Tembeling Beach & Forest in Nusa Penida is an explorers dream. With a natural pool to discover too, here’s a complete guide to visiting.
The roads are pretty rough to all 3 of the above, so please take care when driving!
We recommend using a scooter to get around the island which can be rented for around 70,00 IDR per day.
On the first day of our Nusa Penida tour, we took a Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour, which covered all the iconic spots with ease.
So, if you’d rather visit with a car and a driver we can highly recommend this option.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
It is free to visit Tembeling Beach & Forest.
Tembeling Beach & Forest Opening Times
Tembeling Beach & Forest is open all day, every day.
Best Time To Visit Tembeling Beach & Forest
The best time to visit the island is between May and September, when the weather is dry and it is easy to explore the island.
As Tembeling beach, pool and forest are a little bit off the beaten track for most tourists it doesn’t seem to get overly busy.
It’s a long walk down to the staircase where you have to leave your bike, so it would benefit you if can you take the bike down. But please be very careful!
You definitely wouldn’t want to take a bike down the road when it’s wet.
Save some energy for the hike back up the steps!
What To Pack
As soon as we heard about Tembeling Beach & Forest there was no way we were going to miss it!
In the few photos of the pool we found on google, the water looked crystal blue and we hoped a visit would be just like we’d imagined our time on Nusa Penida to be spent – jumping into things!
The start of the trail was easy enough to find. Although as soon as you turn off the main road the track leading down is definitely the worst we encountered on Nusa Penida. So make sure to take your time and be very careful.
Once you get as far as the bike is allowed, the concrete stairway is pretty straight forward.
It leads down through the lush, green Tembeling Forest with its enormous cliffs, to Tembeling Natural Pool and out onto Tembeling Beach.
Tembeling Natural Pool
The natural pool is one of the lesser known things to do on Nusa Penida. This refreshing stop along the forest trail is used as a watering hole by the people that live nearby.
There is a much smaller, jacuzzi like, pool in a bit further along the trail. Not good for swimming, it does however give some great views of the beach.
We arrived pretty late at the main pool and apart from one local man having a bathe, we were the only ones there.
We dived straight into the refreshing water and after the couple of days adventuring we’d had, it was an incredible way to freshen-up!
The old man left and we rushed to get dry and run down to Tembeling Beach for sunset.
The small, rocky beach with cliffs either side may not be the most picturesque stretch of beach in Bali but, probably due to the trek down, it’s not the busiest either.
In fact, for us it was definitely one of those ‘had to be there’ moments. We sat back on what felt like our very own private beach and enjoyed watching a beautiful sunset.
However, not to be recommended, we then had to head up through the eerie forest to find our bike in the dark!
This is definitely for the more adventurous of you that are looking for something a little bit hidden away from the more touristy hot spots.
So, if this is you, you will really enjoy exploring the magical Tembeling Beach, Natural Pool and Forest.
Where To Stay In Nusa Penida
Boasting a restaurant, free bikes, and a garden, Crystal Bay Villa & Residence features accommodation in Nusa Penida with free WiFi and pool views.
With garden views also available, this accommodation provides a balcony and a swimming pool.
The air-conditioned villa consists of 1 separate bedroom, 1 bathroom with a hairdryer, free toiletries, a seating area and a flat-screen TV.
Guests at the villa can enjoy an à la carte or an American breakfast.
Languages spoken at the 24-hour front desk include English and Indonesian. Bicycle rental service is also available at the accommodation.
Situated in Nusa Penida, Singabu Bungalows offers air-conditioned accommodation and landscaped tropical gardens.
It has an outdoor pool with a shallow end and free WiFi in all areas.
At the property, each room comes with a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. The rooms have a terrace with views of the pool or the garden. Private bathrooms all come with a shower.
Coco Leaf restaurant serves a variety of international dishes, and room service is also available.
Set in Nusa Penida just 0.7 miles from Sampalan Harbour, Deva Devi Beach Inn offers express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and a garden.
The property features a bar and a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
All guest rooms at the guest house come with a seating area.
At Deva Devi Beach Inn all rooms also come with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.
For more places to stay in Nusa Penida, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.