Why are you called Friends of the National Parks Foundation?

We started our organisation in 1997 when we were running the orangutan rehab and rescue centre for the Indonesian Government in Tanjung Puting National Park, in Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. So the name sounded right at the time.

We didn’t imagine that we would still be running the organisation 14 years later, and that we would have multiple projects, some of which are outside of national parks. So for this reason, and because it more appropriately describes our holistic approach of combining wildlife, habitat and community programs we are also known as “Friends of Nature and its People Foundation“.

Can I volunteer with FNPF?

Yes, definitely. We welcome volunteers. Please see the Volunteer in Indonesia section of our website.

Can I receive a tax deduction when I donate to FNPF?

If you are based in Australia you can make a tax deductible donation to FNPF via our overseas partner, the Humane Society International (Australia). Details are on our Donate page. Please ensure you clearly state that the donation is for FNPF.

We are looking for partners who have tax deductible status in other countries to support FNPF in the same way. Please contact us if you can help.

Can I visit or volunteer at FNPF’s project sites?

Yes. We welcome ecotourists and volunteers. Please check out our Eco Tours and Volunteering pages.

Why does it cost me money to volunteer with FNPF?

We aim to provide you with an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Through our short term volunteer program you get to work on a real conservation/community development project in an interesting location, with people from the local community. You will be provided with accommodation, guidance and assistance from our staff. You will have the opportunity to learn about the project, local culture and language … plus enjoy everything that the location offers.

In return, FNPF benefits from your enthusiasm and hands-on assistance. Your financial payment helps cover our costs and also contributes to funding our projects. Longer term volunteers with specialist skills, especially those interested in scientific research, can contact us to discuss alternative costs.

Can I do scientific research with FNPF?

Yes, you can do scientific research at our project sites to support our research programs. Areas of the most interest to us are:

  • biodiversity identification
  • improving agriculture practices
  • improving reforestation
  • post release monitoring and study of birds

Can FNPF help me get a visa to stay more than 30 days?

Yes, we can help those volunteering for us for more than 30 days to get a “social & cultural visa”. We will need your name (as per your passport), date and place of birth, passport number, address, home country, and your occupation.


Do I need to book or can I just turn up?

If I want to stay at FNPF’s centre on Nusa Penida, please contact us in advance to make a booking. We have limited staff and accommodation at the centre, and the more notice you give us the more chance you have of staying.

How do I get from Bali to FNPF’s centre on Nusa Penida?

For full details of transport options to Nusa Penida can be found here.

  • Local public speedboats leave from Sanur and Padangbai about 7am. You must be there by 6.30am to buy a ticket.
  • Speedboats from Sanur, run by CASPLA, MARUTI or SEMAYA ONE, depart at various times from 8.30am.
  • A car and motorbike ferry from Padangbai, which usually departs at 11am and 1pm. These times change often, so you should contact ASDP (River & Ocean Transportation Department) on +62 363 41849 to confirm the ferry schedule. We strongly recommend you book your ticket in advance through a local travel agent to secure a place. And you must be at the harbour at least 1 hour before the ferry departs.

We can help you buy CASPLA, MARUTI, or SEMAYA ONE tickets at a reduced FNPF volunteer price.

If you contact us in advance we will try to arrange for someone to meet you when you arrive at Nusa Penida. If not, just catch a taxi (car or motorbike) and ask for “Yayasan Burung di Banjar Bodong”.

From Nusa Penida harbour to FNPF:

  • By car Rp.100.000 per car that enough for 8 person
  • By motorbike taxi Rp 50.000 per motorbike for one person only

What transport can I use to travel around Nusa Penida island?

We recommend you travel around the island and see the villages, wildlife and interesting landscape. The island is large (about 15km by 15km), with mountains and extremely sheer cliffs on the south side, so you will need a car or motorbike to sightsee.

Car and motorbike rental is more costly on Nusa Penida than in Bali. Car hire is approx $50 per day, compared to $20 per day in Bali. While motorbike hire is approx $10 per day, compared $6 per day in Bali.

An alternative is to hire a vehicle in Bali and bring it to Nusa Penida on the car ferry that departs daily from Padangbai. If you want to do this you should book a space on the ferry in advance. Contact ASDP (River & Ocean Transportation Department) on +62 363 41849.

We do have a few bicycles for volunteers to use to travel locally.

What should I bring to Nusa Penida?


  • Indonesian Rupiah cash. There is one ATM on Nusa Penida (BRI bank), but it is often not working, does NOT accept VISA and many other ATM cards, and maximum cash withdrawl is Rp 500,000 (approx US$50). So we recommend you BRING CASH.
  • Photocopy of your passport. The police require all visitors to provide a photocopy of the passport details page and their Indonesian visa. You will need to fill-in a guest form on arrival at the FNPF centre and provide us with a photocopy of your passport.
  • Light clothing, flip-flops, a pair of lightweight walking shoes (eg. trainers), swimming trunks (and snorkel & mask if you like to see coral), basic medical/hygiene supplies (mosquito spray, plasters, aspirin, soap, etc), and a camera. Also, bring an International Driving Licence. This will allow you to drive (rent motorcycle or car) and reduce the chances of being fined if you are stopped by police (this is extremely unlikely on Nusa Penida, but more likely on Bali). Best to bring a small rucksack to Nusa Penida. If you have lots of luggage, it is probably easier  if you leave most of it in Bali at a hotel or our head office in Ubud.

DONATIONS to FNPF to support our projects on Nusa Penida:

  • Seeds for our organic garden
  • Pens, crayons, painting materials, writing/drawing books. Anything that can be used for teaching children
  • Musical instruments (harmonicas, guitars, drums, etc)
  • Footballs/volleyballs for kids to play with
  • Clothes for children and adults (used/new)
  • If you have an old laptop that you don’t need, and are willing to donate, we would love have it. Laptops can be charged and run off a battery. Desktop PCs are no use on Nusa Penida because the variability of electricity causes them to quickly burn out
  • Leather gardening gloves
  • Binoculars
  • A world globe, to teach geography in the local school
  • Soil testing equipment
  • Weather station equipment
  • 140Mhz walkie-talkie radio equipment
  • Feel free to contact us and suggest anything else that you think might be of use. Most things you think might be useful probably will be.

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