Guide to Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida
Ah, Kelingking Beach. If you've only seen a handful of photos of Bali, it's likely that this beach was one of them. The Insta-famous viewpoint is said to look like a T-Rex from above. This is a popular attraction for good reason - it's probably the most naturally beautiful place we've ever been. Keep reading for everything you need to know for your visit!
How to get to Kelingking Beach
Kelingking Beach is on the west coast of Nusa Penida, 35 minutes from Angel's Billabong and Crystal Bay. The roads have a lot of potholes but aren't as rocky as some of the others on the island and should be manageable for most on a scooter.
When to go to Kelingking Beach
This beach is nice any time of day! Our main tip is to budget more time than you initially think because you're sure to fall in love with the beautiful scenery. We were only planning on staying for a few hours but ended up spending the entire afternoon exploring and swimming. Just make sure to give yourself enough time to make the trek back up from the beach before sunset because the path would be scary in the dark!
What to do at Kelingking Beach
Kelingking is so much more than just a beach! Before you head down to the actual beach, walk along the right side of the cliff. There's a path that provides amazing views of the entire peninsula and coastline. You'll pass a large tree close to the parking lot where you'll see tour guides climb up to take photos of their tourists from an epic overhead angle. If you're lucky, you can even spot some huge manta rays swimming in the deep water!
After you explore the top, it's time to brave the trail down to the beach itself. No amount of internet research prepared us for this hike! The trail is made of bamboo tied together with string, and in some places feels more like you're rock climbing than hiking. Definitely bring sturdy shoes if you have them; we both did the hike in flip flops and regretted it the whole time. It took us about 45 minutes to climb down and we were both sweating and ready to swim by the time we reached the beach! The way up was a bit smoother because there were fewer people coming down later in the afternoon but still took more than 30 minutes.
Once you get to the bottom there's an expanse of white sand where you can put a towel down and chill. If you'd rather sit in the shade, there are a few small caves where you can take shelter. It rained for a few minutes when we were there so we were glad to have the natural cover! The waves are quite large and break onto the beach so be careful if you choose to go swimming.
Cost of Kelingking Beach
Entry is free and parking fees vary depending on the time of day and who's collecting. We were lucky enough to park for free on our scooter but others have reported a small fee (2k to 10kIDR). At the top, there are several food stalls serving local food, burgers, and drinks. We didn't stop here but saw several groups of people celebrating finishing the climb up with some cold Bintangs. At the bottom, there's a table set up by locals selling expensive snacks and drinks (25k for a small water bottle) so make sure to bring some yourself!