My journey to “The Blue Paradise Island – Nusa Penida, Bali” started with my decision to join Pemilihan Putri Selam Indonesia 2016 (Miss Scuba Indonesia 2016). I started to scuba dive in 2013 with open water ssi license and since then I fall in love with underwater beauty, this is the main reason why I joined the competition. The other reason is to make friends as many as possible with divers out there, I often cancel my diving trip because not being able to gather friends whose already certified diver. It turned out that Putri Selam Indonesia gives me more, mostly knowledge about marine conservation, diving sport, and Indonesian dive sites. Surprisingly I was announced as 4th runner up while I was being pessimist because not being able to do the photoshoot session in quarantine. Well, I really am grateful for this opportunity and the top 5 first duty is attending Festival Nusa Penida which brought me to The Blue Paradise Island.
Our agenda for the first and second day is participating in Festival Nusa Penida. In the opening ceremony, we sat at the front row in the stage with representation of tourism minister *so awkward.. Anyway from the whole ceremony, I was amazed by the local dance performance that involving 1000 male dancer. The next day, the festival programs were cleaning up the beach, coral planting, and releasing baby turtle. We had so much fun!
Our next activity is to do two photoshoot sessions. The first session was for Caspla Beach Hotel which we stayed in for six days, this is the brand new luxurious hotel in Nusa Penida owned by Mr. Putu. I had an incredible experience staying there. The staffs were so warming: Mr. Ketut as the marketing, Mr. Yogik as the head chef, and all of the staffs are such a lovely second family for six days. I also enjoyed the room for its full facilitated, clean, and comfortable ambience. Note that this hotel located near the caspla speed boat harbour – only 2 minutes walk, you can easily find the access to this hotel.
The photoshoot session was done while we were playing water sports. We tried banana boat, donut boat, jet ski, flyboard, and snorkelling. The perks of staying in Caspla Beach Hotel is having a nice beach and underwater scenery right in front of the hotel.
The second photoshoot session was for the festival. We were wearing two outfits, summer beach outfit and diving outfit. The photoshoot was taken place in Crystal Bay, one of the famous beach in Nusa Penida.
The third photoshoot session was in Denpasar, Bali for Seagods Wetsuit. We did this on our last day before going to the airport.
We were not forget to explore Nusa Penida: we visited Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, and Angels Billabong. In Kelingking Beach, you’ll find temple near the photo spot so please be aware if you’re here not to get in there if you’re not dressed properly. The view from cliff was so magnificent, you’re like seeing a “dinosaur head” island. Do not forget to visit the small local stalls near this point, I met thin old lady who barely speaks english and indonesian. She was selling drinks, snacks, and cotton to be woven. I can’t imagine how she communicate with tourists. Moreover in this point will be built a hotel, i hope the old lady and all the local people will be doing fine and having proper life even though their area is being taken over.
Broken beach and Angels Billabong are located in the same place. You’ll need thick footwear because difficult path to get to Angels Billabong, but once you get there – it’s all paid off (my sandals were broken off here). Thanks to Vena, Oja, and Daniel for accompanied us to this beautiful places.
As the miss scuba indonesia, sure we were diving here!! Thank you to Octopus dive that help us knowing more about Nusa Penida and its diving spots. Two thumbs up for Tante Thea, Aya (she is the youngest dive instructor in Indonesia and also former 3rd runner up Miss Scuba Indonesia), Vena, Abi, and Bang Indro (i forget his real name lol – he’s look alike Indro warmup DKI) from Octopus Dive. Even though I didn’t meet mola mola, I feel satisfy and happy to be able to explore one of the best dive sites to experience waves, tides, and currents.
For food here, you have to try 2 places. Eat at the Caspla Beach Hotel Restaurant and Pina Colada. They both have extraordinary food. Me and my friends had cooking class with Chef Yogik in Caspla Beach Hotel restaurant, that was so exciting. In Pina Colada, they concern about healthy lifestyle. They served red rice not white rice, and they’re not using plastic straw but bamboo straw. I fell in love with the concept, reduce plastic waste – save the earth!
I think this is all my stories in Nusa Penida. Thank you so much Putri Selam Indonesia, Caspla Beach Hotel, and Octopus Dive! See you next time Nusa Penida.