Suwehan Beach – Penida Island

Cutting through the centre of the island to get there, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the lush Nusa Penida countryside. Coconut trees cover almost every available surface, while a long winding road twists its way down towards the sea, finally reaching a small car park, only recognisable as such thanks to the small refreshments stand and a rusty old sign saying Suwehan.

We followed a steep path from the carpark, scrambling in places, down to a horseshoe cove.  Surrounded by chalky white cliffs, a perfectly formed sea stack stands tall in the pristine waters. Due to the difficulty in accessing the beach, it’s likely you’ll have the whole place to yourself.

The only downside to this place is the steep climb back to the carpark. However, that drinks stand really comes into its own when it comes to quenching your thirst – the shopkeeper will literally scale the nearest coconut tree as you stand there to make sure your water is as fresh as it can be!

Good to know:

The track down to Suwehan is a bit tricky in places so be sure to wear runners – this is definitely not a time for flip flops. Also, be sure to visit when the tide is on its way in to maximise your time on the beach as it totally disappears at high tide. Suwehan is located on the south eastern tip of the island.

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