KELINGKING BEACH (Pantai Kelingking) – A Cliff looks alike T-Rex’s head

KELINGKING BEACH

– All Details to Know About Kelingking Beach –

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT KELINGKING BEACH?

HIDDEN BEACH
This beach located between two deep cliffs.
You need to climb down the cliff.

INCREDIBLE & SCENIC VIEW
This beach has incredible and scenic view.
White sand, blue sea water, green hills & the islands.

T-REX HEAD
This place popular as T-Rex’s head on the cliff form.
Kelingking beach also popular as sunset beach in Nusa Penida.

QUIET BEACH
Unlike touristic beach, this beach is less visitor.
So quiet, you can enjoy and relax here.

MANTA SPOT
This beach popular as Manta spot.
Even not on the season, sometime they will show up.

THE T-REX’S HEAD BEACH

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WHAT IS KELINGKING BEACH?

DESCRIPTION:

Kelingking beach located in Karang Dawa sub village, Bunga Mekar village, Nusa Penida district, Klungkung regency, Bali province. Kelingking beach a hidden beach that named by visitor as Kelingking or Pinky beach in english. But, the local people named it as Karang Dawa beach. Kelingking beach also popular as T-Rex’s head view as the form of the cliff if you watched it from the temple view spot.

VISITOR TAKING PHOTO IN  KELINGKING BEACH

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HOW MUCH IS THE KELINGKING BEACH ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRY TICKET:
Free

PARKING FEE:
scooter: IDR 5K.
Car: IDR 10K.

KELINGKING BEACH PARKING FEE

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WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT T-REX’S HEAD BEACH?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

DRY SEASON:
April  – October.

*) July to September are the most ideal months to visit this beach since it is little rain and sometime no rain et all.

**) If you visit on the wet/rain season, the path to the beach will be slippery and could be danger. Also the local authority not allowed the visitor to pass the path after rain.

SUNSET TIME:
6.40 PM – 6.45 PM.

*) The color gradation start on 6.15 PM.

MANTA SEASON:
July – September

*)  If you lucky sometime you able to see the Manta show up even not on the Manta season.

T-REX’S HEAD FROM OTHER SIDE

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T-REX WATCHING SUNSET

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WHERE IS THE KELINGKING BEACH LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Karang Dawa, Bunga Mekar
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Nusa Penida
Regency (Kabupaten): Klungkung
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 20 km southwest of Roro Nusa Penida ferry port or 1 hour.
About 14 km south of Toyapakeh harbour or 45 minutes.

MAP OF KELINGKING BEACH:

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*) If you drive a scooter you can just click the map above. It’s your driving guideline.

HOW TO GET TO KELINGKING BEACH?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no public transport to get there. But, here the way to reach the Nusa Penida.

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this beach  and use google maps as your navigator. Otherwise, for comfort and safety reason you can take a tour by a car since the road so small and broken (bumpy).

**) Scooter rental fee in Nusa Penida island around IDR 70K-75K per day. If you rent for 3 days you may get cheap price.

***) The gas station in the northern of Nusa Penida only, there is no gas station in the southern. Also it will closed on 7 PM, except only Toyapakeh gas station who will closed on 9 PM.

STAIRS TO PARADISE

STAIRS TO KELINGKING BEACH

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TRAVELER GETTING DOWN TO THE BEACH

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THE BEACH VIEW FROM THE HILL

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*) It will take 30 minutes to get down to the beach from the hill. The way back will take 45 minutes till 1 hour. You need energy extra to reach this beach. Climb down hundreds of stairs, then your exercise will be paid.

**) The stairs so deep and the holder & hand grip made from dried trees only. You need step carefully and keep focus. It’s really deep cliff actually. Better your hand don’t bring anything such as water bottle, smartphone, etc. Put all those things into the backpack. So, your hand will handle the hand grip freely.

***) If you visit on the wet (rain) season, the path to the beach will be slippery and could be danger. Also the local authority not allowed the visitor to pass the path after rain, they will closed the foot path and give alert to the visitor.

KELINGKING BEACH (T-REX HEAD BEACH)

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HIDDEN KELINGKING BEACH

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T-REX BEACH

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SUNBATHING TRAVELER ON T-REX BEACH

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*) Photo source: Pollina Popova.

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Poor signal for your smartphone.

