White sand beaches, epic viewpoints, lush jungle, and unique stays await you on Nusa Penida! The island is located 30 minutes off the southeast tip of Bali’s mainland and if you are wondering where to stay in Nusa Penida, well I have you covered.
This guide has all the information you’ll need to make the most of your trip to Nusa Penida, including an overview of each region and what there is to see, and Nusa Penida accommodation to suit every traveler and budget.
There are quite a few tour companies offering full-day trips to Nusa Penida Bali to see the highlights of the island. These are great, but if you have more time, I would highly recommend you stay 3-5 days, like I did, to properly explore the charm, culture, and beautiful sights of Nusa Penida.
The island takes about 1 hour to cross from tip to tip, so for staying in hotels in Nusa Penida, I’d suggest moving from region to region during your trip, so your Nusa Penida experience is more epic sightseeing than sitting in transit.
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Nusa Penida Quick Guide
The Ultimate Guide on Where to Stay in Nusa Penida
Where to stay in Nusa Penida is broken down into regions:
North Nusa Penida
The most populated region of Nusa Penida and where Toya Pakeh Harbour is located. This area is great for luxury seekers, one-night stays, couples, and island hoppers.
West Nusa Penida
Attractions like Kelingking Beach and Angel’s Billabong are located along the west coastline of Nusa Penida. A bit more rugged on this side of the island with the majority of Nusa Penida accommodations concentrated at Crystal Bay Beach.
Southeast Nusa Penida
The most remote part of the island can be found in the southeast region of Nusa Penida. Diamond Beach and the famous Rumah Pohon tree house can be found here, making it a must-visit area for at least one night. Because of its lack of infrastructure, budget Nusa Penida hotels and villas are most plentiful here.
Northeast Nusa Penida
This is the spot for you if you want to laze away on the beach, sip cocktails and eat at trendy cafes. People seeking relaxation, quiet island life, and longer stays tend to gravitate towards the northeastern coastline of Nusa Penida. Hotels in Nusa Penida Northeast are a mix of unique stays and resort town charm.
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida North
The North region of Nusa Penida is the most populated area on the island. This is where you will land on your fast boat from Bali’s mainland. The Toya Pakeh harbour is here with a small village that includes a daily vegetable and fruit market and local life.
The highest concentration of hotels in Nusa Penida is found here, with options from luxury traditional hotels to budget backpacker Nusa Penida accommodations. They can be found all along the Nusa Penida’s coastline and slightly inland.
Attractions in Nusa Penida North
- Toya Pakeh Wall Snorkelling
- Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan Day Trips
- Luxury seekers
- Island hoppers
- One night stays
Best Luxury Hotels in Nusa Penida North
Adiwana Warnikali Resort | Luxury
Reminiscent of a modern Greek island resort, Adiwana Warnikali is located just a quick 15-minute drive from Toya Pakeh harbour and is situated right on the ocean. The clean lines combine with breathtaking views of the Bali Sea and Nusa Ceningan yonder.
Spacious, bright, and well-equipped rooms all come with ocean views and king-size beds. Great for couples who want to relax in each other’s company and order room service, partake in a spa treatment or hang out by the refreshing pool.
This Nusa Penida hotel also has an onsite restaurant serving global cuisine with a focus on seafood.
For the adventurous, the hotel Nusa Penida Bali has a diving centre for those who are interested in learning.
BEST FOR | Couples
Semabu Hills Hotel | Luxury
Located a quick 5-minute drive up inland up a quiet hill from the harbour is the luxurious Semabu Hills Hotel. Due to its location, the views from this Nusa Penida hotel are spectacular.
The clean but traditional design lends to spending the day in a robe and slippers, admiring the view. Alternatively, you can enjoy the featured infinity pool or Asian restaurant. Or take advantage of the onsite yoga room for those you like more tranquility.
If adventure is more your style, the hotel can rent you a scooter for a reasonable price and also offers curated tours around the island.
