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Kelingking Beach view point, locally known as Pantai Kelingking, is easily one of the most epic viewpoints in Bali, or close to Bali, and perhaps the world. Located on Nusa Penida, the striking T-rex shaped rock formation jutting out over some of the most spectacular turquoise waters is simply amazing. Although no longer the hidden gem it once was, it is absolutely still worth a visit. If you’ve arrived on this guide then you’re probably wondering what you need to know to plan your visit to the incredible Kelingking Beach. I’ll be covering everything you need to know from when to visit, how to get down to the beach, and any costs!
And trust me, it couldn’t be more different that what you’ll experience in Ubud or at any the North Bali waterfalls. Nusa Penida shows you a totally different side of all of the amazing things that Indonesia has to offer.
Where is Nusa Penida?
Let’s start with the basics. Nusa Penida is an island located southeast of Indonesia’s famous island of Bali. It can be reached by ferry or speedboat from Bali’s Sanur harbor within an hour. Nusa Penida is part of a cluster of 3 popular islands to visit: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Penida. While Nusa Penida is by far the largest of the three islands, it lacks a lot of the infrastructure that the other’s possess. This means fewer restaurants and hotels and a whole lot more unpaved roads. But Nusa Penida has got plenty of natural attractions to explore!
Kelingking Beach is located on the west coast of the island, in the village of Bunga Mekar.
Currency: The currency used in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). As of February 2021, $1 USD = 14,335 IDR. For quick reference, 10,000 IDR is less than $1 USD (around $0.70 USD as of February 2021). While many places take credit/debit cards, there are a lot of places on the island that are still cash-only, especially on Nusa Penida. While it is relatively easy to get cash in Bali, I would recommend bringing any cash you might need on Nusa Penida with you as their ATMs are known to be faulty.
Language: Indonesia (Bahasa)
How to get to Nusa Penida from Bali?
The first step of visiting Kelingking Beach is getting to Nusa Penida from Bali. Luckily, it is super easy to get between mainland Bali and the Nusa islands. Although I’ll stop myself there and clarify that saying Nusa Penida island is a bit redundant as “nusa” actually means “island”.
There are a number of fast boat operators going between the two islands. More than likely you’ll be booking a boat from Sanur Harbor in southeast Bali, although there are a few boats from Padang Bali as well.
The trip from Sanur Harbor to Nusa Penida takes about 45 minutes and can cost anywhere from $10-30 USD for a one-way ticket. You can book ahead online or show up early to Sanur Harbor the morning that you want to leave to book. However, I found that booking online ahead of time tends to be cheaper. You’ll definitely want to do this if you’re visiting Nusa Penida on a day trip, as it will ensure that you have a ticket back to Bali!
If you are visiting Nusa Penida with a tour operator, then they will arrange all transfers for you, including pick-up from your hotel in Bali.
PSA – if you are prone to motion sickness then I recommend packing some tablets. l usually look for Dramamine non-drowsy tablets for myself, because my stomach is not great. If the water is rough the ride can be a bit (very) rocky, so best to be prepared.
Getting Around Nusa Penida
The roads on the island are bad, like really bad. It is definitely possible to get around by scooter, and the roads are improving with time, but be prepared for a sore butt. I would only recommend getting around Nusa Penida by scooter for those who are truly confident and comfortable driving a scooter. It’s probably not the best place to start learning.
You can rent a bike at the pier for about 70,000 IDR per day.
There are a number of tour companies that operate tours on Nusa Penida. While this isn’t the cheapest way to visit the island, it definitely takes out a lot of the hassle of planning. These usually cost between $100-150/person for a two day tour with activities and accommodation. We booked a prearranged 2 day tour on my most recent trip to Nusa Penida so we had a driver for our time on the island. It was honestly such a luxury having a driver, in a car with AC, for our two days on the island. For reference this is a private tour! I wouldn’t recommend doing a big group tour, as you won’t be able to visit many of the best spots on the island at the peak times.
If you only have 1 day to explore the island or don’t feel comfortable driving a scooter, I definitely recommend hiring a driver. This will allow you to cover a lot more ground, since the island is very spread out.
How to get to Kelingking Beach from Nusa Penida Pier?
As I mentioned above, the best ways to get around the island of Nusa Penida is by scooter, taxi, or tour service. If you haven’t already booked a private tour, you can grab a taxi or rent a scooter once you arrive at Nusa Penida’s Buykuk Harbor.
Kelingking Beach viewpoint, or Secret Point, is located on the west side of Nusa Penida. It takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour to reach Kelingking Beach from the pier by car. If you’re traveling by scooter, this journey can take quite a bit longer.
You can expect to pay between 550,000 and 600,000 IDR to visit the island for the day with a private car. Because the island is so spread out, you’ll want to choose between the west side and east side of the island if you only have one day to visit Nusa Penida. Since Kelingking Beach is located on the west side of the island, it can easily be combined with visits to Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach.
How much does it cost to park at Kelingking Beach Secret Point?
