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Broken Beach & Angel’s Billabong

by Jonathan Kyprianou

Some of Nusa Penida’s spectacular coastline


On the island of Nusa Penida, coastal erosion has formed these epic, picturesque locations. One being Broken Beach – a small secluded beach – and the other, Angel’s Billabong – a natural pool.


Surrounding Broken Beach you can take some beautiful natural shops of the cacti with the beach in the background


The beach isn’t accessible for human enjoyment. The only thing you can do is walk around the sea arch and enjoy the spectacular views. If you were after a dip in the water, you could get in at the other attraction nearby, Angel’s Billabong. There is no mistaking the power and artistry of these magnificent works.


Turquoise water of Broken Beach




I made my way by scooter from the Toyapakeh area around 5:30 am, which gave me lots of time to and freedom to wander around the sea arch and take photos without the big crowds.


Cacti surrounding Broken Beach make for cool natural photography


When to visit Broken Beach


No one ever enjoys having to wait for the space to take photographs, feeling pressured to quickly snapping away then moving on, as there are families of tourists waiting behind you for family photos. Get yourself onto your scooter before daylight and get moving.

The more intrigued, experienced travelers and backpackers start to flock by the dozens around the edge of the cliff from around 8:30 am and then, he horrid tour groups. Minibusses start flooding the surroundings from around 9:30/10:00 am.



The Nusa Islands has endured enormous publicity over the last few years, due to social media apps such as Instagram and so on, so it’s hard to admire their attractions while experiencing some solitude.


Palm surroundings on the journey to Broken Beach and Angel's Billabong

Getting to Broken Beach & Angel’s Billabong


Broken Beach is on the West Coast of Nusa Penida. It is quite far away from anything else as it’s quite a big island, so it will require you to get there either by scooter or by a tour.

By tour:

Using ToursByLocals: 

Tour option from Nusa Penida: Nusa Penida Private Tour

Tour option from Bali: Nusa Penida Tour from Bali

There are cheaper tours you can do with tour companies all around Bali and the Nusa islands, but I highly recommend using ToursbyLocals. Read about why I suggest using a local guide

By scooter:

In my opinion, the best way to reach Broken Beach via motorcycle, as there are roads that can lead you right to it. The streets have improved a lot due to the high influx of tourists that the Nusa islands attract, but expect a bumpy ride. If you’re not an experienced scooter driver, it will be an exciting journey, I warn you now! I suggest you leave early before sunrise, to miss the morning rush.

Parking does cost at Broken beach, which sets you back only 5,000 Rupiah. While you’re parked there, you can head over to Angel’s Billabong, the spectacular natural pool around the corner.

A viewpoint built into the side of the cliff, overlooking the palm forrests

Where to stay in Nusa Penida


I will recommend a couple of options, depending on what your taste is:



I have an Airbnb voucher for you which gives you $35 credit if you fancied spoiling yourselves:

Click here to redeem the Airbnb voucher

AirBNB discount voucher

Shop Dock & Bay

Lady carrying fruit, walking along the road on the way to Broken Beach

Angel’s Billabong Natural Pool


Angel’s Billabong is one more jewel to the collection of the breathtaking untouched coastline of Nusa Penida; a natural pool formed into the rocks, which is accessible for anyone in low tide.  A perfect place to enjoy a picturesque cliff view and fascinating rock formations.


Angel's Billabong Nusa Penida



Angel's Billabong natural pool


Tip: In the water, you will need to be careful of the jagged edges and steep drop which isn’t that obvious to the naked eye, but other than that you can float here in sheer serenity, most likely in the early morning while listening to the waves of the ocean.

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