Kelingking on Nusa Penida – Everything you need to know Kelingking on Nusa Penida – Everything you need to know

Kelingking on Nusa Penida – Everything you need to know

Kelingking is one of the main attractions of Nusa Penida, Bali. It has to be on your 3-week Bali travel route, because it looks like a T-Rex head from the top. From the viewpoint, you have a look over the limestone formations, ocean, and Kelingking Beach. The walk down to this beach is a hard one and might be even the most difficult beach to reach in Bali.

Kelingking viewpoint

Visiting the Kelingking viewpoint is one of the most famous things to do on Nusa Penida. The 200-meter high drop overlooking the T-rex head and the beach is just mindblowing.

It is easy to visit by a Nusa Penida day tour from Bali or Nusa Lembongan which is why you won’t be the only one at Kelingking, however, most of the visitors stay at the top at the viewpoint. Use these tips to avoid most other visitors:

  • Start to follow the hiking path down for about 5 minutes to have fewer tourists in your photo.
  • Or walk all the way to the right from the viewpoint to have a spot all to yourself. Do watch out for the monkies!
  • Nusa Penida day tours start at 9 AM, visit before this time.
  • During a 3-day Nusa Penida Trip, you can experience sunset at Kelingking.

The newly constructed roads in 2018 go directly towards Kelingking viewpoint. It is easily accessible by car and motorbike.

Kelingking Beach, how to get there

The hike down to the beach shouldn’t be underestimated. Kelingking viewpoint is on the list of things you must do in Bali.

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Kelingking on Nusa Penida – Everything you need to know

However, visiting the beach isn’t doable for everyone. The first 10 minutes down is a super steep sand path with a bad wooden fence. The full hike down to Kelingking Beach takes 40 to 60 minutes.

Swimming at Kelingking Beach

You will get rewarded at the bottom with a beautiful beach. Swimming at the beach is not very safe due to the strong current.

If you don’t feel comfortable with going all the way down to the beach, walk the stair just halfway. The viewpoint and half a beautiful view over the bay. An easier beach to visit is Diamond Beach on Nusa Penida.  

Remind yourself to take a lot of water, good shoes, and sunscreen.

Tip: Do not visit the beach during sunset. The high waves and hike are extra dangerous when it’s dark.

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