal Bay Beach.
If you are after a quiet piece of paradise, then this is the best part of Nusa Penida to stay.
Also, if you’re planning to take epic photos like the ones below, staying in the area will allow you to wake up early in the morning and beat the crowds at these epic locations!
The accommodation choices in this part of the island are a little basic but also very cheap. You can really experience village life here and the great hospitality of the local people.
Here are the best places to visit in Nusa Penida in this area:
• Atuh Beach | One of the best Nusa Penida beaches, which is safe to swim to perfect for spending the day.
• Diamond Beach | The most iconic beach in Nusa Penida with Instagram-famous views.
• Rumah Pohon Tree House | Another must-visit photography spot on the island. Get here early to beat the crowds!
• Suwehan Beach | Off-beaten track, pristine beach on Penida.
Best Places To Stay In Nusa Penida – Southeast
Tropical Glamping Bali – Best location to stay in Nusa Penida for epic views & privacy.
Tropical Glamping seems to be the next cool spot for all Bali influencers, and I can totally see why!
LOCATION: Tropical Glamping cottage is situated a few minutes drive away from Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach, which makes it an excellent hotel to stay on Nusa Penida for those that want to explore this part of the island.
FACILITIES: The cottage comes equipped with a bathroom, a kitchenette and a dining area. The bedroom overlooks the ocean and has a netted terrace to lounge on.
BEST FOR: Couples, adventurers, avid Instagrammers.
Atuh Forest Cottage – Budget rustic cottage, best for an authentic Balinese stay.
LOCATION: Family-owned cottages situated on the mountaintop with some amazing views, only 2.5 km away from Atuh Beach and Diamond Beach, which is an excellent base to explore those places and even go on a sunrise mission!
FACILITIES: The owner is very friendly. There is a good hotel warung which serves local food and has a lovely outdoor setting on a deck overlooking hills and lush greenery. The cottages are clean and very cute and come with an en suite bathroom.
BEST FOR: Adventurers and photography enthusiasts wanting to go on a sunrise mission to Bali Treehouse and Diamond Beach.
You and We House – Excellent budget hotel with a pool.
LOCATION: This property is a little further away from Atuh Beach, about a 20-minutes drive, but it comes with a pool. The hotel is located not far from Giri Putri cave temple and Teletubbies Hills.
FACILITIES: The wooden cottages are spacious and clean, and the property overlooks the Eastern coast. The friendly host will help you with travel arrangements and restaurant recommendations.
BEST FOR: Stay with a pool, friends, budget travellers, and adventurers.
#4 Northeast Coast (Batununggul)
The Northeast side has a good selection of quality Nusa Penida resorts, and it’s where to stay in Nusa Penida for luxury accommodation. It’s fairly developed, and there is a selection of restaurants and small shops.
The recommended hotels in this section are within a walking distance of shops and restaurants. Trust me, staying within walking distance to restaurants comes in super handy when you’re tired after all day of sightseeing!
The downside of this area is that it is an additional 30 minutes drive to Kelingking beach and other East coast points of interest. However, it all depends on your priorities, and staying in a great hotel may outweigh the distance to Penida attractions.
Nusa Penida West Coast places to visit:
• Goa Giri Putri Cave | A unique temple built inside a cave with a small entrance where you literally need to go down on your knees to pass through!
• Teletubbies Hills | Penida’s picturesque hills – the perfect place to bring your drone and fly.
Best Hotels On Nusa Penida – Northeast
Kompyang Cottages – Luxury hotel with a great pool.
LOCATION: Kompyang cottages are located in west Nusa Penida within a 20-minute drive to Toya Pakeh harbour and within walking distance of a good selection of local warungs.
FACILITIES: This hotel consists of beautiful cottages made of natural materials like stone and wood. Each unit has a tasteful decor. All cottages come with lovely outdoor bathrooms and a porch and are situated in a well-kept, lush garden.
There is a nice pool where you can get your breakfast served on a floating tray in the pool or served in your room if you prefer that, both for no extra charge. The hotel offers free pick-up and drop-off at the harbour. The owner and staff are really friendly and helpful.
BEST FOR: Boutique accommodation lovers, couples, and friends on a chilled getaway.
La Roja Bungalows – One of the most Instagram-worthy best places to stay on Nusa Penida.
LOCATION: La Roja Bungalows are located within a 20-minute drive from the harbour on the western coast, a few minutes walk from shops and small, local restaurants.
FACILITIES: The hotel, which is also one of the best Nusa Penida hostels, offers private and shared rooms. What I liked most about this property is a very pretty pool area with white decking around it and a well-kept garden.
There is a choice of older bungalows and newer ones situated around the pool, which are so cute and simple yet very tastefully designed.
BEST FOR: This is a great option for a solo traveller for very cheap but quality accommodation with chic communal areas!
Singabu Bungalows – Excellent budget pick.
LOCATION: Singabu bungalows are located within a 20-minutes drive from the harbour and within walking distance of a choice of small shops and local warungs.
FACILITIES: The rooms are spotless and the staff very friendly and will arrange things for you such as scooter rental or a driver. There is a pleasant pool area surrounded by a garden and an onsite restaurant serving good and well-priced food.
BEST FOR: Friends and families.
Nusa Penida Tips
How long to stay in Nusa Penida?
Most visitors come to Nusa Penida on a day trip, which is a real shame because it’s impossible to see much in one day, and Penida island has a lot to offer that goes way beyond the Kelingking clifftop viewpoint. There is definitely more to do in Nusa Penida than in Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningan.
The most optimal time is staying 2-3 days. This will allow you to go to the southern part of the island and visit the incredible Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach.
How to travel in Nusa Penida?
Getting around Nusa Penida is not the most straightforward. If you’re an experienced scooter driver, you can rent a scooter for 75-100k IDR a day. The roads are narrow and, in most places, in very bad shape, so be prepared for a bumpy road in heat and dust.
Having said that, this option gives you the most freedom and is the most rewarding (we appreciate things more when we work hard for them, lol). Also, when I last visited the island, it seems like many tourists are choosing this option, so you definitely won’t be alone, and the roads on the island are constantly improving too.
If you don’t feel comfortable riding a scooter, you can hire a car with a driver. The prices will vary but expect to pay around 600k IDR per person per day, based on two people sharing a car.
Nusa Penida Day Trip
Do you prefer to stay in Bali or have only one day to spare on your itinerary? No problem, you can take a day tour and see the main attractions on the West Coast.
Is Nusa Penida worth visiting?
Nusa Penida is 100% worth a visit! It’s a little bit more off-beaten track than mainland Bali, but its popularity is increasing year after year, so get here fast before it becomes another mass tourism spot.
Penida island offers some epic clifftop views and unspoiled, hidden beaches, and its nature is just out of this world! I loved it there and will definitely come back soon. See you in Penida!
Where To Stay In Nusa Penida Final Word
I hope you found this guide to where to stay in Nusa Penida helpful! Nusa Penida will be the highlight of your Bali trip, so make sure you don’t miss it!