I love a good off the beaten track adventure but there is nothing like experiencing it with your child. I took my little babe on a full day roadie around the West Side of Nusa Penida and it was so FAB. Probably a destination you wouldn't typically take your little babe on but I'll show you how!
Where To Book?
We met a lovely Balinese lady who really took to us and gave us all the Child Friendly things to do on the Nusa Islands. She organised a guided day trip to Nusa Penida. The roads are quite bad and she recommended not to explore by scooter and rather go by car which was honestly the best recommendation because those roads are seriously bumpy! You can contact Itha on Whatsapp +6281239390314 or contact her via instagram . Our tour cost 1.3 Million Rupiah which is about $130NZD but included everything from the scooter pick up from our hotel Le Pirate in Nusa Ceningan to the return boat ride from Nusa Ceningan to Nusa Penida and a Guided Tour in an air conditioned car (with a driver who took all our photos - WINNING!)
What To Pack?
Nusa Penida is the most under developed of the three Nusa Islands and the drive between each spot is quite a distance so don't expect to be able to just stop and get a something to eat or grab some nappies if you run out. The tour itself takes the whole day we were there from 9am - 3pm and it would have been longer if we went snorkeling, so make sure you pack:
Bottled Water - Its a long ride between each spot and it gets hot.
Snacks - There are little shops at each stop but as above the drive between each destination is quite long and you don't want to be stuck with a hungry screaming toddler on those bumpy roads.
Swimsuit + Swimming Nappies for the Little Babe - in fact just wear your swimsuit and chuck a pair of shorts, pants or a skirt over as finding a change room around Nusa Penida might be a problem (plus who has time).
A Camera - or your phone and a battery pack as those views are everything and you do not want to miss out on getting a photo!
Battery Pack - Its a full day trip where you may not be able to charge your mobile like you can in most places in Bali so come prepared - low battery is not cute.
Suncreen - It's seriously hot out there and you may need to re-apply after swims
Baby/Toddler Carrier - The Tula Toddler Carrier was a lifesaver! Keep in mind there is a lot of walking around and sidewalks are not a thing so forget your pram. It also doubled as a car seat having the little guy strapped to me in the car ride.
How To Get There?
We were staying at Le Pirate Hotel in Nusa Ceningan so the tour was organised as pick up and drop off from our hotel, however if you are coming from Bali then get a fast boat from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan which you can book right there at the harbour and then contact Itha for the Nusa Penida Day Trip. You could also stay on one of the three Nusa Islands which I would recommend as it was so much easier to explore at a slower pace with the little babe as we stayed on Nusa Ceningan for 5 nights. If you do decide to stay on one of the Nusa Islands check with your accomodation if they offer a free transfer from where you are staying in Bali to your hotel on the island. They can usually organise all the pick ups and boat rides for you, just make sure you contact them in advanced.
Where To Go?
As I mentioned before we did the West Side of Nusa Penida as it is the biggest of the three Nusa Islands, Itha did let us know that you can only really do each side at a time. The West Side was so Fab and I cannot wait to go back and explore some more! We went to the following spots:
That T-Rex looking island you see all over instagram was our first stop and let me tell you there is nothing like seeing it in real life! It was amazing! You can walk down to the beach but I wouldn't recommend it as it looks very dangerous so we just enjoyed the views from the top.
Next up we headed to Angel's Billabong which is a natural infinity pool. I was super excited to check this one out but it was so packed with tourists I didn't really love it! It's quite rocky to get down to the water and also there are signs everywhere saying not to swim yet everyone was swimming. I thought you could swim there and was really looking forward to it - oh well! Luckily the next spot was in the same area which was Broken Beach.
A bit of a walk around from Angel's Billabong but totally worth it! The views were insane and there were some areas to sit down and take a rest (after that walk in the heat you might need to) and a very basic shop with yummy bananas.
Lunch at a Local Warung
Before our final stop I asked the tour guide to recommend us somewhere to eat and he took us to his local Warung. That Warung by far was the cheapest lunch I have ever had - the most expensive thing being coffee which came to $7 and the full bill came to $8.50. We ordered a plate of watermelon (my little babe became obssesed with watermelon in Bali), crumbed chicken and chips, bottled water and a coffee and yes it all came to $8.50 and the portion sizes were super generous.
Last stop was Crystal Bay and it was so stunning! I think the photo's I got really didn't do it justice. We got a beanbag and umbrella spot for $5 and a massive coconut to share for $2.50 - although my little babe was not into the coconuts and thought it was fun to chuck sand into it instead (how cute *rolls eyes*). As I said before wear your swimwear and just chuck a bottom on as there are no change rooms and only a long drop toilet. This beach was the perfect last stop to the trip as my little babe could run free and this mama could enjoy a swim in the most beautiful waters.