Lots of visitors to Nusa Penida know of Manta Point as a good snorkeling and diving spot where you can swim with the giant manta rays
But what most people don’t know is that there’s also a nice cliff point that overlooks this spot, and it’s every bit as epic as any of the other cliff views in Bali!
West Cliff Overlook
When you reach the parking area at Manta Point, the first thing you’ll see is a row of huge cliffs to the west. Be sure to head over there for a minute and admire the views.
In the distance you can see the little blue stairway for Peguyangan Falls, and even further back you can just barely make out Batu Siha Beach and Saren Cliff Point.
It’s an epic panorama, but there’s more to see here if you keep exploring.
Yellow Petal Temple
Walk southwest from the parking area, and you’ll stumble upon a Hindu temple made out of bright white stone, just sitting out here in the middle of nowhere.
The name is Pura Sekar Kuning, which means Yellow Petal Temple (probably named after the flowers nearby).
The temple was empty when I visited, but if you wear a sarong you can go inside and check it out.
Manta Point Overlook
If you walk around the outside of the temple, there’s a small path in the south that leads to the main overlook: Manta Point.
It’s a short 5 minute walk that cuts through some bushes.
The overlook is an awesome spot where you can sit and watch the snorkeling boats come and go, and if you’re lucky you’ll see manta rays swimming down there too.
Me and my driver chilled here for an hour or two, and I flew the drone over to some of the cliffs. It was peaceful and we didn’t see any people here the whole time!
FREE as of 2019.
There’s no parking fee or entry fee here.
How To Get To Manta Point
Manta Point is on the south side of Nusa Penida island. It’s accessible by car or scooter, about 1 hour drive from the main docks and accommodation in northern Penida.
Be careful if you go by scooter because the road is rough and may be dangerous in some spots if you don’t take it slow!
If you’re looking for more info on how to get to Nusa Penida island in the first place, you can find that here.
Nusa Penida Private Driver
If you’d like to explore Nusa Penida in the comfort and safety of a van, with a driver, my top recommendation would be Klook.com.
Their price is 540k IDR for a full day of driving in Penida (10 hours) for 1-5 passengers (total price for the whole van + driver!). This is a steal.
We’ve used Klook for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they’re great! Highly recommended.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at Saren Villa on the north coast of Nusa Penida, and paid $19 USD for a private double room with cold A/C, hot shower, and good WiFi.
It's not the cheapest option in Penida, but that price includes free breakfast and a great location near the best restaurants! I was happy.
Prices may fluctuate from time to time, so just keep an eye out for a good deal.