First we were picked up by our driver Tole at 7am which was very efficient and on-time. The drive took 30 mins to the bay where lots of people were queued to get tickets for the boats, we had to wait till 8:30 to get on the boats. To get on the boats you HAD to remove your shoes and put them in a big basket with everyone else’s, and walk to the boat in the sea. The outwards boat ride is 30 mins and wasn’t bad, but getting off the boat (with no shoes as they had been taken!) onto coral and rocks was very uncomfortable! There were drivers on the beach with a signs with your name, we were told we would have an English speaking guide - our driver did not speak much English although he was polite. The first three beaches were very pretty but the stay at these was not long and seemed only to get pictures and leave. Lunch was quite pleasant and clean, despite the flies which are common. The Crystal beach was very crowded and quite a bit of plastic around - all the beach beds were taken, but managed to find a shaded bit as it was blistering hot! We found our driver early and left to go back to the harbour where there is a pleasant beach club - would’ve preferred to go straight there if we knew the state of the last beach of this was an option! All the roads were very narrow rough tracks throughout. We were slightly pressurised to make a trip advisor review at the beach club (therefore I can see where most the good reviews come from!) Boat trip on the way back was CRAZY! We walked way out to get the boat, very chopped journey, then leaving the boat was at HIGH TIDE - NOT SAFE especially with kids - many people has their feet cut. Water shoes are a MUST. Overall quite traumatic experience, not much said by our guide, but the first few beaches were pretty just wished we had more time for them!
Nusa Penida is NOT ready for tourism ! There will be accidents !
Purchased the tour from Viator trusting all would be in order.
Make a long (5 hour) story short:
1) getting on the Ferry is ‘life threatening’ – most of the guys helping the people to board the boat are careless and irresponsible. I fell off trying to get on the boat – sea was choppy and of course it made it very difficult to get your balance and be able to set your foot on the very small step in ‘back’ of the ferry, next to five ‘huge’ motors … huge wave came and literally threw my off the step – THANK God it was not towards the motors next to me but to the opposite side, otherwise I have no doubt I would have gotten very hurt !
2) CHAOTIC on the island ! thousands of tourists been transported in hundreds of vans to get you to the picture spots ! sometimes waiting 20 minutes in the same place so the vans coming from the opposite direction could get thru …. once there everyone pushing each other to get the desired “Instagram” shot !
3) The drive back, traffic was so backed up from the hundreds of vans all going back to the beach at the same time, that we had to get off the van and walk a good distance (blocks) not to miss the ferry…….. not to mention that in order to get back on the ferry one must walk on top of corals which, if you don’t have water shoes would be impossible to do. But you’re not getting on the ferry just yet………need to get on a small dingy which transports you to the ferry …… then jump from one to the other … this happens in the deep !
4) To this day I’m not sure if we were supposed to have one or two guides with us in the car – the driver seemed normal – the guy sitting next to him seemed unstable – ‘nonstop’ talking ‘NONSTOP’ to the driver for the entire 5-hour trip.
Could say more……… I think it’s plenty !
We spent most of the time in the car going from one beach to the next. The roads were so bumpy that we wanted to throw up! The roads had too much traffic which made us spend most of the time in the car. We just visited 3 different spots only to take some pictures for 10 minutes and then go to the next spot. Stopped for lunch at a restaurant in the jungle. The food was so bad that we didn't eat anything eventhough we had already paid for it. Dirty place, rude personel and really bad food. The last beach we went to have some relaxing time and swim was so full of trush that we didn't even go in the water. We just asked our driver to take us back to the port. Our driver was a cool guy who tried to make this trip less painful.. although that wasn't easy to do... I feel like we wasted one full day of our holiday!
Beautiful trip I really recommend who come to Bali . 12 hours your on bus and boat . I visited many place in Suna Penida , the driver pick up from he hotel he is really nice and patient on traffic and waiting pick up end of tour . Beautiful sunset when came back to Bali by the fast boat . I really enjoyed the Nusa Penida day tour . Recommend if who doesn’t has many day in Bali can take the trip like this . The your company is really 👍. I am happy 😃
The advertising for this trip is misleading. We expected a day of beach experiences and swimming. In reality we spent nearly all day in the car being jolted over atrocious roads. They are only wide enough for one car and the island is flooded with cars the drivers beep horns and argue over who has to stop and pull over. Yes the actual spots are gorgeous but you can only swim at one beach. Lunch was horrible, literally a selection of $3 items. We were not told how to get the boat back and our driver did not speak English. Very poor overall experience for $240 Aus currency.