Kelingking is the most iconic spot in Nusa Penida, the west and south sides of Nusa Penida are mostly towering cliffs, very rarely you will find a beach here. But on the Kelingking you get both, a combination of giant cliffs in the shape of a tirex head and beautiful white sandy beaches and blue seas stretching all the way to the Indian Ocean.
The specialty of the Kelingking beach begins when you just come to this place, from the top of the cliff you are immediately greeted by views that you may have never met around the world. To reach the beach you have to go down a high cliff if you are young and have good physical strength I am sure you will not leave this beach before you can step on the soft sand.
Kelingking beach more than once received awards as the most beautiful beach in the world. In 2019 it was ranked 19 out of the 25 most beautiful beaches in the world by TripAdvisor, and in 2021 Kelingking beach was ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by media money.co.uk
How to reach Kelingking beach.
Kelingking is located in the west of Nusa Penida, precisely in Banjar Karang Dawa, Bunga Mekar Village. The first thing you have to do is come to the island of Nusa Penida by sea via the port of Sanur, the port of Kusamba, and the port of Padangbay with a distance of 30-45 minutes. After arriving at the port of Nusa Penida you can continue the journey to the Kelingking by land or along the sea coast by boat.
By land, it takes you 40 minutes from the port of Nusa Penida, road access is good, it’s just that at some points you need to be careful because the road is narrow and has sharp turns.
The beach manager provides a parking space a few meters from the Kelingking spot, you have to walk a few minutes from the parking lot to the main spot. The motorbike parking fee is IDR 5000, and the car is IDR 10,000. If you are adventuring alone you have to open google maps or diligently ask local residents you meet on the street.
For motorbike rental prices IDR 70,000 – 85,000 per day without fuel and car rental prices for IDR 500,000 – 600,000 including drivers and fuel.
On a tour by boat, you only need to move a few kilometers to the south of the broken beach and you will arrive at a cliff shaped like a tirex head. Tourists who want to dive at Manta Point will pass the Kelingking. Snorkeling boat rental price IDR 1,000,000 or you can join the snorkeling tour package
What to do in Kelingking
There are lots of photo spots here, even some local residents make a photo spot on the side of the Kelingking cliff and tourists have to pay IDR 5000. For those who don’t want to pay, choose some other photo spots whose pictures are no less good.
A lot of visitors use this place as a place to take pre-wedding pictures, usually, they wait for the sunset so that the pictures they get are better and more memorable.
Be careful when taking pictures, because the photo spot is on the side of a steep cliff, always be aware so that your vacation is safe and enjoyable.
For those who like a challenge, you can conquer the Kelingking cliff by going down the cliff until you reach the beach and back up the cliff, it takes a lot of effort but it is worth the experience you get.
The normal time needed to go down the cliff is 20 minutes and up to 40 minutes, the cliff terrain is quite heavy with a steep depth but the beach manager has made a guardrail so tourists are safe.
Do not bring equipment that is not needed because it will be very burdensome when climbing back up the cliff, the most important thing is that you have to bring drinking water so you don’t get thirsty while climbing.
The terrain is tough, wear shoes for climbing so you don’t slip easily and don’t go down the cliff when it rains because the road will be very slippery.
Don’t forget to wear sunblock and bring a hat and glasses because during the day on Kelingking you will need it
Swimming and sunbathing
Kelingking sea waves tend to be big and high but sometimes the waves are small, this is when you can swim and sunbathe on the soft white sand on Kelingking.
During high season, more than 100 visitors go down to the Kelingking beach to be able to play with sand and seawater. When you are tired of playing in the water, you can relax here by taking shelter under a tree, and even though the place is difficult to access, here there are sellers of drinks and snacks with more expensive prices considering their efforts to lower their selling products through Kelingking cliff.
Monkey on the little finger
While enjoying the beautiful scenery, visitors will meet dozens of monkeys living on the Kelingking cliff, the monkeys in this place are not like the monkeys in Uluwatu, the Kelingkings monkey only takes the food you give, there is no case of the pinky monkey taking tourist luggage.
After you finish enjoying the pinky atmosphere, you can rest at several restaurants around. Besides enjoying food and drinks, you don’t have to leave the Kelingking sea view.
Best time to visit Kelingking
From 10:00 to 15:00 is the time when the Kelingking cliff is very busy, for photos you have to queue with dozens of other tourists. You have to wait about 5-10 minutes for each spot.
If you like sunsets, it’s better if you come at 17:00 apart from being quieter, the sunset moment on Kelingking is very beautiful. Coming at 7:00 am is better if you plan to go down to the Kelingking beach, the beautiful morning atmosphere reduces the effects of fatigue.
Are there any hotels near the Kelingking location?
There are several hotels near the Kelingking, namely: Homestay Kubu Kelingking, Sentulan Garden
How high is the Kelingking cliff?
The Kelingking cliff height is about 200 meters and Kelingking shoreline is about 78 meters
Is it safe to go down the Kelingking cliff?
Before going down, make sure the physical condition and time you have, must be physically fit because to climb back up the cliff can’t be easy and don’t go down too late it’s a bit dangerous if you are still on the back of the cliff when it’s dark