Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach – A Complete Guide
Complete Guide to Angel’s Billabong, Nusa PenidaWhen you arrive at Angel’s Billabong, it is recommended that you head straight to Broken Beach and check that out first. They are both at the same car park and are one and the same attraction, however Broken Beach is mainly a photo spot, where as Angel’s Billabong is a fantastic place to chill out and relax (if you come at the right time). This is a complete guide to Angel’s Billabong, including how to get there and what to expect.
How to Get to Angel’s Billabong, Nusa PenidaAngel’s Billabong sits right on the western coast of Nusa Penida, directly in the middle of Crystal Beach and Kelingking Beach. The road to Angel’s Billabong from Crystal Bay is very straight forward; you head south from Crystal Bay and turn right to reach Angel Billabong. From Kelingking it is a bit more complicated, but nonetheless not impossible. The easiest way to navigate is to use your smartphone and google maps, or just ask a local and they will guide you.
What to Expect at Angel’s Billabong, Nusa Penida
Entrance Fee – FREE
Parking Fee – 10k rupiahArriving at the carpark for Angel’s Billabong you will almost immediately hear the roar of the ocean. This is a sign of good things to come! The parking fee for Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach is 10k rupiah, after which there is no additional Angel Billabong entrance fee. Follow the path along the coast and stop for a photo at the cliffside viewpoint if you fancy. Further along the path you will begin to step down towards the sea. After about 10 minutes of walking you will reach the rock pool that is the Angel’s Billabong.
When to Visit Angel’s Billabong, Nusa PenidaThis natural infinite pool is an incredible sight at sunset and low tide, when you will be able to access and swim around in it. At high tide it will be closed off and is not accessible at all, as the huge waves from the Indian Ocean crash through the pool. Given its western location, this is also the perfect spot for an incredible sunset. Try and visit Angel’s Billabong on a day where low tide matches up with the sunset. Check the tide times and plan your journey accordingly.
Complete Guide to Nusa Penida’s Broken BeachAs I said before, we recommend that you ignore Angel’s Billabong on your right as you pass and head straight on through to Broken Beach first. This is because there is not much else to do at Broken Beach apart from take photos, grab a snack and marvel at the beauty of nature. Once you are done here you can head back to Angel’s Billabong and relax in the natural infinite pool.
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How to Get to Broken Beach, Nusa PenidaGiven that Broken Beach shares a carpark with Angel’s Billabong, getting there is the exact same. The road to Broken Beach from Crystal Bay is very straight forward; you head south from Crystal Bay and turn right to reach Broken Beach. From Kelingking it is a bit more complicated, but nonetheless not impossible. The easiest way to navigate is to use your smartphone and google maps, or just ask a local and they will guide you.
What to Expect at Broken Beach, Nusa Penida
Entrance Fee – FREE
Parking Fee – 10k rupiahOnce again, the entrance and parking fees for Nusa Penida’s Broken Beach are included in that of Angel Billabong. The parking fee for Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach is 10k rupiah, after which there is no additional entrance fee. After you leave Angel’s Billabong on your right hand side, continue along the path to the circular cliff of the Broken Beach. You are able to walk all the way around the cliff, taking in the views of the waves crashing through the land bridge from all angles. We recommend you walk in a clockwise direction and stop for photos along the way. In order to help you take photos, there are manmade steps to stand on in order to get a better angle of the beach. You may be expected to leave a tip if you do decide to use these, however. Continue around the circle until you see a small path to the left. If you follow this around, you will be able to get a photo from the other side of the land bridge, leading through to the beach. There are plenty of warungs around the cliff of Broken Beach for you to grab some breakfast or snacks, however these are very expensive due to how popular Broken Beach is and we would recommend stocking up before you leave on your trip or visiting a warung elsewhere. These warungs also have a toilet, which you can use for 5k rupiah.
Are Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach Family Friendly?Due to how well developed the paths and surrounding structures of Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach are, these are sights are are very family friendly. They are the perfect place to visit with young children who can swim, as the Angel’s Billabong is a lovely place for a refreshing dip at low tide. Make sure you pack plenty of water to stay hydrated during your day out, as the heat from the sun can be very dangerous.
Before you Leave for Nusa PenidaBefore you leave on your journey of a lifetime, it is important to get a few things prepared for your trip. These include what you will take to Nusa Penida, what travel insurance is best for your trip and where should you stay on Nusa Penida.
What to Pack for Nusa PenidaGiven Bali’s warm, tropical climate, packing for Bali is actually really simple. Bali has two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. Throughout the year, the temperature on the lowlands and islands of Bali is an average of 30oC, This of course means light clothing is your best choice for the trip. Given the likelihood of rain during your trip, a waterproof jacket is also highly recommended. If you are heading to the mainland of Bali as well, and plan on chasing waterfalls in the more northern territories, the temperature tends to drop as the altitude increases. Packing a warm layer of clothing, such as a jumper or hoodie is also recommended. With regards to sun protection, the tropical sun that Bali is blessed with can also prove very dangerous. Too much exposure to the sun can result in nasty burns, dehydration and even death. Do not spend long periods of time in the sun and make sure you drink plenty of water. Pack plenty of sunscreen for your trip to Bali, as the price of this on the mainland and islands is incredibly expensive. A small, 200mL bottle of sunscreen will set you back as much as £15. Given the beauty of island of Nusa Penida and its sights such as Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach, you are going to want to pack a camera. We made sure you packed our camera bag full to the brim with our camera stand, drone, camera and GoPro to make sure we got he best shots. If you want to see what we keep in our camera bag, check out our Travel Tech here.