*) Use Telkomsel SIM card for relative better service compare to other telecom operator.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet.

*) Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some simple cafe or ‘warung’ restaurant.

*) The visitor from Europe and America usually take a lunch at Warung Polos. Sometime it will be crowded by them.

MONKEY ON THE KELINGKING BEACH

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*) Before you climb down the hill, sometime you will see the monkey on the tree.

OTHER INFORMATION:

HOTEL/STAY:
No hotel nearby the beach.

*) I recommend you stay in the northern of Nusa Penida. You better search using Airbnb because so many choice of hotel compare if you use Agoda or Booking.

ATM:
No ATM nearby the beach.

*) A few ATM on the northern of Nusa Penida. ATM BPD and ATM BRI.

**) ATM BPD doesn’t accept international credit card. Only ATM BRI accept international credit card (Mastercard). One ATM BRI at Sampalan, Nusa Penida and one ATM near Toyapakeh harbour, Nusa Penida.

***) BPD Bank available as money changer.

GAS STATION (POM BENSIN):
No Gas Station nearby the beach.

*) A few Gas Station on the northern of Nusa Penida. They will closed on 7 PM.

**) One Gas Station on Toyapakeh, one Gas Station on Ped and one Gas Station on Batununggul. Gas Station on Toyapakeh closed on 9 PM.

MANTA ON KELINGKING BEACH WATCHED FROM THE HILL

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*)  If you lucky sometime you able to see the Manta show up even not on the Manta season.

**) If you watched Manta from top of the hill it looks like small creature. But, it’s huge actually. The wide around 2-3 meter.

SAFETY NOTICE:

  1. Be careful when taking picture or selfie photo on the edge of the cliff. Sometime the spot is windy. It has deep cliff and no fence. If you fall down there is no chance you still alive. Just be careful when you take pictures on the edge of the cliff.
  2. Be careful when walking down the stairs. The concrete stairs just a few meters and then you see it’s a ground stairs. It’s narrow, deep and located near the edge. It has deep cliff and the fence just made from the dried trees. Very dangerous spots. You need to keep focus when walking down here. The fact, there was a visitor die in 2020.
  3. When you decide walking down the stairs to the beach, make sure you have the proper condition such as good trekking shoes/sandals, enough mineral water, hat & dark glasses and fit body. Also make sure your hands are free, not busy bringing smartphone or mineral bottle. It makes you easy grabbing the fence when walking down/up the stairs.

*) Having fun on the beach is fine. But, having fun and stay safe is the best. There is no proper fence, narrow stairs & deep cliff on Kelingking beach. As long you have a knowledge and know how to manage the risks, you are fine to do the activities here.

FAVORITE PHOTO SPOT AT T-REX’S HEAD BEACH

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*) Be careful when you taking photo. It’s very deep cliff. Good photo spot, but also dangerous place.

**) Take your time wisely when taking picture, other visitor also want to take photo in this spot.

DEVIL’S TRACK TO THE KELINGKING BEACH

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T-REX HEAD BEACH

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KELINGKING BEACH SUNSET

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*) If you watch the sunset on the Kelingking beach, make sure you bring flash light. On the way back will be dark and steep. You need climb up and the bring the light for safety reason.

PROS AND CONS:

PROS:
1. Truly looks alike T-Rex head.
2. Awesome white sand beach.
3. Free entry.
4. Stunning sunset spot.
5. Instagramable spot.

CONS:
1. No reliable public transport to here.
2. Crowded on weekend/tourist season/Indonesian holiday.
3. Medium to high trekking/hiking level.
4. No reliable fence along the stairs.
5. Long queue to take picture here.

UPDATE STATUS OF KELINGKING BEACH:

OPEN FOR ANY VISITOR/TOURIST

*) Since March 21st, 2020 Kelingking beach has been closed according to government instruction to avoid Corona spreads.

**) Since July 9th, 2020 Kelingking beach has been opened with New Normal protocol.

SOME ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR T-REX HEAD BEACH:

You can combine to visit these places when you visit T-Rex head beach or Kelingking beach:

1. Angel’s Billabong natural pool.
2. Broken beach.
3. Crystal Bay beach.
4.

 

 

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: West Nusa Penida itinerary.

 

You can also check other recommended itinerary here: East Nusa Penida itinerary.