BEST FOR | Couples, Upscale Yogis
Best Mid-range Hotels in Nusa Penida North
Penida Bambu Green Villas | Mid-Range
Bamboo villas are becoming a part of the hotel landscape in Bali and this Nusa Penida hotel is among the best on the island! The property comes with a few individual bamboo villas with some unique differences. There is one up on stilts! Which has an amazing view of the surrounding island and ocean.
The villas come with breakfast on your terrace, and you can spend the afternoon hanging in your hammocks or bamboo swinging chair. You also have access to a shared infinity pool with lovely views. A private outdoor shower tops the cake!
BEST FOR | Instagrammers, Couples, Pair of Friends
Kompyang Cottage | Mid-Range
This sparkling clean cottage complex is located in a quiet neighbourhood along the east coast of Nusa Penida. The individual bow-shaped villas come with a shared pool, spectacular outdoor bathroom, and amazing service. Gede, the host, will arrange for pick up from the port, and tours around the island.
You can even ask to try a floating breakfast, which is an experience you should do at least once on your Bali trip.
BEST FOR | Couples, Pair of Friends
Best Budget Hotels in Nusa Penida North
Batan Sabo Cottage | Budget
Batan Sabo Cottage is what you would call an adventure cabin. The A-frame individual bungalows are located up a hill along the northwestern coastline, a short journey from the harbour. The simple wooden design inside the bungalows is clean and exactly what you will need for a couple of nights on the island.
The infinity pool is great for sunset views over the jungle, ocean, and neighbouring islands. This Nusa Penida accommodation also comes with a complimentary continental breakfast, a restaurant, a bar, and a terrace.
BEST FOR | Backpackers
Penida Bambu Green Suites | Budget
Talk about an instagrammable hotel in Nusa Penida! These days, you can’t go far in Bali without being within a stone’s throw to a beautiful bamboo villa. This is no exception. The small eco-resort is the brother of Penida Bambu Green Villas and has a few individual two-story bamboo villas with calming jungle views, and an ocean view beyond. Each villa comes with a private jacuzzi, outdoor shower, veranda, and hanging net.
The staff here also set up a beautifully arranged flower bath in the stone tub for all your Instagram needs.
Outfront is the spacious shared pool. This Nusa Penida hotel also has a guest house, great for families, and even has an open-air restaurant serving local cuisine.
BEST FOR | Instagrammers, Friends, Families
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida West
The west of Nusa Penida is home to so many epic attractions, all sprinkled along the coastline. Anything from relaxing natural pools, mighty rock formations, a plethora of marine life, and spectacular views, you will find it here.
Hotels in Nusa Penida Bali in the western region can likely be found at Crystal Bay. This little hotel village is set back from Crystal Bay Beach in a jungled ravine, and is only a 10-minute walk to the beach for snorkeling or catching some sun. With Crystal Bay as your base, you can reach all of the western attractions, the furthest one being an easy 40-minute drive.
Attractions in Nusa Penida West
- Kelingking Beach (T-Rex Beach)
- Angel’s Billabong
- Broken Beach
- Crystal Bay Snorkelling
- Tembeling Beach, Forest and Natural Pool
- Banah Cliff Viewpoint
- Adventure seekers
- Mid-range travelers
- Avid Snorkellers
Best Luxury Hotels in Nusa Penida West
Autentik Penida Glamping | Luxury
Not your typical luxury resort, Autentik Glamping is one of the most unique stays on Nusa Penida. This eco-friendly ‘hotel’ in Nusa Penida is located just up the road from Crystal Bay and features individual glamping tents on stilts. The tents come well equipped with all the rustic luxuries you will need for your stay on the island.
There is an outdoor shower and bathroom at the back of the tent, while a spacious balcony with cozy beanbag chairs is out the front. Sit and enjoy a glass of wine or fresh juice and enjoy the view.
Shared facilities like the beautiful whitewashed pool and bar are available to guests, including a complimentary a la carte breakfast served in your tent.
BEST FOR | Instagrammers, Unique Accommodation Lovers, Couples, Pair of Friends
The Mesare Resort | Luxury
The Mesare Resort is centrally located in the heart of Nusa Penida. This quiet oasis offers lovely individual cottages with designer outdoor bathrooms. This hotel in Nusa Penida also features verandas with comfy chairs for reading or chatting with your partner.
