Take in the natural beauty of Indonesia's islands, from stunning rock formations to dreamy sunsets, on this 5-day adventure. Traveling by boat, you'll divide your time between the islands of Nusa Penida and Bali. Visit an underground temple and snorkel with manta rays offshore Nusa Penida before cruising over to Bali for a few days of hiking, surfing, and sunbathing on world-class beaches. Finish the trip with a night out on the town in Seminyak — a lively way to end this whirlwind island tour!

Highlights

  • Travel around Indonesian islands by boat
  • Snorkel with manta rays off the coast of Nusa Penida
  • See the magnificent natural stone bridge at Broken Beach
  • Marvel at a Balinese Hindu sea temple built on a rock formation in Uluwatu  
  • Hike, swim, surf, and sunbathe on some of Bali's best beaches

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Denpasar & Boat to Nusa Penida Nusa Penida
Day 2 Explore the Island of Nusa Penida Nusa Penida
Day 3 Snorkel Offshore & Transfer to Bali Uluwatu, Bali
Day 4 Relax on the Beach & Visit Seminyak  Uluwatu, Bali
Day 5 Depart Indonesia, End of Trip  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Denpasar & Boat to Nusa Penida

Transfer Ngurah Rai Airport - Sanur
Waiting for a boat from Sanur
Welcome to Bali! You'll transfer from the airport to Sanur. From Sanur, it's a quick boat trip to Nusa Penida in the Nusa Islands. During the journey, you'll take in amazing views of Bali and Nusa Penida, including temples and mountains in the distance. On arrival, you'll head to your hotel to get settled. The afternoon is free to explore the island's natural beauty. Rent a motorbike and go for a spin, stroll along the coast, visit the underground temple known as Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave, or marvel at the rock formations on Atuh Beach. Dine on seafood in a local restaurant before getting some rest. 

Day 2: Explore the Island of Nusa Penida

A natural stone bridge on Nusa Penida

Today you'll spend a whole day discovering the highlights and hidden treasures of Nusa Penida. You'll start at Kelingking Beach, located in the village of Bunga Mekar on the island's southwestern coast. The area is famous for its dramatic cliffs. Then you'll head to Broken Beach, where a stunning natural stone archway towers over the water. No visit to the island of Nusa Penida would be complete without climbing the 800+ steps to the hidden waterfalls of Peguyangan. Enjoy incredibly scenic roads and several breaks to try local snacks along the journey. 

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Day 3: Snorkel Offshore & Transfer to Bali

Snorkelling, Nusa Penida
Snorkeling off the coast of Nusa Penida
On today's excursion, you'll discover the natural beauty off the coastline of Nusa Penida. After breakfast at your hotel, ride to the harbor to meet with the boat captain and snorkeling crew. You'll receive a briefing of the day's activities, including safety precautions. Then head out to sea to snorkel at some of the most beautiful areas around the island. Keep your eyes open for manta rays! Later, you'll catch a speedboat back to Sanur, then transfer to Uluwatu on the island of Bali. Enjoy dinner with a water view before relaxing at your hotel.

Day 4: Relax on the Beach & Visit Seminyak 

Uluwatu Temple
The Balinese Hindu temple on Uluwatu
Enjoy a full day of exploring Bali. Start by exploring the white-sand beaches around Pecatu and take in incredible views of Uluwatu Temple, a Balinese Hindu sea temple built on a rock formation over the water. Head to Padang-Padang, another unforgettably beautiful beach, or Green Bowl, a beach made on a strip of sand at the bottom of a towering cliff. It's accessible by a steep staircase. Continue to Melasti, considered one of the best beaches in Bali. In the afternoon, take a surfing lesson or enjoy swimming and sunbathing. Have dinner in Seminyak and join in the city's lively nightlife scene before the trip comes to a close.

Day 5: Depart Indonesia, End of Trip

Boating past a temple complex in Bali

The journey ends today. Head to the airport to catch a flight out. Safe travels!

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Map of Island Adventure in Nusa Penida & Bali  - 5 Days
Map of Island Adventure in Nusa Penida & Bali - 5 Days