The Yoga Culture: Should You Plan a Trip to Nusa Penida? Spontaneous vs. Planned

Okay, so traveling is 100% mostly about the sunshine and rainbows, the carefree attitude, the adventure, and the spontaneity, right? Last August I learned the hard way that this is not always the case.

Sometimes travel really does need planning ahead of time and putting in a little bit of extra time researching your destinations to make the memorable adventures seem as seamless, safe, and dreamlike as they really are. The best tools?

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Talk to people who have been there before and ask tons of questions. I am always a DM away on instagram! This post is a little more about facing the not-so-bright side of traveling and understanding that can help you navigate and learn how to properly plan for your next adventure.

You Don't Always Need a Plan. Spontaneity Quote Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida. How I loved you. But this quote was not written for you.

Last August I spent a month in Indonesia, and while I had what I consider to this day the most fun I have ever had on a trip across the world, there were definitely some unexpected surprises to the trip that made me wish I spent more time planning. But I suppose that’s part of the process, right? That’s why some of us read blogs like these! we are all just trying to figure it out—with the help of one another. So here I am with a little incite so your trip goes seamlessly. 

It’s not always just the happy photos you see in the blogs guys—here’s a few tips for things I would have done differently when planning for my venture out to Nusa.

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Here are five things you should know before hopping on a boat to Nusa; including mistakes we made, how to be safe, and plan properly!

5 Things To Plan Ahead For:

1. Make sure you know the specific times of departure and return

for the daily boat rides back and forth from Padang Bay to Nusa Penida. There are only certain time slots that the boats leave and come back to the islands. Talk to the locals and see if they can set something up for you. Nusa Penida is incredibly stunning. Seriously. It’s absolutely one of the most beautiful places I have seen to date. When I first stepped on the island my friends and I immediately put our toes in the sand and were taking a bunch of pictures. 

Suggestion: Before you get completely swept away by the beauty of the island, the first thing I would do when you step onto the glorious beach is talk to locals that are near the boat docks. See what time the boat rides are available for your departure and where to go. This will save you time and money. You can plan your departure ahead of time and be clear at what time you need to be there to leave—otherwise you’ll be staying another night☺.


2. Don’t rent a scooter without a helmet.

The roads to Kelingling beach and many other spots on the island are treacherous and SO bumpy. This was something I wish I had known ahead of time before renting our own scooters for the day. Plan for the route to take you a bit longer than researched. Because the roads were so bumpy and windy, the trip took us all much longer than we thought it would. 

3. Get your Airbnb sitch squared away prior to arriving on the island.

There were many spots on the island that I did not have service at and we booked a bit last minute. Thankfully we found a room for the night, but we didn’t have many options. I would suggest booking in advance a couple of days before hand—much less stressful.


On the way back from our hike, the sun was setting and the roads were getting pretty dark—we ran into a couple of girls who crashed on their scooters. These girls didn’t have a first aid kit, but luckily, we did (about the only thing we got right this time haha!) We were able to help them clean up and get them back on the trail safe and sound to head back to their hotel.

5. Wake up early to get a head start on your destination spots.

Because everything took a bit longer than we thought—we all wished we woke up much earlier and arrived at our first destination sooner. We unfortunately ran out of time and weren’t able to see a couple of places on my list because we didn’t research enough on the best routes to take, or what was realistic to see in one day with a little less sunlight.


I was only able to spend a few days on Nusa Penida Island and really wished that I planned for more time there. While I was only there for a few days, I honestly felt like it taught me more than the rest of the trip did. This is the destination I spent the least amount of time researching and planning for—and it showed.

Have extra travel tips? Leave them below in a comment! Thanks for visiting!