Are you looking to visit Nusa Penida and not sure where to stay? Well, look no further. This post will give you all the information you need to make a decision on the best area and type of hotel depending on your budget. I also threw in a few useful tips to help you have the best 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.
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 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.
Best place to stay in Nusa Penida – Which area is best?
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 Beach area (West) is great for being close to an amazing but also beach where you can swim and snorkel and catch a boat trip to see awesome manta rays. Crystal Bay beach is great but at the same time can be a little crowded and mainstream. This part of the island also the closest to the main attractions.
Atuh Beach area (Southeast) is awesome for being away from it all, close to off beaten track jaw-dropping beaches.
Northeast coast (Batununggul) has a range of really good choices of accommodation. Nusa Penida is really cheap and in this area, you can stay in a luxury cottage for a budget price.
Harbour Area (Toya Pakeh) is the best location in my opinion. It’s still very conveniently located close to the main points of interest and has a good variety of accommodation. But what I love most about this area is its most comprehensive selection of restaurants, café including healthy and vegetarian places and some cool beach clubs.
Accommodation Comparison Table
|La Royale Tropical Bamboo||Crystal Bay||Luxury / Unique|
|Mahaloka Valley||Crystal Bay||High-end|
|Penida Bay Village||Crystal Bay||Middle-range|
|Bintang Bungalow||Crystal Bay||Budget|
|Semabu Hills Hotel||Toya Pakeh||High-end|
|Hotel Arsa Santhi||Toya Pakeh||Middle-range|
|Nuansa Penida Hostel||Toya Pakeh||Budget|
|Hello Penida Homestay||Toya Pakeh||Budget|
|Rumah Pohon||Atuh Beach||Unique|
|Atuh Forest Cottage||Atuh Beach||Budget|
|You and We House||Atuh Beach||Budget|
|La Roja Bungalows||Batununggul||Budget|
Best hotels in Nusa Penida, Bali
Below I give you my 4 top hotels and I explain why I picked them. Their full reviews can be found further below.
What I love the most about this hotel is that it gives the best value for money. The cottages are immaculate and very tastefully furnished and accessorised. The best thing is that the hotel has a luxury feel for a mid-range to budget price!
Location – Northeast coast (Batununggul)
This is the only truly luxurious accommodation on Nusa Penida including luxury staples like a hot tub and private pool. It’s also a very unique property, just imagine yourself there!
Location– Crystal Bay Beach area (West)
The best thing about this hotel is its location within a walking distance to some cool beach clubs and a great selection of bars and restaurants.
Location – Harbour Area (Toya Pakeh)
What I love about this hotel/hostel is that it’s dirt cheap but at the same time, it has a really chic pool area and offers quality rooms. Even dormitory rooms come with a flat-screen!
Location – Northeast coast (Batununggul)
Nusa Penida Accommodation by area
Crystal Bay Beach Area
Crystal Bay Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island’s west coast. It’s a stretch of 200 m 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 sunbath, there are sunchairs 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!
This area is also excellent for being close to all the major Nusa Penida sights:
• Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong
• Kelingking beach
• Peguyangan Waterfall
• Banah Cliff Point
• Tembeling Natural Pool
This Nusa Penida resort is situated in between Crystal Bay and Toya Pakeh. If you don’t mind having a 6 minutes’ drive to Crystal Bay beach, I recommend really considering this place.
This property looks like a perfect Instagram photo! It’s a very unique Nusa Penida villa-styled accommodation. It offers an open living concept in a wooden villa with a large terrace to soak on the epic sunset views. It’s got a hot tub and a private pool, a big-screen movie in the communal area as well as it offers a free BBQ service!
This hotel is situated 12 minutes’ walk (400 m) from Crystal bay beach amongst towering, green hills and palm trees. It’s a brand new property built only in 2019 consisting of 10 wooden cottages with a pool in the middle. Rooms are spacious and include 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.
Penida Bay Village is situated 10 minutes’ walk from Crystal Bay Beach in a traditional local village with good proximity to a few little shops and local warungs. 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.
These super cool bungalows are located within 15 minutes’ walk from Crystal Bay Beach. It’s a great budget option for single travellers especially. There is a pleasant pool area and motorbike rental on site.
Harbour Area (Toya Pakeh)
Another great area to stay 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 accommodation to stay in.
Also, in this part of the island, you will find the biggest choice of restaurants and cafes. Including some great vegan and vegetarian options my absolute favourite being Vegan Soul Kitchen.
Nusa Penida is very different from Kuta and Seminyak, you won’t find here the same social vibe as on the Bali mainland. Most people stay on the island 1-2 days and are predominantly focused on sightseeing not partying and socialising. However, 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.