Each cottage is situated for ultimate privacy with access to shared facilities like an open-air restaurant, yoga shala, and pool. The jungle surroundings will help you reach the ultimate tranquility.
BEST FOR | Couples, Solo Travelers
Best Mid-range Hotels in Nusa Penida West
Coco Resort Penida | Mid-Range
If you are planning on visiting the island and need the best hotel in Nusa Penida that can easily accommodate a group of people, Coco Resort Penida is the one for you. Located 5 minutes drive up the hill from Crystal Bay, it offers rooms with twin beds, quadruple beds, family bungalows, and superior doubles – something for everyone. The rooms also come with a minifridge for all your chilling needs.
Coco Resort features a large shared pool, spa, and on-site bar, which can accommodate special diets. Scooter and car rentals are also available so you can make the most of your trip to Nusa Penida.
BEST FOR | Family, Group of Friends
Sebuluh Sunset Hill | Mid-Range
A quaint Nusa Penida accommodation located centrally to all of the western coast attractions. Stay here if you have limited time to explore and want to hit all the highlights of Nusa Penida West.
Outside of the usual Crystal Bay hotel area, Sebuluh Sunset Hill has a sense of privacy and tranquility. The individual bungalows are located up on a hill, for prime sunset viewing on the ledge of the shared crystal clear pool. The wooden bungalows also come with a small patio for relaxing, and a cozy bed for a good night’s sleep.
BEST FOR | Couples, Pair of Friends
Best Budget Hotels in Nusa Penida West
Penida Bay Village | Budget
Penida Bay Village is located a 5-minute walk from Crystal Bay Beach. The town at Crystal Bay is home to many small accommodations, in which Pendia Bay Village stands out. This sparkling clean Nusa Penida hotel comes with spacious bungalows, with a wardrobe, TV, air conditioning, and a shared pool for frolicking during the day.
If you stay a night or two here, you will receive a complimentary continental or Indonesian breakfast served by the lovely host either on your front porch or in the on-site restaurant.
This hotel offers great value.
BEST FOR | Friends, Families
Temeling Jungle Inn | Budget
If you are looking to visit Tembeling Beach and Forest and have a few days to travel around the island, I’d recommend staying here. The Temeling Jungle Inn features 3 clean and bright bow-shaped bungalows nestled into the typical arid landscapes that can be found upon the hills near the west coast.
The rooms come with a full indoor bathroom with a shower and comfortable bed. You can enjoy the small onsite open-air restaurant too.
The staff here are particularly helpful in arranging a day trip to Tembeling Beach and Forest and Banah Cliff viewpoint if you are interested.
BEST FOR | Couples, Pair of Friends, Backpackers
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida Southeast
Rivalling the West coast of Nusa Penida for a number of sought-after attractions, the southeast region of the island is not to be missed. Epic sights and Instagram worth places like Diamond Beach or the Nusa Penida tree house call this region home.
Southeast Nusa Penida is the quietest area on the island and I would recommend spending 2 nights here so you don’t miss out on the plethora of travel memories you are bound to have.
If you want to book a hotel in Nusa Penida Southeast, consider it as an adventure into local living and don’t sweat the small stuff. This part of the island is best known for budget Nusa Pendia accommodations.
Attractions in Nusa Penida Southeast
- Diamond Beach
- Atuh Beach
- Rumah Pohon Tree House
- Thousand Island Viewpoint
- Teletubbies Hills
- Suwehan Beach
- Manta Point
- Peguyangan Waterfall and Stair Climb
- Exploring the lesser-known side of Nusa Penida
- Budget backpackers
- Adventure seekers
Best Mid-range Hotels in Nusa Penida Southeast
Tropical Glamping | Mid-Range
Tropical Glamping is the ultimate Nusa Penida hotel with boho bamboo vibes! This single whitewashed bamboo villa has some of the most epic views in Nusa Penida and is located under a kilometre from Diamond Beach.