There is a fee of 5,000 IDR to park at Kelingking Beach, whether you have a motorbike or car. If you have hired a taxi, the driver typically covers any parking costs.
When is the best time to visit?
I recommend visiting Kelingking Beach as early in the day as possible, especially if you plan on hiking down to the beach (which you definitely should)! The hike down to the beach offers little coverage from the sun and it can get incredibly hot! If you can manage to hike down before the sun is too high in the sky, you’ll definitely be happier.
Even if you’re not planning on hiking down, you’ll want to make sure you have time to appreciate the epic views without the crowds. I would even say that the views from the top are more famous and popular than visiting the beach itself. Day tours to the island typically start around 9AM, so if you are able to arrive by 7 or 8AM you should be able to avoid much of the crowds. Because trust me, this spot gets busy!
If you’re not planning on hiking down to the beach, the views from the top of the cliff are also spectacular at sunset, due to its location on the western side of the island. Even better? Catch a sunset at the top and then come back the next morning early to hike down to the beach.
How long does it take to hike down to the beach?
I will start by saying that the hike down to the beach should not be underestimated. Less of a hike and more of a climb down super steep stairs on the side of a 400m cliff, it is a tough one, and it’s not for everyone. That said, it is 100% worth it in my opinion. Kelingking Beach was rated as the #2 Best Beach in Asia in the 2019 Traveler’s Choice Awards.
What should you pack?
- Proper shoes – You want to make sure to wear sturdy shoes for this hike down. I did it most recently in converse sneakers and even then I would have preferred proper running sneakers. I would definitely not recommend doing this hike barefoot or in sandals.
- Sunscreen – There is little to no sun coverage on the hike down (and back up) to Kelingking Beach. You are going to want to lather up with sunscreen beforehand. Make sure to bring some along as well, as you’re sure to sweat off that first application.
- Water – Make sure to pack enough water, you’re going to need it. If you are out of water, there is usually a small stand at the bottom to buy some, but it is quite pricey and not a guarantee. I definitely recommend packing enough for the hike up and down just in case!
- Beach towel or sarong – The beach at the moment is truly one of the most beautiful beaches that I’ve ever visited. You’re going to want to make sure to have the proper gear to lay out and enjoy.
Is it worth the hike down?
After everything I just told you about how hot and difficult it is to hike down to Kelingking Beach, you’re probably wondering if it is even worth it. Yes 100% times 1,000! If you are up for a little challenge and come prepared, it is absolutely worth the climb down the steps to Kelingking Beach.
What time of year is best to visit Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida?
Bali is beautiful all year round, however there are some busier seasons than others depending on the weather. The seasons are designated by the rainy season and the peak season, with a bit of a shoulder season in between. The rainy season typically lasts from mid-November to March. Travel is definitely still possible during this time, however rainy days are very prevalent during this timeframe.
The busiest time of the year to visit Bali is from mid-May to September. You’ll find the highest number of sunny days, but also highest number of tourists. This is technically the best time of the year to visit Nusa Penida. A great option for visiting Bali on a budget is to visit during the shoulder months, during which time you’ll find cheaper accommodation options. This is best for those interested in visiting Bali on a budget.
Can You Swim At Kelingking Beach?
Yes, it is technically possible to swim at Kelingking Beach, but I don’t necessarily recommend it. While it is possible to swim here, the waves are extremely rough. I took one dip and ended up getting smashed face first over and over again into the sand. Trust me, it wasn’t fun and it made the hike up even more miserable. I have heard many stories of people getting seriously hurt in the waves, so please be careful if you choose to swim.
Where to Stay on Nusa Penida
There are a ton of great, affordable places to stay on Nusa Penida. I’ve listed a new of my favorites below!
Mid-Range – Penida Bambu Green – all the island glamping vibes at these bamboo cottages! A great option for couples or those looking for a little adventure.
Mid-Range – La Roja – these insta worthy deluxe bungalows come with a pool and have prices starting at $40 USD/night.
Budget – Admadama Farmer House – if you book a tour with Nusa Penida Travels you’ll be spending the evening here, and it doesn’t disappoint. Cozy rooms, a plunge pool, and the best mountain sunset views.
Other Places To Visit Near Kelingking Beach
Broken Beach + Angel’s Billabong
Epic swimming holes and jaw-dropping blue waters are commonplace on Nusa Penida. I swear, every view is better than the last. Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong are located right next to each other on the West side of the island. Luckily, both of these spots are not too far from Kelingking beach. If you’re visiting Nusa Penida on a day trip you probably only have time to visit one area, so plan accordingly.
Make sure to wear your swimsuit so you can climb down for a swim. This epic swimming hole can be reached in just a minute or two by climbing down the rock face!
Nusa Penida: East Side
If you have the time, I would definitely spending at least two days on Nusa Penida. This will give you time to time to visit the East Side as well. Some of my favorite spots on the island, including Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach, are on the east side. Exactly on the opposite end of the island as Kelingking Secret Point to be exact!
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