The cliff edge views at Peguyangan Waterfall are some of the best we’ve seen on the island. The 50-meter drop beneath narrow blue steps looks onto rocks and crashing waves below. From the bottom of the staircases looking up, it’s apparent why it’s called The Blue Stairway to Heaven.
The stairs lead you to an opening the side of a cliff where you get to enjoy the ocean view while you sit in a fresh-water infinity spring. If you’re planning on visiting this incredible spot, make sure you read all the details below first.
Where Is Peguyangan Waterfall
Peguyangan Waterfall can be found on the southwest coast of Nusa Penida Island.The map below has an accurate pin to help guide you. From the main harbour (Toya Pakeh), it is a 1-hour drive to reach Peguyangan Waterfall.
For the most part, the road leading to this area is decent, with one or two steep downhills covered in potholes and loose gravel. Nothing compared to some of the other routes on Nusa. A lot of effort is going into improving the roads on the island with tourism and traffic both increasing steadily.
Peguyangan Waterfall area is a place of worship so you’ll need to pay 15,000 IDR for the use of a sarong that covers your knees (both men and women). Entrance is free if you have your cover-ups, but there’s nothing wrong with supporting the locals.
The local warung at the parking bay sells cold drinks and snacks, be sure to grab something there since it’s the only spot selling. Parking is 5,000 IDR
What To Expect
Visiting Peguyangan Waterfall is one of the less-publicized things to do on Nusa Penida. You won’t find the usual queues of Instagrammers standing idol on the steps and taking up the entire path, as you do at Kelingking or diamond beaches. Even when you reaching the final destination, you’ll probably only share the experience with a handful of people.
The vivid blue path placed on the side of the cliff takes about 20minutes to climb down and leads you to a platform just above the sea. In this area, you’ll encounter trickles of water running over rocks. Planks of wood create a walkway across these slippery rocks. This area is not much to look at and is a sacred site where locals bathe. You are not allowed to swim in these pools filled with holy water, but if you walk through this site, the path will lead you down to an area specially designated for tourists.
In this area, you’ll find two freshwater springs shaded under a natural half-cave. Water trickles down rocks, filling up the first pool which tiers down into the second. From the second pool, water slowly escapes it into the ocean. This area is magnificent really, and you’ll enjoy the close-up view of the sea with its waves crashing onto rocks as you sit in natures refreshing infinity pool.
The only downfall to visiting this area is the hike back up with no infinity pool rewarding you at the top.
Best Time To Go
Opening hours are from 6 am-7 pm, but we recommend going in the morning before noon to prevent doing the climb in the sweltering heat.
Things To Keep In Mind
Don’t go. If you’re afraid of heights and are physically unfit or incapable of climbing so many stairs (over 700). The blue steps have significant gaps between them and after that, not much else between you and the 50m drop to the rocky sea. Wear proper shoes, make sure you don’t trip over your sarong and watch where you’re stepping.
At the infinity pools, the rocks are wet and very slippery in sections. Be very careful not to fall down a series of stones into the sea below.
Don’t expect to see a waterfall. The closest thing resembling one would be the trickles of water running down from rocks into the infinity pools.