Pura Goa Giri Putri Temple and Cave is one of Nusa Penida’s most underrated tourist spots and definitely not to be missed on your adventures around the island.
Here is a complete guide including where it is, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive at this unique location.
WHERE IS PURA GOA GIRI PUTRI TEMPLE?
Pura Goa Giri Putri cave temple is located on the northeastern tip of Nusa Penida Island.
From the main town of Toya Pakeh, it’s approximately a 30-minute drive.
HOW TO GET HERE
The best way to get here is by scooter.
There are a number of scooter rental shops dotted along the beachfront at the Toya Pakeh harbor that will be able to sort you out with some wheels when you arrive.
You can expect to pay around 70,000 IDR per day for a scooter rental with a full tank of gas.
Be sure to get a helmet as an extra precaution for riding on the roads in Nusa Penida as they are not very well maintained with potholes and loose gravel in many areas.
I also highly recommend purchasing travel insurance, especially when riding on the roads in Asia. Safety first!
BEST TIME TO VISIT
You can visit as early as 7 am and until 5 pm. I am to believe that there are mass prayer ceremonies on the weekends where some 100+ locals fill the cave.
If you are able to, try not to miss one of these mass ceremonies as this would truly be an unforgettable experience.
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ARRIVING AT GOA GIRI PUTRI TEMPLE
There is a small car park at the entrance and here you will also be asked to put on a sarong which they rent out for 5,000 IDR before being allowed entry to the temple.
Take the winding staircase midway up the mountain and you’ll be greeted by a man that will bless you with some holy water on the forehead.
The entrance fee is by donation so we each paid 20,000 IDR.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT GOA GIRI PUTRI TEMPLE
At first, I thought the man was joking when he said “enter here” and pointed to a small crack in the rock. It was a challenge to squeeze through this crack with my backpack and then crawl down into the cave.
I was absolutely jaw-dropped at how insanely huge the Pura Goa Giri Putri cave is, my guess is 300 meters long and 15 meters tall.
It was like walking into a scene from the movie Alice In Wonderland, from feeling too big to squeeze through a tiny hole in a rock to feeling like the size of an ant once inside the cave.
We wandered deeper into the cave and stumbled upon a small group of locals sitting in prayer around an altar.
Incense filled the air and we pretty much went unnoticed as we walked around the cave.
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Follow the pathway to the end of the cave to a viewpoint of a small village on the lush green mountainside.
You can exit the cave here or head back the same way you came and crawl back through the hole in the rock.
I was lucky enough to experience a local man playing some very nice tunes on his steel xylophone in front of another altar at the end of the cave.
After he finished playing, he introduced himself to me and asked where I was from. I said “I’m from Australia”, and he was quick to respond “G’day mate.”
If you have been to Indonesia before, you will know what I’m talking about when I say that Indonesians are the most genuine and friendly people you will come across.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA
Nusa Penida has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See this list of accommodations in Nusa Penida that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: MAUA NUSA PENIDA
MAUA is one of the only luxury properties in Nusa Penida which is located on the cliffs near Gamat Bay and boasts stunning ocean views.
Features include a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar, an outdoor terrace, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast is included for all guests.
Perfect for couples with a choice of staying in one of the suite villas or luxury villas.
MID RANGE: LA ROJA BUNGALOWS
La Roja Bungalows is the most Instagrammable accommodation in Nusa Penida making it the perfect place to stay for couples or friends.
These cute wooden bungalows sleep up to 2 people and feature spacious rooms, a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.
There is also an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, and a restaurant with breakfast included for all guests.
BUDGET: NUANSA PENIDA HOSTEL
This is the most popular hostel on the island to accommodate solo backpackers and all other travelers on a budget.
Each bungalow-style dormitory has an ensuite bathroom, private balcony, sofas, personalized wardrobes, and free Wi-Fi.
Nuansa Penida Hostel also has a swimming pool, a restaurant, a mini-mart, and rental scooters available.
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FINAL THOUGHTS – PURA GOA GIRI PUTRI
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