Monday, December 5, 2016

Wind along the less-travelled road of Nusa Penida

There’s a quote says, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” There are few experiences that open up not just your heart but also your mind, and travelling to Nusa Penida does that. The island offers so many awesome beaches that are still pure and untouched, such a perfect getaway for those looking to escape from the crowd and chaos.

Among a few beaches in a treasure island of Nusa Penida, Atuh Beach remains on top of the list as the most beautiful beach with killer views. The view is replenishing your soul from the core. The glistening turquoise ocean well-guarded by craggy mountain peaks, and the stretches of white sands perfectly laid out is indeed a treat for the eyes. This beach is called the “Hidden Beach” owing to the fact that it is so closely guarded by the cliffs that it is quite difficult to spot it. The fact that many visitors to Nusa Penida are still unaware of its existence makes it all the more intriguing for the those seeking either privacy or solace. This beach still away from the clutches of commercialization, making it an ideal spot to spend with your loved one.

To reach the beach, it is recommended to rent scooter, which can be arranged at the harbour when you arrive. After half-an-hour-drive in the coastal road, you can start your adventure right after your vehicle parked on the cliff. As you walk nearer to the cliff and get ready for your hiking pursuit down the cliff, you will notice a concrete staircase at the back-side. This staircase was built for local villagers who come to visit the temple nearby to worship the God of the sea. You need to use this staircase to walk up the cliff and at the end of the staircase you need to jump off the cliff, a mere height of 1 metre. And there you are, on the pristine white sands, and right in front of you the vast blue ocean waiting to be explored.

The stunning coral reefs are what brings Atuh to life, especially during low tide where you can see the rainbow of corals on the ocean floor. Suit up into your snorkelling gears and explore the ocean where you will find hundreds of colourful fish swimming all around you. The sunrays make the ocean sparkle no less than a prism. There are small caves in and around the cliffs where you can swim into and explore the rock structures. But do not swim away far from the shore since the currents can get strong. Alternatively, for those who are not keen to get into the water, they can lay back and watch the day go by.

If you are on a guided tour, they will provide you tents to set up at night, or you can also go by your own. Set the tents up away from the ocean nearer to the rocks to ensure your safety. You will be awestruck by the view at night. The sky is illuminated with thousands of sparkling stars. You can hear the soft splashes of the ocean waves against the cliffs and feel the cool breeze on your face. Light a bonfire and enjoy your time by the ocean with your friends. Eat, sing, dance and have all the fun you want. You just want the time to pause so that you can be in the euphoric mood forever. If you are a single trekker, you are bound to become a poet overnight owing to all the natural beauty around you. Do wake up early in the morning to view the sunrise from the cliffs. Be rest assured that this is one scene which you will never forget.

May to September is a good time to camp, since there are no chances of rainfall. It is recommended to put on your running/hiking shoes to make your trek faster and less painful. Be sure to carry a swimsuit, one extra pair of clothes, headlamp/torch, enough mineral water/juices, few food items and cash.

Apart from the Atuh Beach, while you are in Nusa Penida, you might want to make a visit to Peguyangan Waterfall. This incredible beauty is placed in a backdrop of a water temple. Therefore, there will be a bit of an adventure involved in getting to the waterfall as you have to traverse a path made of staircase literally hanging off the cliff edge.

You might also like to visit “Rumah Pohon Batu Molentang”, which situated on the cliffs on Tanglad village. You need to use the wooden staircase guarded by ropes to reach the top of the treehouse. Up there, you have a million-dollar view of the beaches and island around you. This is a good trekking spot where you need to ask the local villagers to find you way to the treehouse.

Visiting these places will let you enjoy peacefully without rush and give you enough time to contemplate about life, which is exactly what is needed to take a break from the mundane life. So, why wait? Mark your calendar and schedule your next trip to Nusa Penida.
This article is also published at NOW! Bali Magazine