Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong are some of Nusa Penida‘s must-visit sites, situated on the southwestern coast of the island near Crystal Bay. Formerly notorious for its terrible road conditions, the route is now much better. Only the last hundred meters serves as a reminder of the past. Those who want a challenge can hike from Crystal Bay to Broken Beach. But the trail can be difficult to locate and can take up to two hours to traverse. Known as Pasih Uug to the locals, the two beaches are among Nusa Penida’s most iconic destinations, alongside Kelingking Beach and Crystal Bay.
What is the origin of the name Broken Beach?
Broken Beach is so named because a portion of the cliff near the seashore has collapsed, creating a circular shape that measures approximately 100 meters. As a result, the area resembles a circular bay. Water flows into this bay through an arch that overlooks the sea. It’s difficult to describe, so please take a look at the photos!
While visiting Broken Beach, you’ll likely spend time walking around the bay and taking numerous photographs. However, please be careful when taking selfies! Some careless tourists have gone to great lengths to capture the perfect selfie and have fallen from the cliff. As a result, local authorities posted signs warning visitors about the dangers of taking selfies.
If you’re lucky, you may spot Manta rays from the arch. The cliff is located above Manta Bay, where fishing boats take guests for snorkeling tours.
Can you fly a drone at Broken Beach?
If you’re aiming for a spectacular aerial shot, I suggest flying your drone at an altitude of around 150 meters and capturing a vertical photo from that height. However, it’s important to avoid attempting to fly your drone beneath the arch to capture video footage. Numerous people have tried and failed and if you go diving there you will see many drones at the base of the arch in the sea.
Why ? Because most pilot fly the drone too slowly beneath the arch. When the drone lose contact with their pilot below the arch, the drone climbs to its intended altitude for retrieval, it collides with the arch’s roof, causing it to fall and sink.
To fly your drone below Broken Beach arch, you have two options: either fly at maximum speed under the arch and hope that the momentum will propel the drone to the other side, or cease recording before reaching the arch, resume recording on the opposite side, and then edit the footage together later.
A billabong is a term used in Australia to describe an isolated pond that is formed when a river changes its course. However, at Angel’s Billabong, it is more of a natural pool. The pool is filled with clear water during high tide and appears as a natural pool during low tide. It is an enjoyable experience to take a swim in the crystal-clear water during low tide.
However, it is important to avoid swimming during high tide or when there are big waves. It is crucial to exit the pool immediately once the first wave enters, as I have witnessed tourists losing their balance due to the waves. Luckily, they were not swept out of the pool, as it can be nearly impossible to come back once that happens. After the most recent incident resulting in a casualty in February 2023, swimming in Angel Billabong natural pool is now prohibited.
The two photos below, taken within a span of just five minutes, show how quickly the situation can change.
How to get to Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong
By scooter or car
To get to Broken Beach from Toyapakeh, take a left turn at the intersection after the village of Sakti. The road on the right leads to Crystal Bay, while the left road is the one you should take. Then, take the first right and follow the road signs. The road is mostly new, but you can avoid the last few hundred meters of a dirt road by turning left at the sign for ‘Wayan Coffee’. You can park near Broken Beach and walk to Angel’s Billabong from there.
It will take about 40 minutes to get to Broken Beach and Angel Billabong from either Toyapakeh or Crystal Bay.
Hiking from Crystal Bay to Broken Beach
Hiking to Broken Beach from Crystal Bay is possible, but it’s not an easy trail to navigate. It takes approximately two hours. Proper shoes are a necessity for this hike. The starting point of the trail is relatively easy to find. Facing the sea at Crystal Bay, walk towards the left side of the beach. There you will find stairs leading up the hill and then down to Pandan Beach. From there, you’ll need to climb to the top of the next hill, which can be a bit challenging. Finding the trail through the forest on the other side of the second beach might also be a little tricky.
Once you’re out of the forest, the path becomes relatively flat until you reach Broken Beach. The route is not well-defined, but if you have Google Maps, you should be able to navigate your way. Recently, some people have claimed to reach Crystal Bay from Broken Beach on a scooter, following a route indicated on Google Maps. However, I have attempted to find this road without success.
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What is the best time to go to Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong ?
Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, and Kelingking Beach are popular destination for day-trip tourists. To avoid the crowds, it is better to avoid visiting during the peak hours of 11 am to 3 pm. However, plan to arrive before 2 pm if you want to capture sunny photos of Angel’s Billabong natural pool.