Devil’s Tears on Nusa Lembongan is the single-best sunset spot on the island and possibly even in Bali! It also some epic tide pools and if you are an adrenaline seeker, there are even some cliff jump opportunities. In this blog post, I’ll give you the lowdown on why it’s the best sunset spot, the cliff jumping and how to get there.
Devil’s Tears on Nusa Lembongan, Bali
Devil’s Tears is an iconic natural attraction situated on Nusa Lembongan, one of the three Nusa Islands off the southeast coast of Bali, Indonesia. The spot gets its intriguing name from the spray of water that splashes up like ‘tears’ when waves crash against the rocky coastline and flow back into the sea through a naturally-formed arch. In this blog post, I’ll share everything you need to know about visiting Devil’s Tears rock formations on Nusa Lembongan, Bali.
How to get to the Nusa Islands
There are three main options to get to Nusa Penida depending on your budget and how many logistics you want to manage. Here are the three options with the cheapest first:
- Book your ticket: Sanur (Bali) to Nusa Lembongan – Book a regular ferry that leaves from Sanur to Nusa Penida on the reliable website 12go. You then need to moped or taxi across to Nusa Penida via another ferry/boat.
- Book a fast boat: Sanur (Bali) to Nusa Penida – This option is great as you go direct from Bali to Penida without having to stop in Lembongan. This option is only slightly more expensive than stopping in Lembongan. This is my favorite option of the three and can be booked on Klook.
- Book a fast boat with hotel pick-up: Sanur (Bali) to Nusa Penida – This option includes a fast boat from Sanur (Bali) to Nusa Penida but also includes pick-up from your hotel in Bali in a van. This option from GetYourGuide is a bit more expensive but takes all the hassle out of the transit from Bali to Nusa Penida.
Devil’s Tears Nusa Lembongan Location
It takes less than 10 minutes to drive from the main strip in Nusa Lembongan to Devil’s Tears. The best way to get around the island is by moped/scooter. You can hire one for about $5 US dollars per day and gas is just over $1 per bottle.
The map below shows you the exact location of Devil’s Tears on Nusa Lembongan. It’s right next to Dream Beach, another popular spot on the island. You’ll find the Devil’s Tears on the south-western side of the island. This angle and positioning means it is one of the best spots for sunset on Nusa Lembongan.
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Why is it called Devil’s Tears?
What makes Devil’s Tears such an epic spot is in the name. Waves come crashing into the cove and like a blowhole, come spitting out with such force they blow a mist or ‘tears’ up into the air. That’s my interpretation of the name anyhow and it seems to be reflected in other articles online.
Visiting Devil’s Tears on Nusa Lembongan
When you arrive at Devil’s Tears you might be a bit alarmed at the number of tourists at this site. It seems to be a popular attraction for tour companies on multi-stop tours. However, once you clear the initial section most of the tourists don’t venture down the coast to the tide pools and you can leave the busloads of tourists in your dust.
The beauty of this area is that you can kind of just explore at will and find a spot to watch the sunset. I sat and watched the waves come crashing in and blowing up the mist for a while. The ferocity of the flow didn’t seem to bother a lone turtle who came into the cove to cruise around. Make sure you wear shoes as the rock is very sharp and jagged the further you explore down the cliffs.
Devil’s Tears Sunset spot on Lembongan
After a little bit of a chill, we headed away from the parking lot down the coast. Here we reached the spot I call, the Devi’s Tear’s sunset spot!
The reason this is such a good sunset spot is that it faces directly out over the ocean at the sun as it sets over the horizon. In addition there are lots of little coves and corners in this area for little adventures and exploring. As the sun begins to set the tide-pools turn into reflection pools and the scene becomes nothing short of amazing, which is why I throw around the term, ‘Best sunset in Bali’.
Both times I have been to Devil’s Tears, the sunset has been incredible with epic reflections in all of the pools.
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Devil’s Tears cliff jumping
Devil’s Tears is a popular sunset spot and tourist spot in general on Nusa Lembongan. We always hang out here for sunset as the tide pools have insane reflections. However, the last time we hit Devil’s Tears the swell wasn’t too crazy and we sent a few jumps. It’s only about 3-4 meters where we jumped but a ton of fun.
The waves here smash into the cliffs so don’t mess around here on a day of a big swell. There is also an epic little cliff jump spot at Dream Beach around the corner.
Facts about Devil’s Tears, Nusa Lembongan
- Name Origin: The name “Devil’s Tears” comes from the phenomena of the sea spray that splashes up as if the sea were ‘crying’ when the waves crash against the rugged rocks and flow back into the ocean through a natural arch.
- Dramatic Seascape: The site is known for its dramatic and breathtaking seascape, particularly during high tide when the waves crash onto the rocky cliffs, causing a burst of water spray that can reach significant heights.
- Rainbow Phenomena: On sunny days, the water spray caused by the crashing waves often creates a mini rainbow, adding an extra element of beauty to the scene.
- Sunset Spot: Devil’s Tears is one of the best places on Nusa Lembongan to watch the sunset. As the sun dips into the ocean, it paints the sky with vibrant hues of red, pink, orange, and purple.
- Proximity to Other Attractions: The site is located close to several other popular attractions on the island, including Dream Beach and Sandy Bay. This makes it a perfect pit stop while exploring Nusa Lembongan.
- Rich Marine Life: The surrounding waters are rich with marine life, and the island itself is a popular spot for snorkeling and diving.
- Caution Advised: Despite its beauty, Devil’s Tears can be dangerous. The waves are strong and can be unpredictable, so it’s important to keep a safe distance from the edge.
- Photography: It’s a popular spot for photographers, thanks to its dramatic vistas and the contrast of the deep blue sea against the rugged cliff landscape.
BEST NUSA PENIDA DAY TOURS
If you are staying in Bali.. take a day trip on a speedboat to explore the highlights of Nusa Penida. It takes just 35 minutes to get from Bali to Nusa Penida by speed boat. Yep, in just one day you can snorkel with Manta rays and visit lots of the best beaches and viewpoints.
Manta Ray Snorkeling Tour
Manta Ray Nusa Penida Tour (from Bali): Snorkeling with Manta Rays is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of the best wildlife encounters I’ve had in my life. The Manta Rays are majestic and very friendly. With a wingspan of 5m, these gentle giants cruise around you while you snorkel amongst them. The Nusa Penida Manta Ray Snorkel Tour includes pick up and drop off from your hotel in Bali and all transport and tickets included.
Nusa Penida Highlights Tour
Nusa Penida Highlights Tour: Get picked-up from your Bali hotel, take a 35-minute fast boat to Nusa Penida and then visit the most popular viewpoints, beaches and snorkel spots on the island. This small Nusa Penida Highlights Tour group tour is the most highly reviewed day trip for Nusa Penida Island. You’ll visit all the most popular spots and can request certain viewpoints on your itinerary. Places you will visit are sites like the ones listed below:
- Angel’s Billabong
- Kelingking T-Rex Beach
- Broken Beach
- Rumah Pohon Treehouse
- Snorkeling at Crystal Bay
- Thousand Island Viewpoint
MORE NUSA ISLANDS BLOG POSTS
There are a ton of epic things to do on Nusa Penida, but I also wrote detailed guides for all of the adventurous things to do on Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan. You can explore more of my guides by clicking one of the links below.
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- 9 AWESOME THINGS TO DO ON NUSA LEMBONGAN
- 5 AWESOME THINGS TO DO ON NUSA CENINGAN
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- WHERE TO STAY ON NUSA PENIDA: EAST & WEST REGION
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- HOW TO GET TO NUSA PENIDA FROM BALI VIA FERRY/BOAT