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12 thoughts on “KELINGKING BEACH (Pantai Kelingking) – A Cliff looks alike T-Rex’s head

  1. Polina

    Ohhhhh….. I can sing an ode to the T-rex beach all the time!! It’s incredible place, the best beach I have ever seen in my life. Can’t be compared with even famous Thai, Malaysian or Sri-Lanka beaches (as for me). You can hike, climb there, meet a huge manta fish, enjoy magnificent view from the top to T-rex head which is beautiful nature’s play. But garbage again… It’s full day destination, save your time for that place. And don’t be afraid of steep tiny path down, it’s not so difficult as can seemed to you

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Wow…is it true that T-rex beach better than famous Thai, Malaysia or Sri Lanka beaches?
      For me T-Rex or Kelingking beach is the best beach in Bali beside Atuh beach.
      Even i don’t feel like in Bali island,
      the atmosphere, quietness, turtles and the Manta like in the fairy tales.
      Except the garbage, it remind me it’s in Indonesia.
      I’m sorry about this issue.
      Today Indonesia truly in the dark ages era.
      I hope in the future we will have better education & civilization.

  2. Mon

    Hi @kunzbali,

    Thanks for sharing this article & lovely blog online.

    I was wondering if you could recommend if this beach is clean (free of jetsam) in December?

    And also do you have any other recommendations for stunning (white sand) & clean beaches in December when I am in Bali?

    Thank you

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Hi Mon,

      Well, on the monsoon season / west wind season (November – February),
      It’s common if all the beaches in Bali will be full of trash or garbage.
      It applied also for Kelingking beach (T-Rex head beach).
      All the floating trash or garbage from west side island of Bali island will be landed in Bali island.
      As you know Indonesia is in the dark ages era.
      No effective & efficient waste treatment,
      ineffective education,
      and how bad of Indonesian people treat the waste become bad habits and worse culture.

      I recommend you to visit Nusa Dua beach.
      It will be more clean than other beaches.
      Actually almost every popular beach in Bali will be cleaned up everyday.
      But, since the waste come in big quantity everyday,
      It will still looks dirty.
      Except, the Nusa Dua beach.
      It located in the exclusive area.
      It surrounded by international (world class) hotel nearby.
      They clean the waste very intensive.
      So, it will looks more clean than other beach in Bali on December.

      Also i recommend you to visit the beaches that located in the east side of the Bali island.
      Since the west wind season (Monsoon) flow from west to the east,
      the beaches in the east side of the Bali island will be avoid from the waste.
      It will be relative more clean than other beaches.
      Here the beaches that located in the east side of the Bali island:
      Atuh beach (Nusa Penida), Amed beach, Tulamben beach, Sanur beach & Nusa Dua beach.

  3. Jenny Lee

    *RIDING SCOOTER ON NUSA PENIDA – PLEASE BE CAREFUL!*
    Please reconsider riding a scooter to Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida. A long part of the road is incredibly bumpy with super deep potholes along the way. Many tourists have an accident there and my holiday is over now because of a broken toe. Nobody had warned us (not even the scooter rental place). Except, this awesome travel blog!
    We definitely recommend you to take a cab or tours.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Sorry that you had accident before arrive the Kelingking beach.
      Yes, i already explained about the road condition in this article.
      Even i felt awkward when driving scooter in Nusa Penida.
      That’s why i choose drive a car in my second visits.
      Yes, taking a tours is a wise choice in Nusa Penida.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Well, Kelingking beach and Nusa Penida become so popular today.
      It’s not surprising me at all.
      But, for quiet atmosphere i think is better if you visit on low season.

  4. Wanderlust Eva

    Although the view is spectacular, for me, the highlight of Kelingking Beach is trying to scale the steep and nearly vertical cliff down to the beach. No joking, the paths are extremely dangerous and if you are acrophobic, just stay away. To fully enjoy the view and avoid the crowds (it can get very crowded!) better to come early of the day, otherwise you will have to share the already narrow, uneven, and steep paths with other visitors who frequently stop their ways taking photos. However, view from top is also stunningly beautiful!

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Yes, it’s true.
      The view from the top also stunningly beautiful.
      Kelingking beach also can get very crowded.
      Especially in tourist season.
      You have to share the narrow path with other visitor.
      Even sometime you have to wait other visitor pass first,
      when you walk up/down the hill.
      Agree that Kelingking beach has a spectacular view.

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