Everything you need to know about Kelingking Beach, the epic “T-rex” lookout beach on Nusa Penida Island in Indonsia. Discover the most epic viewpoint on the island for sunrise or sunset!
Those who’ve made the trip over to Nusa Penida from Bali are chasing more than just the nightlife and wild party scenes. Nusa Penida is in a league of its own when it comes to world-class beaches and epic viewpoints and Kelingking Beach is by far the most beautiful!
After several trips to Nusa Penida, I always make the effort to visit this beach and hike down to the bottom. Things have changed since my first visit in 2019 (there used to a slippery dirt track and only a bamboo rail). However, I still continue to update this guide, outlining everything you need to know about the best beach on Nusa Penida; Kelingking Beach.
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About Kelingking Beach, The T-Rex Beach on Nusa Penida
Kelingking Beach is located on the southwest coast of Nusa Penida, just before other attractions like the Peguyangan Waterfall. Its steep, jungle-lined cliffs plummet down to rich, turquoise waters. It's truly one of the best viewpoints I've seen in Asia, and definitely one you should check out if you're visiting Nusa Penida.
Kelingking Beach Entrance Fee: 10,000 rupiah
While the views from the top are incredible, you can actually also descend down the steep steps to the base of Kelingking Beach. Here, there's an epic cave and powerful shore-dumping waves.
Near the viewpoint, there are a few opportunistic stalls set up where you can purchase snacks, fuel (bottled), and water.
How to Get to Kelingking Beach
By far, the best way to get to Kelingking Beach and explore Nusa Penida is to rent your own motorbike. You can get these from your accommodation or the many rental shops at the harbor port.
The journey by scooter is only about 25 minutes from the harbor. Below I've pinned the exact location to help you find your way.
Google Maps Pin: "Palau Klingking"
The roads have been revamped in recent years and it's now a lot easier to get around than on my first visit!
Tip: A daily rental costs between 70,000 to 100,000 rupiah for a decent scooter. Alternatively, if you'd like to save the hassle of bartering, you can book one in advance on this scooter booking website for 85,000 rupiah.
Related: Best Ways to Get to Nusa Penida
Kelingking Beach From Bali
Alternatively, if you'd rather see Kelingking Beach and Nusa Penida island on a day trip from Bali, then you can also do that. There are many different businesses running tours from Bali to Nusa Penida but when booking, you'll want to confirm a few things:
- Ensure its a fast boat
- Ensure all fees are paid upfront
- Pick one with snorkelling at Crystal Bay, Broken Beach and a visit to Kelingking Beach!
To save you the trouble of searching and haggling, I've linked the best-rated and most bang-for-buck trip that includes a visit to Kelingking Beach below.
Check price: Best of Nusa Penida Tour from Bali
My Experience at Kelingking Beach 'T-Rex' Viewpoint
Once you arrive at Kelingking Beach, you'll undoubtedly be approached by fee collectors. I'm not a huge fan of paying for natural attractions but this is the standard in Nusa Penida. Also, if it helps the local economy then I'm happy to pay it.
You can walk down to the beautiful viewpoint from the large, cleared area where you can park your motorbike. Immediately, I'm sure you'll realize why this incredible lookout is known as the T-rex lookout. The headland wrapping around the beach looks exactly like a T-rex!
From here, you can get great photos down the bamboo staircase. You'll often see some macaque monkeys chilling here and admiring the view too.
Update: This viewpoint used to go by the name "Secret Point". However, Kelingking Beach is now probably the most famous viewpoint on Nusa Penida, and even in Indonesia– far from secret.
Update: The photos you see of the old, rickety bamboo staircase has now been replaced with concrete steps. I don't know about you, but I certainly like the old rugged style better.
We wandered off to the right to get some unique perspectives too.
Tip: Visit at sunrise or sunset for amazing light and photo opportunities.
Related: Diamond Beach Nusa Penida
Hiking The Stairs Down to Kelingking Beach
If you're game, take the steep and winding stairs all the way down to Kelingking Beach, probably my favorite beach on Nusa Penida!
Be warned though, the steps are a bit steep but easily doable if you take your time.
Once you're down on Kelingking Beach, make sure to check out the epic cave. The waves are can also get very large, with dangerous swells and rip tides. Only go in the water if you're very confident and you're sure that the sea conditions allow for it!
Update: The steps are now much safer thanks to the concrete stairs and steep railing. There's no excuse not to head down now!
Accommodation: Where to Stay on Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida isn't a huge island, but there are several options to pick from when choosing where to stay. Below I've included my 3 picks for budget, mid-range, and luxury accommodation.
1. Adiwana Warnakali Resort Luxury
This isn't the most expensive luxury resort on Nusa Penida but it's definitely one of the best! This resort is waterfront located with large, luxury suites and an incredibly included breakfast.
2. Jukung Cottage Mid-Range
This epic, beachside resort-style cottage retreat offers great bang for buck. It features a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and a shared lounge.
3. Hostel Bukit Sangcure Budget
This is the accommodation I chose in Nusa Penida. It's a cheap backpacker hostel that is close to the port and offers breakfast and bike rentals.
More Travel and Adventure Inspiration for Indonesia
I hope that you've enjoyed this quick and easy guide to visiting Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia.
For more travel guides and adventure inspiration, make sure to check out some of my many other guides on my blog below. Also, if you have any updates for this blog post, please let me know in the comments.
- Nusa Penida Travel Guide - explore the best of the island with this list of the top things to do!
- How to Get to Nusa Penida - complete guide with the best current options.
- Things to do in Lombok - visit the epic adventure island of Lombok after your trip to Nusa Penida.