Just 40 minutes off of the coast of Bali, you will find a few amazing islands perfect for a day trip, or a weekend getaway. When arriving at the harbor in Penida, you will be right in between some of the main attractions. Most tour guides/drivers will offer two tour options: East or West. They're both a full day packed of adventures. Keep reading on for the top places to see if you choose to go EAST.
For tips on the WEST tours click here.
1. ‘Rumah Pohon’ Treehouse & Thousand Island Viewpoint
If you haven't seen this spot on Instagram, do you even know how to Instagram? Seriously. I had seen pictures of this place so many times, and it was quite amazing to see it in person. You may be tempted to put on a pretty dress before heading here and posing for some amazing sunrise/sunset photos, but be warned: the way down is NOT girly-girl-friendly. If you absolutely must (and you should) take some photos here, make sure to wear comfortable clothes for hiking and bring a change of clothes with you. I did not do this and I regret it!
For its popularity, the spot wasn't nearly as crowded as I expected at about 10am. I only had to wait for one person to take photos and the spot was all mine for a good 5-10 minutes. The only photographer I had was my tour guide (lol), so this is the only half-decent photo I got - but this is spot is definitely on my list of places to go back to when I am in Bali again.
2. Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach is an amazing natural rock arch that stretch over a crystal clear turquoise beach. To be honest, there was a whole lot of hiking this day, and it was about 96 degrees, and probably 1678% humidity, so I was kinda over it by mid-day, and didn't take that many great photos. But, for your entertainment, here's a photo my tour guide took of me. Look at that horizon alignment! *insert thumbs up emoji here*
3. Giri Putri Cave Temple
This temple is a pretty quick stop (maybe 45min-1hr total needed), and it's definitely a very unique sight, as it's completely built within a cave. When you first arrive in the parking lot, you will see a little shop selling some water and snacks, and renting sarongs (for women, they're required to wear upon entrance). After getting your sarong, head up the stair towards the temple's entrance. At first glance, it looks quite normal. I was actually kind of confused and wondering "is this it?!". But then a little old lady took my money, blessed me with some water, and pointed to a hole in the mountain.
"Oh, okay" - i thought - "this is where I die".
The hole you have to go through to get into the temple is TINY. I'm not kidding. I am 5'1" and 120lbs and I could barely fit. It's not a difficult climb down or anything, but if you're a big person (or afraid of small spaces), it's probably best to avoid this one.
Once you get down there, it's REALLY dark (hence the awful photo above) and hot. It's a cool experience, unlike anything else. But it's not the most breathtaking spot. If you're short on time and have to skip any part of this tour, skip this one.
4. Warung Jukung & Beach Swing
This isn't technically a part of the tour. But while heading back to my hotel, the tour guide suggested we stop here for food. Warung Jukung is an amazing little restaurant right on the beach - and it's got great cheap prices as well. If the delicious, garlicky, spicy whole fish isn't enticement enough, there's also one of those swings in the ocean here. This time, I made sure my tour guide took at least one good photo I could use! (Thanks for being such a good sport!)
The total time of my tour was about 6 hours, and I booked through Nusa Penida Holiday Trip. Your driver can tailor the trip to however much time you want to spend in each location.