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 north-eastern tip of Nusa Penida Island. From the main town of Toya Pakeh, it’s approximately a 30-minute ride.
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!
The altar inside
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 to the forehead. The entrance fee is by donation so we each paid 20,000 IDR.
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The road entrance
Holy water blessings
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WHAT TO EXPECT
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 trying to squeeze through this crack with my backpack and then having to 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.
The cave entrance
Inside the cave
The Balinese temple inside
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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The last temple
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: Pandawa Beach Resort & Spa
This amazing beachfront 5-star resort is centrally located and close to some of the top Nusa Penida beaches. Pandawa Beach Resort offers beachfront rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, free wifi, and ocean views. The rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, private bathrooms, and a modern interior. A continental or buffet breakfast is included for all guests.
Mid Range: La Roja Bungalows
La Roja Bungalows is the most Instagrammable accommodation in Nusa Penida! These cute wooden bungalows sleep up to 2 people featuring spacious rooms, a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and free wifi. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, and restaurant. An à la carte breakfast is also included. Perfect place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: Nusa Garden Bungalow
The best budget accommodation in Nusa Penida! There are dorm rooms, double rooms, and family rooms available at Nusa Garden Bungalow at a very affordable price. These Balinese-style bungalows are fitted with a fan, mosquito net, and ensuite bathroom. Perfect for solo travelers and friends.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA
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WHAT TO PACK FOR BALI
When visiting Bali, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Balinese sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
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