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Suwehan beach is a picturesque beach on Nusa Penida.
However, it’s still visited only by very few tourists and locals.
First of all, the beach is rather difficult to get to. The road going there in 2021 is still pretty terrible, even by Nusa Penida standards. Secondly, Nusa Penida is still only a day trip destination for many, so people opt for closer beaches like Diamond beach or Kelingking beach, and I completely understand them. These places are stunning.
If you are up for a longer trip to Nusa Penida, check out Suwehan Beach.
Check it out also if you like more off the beaten path kind of places.
1. Suwehan Beach, Nusa Penida, Bali: Basics
Nusa Penida is a small island next to Bali.
Suwehan beach is one of its beautiful gems. You can visit it on the same day when going to Atuh beach and Diamond beach. It’s relatively close.
TIME: around 2 hours if you plan to go down to the beach.
DIFFICULTY: moderate (both driving there and walking to the beach).
TIPS: the most important thing is to understand that getting down to the beach is tricky. In 2018 an earthquake destroyed one part of the stairs leading to the beach. In 2020 I was told that they have been partly restored, but they still look very bad in a few places. I would have thought that the eartquake has happened only last night — that’s how they looked to me.
Another thing is the road, it isn’t for the beginners. The last thing is the ocean currents. Remember that swimming in Bali and Nusa Penida can be very dangerous.
2. Suwehan Beach Low Tide / High Tide
Does it matter here? Yes, a lot.
Just like with many other beautiful beaches on Nusa Penida, you have to plan your arrival if you are planning on swimming or walking along the beach. Take Diamond beach, for instance. During the high tide it can be under the water. The same happens on Suwehan beach during the high tide.
Check Nusa Penida tide chart online.
3. How to Get to Suwehan Beach
Just follow Google Maps.
Be prepared for rough riding on bad roads.
Be prepared for a dangerous hike down to the beach.
As already mentioned, you can visit Suwehan beach on the same day when going either to Atuh beach or Diamond beach, or both of them. Because these places are relatively close. If you are planning to visit something else, some place on the other side of the island, for example, Kelingking beach, then start early. Even though it doesn’t look far, it takes a lot of time to travel between these places.
Have you been to Nusa Penida? Was it a day trip from Bali? Did you visit Diamond beach or Suwehan beach? What was your experience?
1-Minute Nusa Penida Guide
1. How to Get to Nusa Penida?
How to get from Bali to Nusa Penida?
There are no airports, so you have to take a boat.
Take a ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida – and travel on your own. There are ferries from Sanur, Kusamba and Padang Bai.
Or book a day trip to Nusa Penida. Here’s one great option.
2. Where to Stay in Nusa Penida?
Wherever you stay everything is 1-2 hour drive away.
Write Hostel – cheap, popular hostel near the pier and the beach.
Singabu Bungalows – very popular and well-rated bungalows near the beach.
3. What to Do in Nusa Penida?
Swim in the natural pools of Angels Billabong, and watch the waves at Broken beach. Go swimming at Crystal Bay.
Walk the steep stairs to Peguyangan waterfall.
Go snorkelling at Gamat Bay and swimming with manta rays.
Take a day trip to Nusa Lembongan.
4. How to Rent a Scooter in Nusa Penida?
Just get off the ferry, and you’ll be able to rent a scooter.
There are several scooter rentals at the port.
It’s about 2-3 times more expensive than in Bali.
Here it costs more like 100 000 IDR / day.
Book Your Trip Like a PRO
1. Book Your Flight. Find cheap flights using Kiwi.com, Momondo.com. Or subscribe to Dollar Flight Club, if you don’t want to be searching for the flights yourself. Momondo usually is my first choice.
2. Book Your Accommodation. Booking.com, Agoda.com and Airbnb. I use Booking and Agoda at least a dozen times a year, and Airbnb – when looking for a long-term stay. My best tip is to ALWAYS compare the price. Sometimes the same hotel is cheaper on Booking.com, other times – on Agoda. Always compare the price!
3. Buy Your Travel Insurance. World Nomads and SafetyWings are two companies I can recommend. World Nomads offers some extra benefits, that will be important for those doing some higher risk activities, while SafetyWings is significantly cheaper. SafetyWings is only $9.25 / week.
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