The villa comes equipped with a small kitchenette with a fridge and dining area. Although this is a single villa, there is a front desk and staff to serve a complimentary western or Indonesian breakfast.
Tropical Glamping is definitely your best bet if you plan on exploring the southern attractions.
BEST FOR | Instagrammers, Couples, Solo Travelers
Best Budget Hotels in Nusa Penida Southeast
Kubu Penida Villa | Budget
A 2 minute drive up from Diamond Beach, this quiet Nusa Penida hotel is nestled into the jungle on the southeast coast. The A-frame wood cabins are clean and simple, and just right if you plan to spend a night or two in this area.
Each villa comes with a private bathroom, balcony, and oh-so-needed air conditioning. Perfect spot for photographers who want to get up early and capture Diamond Beach, Atuh Beach, and other southern attractions or just visiting without the crowds.
BEST FOR | Adventurers, Photographers, Backpackers, Pair of Friends
Kaje Cottage | Budget
Bow-shaped thatched roofs, and whitewashed walls, Kaje Cottage is a little piece of island heaven for a great price. This hotel in Nusa Penida Southeast is a 4-minute drive from Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach.
The bungalows come with simple but clean amenities, TV, a small fridge, coffee/tea, a patio and a private bathroom including complimentary shower essentials.
The exceptional staff here provides guests with complimentary, and extremely tasty, breakfast.
BEST FOR | Solo Travelers, Couples, Pair of Friends
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida Northeast
The northeast region of Nusa Penida is for relaxers, beachgoers, and trendy cafe lovers. Small unique stays and great food are prominent here and dot the eastern coastline. This area doesn’t have mighty cliffs like the west and southeast sections of Nusa Penida do, which makes access to the beach super easy. Hang out at beach bars during the day, and sip and eat to your heart’s content.
Many dive companies will also be set up here, so if you are interested in exploring the underwater world, or even getting your PADI, this is the place for you.
Hotels in Nusa Penida Northeast come in a wide range of luxury, mid-range, and budget accommodation.
Attractions in Nusa Penida Northeast
- Goa Giri Putri Temple
- Quiet island life
- Trendy eaters
Best Luxury Hotels in Nusa Penida Northeast
Villa Argia | Luxury
A little piece of Europe right here on Nusa Penida, Villa Argia is reminiscent of greek island accommodations. Modern, white and blue design are featured here in this flat-roofed Nusa Penida hotel with 13 two-story townhouse-style rooms. Located right at the ocean’s edge, you can throw a rock and hit the water (if you have a good arm).
The property shares 3 glamourous white pools to choose from and minimalist landscaping. The staff here are extremely helpful and will arrange scooter and car rentals and various water activities.
BEST FOR | Couples, Friends, Longer Duration Stays
Pandawa Beach Resort | Luxury
Set back a little ways from the ocean up the hill is the all-rounder, Pandawa Beach Resort. This Nusa Penida hotel still enjoys sea views, but with the added benefit of close by local amenities like a corner store. The small resort comes with simple traditional dwellings for any occasion.
On the more economical side of luxury, Pandawa offers a shared pool with terrace, open-air restaurant and spa.
BEST FOR | Couples
The Angkal Resort | Luxury
If you just want a nice weekend away or time with your partner, this is the place for you. Located right across the road from the water’s edge, this Nusa Penida hotel has stunning ocean views. This area is quite secluded in along the coastline, but a mere 10 minute drive will get you to places like The Chill beach bar or Goa Giri Putri Temple.
The traditional, yet bright design showcases a large shared pool with ample space and sun loungers to laze the day away. The rooms themselves come with comfortable king-sized beds and simple outdoor bathroom amenities.
Venture to the outdoor bar, where all of the tables face the beautiful sunrise.
