Nusa Penida, the biggest islands of three (the others are Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan), is 30 minutes away from Sanur Beach. The reasons why I wanted to come here was because of my damn curiosity of the beauty nature in Bali. As usual, I did my little research on internet before I traveled. This time I came with my gals. Yes, 4 brave-adventure-thirst girls ^_^
From my so called research, I learned and assumed that Nusa Penida has more breathtaking nature such as Banah, Angel’s Billabong, Pasih Uwug, and more. And of course, not to mention the challenges.
Day 1, we took off to Nusa Penida from Sanur Beach around 11am. It was kinda late to start our day tho but hey, we didn’t come this far to walk away. As we arrived in Toyapakeh Village, we first looked for the motorbike to rent. We got them, IDR 80.000 daily plus gasoline. Ok fine, we didn’t have that many choices tho as the clock was ticking. We didn’t even bother to find a hotel either. It can come later, we thought.
So, following the itinerary that I have prepared (yes, I am always in charge for everything), we went to the west side of Nusa Penida. We wanted to see Banah! We were so happy and excited when we started the trip but after half an hour we didn’t see anything like Banah, we started to be desperate. Especially me, the rider of the half-good-condition motorbike, or less.The road access was far from good. It was just the limestone road, dusty, rocky, lond and winding. OMG, I was very close to give up. Until there, yeah there, we finally saw it. The Banah Rock!
I am Banah!
Our jaws were kinda dropped tho hahaha. We felt a great relief when we finally saw the Banah rock. Oh my God! How stunning it was. All the pain to get to the spot was paid off. Then, we were hungry 😦
No time for lunch, yet. We pursued to the next destination which was Tembeling Pool. It is a sacred nature water source which has two pools, 1 for gents and 1 for ladies. The pool for gents was found first and then further down was the pool for ladies.
Steep cliff to the holy water
What surprised me personally was actually the ladies pool is located right by the beach. The water was cool and crystal clear and it was sacred for Hindu people. Of course we didn’t wanna miss the chance to drink the holy water. Yes!
Ladies pool is the holy water pool. Yay! *_*
Posing by the beach is a must! 😉
Time for (late) lunch. In fact, it wasn’t easy to find a descent place to eat in the area. We finally had just dropped by the street in a hut where an old lady was selling instant noodle and fried. Ok fine! Whatever it took to keep the tummy happy.
It was late afternoon actually but we were driven to go to our last destination of the day. Given the geographical of Nusa Penida which was the top challenge of all, we kept going to Angel’s Billabong and Pasih Uwug. And yes, the sun was coming down when we arrived there.
Pasih Uwug looks more magical in reality. Pardon the not-so-good-photo due to minimum light 😉
Practically, we didn’t have that much time to enjoy the magic of both Angel’s Billabong and Pasih Uwug. So, we rushed! Pasih Uwug was the first we saw and we spending around 15 minutes there. It was sunset time already!
We didn’t want to give up, yet. Angel’s Billabong was 3 minutes away walking distance. We hurrily took the small path among the bush that led to it. And you know what, even with minimum light, it was still magnificent. I wish we could arrive here earlier. But, taking pictures was still a must! hahaha
Myself and the Angel’s Billabong
Time to find the place to stay over night. We went back to Toyapakeh tried to find a cheap hostel. And we got none! There was a big ceremony the following day that many Hindu people from Bali mainland visiting Nusa Penida. Great! Perfect day it was. I was kinda miserable that time as my wrist was somewhat sprained from bad hand brake and bad road.
I let the girls handle the place to stay and after being desperate for a while, the owner of the cafe we had dinner at, offered us a room to stay in her house. For FREE! Yes, it was for free hahahaha
The next day, we had no time to complain about how sore and strained our bodies were from the first day trip. We must keep going as we had to catch our boat back to Sanur at 3pm.
Somewhere along the way
Today’s destinations were Atuh Beach and Teletubbies Hill, if we still had time. Atuh Beach is located at the east side of the island. Going there was not as bad as the day before, but still bad hehehe. But as they said, no pain no gain, the pain was (again) paid off here. On the right side of the beach, the rocks formation reminded me to islands in Thailand.
The hill in between these 2 beaches was stunning itself. We sure took photos here too.
Itchiness isn’t guaranteed 😀
Meanwhile, I was challenged to go down the hill to see the rock formation that looked like Lady Gaga’s shoes. It took all my courage and energy to go down the hill to the beach as it was very long steep way down OMG.
The Shoes of Lady Gaga 😀
I thought that I have accomplished enough of all I wanted to see in Nusa Penida. My friends? They gave up already hahahaha. We were so glad that we finally made this trip. We will come back here. Next time, we better rent a car!