The Thousand Islands Viewpoint of Nusa Penida | Complete Guide & Map
During a visit to the Thousand Islands Viewpoint of Nusa Penida, you will be able to take in one of the best views that the island has to offer. Out in front of you will be the famous Diamond Beach at the bottom of the massive cliff wall alongside various rock formations out in the water. It is sure to be a memorable stop on your itinerary and this guide will walk you through how to enjoy it all.
1) How to Reach the Thousand Islands Viewpoint
The Thousand Islands viewpoint (also home to the Rumah Pohon Tree House) is located way out on the eastern end of Nusa Penida. It is the perfect addition to a day visiting many of the island’s attractions on that side of the island.
Since many day trippers from Bali don’t usually make it to the eastern side of the island, you will also find it a bit more relaxed and enjoyable than the western side.
To get yourself around though, you can choose to hire a driver for the day, rent your own scooters, or join an eastern Nusa Penida tour.
» If you are comfortable enough on a scooter / motorbike, you can rent one from the harbor area for as little as $5 – $10 USD per day. Some of the roads of Nusa Penida are in very poor condition, with tons of uneven terrain throughout. I have heard of plenty of accidents happening on the island with those who were not experienced enough – I even saw a crash right in front of me. So please do not rent a scooter if you do not have the expertise.
» If you want to play it safe, I would recommend hiring a driver for the day that can take you to the Thousand Islands Viewpoint and any other attractions you would like to visit. Expect to pay around $40 USD for a full day driver on the island. You can either find them at the harbor area or have your hotel help set one up for you.
» Lastly, you could join a tour that will take you around the island, including a stop at the Thousand Islands Viewpoint. This Nusa Penida East Tour is a day trip from Bali and includes a visit to Goa Giri Putri, Teletubbies Hill, Atuh Beach, and the Thousand Islands Viewpoint area, before heading back to Bali at day’s end.
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2) What to Expect During a Visit
After reaching the parking lot area, you will need to just pay a small 10,000 IDR fee (less than $1 USD) in order to head down to the various viewpoint spots. Out in front of you will be a staircase that will lead to the Rumah Pohon Tree House and Thousand Islands viewpoint out in the distance.
The staircase here is easy to navigate as you continue along and make a few stops along the way and towards the end of the peninsula. As you can see in the image below I have highlighted a few different photography spots that you can enjoy during a visit.
All these viewpoints will give you slightly different angles of the landscape out in front of you. Expect to see some large and small rock formations jutting right out of the water, with Diamond Beach sitting below the massive cliff walls. Even further out you will be able to see even more rock formations that are in front of Atuh Beach area.
The first spot is located about half way down the staircase, with a small patch of land to the side of the stairs and roped off for safety reasons.
After continuing down the stairs, you can enjoy the views from the Rumah Pohon Tree House area, which is home to two treehouses that are sometimes available for booking.
After enough time enjoying the view from the treehouse, it is just a few more minutes until you reach the end of the trail at the official viewpoint spot, where you see a bit more of Diamond Beach as well as the ocean out in front of you.
It is hard to go wrong here as all the spots along the Thousand Islands area offer some fantastic views of the Nusa Penida coastline. Overall it is really just a beautiful little spot to enjoy and relax at during a visit to Nusa Penida.
3) What Else to Visit in Eastern Nusa Penida
Since you are already in the area, there are several other places (some of which I already mentioned), which can be added to a full day itinerary of the eastern end of Nusa Penida. Be sure to click the links below for complete guides to each of the attractions.
I would start the day out with a visit to the Goa Giri Putri Cave, where you can visit this famous cave temple. Once you make your way through this small rock wall opening, you will be welcomed to a massive chamber with various ceremony areas.
Finally, you can make the quick drive around to the Rumah Pohon Tree House and Thousand Islands Viewpoint area, where you can take in the views of the beautiful coastline. At day’s end it is back to your hotel on Nusa Penida to end a successful trip on the eastern end of the island.
4) Where to Stay on Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is relatively new to the tourism landscape which is why many of the roads throughout the island are just not up to standard. You also won’t find too many tourist hotspot areas like an Ubud or a Seminyak. Many of the accommodation options are just sprawled throughout.
A lot of the popular spots though are more on the western side of the island closer to the harbor area. Below are some highly rated options based on price point in that area. What is also great about Nusa Penida is that it is budget friendly with the most expensive options not even $100 per night.
That about wraps up a guide to visiting the Thousand Islands Viewpoint of Nusa Penida. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write them in below. Also don’t forget to check out the other Indonesia itineraries and guides up on the site.
Have fun out there and safe travels!