On the southwest coast of Nusa Penida, the ultimate adventure awaits at Peguyangan Waterfall and the Instafamous Blue Stairs. This location is off the beaten path and it takes a little longer to get to, though it is an experience not to be missed when exploring Nusa Penida Island.
WHERE IS PEGUYANGAN WATERFALL & HOW TO GET THERE
Peguyangan Waterfall sits at the base of towering cliffs along the southwest coastline in Nusa Penida. From the main harbour of Toya Pakeh, it is approximately a 1-hour drive.
The best transportation on the island is to rent a scooter for approximately 70,000 IDR ($7) per day to explore all four corners of Nusa Penida island at your own pace or alternatively, you can rent a car with a driver for approximately 500,000 IDR ($50) per day. I rented my scooter on arrival to Nusa Penida island at the Toya Pekah harbour. The roads on Nusa Penida are very rocky and eroded in areas so beware of this and take it slow on the loose gravel roads.
SEE THE MAP BELOW FOR THE PIN LOCATION OF PEGUYANGAN WATERFALL
View of the coastline at Peguyangan Waterfall
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PEGUYANGAN WATERFALL
You’ll arrive to a carpark at the top of the cliffs at Peguyanngan Waterfall and have to pay a small parking fee of 5,000 rupiah. A sarong is also required to be worn as there is a sacred temple at the bottom of the cliffs right next to Peguyangan Waterfall. If you don’t have a towel or sarong to wear, they can be rented from the parking attendant for 10,000 rupiah.
My friends and I decided to have lunch at the small warung next to the carpark and for 10,000 rupiah I had a sizeable plate of nasi goreng to fuel me for the Peguyangan Waterfall adventure.
There are 750 blue stairs that are impressively constructed into the side of the cliff giving access to Peguyangan Waterfall. It is a good workout hiking down and then back up again that’s for sure! There are several viewpoints that make for great photo opportunities as you make your way down the blue stairs.
The blue stairs at Peguyangan Waterfall
ARRIVING AT PEGUYANGAN WATERFALL
After a 20 minute hike down the blue stairs, you’ll arrive at the sacred water temple that has 4 waterspouts. There were some locals showering under the spouts in their underwear with not a worry in the world.
I had my turn under each of the waterspouts and then continued along the cliff to the Peguyangan Waterfall. The waterfall itself is not your common 50-meter meter waterfall flowing into a rockpool basin, but rather a waterspout between a crack in a rock where crystal clear water flows out into tiered rock pools and over the cliff edge into the ocean. The rock pools are shaded under a natural half-cave which is very unique and like nothing I have seen before.
Exploring the cliffs at Peguyangan Waterfall Nusa Penida
Gino having a float in the half-cave rock pools
Rock pools at the Peguyangan Waterfall
WHAT ELSE TO EXPECT AT PEGUYANGAN WATERFALL
After swimming in the rock pools and showering under Peguyangan Waterfall a small mass of locals started to gather around the sacred water temple. Offerings were laid out in front of the temple followed by lit incense sticks giving off a smoky haze in the air. We watched in silence as they began to pray around the altar. It’s experiences like these that I continually stumble upon that make the adventures more memorable.
Nusa Penida has hundreds of accommodations to chose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay that caters for luxury travellers to budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR PEGUYANGAN WATERFALL
For more awesome things to do on Nusa Penida Island, check out my Ultimate Nusa Penida Guide.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Peguyangan Waterfall please drop me a comment below.
Happy Adventuring! 🙂