NUSA PENIDA is the lesser known and lesser visited, but largest of three islands off the southeastern coast of Bali, Indonesia. An unofficial bird sanctuary for endangered Balinese and Indonesian bird species, Nusa Penida has successfully prevented the Bali Starling’s extinction — the locals actively protect the birds. It is an offense to threaten the life of any of these creatures.
Many people come to Nusa Penida to escape the crowds — and immerse themselves in nature and local hospitality. It’s known as the best scuba diving destination in the area and you’re likely to see large pelagic creatures, like Manta Rays and Oceanic sunfish—maybe even a whale shark.
The hiking is steep, the beaches are beautiful and this island is ideal for the traveler who likes to get away from it all.