BROKEN BEACH ON NUSA PENIDA, BALI
Broken Beach is an incredible little cove on Nusa Penida island. The highlight of the cove and the reason it is called Broken Beach is due to the archway that wraps around the bay allowing water to flow in and out from the ocean. In this blog post, I will share everything you need to know about visiting Broken Beach and tell you about a secret Manta Ray viewpoint only two minutes walk from Broken Beach.
How to get to Broken Beach
Broken Beach is on the West Coast of Nusa Penida. The island is quite big and it can take over an hour to cruise from one side to another depending on where your accommodation is located. The roads are improving very quickly throughout Nusa Penida as tourist traffic increases but if you are a novice scooter driver this is gonna be an interesting journey for you!
You could either rent a moped while on Nusa Penida and do a solo adventure or the other option is to join a customizable tour from Bali with Four Elements Adventure Tour Company (best tour operator on Nusa Penida) that lets you pick the beaches spots you want to visit. I recommend the Nusa Island Epic Tour or Nusa Penida East Tour if you are keen to check out the best beaches and viewpoints. Make sure to let the team know you are keen to visit Broken Beach.
A motorbike costs a little bit more than on Bali mainland. We got ours for 70,000 rupiah per day with a full tank of gas. It wasn’t deal of the year but don’t expect to haggle down to 40,000 rupiah like you might manage on the streets of Canggu or Kuta.
Parking at Broken Beach cost 40 cents USD, which is 5,000 rupiah. From this parking lot, you can walk to Angel’s Billabong by following the signs, which will then lead you to Broken Beach. On the walk from Angel’s Billabong to Broken Beach, you will pass by the Manta Ray viewpoint!
Broken Beach on Nusa Penida
All around the world, there are unique ways in which the earth has eroded over time. Sometimes mother nature leaves us with something quite remarkable. On Nusa Penida, one of those places that leave us in a state of awe at how over millions of years the earth has ended up as beautiful as it appears before us right now!
The arch at Broken Beach has been formed over many, many years and is now a true spectacle. From above the cove appears almost circular and closed in, however, at eye level the arch is quite high. Unfortunately, there is no way down into the cove for a refreshing dip although you can get in the water at Angel’s Billabong around the corner.
We hung out at Broken Beach shooting in several of the classic spots but also exploring the far side of the arch next to the ocean. We thought about a cliff jump here but without a way to climb back up, it would mean a long swim back to Angel’s Billabong. Possible but we decided to give it a miss.
Manta Ray Viewpoint
As well as Angel’s Billabong, there is another attraction nearby and it is one that you may not find by yourself!
As you finish up at Angel’s Billabong and head to Broken Beach make sure you look at the Manta Ray viewpoint. The walk from Angel’s Billabong to Broken Beach only takes 5 minutes but halfway through the journey is an archway made of trees. When you reach this archway don’t go through immediately! Head up the hill towards the coast on your right and look down into the ocean. This is where the Giant Manta Rays hang out. We sat on the cliffs watching the Mantas cruise around and surface time and time again. It was a pretty awesome discovery and we have aptly named the cliff, ‘Manta Ray Viewpoint’.
Where to stay on Nusa Penida
I’m going to recommend three places to stay on Nusa Penida. All three of these spots are in great locations but each one is a little different. One is a luxury pick, one is a value selection and the last recommendation I have for you is where I recommend for the budget backpackers.
Ananta Bungalow – Value: The Ananta Bungalow is an awesome location right next to Crystal Bay, which is the best sunset beach on Nusa Penida and where the Manta Ray and snorkel trips launch off from. Basing yourself where you want to spend every sunset is a great idea. The beautiful bungalows have a thatched roof, terrace and combine the island life with modern facilities. The bungalows how WiFi and air conditioning. These are iconic looking bungalows and for less than $25 a night they really are the best value place to stay on Nusa Penida.
Semabu Hills Resort – Luxury: Semabu Hills is definitely the best pick of the luxury options. It has an epic infinity pool that looks out over the ocean, which is an amazing spot to relax after adventuring around the island. With breakfast included each morning and luxury rooms, this is the kind of place you treat yourself to as a family or a couple.
Hostel Nusa Penida – Budget: There’s always a good hostel when backpacking in Indonesia and on Nusa Penida, this is your pick. Hostel Nusa Penida has free WiFi, is in a good central location, which is close to most of the main attractions, beaches, and hikes. It’s clean, modern and the staff are legends.
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