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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
- TreeHouse “Rumah Pohon” which offers you incredible views of Diamond 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.
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.