Peguyangan Waterfall is famous for its steep, blue stairs that hang there… Suspended on the side of a Nusa Penida cliff! However, this place has so much more to offer than just the stairway. This was easily one of our favourite places to visit on Nusa Penida. Let us tell you why.
The Journey Down to Peguyangan Waterfall
When you arrive at Peguyangan Waterfall you will see some bikes parked in front of the entrance, as well as a small warung (restaurant) to your left. Park and head towards the entrance.
Before you enter you will need a sarong! This is a sacred, religious site and should be respected. There are some locals who stand outside renting sarongs if you don’t already have your own.
Insider Tip: Bring your own sarong when visiting Southeast Asia. You will need one often and having your own will save you a few bucks!
You will be warned of the steep and scary stairs. Let me tell you that heights are one of my biggest fears and yet I barely flinched at all. That is a total lie! I totally flinched, but I was able to go down with the support of fellow travellers making their way down with us. By the time I got to the bottom, I felt like I had won a marathon with the support I was getting! People are awesome!
Don’t let me scare you, you’ve got this! By the time I reached the bottom, I realised it wasn’t so bad.
I Want To Get The Perfect Shot!
The most famous photo spot is right before the first big descent, quite high up on the mountain. The midday sun is rather unflattering, so perhaps opt to snap away when the lighting gets gorgeous, towards sunset if you can (so the sun will be behind you).
Is It Worth Going All The Way Down?
We have also heard a lot about people stopping halfway or saying the bright blue steps are the only attraction. No ways! Keep your sarongs on, it’s worth it, I promise.
Peguyangan actually replaced Tembeling as our favourite spot on the island, so trust us.
When you reach the bottom, you can walk around and admire the unbelievably clear pools, sit and stare out at the ocean with the backdrop of a cliff and ambience of waterfalls or partake in some religious customs while you wait.
Why are you waiting? Well ideally you’d like to have the next (best) section to yourself.
You may hear rumours that there is no waterfall there, there is. In fact, there are about three. They are waterfalls by definition and we loved them. Watching the beautiful water trickle off of the cliff into the ocean is so dope! But that’s still not the biggest attraction.
So why visit if it’s not really about the waterfalls? Well, walk up to the highest temple and walk a little further, down the stairs with the flowing water and along the edge of the cliff to our ultimate spot on Nusa Penida.
A pipe channels the pure mountain water in a sort of waterfall style to a set of three pools. Sporting Penida’s famous turquoise blue, the infinity pool on the edge is the most perfect place to enjoy the sunset and gaze out onto the ocean.
Waterfalls, the ocean and an infinity pool in absolutely pure water; the feeling is incomparable.
The Unique History Of Peguyangan Waterfall
Peguyangan Waterfall is primarily a temple for local families to worship at, but it’s also built to honour Nyai Roro Kidul, the queen of the Southern Sea (Indian Ocean) as she is said to meditate in the waterfalls. How amazing!
The Climb Back Up
Admit it, you had a great time but now it’s time to leave. Don’t forget you have 750 stairs to climb back up to the top! So, don’t leave too late, we wouldn’t want you to climb back up in the dark.
Luckily, the roads back home are smooth, the air is crisp and you’ll feel on top of the world!
Do you also feel like this is one of the most beautiful places on the planet? What else makes your list? Share it with us below!
Vital Visitor’s Information For Peguyangan Waterfall
How Much Does It Cost?
If you need to rent a sarong, it will cost you IDR 10k each, otherwise it’s free.
Others have spoken about a parking cost, but we were never confronted with that. I suppose it depends on who is managing the entrance that day.
When Is The Best Time To Visit?
Undeniably in the late afternoon. Besides making the 750 stairs in each direction a little easier to manage, you will also get to experience sunset at one of the most beautiful places on earth!
It’s only open between 6 am and 7 pm, so start heading up around 6 pm.
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A Video Guide To Nusa Penida
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How Do I Get To Nusa Penida?
If you are visiting from Bali, you can take a day trip to Nusa Penida, but we suggest you go by yourself and spend a little longer on the island. We ended up staying for a week!
To get there, you will have to travel from Sanur harbor by speedboat or ferry to Nusa Penida. Simply book your ticket below!
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How Do I Get Around On Nusa Penida?
It cost us IDR 390k to rent a scooter for the week which was a little better of a deal compared to the standard IDR 70k a day.
Since the island isn’t as built up yet, they only have one well-maintained main route that connects all of the attractions, which means that you will have to travel about 45 minutes between each attraction.
WARNING: The roads to all the attractions are very bumpy and are not regularly maintained. Be very careful when driving! Byron and I drove a bike in Thailand for 2 years and there were still times on the island where we almost slid out and we watched many young couples fall! Be careful! …but also, it’s not impossible…
Luckily the road to Peguyangan Waterfall is mostly well maintained. It is only mildly tricky towards the end of the drive.
It’s worth mentioning that we absolutely loved driving here, gladly cruising for three or more hours a day because of the spectacular scenery, quiet roads, authentic local lifestyle and fresh air.
Where To Stay On Nusa Penida
There are so many accommodation options on Nusa Penida, so just peruse Airbnb with your tastes in mind.
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Where To Go After Nusa Penida
If you didn’t originally come from Ubud in Bali, then you really need to explore that!
Or perhaps you’re done with Indonesia and are looking to head to Thailand. Ever heard of Phatthalung?
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