23. February 2020

Nusa Penida: Broken Beach & Kelingking Beach

We spent the last days of our trip in Indonesia in Nusa Penida. On the first day we visited Broken Beach and Kelingking Beach.

We took the first speed boat of the day to the island of Nusa Penida. The waves were high and the speedboat literally flew over the ocean. I got a little seasick from the ocean. The speedboat ride was no fun at all for me. Our arranged private driver waited for us at the harbour and drove us to the first spot, Broken Beach. We already had a scooter accident on Java and heard about the bumpy and broken roads on Nusa Penida, so we wanted to enjoy at least the last days.

If you want to ride a scooter on Nusa Penida, watch out for the many potholes and drive carefully. We saw how many people fell off their scooters on the way there. The road is very broken! Our driver kept repeating: “Broken road to broken beach!”.

The waves at Broken Beach were very high that day and it was too dangerous to swim in the nearby natural pools of Angels Billabong.

The next stop that day was the famous Kelingking Beach. This beach is only 10km away from Broken Beach and still we took about 30 minutes to get there. The roads are partly very badly constructed and constantly you have to avoid other cars and scooters.

When we arrived at the viewpoint, there were already many tourists present and were fighting for the best Instagram photo. Most tourists stopped at the overcrowded viewpoint. Only a handful of people decided to walk down to the actual beach.

We decided to do the hike and it was a difficult one. Yes, there are steps, most of the times very high steps and also passages where one has to climb a little. The whole hike down to the Kelingking beach takes about 45 minutes. After about 30 minutes I almost gave up, because the path was so rocky and I felt too small to get every step. I would definitely recommend good hiking boots. Also take a lot of water with you. It is a strenuous hike and you will be glad to have plenty of water with you when you arrive at the beach. The beach itself is more than breathtaking! This beach is not so crowded because the hike is really steep and not easy. Please note that swimming is not very safe because of the strong current, but the waves are fun! 

After sitting on the beach for a while, splashing in the waves and watching the cute little monkeys (who also stole Felix’ sunglasses) we set off again and hiked up the steep cliffs. When we reached the top we ate something in a nearby warung. We stayed a little longer to take a sunset photo.

Our private driver wanted to show us another place for the sunset, so we went to Paluang Cliff and we had this spot all to ourself. I don’t understand why you can find nests and swings everywhere on Bali and Nusa Penida, but this place was fun. We just took some pictures and realized how stupid it looks to sit in this typical Bali nest. But to overlook the ocean and Kelingking beach from this place was very nice.