One of the most popular places in Nusa Penida is easily Crystal Bay, but just a 20-30 minute walk over the hill from Crystal Bay is a second beach with nicer sand and less people.
This one is called Pandan Beach!
Visiting Pandan Beach
Pandan is actually the 2nd of 3 beaches in a row, separated by hills that you need to hike in order to reach them:
This means you will have to pass through Crystal Beach in order to visit Pandan.
On the way to Pandan, you get some nice views of the snorkeling boats anchored in Crystal Bay.
Pandan is still a hidden beach as of 2019.
When I went, there were 100+ people at Crystal Bay, but only 2 or 3 tourists hanging out at Pandan.
There’s a small drink shack near the entrance, but aside from that, the beach is all yours!
FREE as of 2019.
There’s no entry fee here.
How To Get To Pandan Beach
Pandan Beach is on the west side of Nusa Penida island.
You can reach it on foot from Crystal Bay, which is accessible by car or scooter with a small parking fee.
From Crystal Bay, walk south until you reach the end of the beach. You’ll find a hidden path in the trees.
Follow this path over the hill for 20-30 minutes and you’ll arrive at Pandan Beach!
If you’re looking for more info on how to get to Nusa Penida island in the first place, you can find that here.
Day Tours To Nusa Penida
If you’re on a tight schedule or want to skip the extra steps involved in arranging your own trip to Nusa Penida, there are a number of companies that offer prearranged day trips to Penida for as low as $50 USD, complete with hotel transfer, island tour, lunch, and same day return to Bali (or Nusa Lembongan).
Where We Stayed
We stayed at Saren Villa on the north coast of Nusa Penida, and paid $19 USD for a private double room with cold A/C, hot shower, and good WiFi.
It's not the cheapest option in Penida, but that price includes free breakfast and a great location near the best restaurants! I was happy.
Prices may fluctuate from time to time, so just keep an eye out for a good deal.
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