Peguyangan Waterfall on Nusa Penida is most commonly recognised for its extensive blue stairs which are situated alongside a tall cliff. Walking down the stairs gives you incredible endless views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. From the stairs, you will also be able to spot some manta rays swimming around in the sea.
How to get to Peguyangan Waterfall On Nusa Penida
Peguyangan Waterfall is located towards the south of the island. It is roughly a 50 minute drive from the main tourist area near the port. The cheapest option to get there would be to hire a scooter and drive yourself. You can rent a scooter for around 70K IDR ($7 AUD) per day. Please keep in mind that the road conditions on Nusa Penida are pretty terrible. You’ll come across plenty of large potholes and loose gravel. If you’re not confident on a scooter, we’d definitely recommend hiring a driver for the day. Prices usually start from around 500K IDR ($50 AUD) per day and they’ll take you to as many stops as you like.
We drove on our scooters from Suwehan Beach directly to Peguyangan Waterfall which took us 50 minutes. A large majority of the drive there was on paved roads. However, once you start to approach Peguyangan Waterfall, the roads become more of a challenge due to the loose gravel and large potholes.
Peguyangan Waterfall Entrance Fee
Once you arrive at Peguyangan Waterfall on Nusa Penida, you will have to pay a parking fee of 5K IDR ($0.50 AUD) . You will also have to rent a sarong for the walk down which is 10K IDR each. Next to the carpark there is a small warung that sells food and drinks. You can buy chocolate for as little as 2K IDR as well as water for 10K IDR.
Finding The Blue Stairs
The main photo spot for the blue stairs is located not far from the beginning of the walk. The path is easy to follow but once you reach the stairs it can become quite challenging. The view from the top of the blue stairs is stunning. It has incredible endless views of the ocean and the surrounding coastal cliffs. From this spot we could even see manta rays swimming in the ocean below.
Peguyangan Waterfall Pool
We had previously seen photos of people sitting in a small rock pool overlooking the ocean, however when we visited there was a ‘No Swimming’ sign. Hopefully this was just temporary as the pools were beautiful. The natural infinity pool looks out over the ocean and the water is super clear. The rock pools flow down different levels until they eventually reach the ocean.
Peguyangan Waterfall Temple
At the very bottom of the cliff, there is a small temple area where you might come across local ceremonies. Tourists can also take part and receive blessings at this sacred place. There are 3 small streams of water where you must shower underneath for cleansing.
What to expect at Peguyangan Waterfall – Our Experience
When we arrived at Peguyangan Waterfall Nusa Penida, the man at the carpark told us we had to wear sarongs. There is a sacred temple at the bottom which requires you to cover up by wearing a traditional Indonesian sarong. The walk down can be quite challenging, especially when you’re wearing the sarong. The steps are very steep and some of them are even missing. Be sure to always keep your eyes out and watch your step!
Many people will come to Peguyangan Waterfall for a photo of the blue stairs and not walk down to the bottom. The blue stairs are incredibly thin and steep and to reach the bottom it takes around 20 minutes. The stairs seem fairly sturdy and safe, however, there are large gaps between the steps where you can easily misplace your foot and slip through.
After passing the main photo spot, we continued our descent. Before arriving, we thought there would be a small waterfall at the end. Once we got to the bottom of the stairs, all we found was a small spot for local ceremonies. There were streams of water trickling into the water, although it was barely enough to call it a waterfall.
Unless you are curious about the temple and blessings, walking to the bottom of the blue stairs isn’t necessary. The view from the top is stunning and you’ll be able to get plenty of beautiful photos from up there.
Where to stay
Most accommodation on Nusa Penida is located on the north of the island, which is closest to the main port. There are a variety of accommodation types ranging from hostels to luxury beach front hotels. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find the right accommodation for your stay.
Semabu Hills Hotel – Luxury: Semabu Hills is a luxurious hotel that offers beautiful views and stunning modern rooms. Guests can also enjoy a swim from the infinity pool that overlooks the ocean. There is also continental breakfast every morning which is sure to get you ready for the day exploring the best of Nusa Penida.
Penida Bambu Green – Midrange: If you’re looking for a jungle home located up in the quiet hills, then this is the perfect spot for you! This hotel is actually made entirely out of bamboo which looks beautiful and super unique. There is even an outdoor pool and you’ll have endless views of the surrounding area from your own balcony.
Jasmine Inn – Budget: We stayed at the Jasmine Inn as a budget option and found that it was in good location, although there were limited food options in the area. It’s near the main port so it’s easy to access when you first arrive. They rent scooters on the property and the rooms are good for the cheap price.
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