BEST FOR | Couples
Best Mid-range Hotels in Nusa Penida Northeast
Ogix Cliff Paradise | Mid-Range
True to it’s name, this hotel in Nusa Penida Northeast is a cliff paradise. Secluded along the coastline, Ogix takes full advantage of being situated right on the beach. The rooms use a simple traditional design with spacious bathrooms with glass surround shower. This Nusa Penida accommodation showcases a relaxing patio to enjoy the sea views while laying on a comfy sun lounger. Walk the beach for an extra dose of tranquility.
At night, let the sound of the waves lull you to sleep.
BEST FOR | Solo Travelers
Aksara Villa | Mid-Range
If you are looking for an airbnb type experience, look no further than Aksara Villa. This private Nusa Penida accommodation is located a few steps from Suana beach and features 2 separate rooms, 2 bathrooms and shared lounge area.
Aksara’s best amenity is the infinity pool with stunning ocean views and sun terrace which can be enjoyed all to yourself. Arranging your own water activities like snorkeling or diving can easily be done from here, and an Indonesian breakfast is available upon request.
BEST FOR | Group of Up to 4 Friends, Small Family, Couple
Reynten Hill | Mid-Range
Simply put, you come to Reynten Hill for the view. Situated uphill from the coastline allows this property to have sweeping views of the island, ocean and even Bali’s Mount Agung in the background. The view is made even better from the property’s shared infinity pool. The location is also excellent as it’s set back from the best part of Nusa Penida for foodie hotspots like Penida Colada, boutique stores and grocery amenities.
The individual wooden bungalows themselves feature comfortable beds and large beautiful outdoor stone bathrooms with bathtub.
BEST FOR | Couples, Solo Travelers
Best Budget Hotels in Nusa Penida Northeast
La Roja Bungalows | Budget
A mix of traditional design and rustic boho decor, La Roja Bungalows has a great centralized location on the Northeast coast of Nusa Penida. The individual bungalows are light and airy and line a large shared pool with a terrace for sunbathing. The cute white umbrellas just make it that much more pleasant.
The bathrooms here are a treat, featuring white subway tile, glass surround and rain shower head with large vanity.
BEST FOR | Couples, Instagrammers, Friends
Mertasari Bungalows | Budget
Mertisari Bungalows is the best Nusa Penida hotel if you want to experience slow island life, with the added luxury of having closeby amenities. Set a short way back from the coastline, Mertisari enjoys a quiet secluded atmosphere in the surrounding jungle and gardens.
The property features a shared pool and terrace with sun loungers. Great for washing off the day of adventures or reading a book.
The traditional bungalows are simple, yet spacious with designer boho touches throughout.
BEST FOR | Solo Travelers, Friends
Malibu Huts | Budget
If you are looking for a secluded stay with stunning views of the ocean, Malibu Huts is just the ticket. Located in a quiet, less populated part of the Northeastern coastline, this hotel in Nusa Penida sits right on the water and has 4 individual bungalows.
A simple yet charming design is featured here, with a patio to enjoy the sound and sight of the ocean. A restaurant, bar, and room service are also on offer.
If you want to be based centrally between the attractions on the south coast like Diamond Beach and Rumah Pohon tree house and the happenings of the Nusa Penida food scene, this is your spot. Each will take you approximately 25 minutes drive away.
BEST FOR | Solo Travelers, Couples
Nusa Penida Day Tours
If you do decide to take a Nusa Penida day trip, which is your best bet if you have limited time, I suggest the following reviewed and enjoyed Nusa Penida tours:
If you are looking for a fun-packed day that will have you from mainland Bali to Nusa Penida and back in one day, this day tour is the one for you.
This Nusa Penida day trip will take you to Nusa Penida places to visit like Kelingking ‘T-Rex’ Beach, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, and even Crystal Bay for snorkelling. The tour will include a hotel transfer to the harbour, a fast boat to and from Nusa Penida island, and a car charter. You can choose up to five people for this Nusa Penida tour.
Nusa Penida is full of Instagrammable spots, and if you are wanting to get the best photos of each spot, this full day tour may be for you. A group charter will transport you to Nusa Penida must see places like Kelingking ‘T-Rex’ Beach, Broken Beach, and Angel’s Billabong, and more. The tour even comes with a personal drone pilot.
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