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!
If you are staying in Bali.. but still want to spend a day experiencing how epic Nusa Penida is, you can take a day trip on a speedboat to Penida and tour around the sights for the day with a guide before returning back to Bali in the evening. For just $65, the top-rated Nusa Penida Day Tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off from Bali, lunch, boat transfers and your guide.
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’.
I also wrote detailed guides for all of the adventurous things to do on Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Penida, and the Nusa Lembongan. You can read them by clicking on the post below.