I bet you’ve seen thousands pictures already from this T-Rex shaped cliff on Instagram. No wonder that Kelingking Beach has quickly become the most famous spot in Nusa Penida – just look at this view! Visiting this place is a real must have on your Nusa Islands itinerary. Therefore I put together a complete guide for you, so here is everything you need to know about Kelingking beach!
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 Kelingking Beach
Kelingking Beach is located on the south-west coast of Nusa Penida. The nearby attractions are the Angel’s Billabong and Broken beach on the east and the Banah Cliff 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$) for a day. Although be prepared for a very bumpy ride! The roads on Nusa Penida are in a really bad condition with many potholes, so they can be very dangerous.
If you don’t have experience in scooter riding I would recommend hiring a private driver or opting for an organized tour. Traveling in a car is not comfortable either, but at least you don’t have to worry about the road conditions. And having a seatbelt together with airco is a huge advantage too!
When to visit Kelingking Beach
As the most famous spot on Nusa Penida, Kelingking beach is a part of every organized day tours. Since this is usually the main attraction, it can get really crowded during the day.
If you want to avoid the crowds, try to visit outside the operating hours of the tours. That means either early in the morning (the first tour arrives around 9 am), or late afternoon, when most of the tours are already finished (after 4pm). Sunset is another great time for visiting as the spot will be almost empty and the lights at sunset are always fascinating!
What to expect at Kelingking Beach
Kelingking beach was only discovered in 2003 by a few backpackers who traveled through Nusa Penida. The place was still untouched back then, but since it became more and more popular they started to build out the area. However the whole island is still undeveloped compared to Bali, so don’t expect perfect pathways or fancy restaurants.
After you parked your scooter/car, you need to pay a small entrance fee of 10k Rp (0.6€ / 0.7$) per person to access Kelingking Beach. There is a built concrete platform not far away from the parking lot from where you can safely enjoy the breathtaking view.
Fun fact: Kelingking means “Pinkie” in English, as the smallest finger on the hand. I’m not so sure why did they come up with that name, because the shape of the cliff rather looks like a T-Rex than a little finger.
Getting down to the beach
Although the view from the top is jawdropping, you can decide to hike down to the beach as well. If you wish to do that, be prepared for a really hard hike!
First you have to hike down on the spine of the T-Rex and then venture all the way down to the beach. There are some stairs and railings made from sticks and bamboo but they are not very well maintained. The whole path is very steep and it’s easily to fall, so please be super careful!
With that being said, unfortunately visiting the beach is not for everyone. If you have heart problems or you are generally not that fit, it’s best to find another beach to swim at. It takes around an hour to get down to the beach, and it’s not even the hardest part. Getting back up is the real challenge! It can easily take up to 2-3 hours depending on your fitness level.
Oh and one more thing: don’t even think about hiking down in flipflops or sandals! It’s really challenging even in proper shoes, so only do it at your own risk!
If you manage to hike all the way down to the bottom, you will be rewarded with an incredible white sandy beach and turquoise water. However the waves are usually very strong and unpredictable, so swimming is not really option here. But at least the view is really one of a kind!