November 2, 2020, 09.19 PM – Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida has been driving tourists into the small island due to its stunning water and unique attractions around the area.

Although Nusa Penida is relatively small, the island is near Indonesia’s renowned Bali and boasts several exotic beaches including Kelingking.

Tourists are more than happy to spend an hour waiting in line to have a photo taken at this famous tourist attraction in Indonesia.

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Kelingking Beach is not just one of the beaches in Nusa Penida as there are several interesting facts about this Nusa Penida destination that you must know.

Shapes like a pinkie finger

This Nusa Penida beach earned its name from the pinkie finger shape which begins at the entrance which sits on a cliff that extends into the ocean. This entry path mirrors a long corridor in the shape of a pinkie finger.

The sandy part of Kelingking Beach is on its western side which you can access by foot and through a couple of stairs that can be tiring for some travelers.

T-Rex or not?

Travelers are bound to get some spectacular views from the peak of the Nusa Penida beach overlooking Paluang Cliff or also known as Karang Dawa.

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Paluang is the name of the temple located close to the cliff whereas Karang Dawa is the name of the village. The cliff has a unique shape that has sparked a debate among travelers.

From the top, it looks like the shape of a young whale resting on the shoreline, however, some tourists have claimed that the outline is of a Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex).

Extreme terrain

Before you get a chance to experience Kelingking Beach, you must pass through a series of extreme terrain.

Travelers must descend a 70 to 80-degree slope and hold on to wooden railings as they make their way down the cliff.

An easier option is to take a boat that will take you from a port directly to the beach.

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Love Tree

The Love Tree earned its name after a couple executed a pre-wedding photoshoot around the tree which inspired other would-be newlyweds.

Nowadays, several branches and twigs remain on the tree but have managed to maintain its popularity among photography lovers.

With the open ocean and blue skies in the background, it is not surprising that the Tree Love at the Kelingking Secret Point remains infamous.


Swimming with Manta Rays

Visiting Manta Point is a mandatory activity for divers visiting Nusa Penida because the coral reefs and sea creatures at Kelingking Beach have remained untouched and well-preserved.

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Divers have the chance to explore the open ocean and if they are lucky enough, they can also swim with some manta rays. Due to the popularity of Manta Point, brushing shoulders with other tourists is quite common.

Stunning beaches nearby

The island of Nusa Penida has been listed in the WWF’s ‘The Global Coral Triangle’ which is a homage to this water conservation area.

The natural beauty that has made Nusa Penida world-renowned is obvious from Kelingking Beach where similarly gorgeous beaches are accessible.

If the beach ends up being too crowded, travelers have the option of Atuh Beach, Crystal Bay Beach, Angel’s Billabong, or Broken Beach.

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The global popularity of Nusa Penida’s Kelingking Beach has skyrocketed in the past three years, thus you should not be surprised if you encounter a flock of tourists in the area.

After all, this globally recognized tourist destination in Indonesia has rightfully obtained accolades including Asia’s ninth most beautiful beaches according to CNN Travel and the world’s 19th most beautiful beach according to TripAdvisor.

(Writer: Nur Rohmi Aida | Editor: Sri Anindiati Nursastri)


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