Photo: Spectacular setting.

Peguyangan Waterfall

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Mata Air Guyangan (Guyangan Spring), popularly known as Peguyangan Waterfall flows into the sea from the base of a steep limestone cliff on the southern coast of Nusa Penida.

We would be hard pressed to call it a waterfall as during dry season when we visited it was barely a trickle so if you are expecting a dramatic cascade be prepared to be underwhelmed, however a holy shine, Pura Segara Kidul dedicated to the “Tri Murti”, the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as well as to the mystical Queen of the Southern Ocean, Nyi Roro Kidul and the pools of aquamarine spring waters set a spectacular scene against the crashing waves and make the somewhat challenging climb down worth the effort. As this is considered a holy site by the Balinese, visitors are required to wear a sarong and sash which can be hired for 10,000 rupiah if you haven’t bought one. Menstruating women are asked not to enter.

At Pura Segara Kidul. Photo taken in or around Peguyangan Waterfall, Nusa Penida, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

At Pura Segara Kidul. Photo: Sally Arnold

If you have visited Kelingking you will find this a mere doddle, and if not, it’s good training as it’s allegedly more than 700 steep ladder-like steps to the bottom of the 150 metre drop. The blue painted stairway is a combination of metal, wooden and cement paths and ladders, at times on top of older rusting or broken versions of the same which doesn’t really inspire confidence in the engineering or safety of the structure, and is definitely not for the fainthearted—leave kids and clumsy or less abled folk at the top.

Some sections are very steep and narrow, but the stunning coastal views of the surf breaking onto the jagged coastline make a fine distraction. You will pass one or two rocks and trees dressed in traditional black and white poleng cloth shaded by temple umbrellas and adorned with offerings, a reminder of Balinese Hinduism’s connection to earlier ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Peguyangan Waterfall
South coast of Nusa Penida

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