Unlike Kelingking beach, Peguyangan Waterfall is not so popular amongst tourists visiting Nusa Penida. However if you love off the beaten path places, I totally recommend checking it out! I was so obsessed with those iconic blue stairs ever since I saw them on Instagram, so it was no question that I will include it on my Nusa Islands itinerary. If you’re planning on doing the same, I got your back! I put together a complete guide about everything you need to know before visiting Peguyangan Waterfall!
How to get to Nusa Penida
If you want to reach Nusa Penida from Bali, you need to arrive at Sanur harbour and purchase your tickets at one of the fast-boat operating companies. Depending on which company you choose, the tickets are usually between 150k-250k Rp (9-16€ / 11-18$) for one way.
The boat ride takes like 45 minutes in total and it will take you to Toya Pakeh Harbour in the north-west side of Nusa Penida.
From Nusa Lembongan/Nusa Ceningan
In order to go to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningan, you have to reach the Yellow Bridge. You will find many local boats around the bridge on the Lembongan side that will take you to Nusa Penida.
There is an official ticket desk where you can purchase your tickets. The ticket price is 60k Rp (3.7€ / 4.2$) for one way per person. The boat doesn’t have a fixed timetable, it will depart once it’s full with passengers. It takes around 15 minutes to reach Nusa Penida and you will arrive at Toya Pakeh Harbour.
How to reach Peguyangan Waterfall
Peguyangan Waterfall (referred as Mata Air Guyangan by the locals) is located on the southern coast of Nusa Penida. The nearby attractions are the Tembeling Beach and the Banah Cliff Point on the east and the Manta Point on the west.
The easiest way to get around Nusa Penida is to rent a scooter at the harbour. They usually cost around 75k Rp (5€ / 6$) for a day. Although be prepared for a very bumpy ride! The roads on Nusa Penida are in a really bad condition with many potholes, so they can be very dangerous.
If you don’t have experience in scooter riding I would recommend hiring a private driver or opting for an organized tour. Traveling in a car is not comfortable either, but at least you don’t have to worry about the road conditions. And having a seatbelt together with airco is a huge advantage too!
When to visit Peguyangan Waterfall
Since Peguyangan waterfall is not so insta-famous (yet), you don’t need to worry about the crowd. Therefore you can visit any time of the day, however due to the intense climbing it’s better to do it in the morning when the weather is not so hot.
What to expect at Peguyangan Waterfall
There is no entrance fee for visiting Peguyangan Waterfall, however you have to pay 5k Rp (0.3€ / 0.4$) for parking.
At the bottom of the stairs there is a secret temple so you are required to wear a sarong. If you don’t have your own, you can rent it at the entrance for 10k Rp (0.6€ / 0.7$). It can be hard to climb the stairs wearing a sarong, but you can take it off during the climb and put it back on when you reach the temple at the bottom.
You can find a Warung (restaurant) right in front of the entrance selling food and drinks. Definitely buy some water in case you forgot to bring your own, you’re gonna need it!
Getting down on the stairs
A little arch marks the entrance to Peguyangan waterfall and right after you cross it you will see the iconic blue stairway going all the way down along the cliffs. Going down there is not so easy as you have to hike down almost 700 stairs on the hillside. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted!
The stairs are incredibly small and there are large gaps between them, so you need to watch your steps! But apart from that, the walk down is not dangerous at all. I would recommend wearing comfy shoes for your own safety, but I personally did it in sandals and there was nothing wrong with that either.
It takes like 20-30 minutes until you reach the bottom. You will find many amazing photo opportunities along the road, so it can take a lot longer if you are stopping for a photo in every corner. Couldn’t blame you for this though, the view is just breathtaking!
Arriving to the bottom
If you were expecting a gorgeous waterfall at the bottom, you will be disappointed! Despite the fact the place is called Peguyangan waterfall, there is no waterfall at all. At least not what you would expect.
There are three little spouts marking the entrance to the sacred temple where the locals usually perform water blessings. Don’t expect a big building though, the temple is just a simple gate with a small outside area behind it.
Balinese people believe that if they take a shower under all of the spouts their spirit will be cleaned from evil. First they have to shower under the tree little spouts that marks the entrance. There is a fourth, bigger spout as well, and they have to finish the ceremony under it in order to receive the blessings from the Gods.
There is a small natural rock pool where you can take a dip in the water and admire the huge waves crashing into the cliffs. Watch out for the signs though, if it say “No swimming”, don’t get in the pool!
Getting back up
After you finished exploring the bottom area, it’s time to get back to the top. If you found the hike down difficult, be prepared for an even harder one to climb up! It’s not a piece of cake, especially in the hot sun. Take it slowly and be careful with your steps!
When you finally made it back to the top, sit down at the restaurant with some cold water and relax a little bit. You totally deserve it after a workout like this!