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Exploring the Beauty of Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida

Embark on an awe-inspiring adventure to Kelingking Beach, where towering cliffs, turquoise waters, and a unique rock formation resembling a T-rex will leave you breathless, creating a beach experience like no other.

Kelingking Beach is a hidden gem on Nusa Penida, a tiny island near Bali, Indonesia. You have undoubtedly seen this picturesque all over Instagram; however, visiting it offers an immersive blend of rugged cliffs, turquoise waters, and pristine sandy shores, making it a must-visit for travelers in Bali seeking awe-inspiring natural beauty and unforgettable experiences.

The beach boasts a unique formation resembling a T-Rex, with towering limestone cliffs overlooking a pristine stretch of white sand and deep blue waters. The view from the cliff’s edge is breathtaking, offering a panorama that captures nature’s raw power and magnificence. Visitors can hike down the steep and challenging path to the beach, some 400 meters (1,200 feet) below. 

Visitors can embark on thrilling activities such as snorkeling, diving, surfing, immersing themselves in crystal-clear waters, and encountering vibrant marine life. 

The waters around Nusa Penida are rough and have strong currents. Use common sense when swimming or snorkeling on Kelingking Beach.

The beach’s remote location adds to the sense of adventure, as it remains relatively untouched by mass tourism, providing an authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience for intrepid travelers.

While the beach is a sight to behold, the surrounding areas offer a wealth of natural attractions to explore. Visitors can venture to nearby spots like Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach, and Crystal Bay, each showcasing its unique beauty and charm. Nusa Penida is also home to diverse wildlife, including manta rays, sea turtles, and exotic bird species, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.

Through the viewfinder

Kelingking Beach Uncensored

First, I’ll start with the obvious: This beach has been Instagrammed many times, making it a colossal tourism destination on the island. Arriving at the visitor point greets tourists with hundreds of cars and motorbikes packed into a tiny parking lot – the sheer popularity of this destination is overpowering.

Almost all tour operators take visitors throughout the island and stop at Kelingking Beach and other popular photo spots. 

Hiking down to the beach requires endurance, lots of water, and a shitload of sunscreen. The 400-meter (1,200-foot) descent is alright; however, once you’ve grown tired of the beach, it’s another 400-meter climb back to the top.

Along the ridgeline of cliffs, hundreds of visitors jockey for a prime position to snap their selfies to make their friends jealous. 

The breathtaking views, sense of adventure, and the opportunity to explore the wonders of Nusa Penida Island make it a destination you should not miss. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How to get to Kelingking Beach from Bali?

Kelingking Beach is located on Nusa Penida, an island 26 kilometers (16 miles) east of Bali. Ferry boats make regular trips between Bali and Nusa Penida.

Can you swim at Kelingking Beach?

While you can swim at your own risk, the currents and waves at the beach are typically unfriendly for swimming and snorkeling. There are no lifeguards or emergency services at the beach.

Where is Kelingking Beach located?

Kelingking Beach is located on the Southwestern side of Nusa Penida island in Indonesia.

Everything you need to know before you visit Kelingking Beach

CURRENT WEATHER

28 C
/ 82 F

overcast clouds

AIR QUALITY

89

Moderate

GPS COORDINATIONS

-8.7501, 115.4737

HIGH SEASON (MOST EXPENSIVE)

June – September

LOW SEASON (LEAST EXPENSIVE)

October – May

TIME SPENT

1-3 Hours

LOCAL CURRENCY

Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

CLOSEST AIRPORT

DPS

Review

Exploring the Beauty of Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida

7.3/10

Sean's uncensored review of Kelingking Beach (T-Rex Island) on Nusa Penida in Bali.

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Pros

  • The views are absolutely gorgeous.

Cons

  • This destination can be EXTREMELY crowded.

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