Visiting Nusa Penida: The Road Less-Travelled
There’s a quote that says, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” There are few experiences that open up not just your heart but also your mind, and travelling to Nusa Penida does that. The island offers so many awesome beaches that are still pure and untouched, such a perfect getaway for those looking to escape from the crowd and chaos.
Among the beaches on the treasure island of Nusa Penida, Atuh Beach remains at the top of the list as the most beautiful beaches with killer views. The view really is a breath of fresh air. The glistening turquoise ocean is well-guarded by craggy mountain peaks, and the perfectly laid out stretch of white sand that begs to be walked on. This beach is called the “Hidden Beach” owing to the fact that it is so closely guarded by the cliffs, making it difficult to spot. The fact that many visitors to Nusa Penida are still unaware of its existence makes it all the more intriguing for the those seeking either privacy or solace. This beach is free from the clutches of commercialization, making it an ideal spot to spend with your loved one.
To reach the beach, it is recommended to rent a scooter, which can be arranged at the harbour when you arrive. After half-an-hour-drive on the coastal road, you can start your adventure once you park at top of the cliff. As you walk nearer to the cliff, get ready for a hike down to the beach. You will notice a concrete staircase that was built for local villagers who come to visit the nearby temple to worship the God of the sea. You need to use these staircase to walk up the cliff and perform a small jump off the end, a mere height of only 1 metre. And there you are, you’ll be standing on the pristine white sands of Atuh Beach, with the vast blue ocean in front of you waiting to be explored.
The stunning coral reefs are what brings Atuh to life, especially during low tide where you can see the rainbow of colours from the corals on the ocean floor. Suit up with your snorkelling gears and dive into the ocean where you will find hundreds of colourful fish swimming all around you. The sun rays make the ocean glisten as though it were mixed with diamonds. There are small caves in and around the cliffs where you can swim into and explore the rock structures. But do not swim away far from the shore since the currents can get very strong. Alternatively, for those who are not keen to get into the water, they can lay back and watch the day go by.
If you are on a guided tour, they will provide you tents to set up at night, or you can also go buy your own. Set the tents up away from the ocean nearer to the rocks to ensure your safety. You will be struck with awe by the view at night. The sky is illuminated with thousands of sparkling stars. You can hear the soft splashes of the ocean waves against the cliffs and feel the cool breeze on your face. Light a bonfire and enjoy your time by the ocean with your friends. Eat, sing, dance and have all the fun you want. If you are trekking solo, you will surely become inspired overnight as a result of all the natural beauty around you.
Do wake up early in the morning to view the sunrise from the cliffs. Be rest assured that this is one scene that you will never forget.
May to September is a good time to camp, since there are no chances of rainfall. It is recommended to put on your running/hiking shoes to make your trek faster and less painful. Be sure to bring a swimsuit, one extra pair of clothes, headlamp/torch, enough mineral water/juices, few food items and cash.
Apart from Atuh Beach, while you are in Nusa Penida, you might want to visit Peguyangan Waterfall. This incredible beauty is placed in the backdrop of a water temple. Therefore, a bit of an adventure is involved in getting to the waterfall as you have to traverse a path that is literally hanging off the cliff edge.
You might also like to visit “Rumah Pohon Batu Molentang”, which is situated on the cliffs of Tanglad village. You need to use the wooden staircase to reach the top of the treehouse. Up there, you have a million-dollar view of the beaches and island around you. This is a good trekking activity as you need to ask the local villagers to find you way to the treehouse.
Visiting these places will allow you to find peace and give you time to contemplate about life, which is exactly what many of us are looking for when on vacation. So, why wait? Mark your calendar and schedule your next trip to Nusa Penida.
A : Banjar Tain Besi, Batu Nunggul, Nusa Penida, Klungkung
W : www.sokanusapenidatour.com