Photo: Meet the Teletubbies.

Nusa Penida’s Viewpoints

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Nusa Penida is blessed with abundant rugged natural beauty, and along much of the southern coast staggering limestone cliffs soar hundreds of metres high offering impressive vistas, while the scenery from the interior where the peaks reach over 500 metres is equally remarkable.





As many of the beaches and some sights require scrambling up and down cliff faces, if you are not up to such activity, a jaunt from viewpoint to viewpoint can be just as rewarding, but be warned infrastructure is limited and most roads are bone-shattering nightmares, also due to the geography, neighbouring coastal viewpoints may require backtracking along mountain spurs rather than a simple drive along the coast, nevertheless a trip linking the sights makes a worthwhile excursion.

You should be here: Manta Point. Photo taken in or around Nusa Penida’s Viewpoints, Nusa Penida, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

You should be here: Manta Point. Photo: Sally Arnold

We’ll begin in the east and venture west, but you could equally travel in the opposite direction or pick any points along the route. A word of warning: just because there are no safety barriers, doesn’t mean it’s safe—when you are standing on the cliff edge, there is nothing between you and a deathly plunge into the deep blue sea. People do die from falling off cliffs on Nusa Penida—take care.

With a somewhat cringe-inducing name, Teletubbies Hill at around 400 metres above sea level is located in the southeast of the island, inland south of Tanglad, a village known for its traditional weaving. Here the rounded grassy hills do indeed resemble the landscape inhabited by Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po.

Where the cliffs go on and on: Saren Cliff Point. Photo taken in or around Nusa Penida’s Viewpoints, Nusa Penida, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Where the cliffs go on and on: Saren Cliff Point. Photo: Sally Arnold

From here, head to the coast to Manta Point. This clifftop locale offers views to the north and south—follow the path alongside the temple for the best vantage point where you can view dive boats gathering around the karst islands below, a popular diving location for swimming with manta rays. If you don’t dive or are a little cautious of Nusa Penida’s infamous currents, here’s a little tip: head to the cliffs instead. From here, if the conditions are right, you can enjoy a bit of aerial manta ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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