Situated over the South East cliffs of Nusa Penida, this is one hike all adventure seekers must take. For the Balinese, it’s a pilgrimage to a sacred temple and for visitors, it’s a chance to experience jaw dropping cliffs and hike one of the most scenic areas of Nusa Penida. The hike begins near a blue building – there are no signs in English however, the GPS coordinates are here
Next to a blue building is the tree marking the Temple. We see a few locals come through the temple entrance looking very winded and tired. Pass the tree is the temple entry way and OH what an entry way! Behind the classic Indonesian thin double doors is endless blue ocean welcoming us to go and explore.
The very first thing you see is the old iron stairway which has since broken, corroded and completely scared the crap out of people who are afraid they will fall to their doom on this hike.
Less than 100 meters in and we are simply blown away by scenery. A picture does not capture the awe of standing there, at the top of a cliff overlooking this steep drop on your right and endless ocean on your left. It takes us awhile to take it all in and prepare ourselves for the hike across.
A view from the other side of the cliff. Is this for real?
For the last few set of stairs before reaching the temple the stairs go from sturdy metal ones to weathered wood. I can see the old fallen staircase underneath and below that, crashing water. To say it didn’t take all my willpower to move forward would be an understatement.
This is the last stretch before the “waterfall” which is more like a stream of fresh water flowing straight into the ocean. Off in the distance you’ll see locals praying and children splashing in the man made pools of fresh water. We read in other blogs and articles that there are also natural pools of water behind the rocks; but we didn’t have the time to explore.
Time: 1 hour return
See the full itinerary here