What Is Suwehan Beach?
Suwehan Beach is a gorgeous (underrated) beach on Nusa Penida that, in our opinion, boasts the most exquisite luminous turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and raw beauty!
However, there is a catch. It only allows access to these beautiful qualities at certain times of the day.
You need to make the trip down during low tide, we, unfortunately, made the trip down at high tide and the beach was completely covered by the ocean and the famous turquoise blue had been replaced with a more royal blue colour. The waves were also very rough, which meant we couldn’t actually walk further than the end of the steps but enjoyed the experience anyway.
You may want to climb atop the giant boulder and admire the ocean for a bit or ramble along the rocks and enjoy the mist. You could even just sit on the stairs like us!
The Drive To Suwehan Beach
The drive down to the beach is a little tricky, as with most of the roads on Nusa Penida. As we have mentioned before, the roads are not regularly maintained. This road was mostly sandy, very steep and full of giant potholes!
We did see a family get off their bike and attempt to walk it, but it is a LONG drive, so we don’t recommend that. Just take your time and you will be fine and always wear a helmet!
P.S. As we were leaving Suwehan Beach, that family had safely arrived after relenting and taking their bike down anyway.
P.P.S. If you’d like a little more info on the infamous Nusa Penida roads, this is where you should look.
Where Do I Park?
There is quite a decent parking spot before the climb down. You will see this sign, a temple and a local warung (restaurant) on the left side of the parking lot.
There are a few shady spots too, which makes sitting back on your bike after a while in the sun much more bearable!
X Marks The Spot
The “Stairs” To Suwehan Beach
A rockslide removed some of the stairs a few years ago and they have been replaced by ropes. I’m not going to lie, it’s steep, but keep your wits about you and you’ll be fine, plus you’ve got that photoshopped-looking water inviting you the whole way down. If I can make it down the stairs, so can you!
There are also a few sacred natural springs along the way and some visiting monkeys to hold your attention.
How Much Does Suwehan Beach Cost?
There was no parking fee or entrance fee to visit this beach. Free, yay!
When Is The Best Time To Visit?
We couldn’t make it to the actual beach because it was completely covered during high-tide. So we strongly suggest visiting Suwehan Beach before noon and during low tide.
We found it quite difficult to navigate low tide and high tide (hey, we’re from Johannesburg), so try and find an app that can help you with this. Since our trip we have downloaded an app called Tides Near Me, we can’t say we have fully tested it out yet but we will keep you posted as we use it.
The Drive From Suwehan Beach To Atuh Beach
Warning! We decided to drive from Suwehan Beach to Atuh Beach and let us just tell you, it was a difficult drive! Google Maps took us the shorter route, but the more undeveloped route! I (Tammy) had to jump off of the bike once so that we didn’t slide out. SO BE CAREFUL if you decide to go the shorter route.
While you are in the vicinity of Suwehan Beach, we’d recommend smashing these attractions out in the same day:
Thousand Islands Viewpoint and Rumah Pohon Treehouse
Suwehan Beach is just stunning! Every time we look at these pictures, we just can’t believe it’s real. Are you planning to visit Suwehan? Have you already been? Did you get all the way to the beach? Please share your stories with us below!
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A Complete Nusa Penida Video
You wont need anything more than this. This video has all of the attractions, in order, all the costs and times, all directions and locations, meals and restaurants… Even the secret Nusa Penida beaches!
How To Get To Nusa Penida
Chances are, you’re coming from Bali. Sanur Harbour would be your best bet, where you can catch a speedboat to Nusa Penida.
Book here: Sanur to Nusa Penida
The length of your stay is a very important choice. Some people come for day trips, whereas we’d recommend a week!
For other Southeast Asia travel explorations, check out 12Go Asia.
Getting Around On The Island
Taxis, tour companies and rental cars are all options, but are less than ideal for the small, not-so-easy-to-navigate roads.
We’d suggest renting a motorcycle once you’re there. 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.
WARNING: You’ve heard how dangerous the roads can be. Read this article before you travel to Nusa Penida!
In spite of all warnings and difficult terrain, driving on Nusa Penida was one of our highlights. It’s just magical! The fresh air, authentic local lifestyle and quiet roads.
Accommodation On Nusa Penida
Airbnb is our favourite accommodation and booking site. There are so many options on Nusa Penida if you have something particular in mind.
When you first sign up to Airbnb and book using our code you can score up to R600 off of your first booking and R225 towards an experience!
And After Nusa Penida?
If you’re heading back to Bali, you best explore Ubud!
Thailand! In case you were considering a different country.
Are you just seeking some inspiration? Here’s a random blog post for you!
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