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Hiking Kelingking Beach Nusa Penida – Complete Guide

by Steph

Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida is by far the most popular Instragram spot in all of Bali! It’s also known as T-Rex beach due to the unusual cliff shape.

While the Kelingking beach hike isn’t for the fainted heart, those brave enough will be rewarded with the most stunning beach with soft white sand and turquoise water!

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about hiking to Kelingking beach, including how to get there, entrance fees and more!

T-Rex shaped cliff at Kelingking beach Nusa Penida
Kelingking beach in Nusa Penida

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Where is Kelingking Beach?

Kelingking Beach is located on the west coast of Nusa Penida about a 40 minutes drive from Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach.

Find the exact location on Google Maps by clicking here.

How to get to Kelingking Beach?

To get to Kelingking beach, you first need to take a boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida. If you want to have everything already planned out, I recommend booking your ticket online. If you decide to buy your ticket directly at the Sanur harbor, you might have to wait in line.

This operator provides boat transfers to Nusa Penida as well as a shuttle service from different regions of Bali such as Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Sanur, and Ubud but departs at 8.45 a.m only.

On the other hand, this company provides boat transfers at different times of the day for those who don’t want to wake up too early.

Once you get to Nusa Penida, the next step is to hire a taxi with driver, join a guided tour or rent a motorbike for about IDR 70k (US$ 4.80).

Note: The roads in Nusa Penida are just plain awful and I almost got car sick from all the bumpy roads but the spectacular cliff views of Kelingking made everything worth it! In addition to that, there are lots of hairpin turns, so it does take much longer to get from point A to point B as opposed to what is shown on Google Maps.

View of the T-Rex shaped cliff from the beach
View of the T-Rex cliff from the beach

Kelingking Beach Hike

When I got there, the main viewpoint area was extremely crowded with tourists taking selfies. Some people were even climbing on trees to get the perfect shot, which honestly looked quite unsafe, so I didn’t attempt this. I just took a few pictures from the main path before hiking to Kelingking beach.

Note: If you’re looking for a less crowded viewpoint, make your way to the right side of the cliff until you find a small dirt path. This spot is called Kelingking Secret Point where you’ll get a different perspective of the beach. Just avoid walking too close to the cliff edge as there are no railings.

View of the cliffs when hiking down to Kelingking beach
View of the cliffs along the Kelingking beach hike

The first section of the T-Rex spine is made up of concrete stairs but about halfway through, the trail becomes more of a dirt path. The crowds also started to thin out at this point as the trail became narrower and steeper.

Luckily, the edge is secured by wooden railings but they stop about 3/4 of the way and you’re left with bamboo railings only. I don’t recommend relying on them as they aren’t well anchored into the ground and thus kind of wobbly. You’ll be better off by gripping the cliff face.

Loose bamboo railings secured by blue ropes along the Kelingking beach hike
Bamboo railings along the trail

At one point, there will be a sharp turn to the right. This part is very steep so take your time here. This is why the Kelingking beach hike isn’t suitable for people with a fear of heights. And if you aren’t wearing hiking shoes, you should definitely not attempt this hike. Make sure to also brings lots of water!

After a while, my legs were shaking and I had to take a few rests but eventually I reached Kelingking beach.

In total, it should take about 30-45 minutes to get down or slightly longer depending on your level of fitness.

girl posing in front of a beach in Nusa Penida

The waves were gigantic! The current was so strong that you could be dragged into the ocean within a matter of seconds!

I even had to grab the trees to steady myself but it was one of the best experiences I had on Nusa Penida!

The sand was extremely soft, the ocean had a shade of blue I’ve never witnessed before and I was able to get away from the crowds which is always great!

Only a few people dared to swim at Kelingking beach but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re confident that you can handle the waves.

On the right side of the beach, you’ll also find a beach cave. Unfortunately, when I visited, the tide was high and the waves almost flooded the cave so I couldn’t go in.

bird's eye view of beach cave at Kelingking Nusa Penida
View of the beach cave from above

Entrance Fee and Opening Hours

There is no entrance fee to visit Kelingking Beach but you have to pay a small parking fee of IDR 5k (US$ 0.35). If you’re visiting as part of a tour, the parking fee is usually already included.

The beach is open 24/7.

Best Time to Visit

Like with all popular places, plan to get there early, at least before 9 a.m, if you want to get a picture of yourself with the iconic T-Rex cliff! 

You can also visit Kelingking beach during sunset if you want to escape the crowds but I wouldn’t recommend hiking down in the dark as this can be very dangerous.

Places to visit near Kelingking Beach

Angel’s Billabong: A natural infinity pool located about a 40 minutes drive away.

Broken Beach: Located within the same area as Angel’s Billabong, this beach is famous for its natural arched bridge.

natural bridge at Broken Beach
Broken Beach

Paluang Cliff: A hidden viewpoint located about a 5 minutes drive from Kelingking that’s less crowded and provides another perspective of the T-Rex beach. There’s also a boat-shaped platform where you can take photos.

Crystal Bay: One of the most popular beaches in Nusa Penida that’s great for sunset watching. The waves can be pretty rough, so be careful when swimming.

Pasih Andus (Smoky beach): A blowhole similar to the Devil’s Tears on Nusa Lembongan.

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida

D’Lebah Homestay

D’Lebah Homestay offers clean and cozy rooms including a free breakfast. The location is ideal, within walking distance to Crystal Bay, warungs and a mini-market.

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Double G Guesthouse

If you’re on a budget, Double G Guesthouse is the best place to stay. It’s located close to Toya Pakeh harbor with a few warungs and grocery stores nearby.

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Kelingking beach is no doubt one of the most beautiful places in Nusa Penida, so make sure to visit during your next trip! And remember to always be careful especially if you plan on hiking down! As always, if you have any questions, just comment down below.

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