Have you seen ‘Moana’ the movie? Well when my daughter saw a picture of Kelingking on my computer she was so excited and shrieked that I had found TeFiti’s island from Moana. On further research, I realized that it did look like a dinosaur or some ancient creature covered in plants.
We were really excited about our upcoming Nusa Penida trip and added this spot to our adventure trail. We had booked a car at the hotel to take us exploring along the west coast of the island. In the Balinese language Kelingking means ‘Pinky’ just like a pinky finger. When we finally drove up to the cliffs above Kelingking, I thought it looked more like a whale that went to sleep and got covered in green moss as it stayed asleep in time. There were quite a few people gathered on the cliff to take in the spectacular view. The jagged crags of the coast on the right and the pinky finger formation on the left.
The beach way down below is a romantic little curved cove with bright blue water and teeming with fish. We weren’t lucky that day but sometimes manta rays come to swim here too. (Though I’ve heard that Manta point is the best place to swim with these large peaceful sea creatures) How I wished I had the energy / courage to hike for 45 minutes down those rickety steps to the cove below. (After our previous Hair raising hike in the forest at Tembeling, I’m sure if I had suggested it, Andre and my burning leg muscles would have killed me on the spot). You can read about that adventure in my next post.
The steps are cut out of the rock and follow the side of the whale shape and then angles sharply down to the beach. It’s a fun hike I’m told and it’s worth the trouble, but with a 6 year old not advisable.
Still, we walked around to a few spots on the cliff and got some breathtaking views and spectacular pictures. Largely thanks to our enthusiastic driver Kadek who was voluntarily climbing up trees and rock ledges. Anything for the perfect shot, right?