The hotel is located conveniently close to the harbour area where boats come and leave to Bali and close to a selection of restaurants. The greatest thing about it is its terrific infinity pool overlooking the turquoise sea and Mount Agung in the distance. The property offers spacious rooms and free local shuttle service and it’s one of the best hotels in Nusa Penida.
This hotel is situated in an excellent location close to the beach, some great beach clubs, a choice of restaurants and shops all within a walking distance. This is the hotel where I stayed and really liked it, especially for its convenient location.
The rooms are clean and simple with all the standard comforts such as air-conditioning, 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.
This Nusa Penida hostel is a good option for a solo traveller. It is located 10 minutes away from the harbour main area and 6 km from Crystal Bay Beach and 8 km from Kelingking Beach. Dormitory rooms range from 4 to 8 bunk beds and come with en suite outdoor bathroom. There are 2 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 a walking distance from the hostel. Nusa Penida doesn’t have an extensive selection of hostels, so Nuansa Penida is a really good find!
This is also a great budget option (I mean it doesn’t get cheaper than this) with a friendly host. There are 4 spacious and very clean bedrooms, minutes’ walk from the beach and the main harbour area with shops and restaurants. There is wifi and this is an awesome option for Nusa Penida homestay and great for solo travellers.
Atuh Beach Area (Southeast)
Another interesting location to stay is Atuh Beach area. It used to take a long time getting 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 than for example Crystal Bay Beach.
If you after a quiet piece of paradise then this is the area on Nusa Penida to stay.
The main points of interest in this area include:
• Atuh Beach
• Diamond Beach
• Rumah Pohon Tree Houe and Thousand Island viewpoint
• Suwehan Beach
The accommodation in this part of the island is a little basic but also very cheap.
This Instagram famous place also offers accommodation! The cottages are very basic and there are a lot of stairs to climb up and down so probably only suitable for a night stay and if you don’t have a lot of luggage with you. But nothing can beat the epic view over the Thousand Island here! Most people come here for a picture during the day, but imagine staying here overnight. I didn’t manage to stay here because it was fully booked months before my scheduled trip, so I recommend booking early if this is something you want to do.
Family-owned cottages situated on the mountaintop with some amazing views, only 2.5 km away from Atuh Beach. 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, come with an en suite bathroom.
This property is a little further away from Atuh Beach, about 20 minutes’ drive but it comes with a pool. The wooden cottages are spacious and clean and the property is overlooking the Eastern coast. The friendly host will help you with travel arrangements and restaurants recommendations. The hotel is located not far from Giri Putri cave temple and Teletubbies Hills.
Northeast coast (Batununggul)
Northeast side has a good selection of quality Nusa Penida resorts. It’s fairly developed, there is a selection of restaurants and small shops and the hotels that I’m suggesting below are within a walking distance of them. When you tired in the evening after a whole day of sightseeing and being excited it’s nice to just shower and walk to a restaurant instead of having to drive again.
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 proximity vs. great accommodation.
Nusa Penida west coast nearby attractions:
• Goa Giri Putri Cave
• Teletubbies Hills
This hotel consists of a beautifully designed cottage with tasteful accessories made of natural materials like stone and wood. They 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 a free pick up and drop off at the harbour. The owner and staff are really friendly and helpful.
Kompyang cottages are located on the west Nusa Penida within 20 minutes’ drive to Toya Pakeh harbour and within a walking distance to a good selection of local warungs.
Singabu bungalows are located within a 20 minutes’ drive from the harbour and walking distance a choice of small shops and local warungs. 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.
The hotel which is also one of the best Nusa Penida hostels offers private and shared rooms. It is located within 20 minutes’ drive from the harbour on the western coast, minutes’ walk from shops and small, local restaurants.
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, simple yet very tastefully designed.
This is a great option for a solo traveller for very cheap but quality accommodation with chic communal areas!
Nusa Penida Tips
For more inspo check out my full post on most incredible things to do in Nusa Penida.
How long to stay?
Most visitors come to Nusa Penida on a day trip, which is really hard to believe because it’s impossible to see much in one day and Penida island has a lot to offer that goes way beyond Kelingking clifftop viewpoint. There is definitely more to do on Nusa Penida than on 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.
Getting around Nusa Penida
Getting around Nusa Penida is not the most straightforward. If you’re an experienced motorbiker, 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.
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 main attractions on the West coast including:
• Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach
• Pasih Uug Beach
• Kelingking Beach
Is Nusa Penida worth a visit?
Nusa Penida is 100% worth a visit! It’s a little bit more of the beaten track than the mainland Bali but its popularity is increasing year on 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!
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