Broken beach is a remarkable spot on the west coast of Nusa Penida. This natural rock archway is a result of the erosion of earth over millions of years. The spectacular cove of Broken beach with the crystal clear turquoise waters is one of the must see spots on Nusa Penida island. You can walk around the cove over the natural bridge to see all the different angles of Broken beach, but you can’t descend down to the beach itself. If you have a drone you will love to see the aerial perspective of Broken beach as well. Besides exploring this unique Nusa Penida beach you can also visit Angels Billabong which is located on the same site. Read in this blog post everything you need to know about Broken beach Nusa Penida.
Best Nusa Penida tours
If you want to explore Nusa Penida during a one, two or three day trip, then it is highly recommended to book your tour in advance. Because of Bali’s popularity and in particular Nusa Penida, it is highly recommended to book your tours in advance as it is likely that tours sell out. So don’t wait with booking until you get to Bali. Choose your favorite tours here and secure your booking! All of these tours include air conditioned transport with hotel pick up and drop off, certified guides and fastboat tickets. You can reserve now and pay later, with cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
- Nusa Penida one day tour. See all the highlights of Nusa Penida during this epic day tour. Start your day snorkeling with Manta Rays, then go to Crystal Bay, look out over Kelingking beach, visit Atuh and Diamond beach and take pictures at Thousand island viewpoint and the famous treehouse.
- Nusa Penida two day tour. During this 2 day tour you will see almost everything on Nusa Penida. You will snorkel with Manta Rays, see all the best viewpoints and swim in the most clearest waters at the beaches of Nusa Penida.
- Nusa Penida three day tour. This three day tour shows you everything of Nusa Penida underwater and on land. You will snorkel at a few locations and see the best viewpoints, beaches, waterfalls and photo spots of Nusa Penida.
- 2-Day Nusa Penida & Lembongan complete tour. This 2 day tour is perfect if you want to combine the best of both islands, Lembongan and Penida. All your transport, 1 night stay in a beachfront hotel and all activities and entrance fees are included.
- West Nusa Penida day tour & Snorkel with Manta Rays. Explore the west coast of Nusa Penida including Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach. Besides that you will snorkel with Manta Rays at Manta Point.
- East Nusa Penida day tour. Explore the Instagram hotspots of Nusa Penida along the east coast. Visit the famous Kelingking viewpoint, Diamont beach lookout, the famous tree house, Thousand Island viewpoint and Atuh beach.
- Snorkel with Manta Rays tour. If you only want to go snorkeling with Manta Rays in Nusa Penida, then you can book this tour which includes 3 snorkeling sessions at Nusa Lembongan and Penida, Mangrove tour by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or private gondola and pick up and drop off.
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How to get to Broken Beach Nusa Penida
Broken beach is located on the far southwest coast of Nusa Penida. From the main town of the island, Toya Pakeh, it’s about an 45 minute drive on asphalt roads. Since 2020 most of the main roads on Nusa Penida got an upgrade, only the last part towards the parking of Broken beach you will encounter a ‘broken road’ which makes it a bit of an uncomfortable bumpy last part. Can you imagine that half of the road towards Broken beach was like this back in 2018?!
The best way to get around Nusa Penida Island by renting a scooter. However, you can also book one of the Nusa Penida tours so you will be driven around in a car with air conditioning. Prices of tours vary depending on what you want to include during the day trip. Check prices beforehand at different tour operators to get an idea of the average price.
Renting a scooter on Nusa Penida will cost you anywhere between 70 000 IDR for a small scooter and 100 000 IDR for an NMax with 150cc. In our experience you can better rent an NMax with 2 people because you will need to extra power going uphill in Nusa Penida.
Best time to go to Broken Beach Nusa Penida
If you want to beat the crowds and heat, then the best time to visit Broken beach is in the early morning. Because there is not much effort required to get to Broken beach and Angels Billabong I would even advice to get here before breakfast. There is not much natural shade around Broken beach and Angels Billabong, just some trees on the side. When we got there around 7 AM it was already só hot and we were sweating like crazy. Around 9 AM it started to get busy already with many cars on the parking and people walking around to take pictures.
So, if you want to enjoy this place with few people around and in somewhat bearable temperature, then come as early as possible. Preferably eat your breakfast after visiting to win some extra time!
Another option is to come around sunset time. Also fewer people and a bit lower temperature than later morning or during midday. You can’t really see the sunset here, but if the sky turn in nice pastel colors it will give a magical feeling to the experience.
Sunset at Broken Beach
Entrance fee Broken Beach Nusa Penida
There is no entrance fee for Broken beach, just the parking fee of 10 000 IDR per vehicle. From the parking lot it is a 5 minute walk down the volcanic rocks when you get to the first point of interest, Angels Billabong, which is a natural pool. For Broken beach you just continue along the local shacks selling coconuts and snacks until you get to the natural arch of Broken beach.
What to expect at Broken Beach Nusa Penida
Once you arrive at Broken beach after walking over the volcanic rocks and along the local shacks you will see the unique arch. It is truly mesmerising to think about how this has been naturally formed over millions years of time due to erosion. During and after the rainy season the vegetation around Broken beach will be lush green. But, in and at the end of the dry season most of the trees and vegetation will be brown. This might give a different experience after you’ve seen the pictures of us with the beautiful green trees.
You can walk around the cove to explore Broken beach from every angle. From one side you can see the arch, from the other side you can see the beach at its best. If you have a drone you should definitely fly it here. Then you will see that Broken beach is circular and looks like a closed off beach. Only from the side you can see the beautiful arch where sometimes even boats sail through to see Broken beach from closer by.
Unfortunately it is not possible to go down into the cove to walk on the beach or have a refreshing dip. The water is so crystal clear here that you can even see the reef. I can imagine that it must be beautiful to snorkel along Broken beach. But the current also looks strong, so it might be because of safety reasons and to keep nature as it is that there is no way of exploring the beach.
Angel’s Billabong natural pool
If you fancy a dip in the salty water you can still do this, but at the natural pools of Angel’s Billabong which is right around the corner of Broken beach. You passed this spot on the way to Broken beach from the parking lot. This crystal clear tide pool looks almost like an infinity pool when the waves are calm. The water is then like a mirror and reflects the sky perfectly.
You can dip and float in this natural pool, but not when the ocean is rough. The waves will then come easily over the side and the current gets too dangerous. There have been incidents here when people got pulled into the wild ocean. So use your common sense and don’t go too close to the end and don’t go in when the waves splash over.
Another fun thing to know is that in the waters close to Nusa Penida Island are many Manta Rays. If you’re lucky you can see them at most of the beaches when you’re standing on the cliffs. But some of the best spots to watch Manta Rays are Diamond beach, Suwehan beach and of course in Manta Bay which is the southern bay of Broken beach. If you sit here on the cliffs and it’s a calm day in the ocean you can get very lucky to spot Manta Rays cruising around. This is such a unique experience! And if you’re not planning on snorkeling or diving in Nusa Penida, then you still had the chance to see the majestic Manta Rays in the wild from a distance!
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