Nusa Penida is the largest of Bali’s triplets of tiny islands. The main event for a mild island hopping weekend. The camping site, the treetops, and the natural pools, all within this small patch of land. The beaches in particular are simply irresistible. Spotless white sand and crystal clear blue waters, all appear untouched and unexplored, too pristine for us who are used to south Bali’s crowded party coasts. That was before I found Suwehan
Located further South from Atuh, it’s easy to miss Suwehan, since there isn’t any actual path or opening of some sorts (be it man made or natural) that can lead us down there. Instead, it takes extra effort and patience to reach this hidden treasure. If you’re staying close to the port, the trip might take more than an hour on motorcycle (please note that the roads on the island are mostly made of dirt or rocks). Once you’re in the area, you need to find Puseh temple, and Suwehan is just behind its backyard. Or something like that…The main challenge here is to make it down, because this path will test you like no other. It’s a very steep track through some wild shrubberies, before reaching the edge of a cliff. From there, you need to climb down that cliff. Yes, you read that right: climb. I’ve heard stories about those who gave up at this point, and I can’t blame them. The road going down here is hard enough, and this cliff drop is no joke. Yet, that view is already observable from where I stand, and I don’t come all the way just to take a bird’s eye view. So I climb down.
At the end, in that last leap of faith before reaching the sand (helped by an aged rope, previously installed by whoever came here first), my feet, hands and bottom are all sore from the rock climbing. But that view, is so worth it – I can’t even describe it with any other words. The length of this little beach probably doesn’t even reach 500 metres, but it has everything you ever dream about from having your own private beach. The spick and span beaches of this island are nothing compared to Suwehan, since probably it’s seldom sees any human visitors – I’m sure that my footprints are the only ones there that day. If you come after noon, you have the cliff behind you to give you shade, with an unobstructed view of the ocean and Suwehan’s most famous landmark: the diamond shaped rock located just a few feet away from where I stand. It’s priceless, it’s perfect, and with all the struggle that came from going there, I really don’t want to let this go too soon.
My returning climb up is surprisingly faster. Maybe I’m already getting more familiar with the path down before, or I’m motivated by wanting to reach the top before it’s getting darker. But after witnessing that view, I will definitely come back for another climb, to see that diamond shines again.