KELINGKING BEACH (SECRET POINT) ON NUSA PENIDA
Nusa Penida has so many amazing views making it hard to pick a favorite. But when the cliffs form in the shape of a Tyrannosaurus Rex at Kelingking Secret Point Beach it is bound to be a crowd favorite. Kelingking actually translates into English meaning Pinkie a term referencing the smallest finger on the hand. Just like a pinkie promise, the land does also appear to take the form of a Kelingking or pinkie finger. However, it is the comparison to the T-Rex that has caused this location to become so popular.
VISIT KELINGKING BEACH FROM BALI
If you are staying in Bali.. but still want to spend a day experiencing the best spots on Nusa Penida? You can take a day trip on a speedboat to Penida and tour around the sights such as Kelingking Beach and Crystal Bay for the day with a guide before returning back to Bali in the evening. For just $50, the top-rated Nusa Penida Day Tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off from Bali, lunch, boat transfers and your guide.
Book your tour: Nusa Penida Day Tour from Bali
What you need to know about Kelingking Beach (Secret Point)
On the island of Nusa Penida, you can hire a moped and make the journey to Kelingking, which is about 30 minutes from the harbor. A restaurant is perched on the mountain with some pretty extreme views.
The safety at Kelingking is reliant on the bamboo railing. At many points along the cliff edge, there is no rail whatsoever and the grass just leads you off the edge, down hundreds of feet onto the rocks. The lack of safety should give you no false sense of security, be very careful as you walk along the edge enjoying the view.
Where is Kelingking/T-Rex? Here is an accurate position on the Map:
The viewpoints at Kelingking Secret Point Beach
Further down from the restaurant is what could be considered the main viewing point. From here you can enjoy the view all the way down to the beach. This is the perfect spot to fully grasp the shape of the dinosaur or Kelingking. If you look at the picture below you can see the head with the mouth wide open on the left, while the tail seemingly wraps around to the right!
We walked down from this viewpoint along the ridge or the spine of the T-Rex. There was also a path leading down to the shore. On my first visit to Kelingking I didn’t venture down to the beach but on my second visit, I made my way down. The climb is very steep but only short and has railing the whole way. It isn’t easy and if you don’t think you can make it back up I would just enjoy the view from the top.
Kelingking Beach (Down on the actual beach)
Once we reached the beach, the waves were insane. It is a shore-break beach and the waves were barreling and dumping. This isn’t a beach for novice swimmers and the sets came out of nowhere. Please don’t swim if you aren’t 100% sure you can handle the conditions. My friends and I body surfed untilt the sunset. It was the most magical night of our time on Nusa Penida. Kelingking Secret Point Beach was and still is my favorite spot on Nusa Penida.
Kelingking Beach Sunset Cliff Viewpoint
Here is a great little tip for enjoying Kelingking Secret Point Beach from a unique angle. Instead of hiking down the stairs, head to the right along the cliffs. There is a worn path along the cliff edge but no railing so be careful. Here you can find multiple epic viewpoints, with arguably a better look at the beach than the hike. It’s an awesome spot for sunset and doesn’t involve any hiking for those of you out there looking for the easy option. We came back two nights later after our beach session down at the bottom and just caught the sunset up on these cliffs. Definitely one of the best sunset spots on the island of Nusa Penida and a unique angle of Kelingking Secret Point Beach.
No matter where you view Kelingking Secret Point Beach from, you are bound to enjoy the spectacular coastline that Nusa Penida has to offer.
Where to stay on Nusa Penida
I’m going to recommend three places to stay on Nusa Penida. All three of these spots are in great locations but each one is a little different. One is a luxury pick, one is a value selection and the last recommendation I have for you is where I recommend for the budget backpackers.
Ananta Bungalow – Value: The Ananta Bungalow is an awesome location right next to Crystal Bay, which is the best sunset beach on Nusa Penida and where the Manta Ray and snorkel trips launch off from. Basing yourself where you want to spend every sunset is a great idea. The beautiful bungalows have a thatched roof, terrace and combine the island life with modern facilities. The bungalows how WiFi and air conditioning. These are iconic looking bungalows and for less than $25 a night they really are the best value place to stay on Nusa Penida.
Semabu Hills Resort – Luxury: Semabu Hills is definitely the best pick of the luxury options. It has an epic infinity pool that looks out over the ocean, which is an amazing spot to relax after adventuring around the island. With breakfast included each morning and luxury rooms, this is the kind of place you treat yourself to as a family or a couple.
Hostel Nusa Penida – Budget: There’s always a good hostel when backpacking in Indonesia and on Nusa Penida, this is your pick. Hostel Nusa Penida has free WiFi, is in a good central location, which is close to most of the main attractions, beaches, and hikes. It’s clean, modern and the staff are legends.
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