Photo: Best at low tide.

Suwehan Beach

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Suwehan Beach is the most secluded of Nusa Penida’s accessible beaches that we visited, with no beachside warungs, very few people and in fact at the time of our visit, no beach at all as the high tide had completely engulfed the sand.

Located on the east coast of the island, a temple at the top of the cliff marks the beginning of the cement staircase, 120 metres down to the beach—326 steps according to a man in a nearby warung, we didn’t count them but it took us less than 15 minutes down. Although long and steep, the paths and stairways are wide and solid with wooden hand railings and appear considerably more sturdily built than most on the island—it’s a bit of a huff and puff down, but we didn’t fear for our life.

Must check tide chart... must check tide chart... Photo taken in or around Suwehan Beach, Nusa Penida, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Must check tide chart... must check tide chart... Photo: Sally Arnold

About half way along, pools of spring water form near the cliff face and a cloth-wrapped shrine denotes that as with most springs in Bali, it is a holy site. Signs state that visitors are forbidden to bathe. Through the trees you can glimpse the rugged coastline as you descend. The bay forms a shallow arc around 400 metres long, and from where the path pops you out onto the beach, it’s a scramble over some boulders, then a 200 metre walk along the (what looks like) white sand to a massive diamond-shaped rock formation.

As well as being high tide, the seas were very rough on our visit, but that didn’t deter the only other visitors climbing to a rocky outcrop—not very wise with such large waves that could easily sweep a person into the ocean. If the seas are rough and the tides are high, have a little common sense in these parts, and enjoy the view from afar.

As always, huffing and puffing required. Photo taken in or around Suwehan Beach, Nusa Penida, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

As always, huffing and puffing required. Photo: Sally Arnold

Reports are that even at low tide, the sea can be a bit wild here, so take care swimming. Bring water (you can buy from the warung near the temple) and slap on a hat, as there seemed to be very little shade. Although we didn’t get the full beach experience here, it was still worth climbing down for a look, but if you wish to enjoy the sea and sand at its optimum, low tide is the best time to visit, so check tide times before you set out (ask a fisherman if you don’t have a ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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