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Spectacular vistas made Nusa Penida so photogenic

The 1000 island viewpoint is on the eastern tip of Nusa Penida; the view was spectacular but no one could explain where the name originated since there were just a handful of islands nearby

The 1000 island viewpoint is on the eastern tip of Nusa Penida; the view was spectacular but no one could explain where the name originated since there were just a handful of islands nearby

Diamond Beach was the most gorgeous beach on the island but a long drive from most hotels; it was perfect for the Instagram generation but the waters too rough to swim

Diamond Beach was the most gorgeous beach on the island but a long drive from most hotels; it was perfect for the Instagram generation but the waters too rough to swim

The Blue Lagoon is the biggest attraction on Nusa Ceningan; no swimming is allowed due to the rough waves but it's nice to view

The Blue Lagoon is the biggest attraction on Nusa Ceningan; no swimming is allowed due to the rough waves but it's nice to view

Diamond Beach was named because the rock islands resembled diamonds; it is the most picture perfect beach on the island and well worth the drive

Diamond Beach was named because the rock islands resembled diamonds; it is the most picture perfect beach on the island and well worth the drive

The diagonal slash down the cliff are the steps, built into the cliff, down to Diamond Beach; there was no admission charge but donations were solicited to aid upkeep of the beach

The diagonal slash down the cliff are the steps, built into the cliff, down to Diamond Beach; there was no admission charge but donations were solicited to aid upkeep of the beach

At high tide Diamond Beach comes close to disappearing; it also becomes more challenging to reach the steps up from the beach

At high tide Diamond Beach comes close to disappearing; it also becomes more challenging to reach the steps up from the beach

At one point I thought I was going to get sucked out to sea thanks to the strong currents here; Atuh Beach looked to be in a protected cove but that appearance was deceptive

At one point I thought I was going to get sucked out to sea thanks to the strong currents here; Atuh Beach looked to be in a protected cove but that appearance was deceptive

Broken Beach; Lee and I hired a driver to take us around Nusa Penida for the day; he didn't speak much English but could manage the treacherous roads

Broken Beach; Lee and I hired a driver to take us around Nusa Penida for the day; he didn't speak much English but could manage the treacherous roads

The view from the top of Kelingking Beach was spectacular; like most of Nusa Penida, the views and photos often paint a more flattering picture than reality

The view from the top of Kelingking Beach was spectacular; like most of Nusa Penida, the views and photos often paint a more flattering picture than reality

Angels Billabong is a natural pool (the greenish water) several meters above sea level; the area was roped off since rogue waves are possible and the rock is extremely sharp

Angels Billabong is a natural pool (the greenish water) several meters above sea level; the area was roped off since rogue waves are possible and the rock is extremely sharp

Kelingking Beach is the most photographed spot on Nusa Penida and on every brochure and postcard; there was an orderly queue to have photos taken at this particular spot

Kelingking Beach is the most photographed spot on Nusa Penida and on every brochure and postcard; there was an orderly queue to have photos taken at this particular spot

Kelingking is an attractive beach with nice sand but there was plenty of trash in the water and rough seas; rain was also imminent so we tackled the hike up before it got slick

Kelingking is an attractive beach with nice sand but there was plenty of trash in the water and rough seas; rain was also imminent so we tackled the hike up before it got slick

Kelingking Beach was the only place we saw monkeys on the island; it was a tough climb up and down from the beach so it was easy to get quite thirsty

Kelingking Beach was the only place we saw monkeys on the island; it was a tough climb up and down from the beach so it was easy to get quite thirsty

This is actually the easiest section of the hike down to Kelingking Beach; the lower section had steeper steps and ropes to assist with the challenging sections

This is actually the easiest section of the hike down to Kelingking Beach; the lower section had steeper steps and ropes to assist with the challenging sections

Crystal Bay had the best snorkeling we found on Nusa Penida; I swam out around the island where there were plenty of fish and fairly good visibility

Crystal Bay had the best snorkeling we found on Nusa Penida; I swam out around the island where there were plenty of fish and fairly good visibility

Bali cattle; these attractive animals are noted for their remarkable ability to grow on low-quality fodder and their high fertility as well as their high resistance to most diseases

Bali cattle; these attractive animals are noted for their remarkable ability to grow on low-quality fodder and their high fertility as well as their high resistance to most diseases

Nusa Penida had very little tourist infrastructure and super narrow, busy roads; it was a nice contrast to the crowded resorts on the island of Bali

Nusa Penida had very little tourist infrastructure and super narrow, busy roads; it was a nice contrast to the crowded resorts on the island of Bali

Broken Beach is behind the arch but there's no access to the actual beach plus the sea is just too rough there; the arch is pretty wide so you don't even realize where it is when you're walking around the beach perimeter

Broken Beach is behind the arch but there's no access to the actual beach plus the sea is just too rough there; the arch is pretty wide so you don't even realize where it is when you're walking around the beach perimeter

The cost to ride this swing was ridiculous but some tourists paid anyway; maybe they just wanted the breeze after walking down so many steps to reach Diamond Beach

The cost to ride this swing was ridiculous but some tourists paid anyway; maybe they just wanted the breeze after walking down so many steps to reach Diamond Beach

Gamat Bay; only accessible by boat, this beach is the place to go if you want to have the place to yourself (and have some good snorkeling too)

Gamat Bay; only accessible by boat, this beach is the place to go if you want to have the place to yourself (and have some good snorkeling too)

It started monsooning while we were at Atuh Beach so we took shelter in a snack hut while the stairs up from the beach became a waterfall; it hadn't even rained on most of the island

It started monsooning while we were at Atuh Beach so we took shelter in a snack hut while the stairs up from the beach became a waterfall; it hadn't even rained on most of the island

This view of Klungking Beach is the one you see on every blog and promotional piece about Nusa Penida; there is a queue to sit in that spot but fortunately we arrived early in the day

This view of Klungking Beach is the one you see on every blog and promotional piece about Nusa Penida; there is a queue to sit in that spot but fortunately we arrived early in the day

Atuh Beach is a rustic, isolated cove beneath a sheer cliff face, with a sandy beach and cool offshore rock formations; Lee and I were eager to swim around the natural arches but the currents quickly changed our minds

Atuh Beach is a rustic, isolated cove beneath a sheer cliff face, with a sandy beach and cool offshore rock formations; Lee and I were eager to swim around the natural arches but the currents quickly changed our minds

Diamond Beach had perfect sand but the sun was brutal and there was no shade; the stairs, carved into the cliff, were added in the last year to make access easier

Diamond Beach had perfect sand but the sun was brutal and there was no shade; the stairs, carved into the cliff, were added in the last year to make access easier

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