What is the Best Travel Insurance for Nusa PenidaNo matter what adventure you about to embark on, the most important purchase you can make to prepare for it is Travel Insurance. Healthcare costs in Indonesia are not cheap and it is a cost that noone budgets and plans for, so do not let a little accident spoil your trip. In order to keep planning stress free, we get covered with World Nomads Travel Insurance. These guys provide a huge range of cover for all kinds of trips, and will give you excellent customer support, no matter where you are in the world, all for a very reasonable price. Get a quote for Travel Insurance with World Nomads right here.
How Can You Get to Nusa PenidaThere are loads of options when it comes to getting to Nusa Penida, all of which ultimately depend on how long you are staying on the island for. If you are planning on doing a one day trip to Nusa Penida, then a Nusa Penida tour package is the best option for you. If you are going to spend a few nights on Nusa Penida (which we highly recommend), then you can make your own way to Nusa Penida by public boat or fast boat. All of these options are discussed below. One Day Nusa Penida Tour Package A one day trip to Nusa Penida typically lasts from 8am till about 6pm, from sunrise until sunset. You will leave first thing in the morning, taking the fast boat across to Nusa Penida, and join your tour guide for the day at the ferry port. Your tour guide will then take you around the island to all of the best spots, and will even double as your private photographer for the day. For the ultimate, one-day, Nusa Penida tour package, book your tour right here.
Nusa Penida Fast Boat from BaliNusa Penida speedboat leave from both Sanur and Padangbai to Nusa Penida, travelling frequently throughout the day. This trip will take you roughly one hour, getting you to Nusa Penida for around 10am. By taking the boat yourself, you will be able to explore this incredible island at your own leisure, drinking in the sights with no worry of a schedule. Make sure you book your Nusa Penida fast boat in advance to secure a spot, as they do tend to sell out quick. Browse all of the tours and fast boat options for the Nusa islands right here.
Public Boat from Bali to Nusa PenidaThe public boat to Nusa Penida is by far the cheapest option, however it is also the longest and slowest option as well. This is the best option for you if you are not in a rush and plan on spending a few days on Nusa Penida. There is no longer a public boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida, instead it has been relocated to run from Padangbai. This unfortunately means that the public boat to Nusa Penida is only feasible if you are travelling from Ubud, as it is much further north than Canggu and Kuta. The public boats of Bali tend to run once or twice a day at varying times. For as little as £2, you can get yourself a spot on the boat, which leaves Padangbai once the boat is full.
Where to Stay on Nusa PenidaNo matter what your flavour for accommodation may be, the huge range of Nusa Penida accommodation will have something for you. This island has something for everyone, all ages, trips and budgets. Here are our top picks for a range of budgets to make your life a little easier. Luxury – If you are looking for a luxurious Nusa Penida experience, look no further that Suwehan Cliff Tree House. By booking this accommodation you will have access to your own private beach, stunning views and breakfast included. You can book your stay at Suwehan Cliff Tree House right here. Mid-Range – Manta Cottage Seaview Plus will be a great place to rest your head at the end of an adventurous day. Enjoy the pool views or take advantage of the hot spring bath to chill out in the evening. You can book your stay at Manta Cottage Seaview Plus right here. Budget – Spend a cheap and cheerful night at Agung Pring Homestay, located on the east side of the island. With a balcony view, private bathroom and air conditioning, you’ll have everything you need for your night on Nusa Penida. You can book your stay at Agung Pring Homestay right here. If hostels are more your social cup of tea, Nusa Penida has a huge selection of hostels to choose from. Browse and book your hostel stay for this paradise island right here.
Getting Around Nusa PenidaOnce you are on the island of Nusa Penida, you have the choice of two options in order to get around. You can choose the expensive and much safer option of a Nusa Penida Tour Package, or you can choose the much cheaper and much riskier option of renting a scooter and driving yourself.
Buy a Nusa Penida Tour PackageAs I said, this is the much safer option for getting around Nusa Penida and once you arrive on the island you will see why. The road over here are not maintained, at all. Some parts of the island literally consist of potholes and ridges, meaning that even the large, comfortable cars you are driven struggle. This is also the best option if you are short on time and only plan on spending only one day on the island. With a private driver you will get to choose between your own itinerary of sights to see, or you can simply follow their own preplanned itinerary. Your driver will not only take you to the best spots at each sight (some of which can be overlooked if you go alone), but they will also be your personal photographer for the day. Book your own private Nusa Penida, one day tour right here and get planning your ultimate adventure.
Rent a Scooter and Tour Nusa Penida Yourself
By far the cheaper option, but also the much riskier one too. As I said before, the roads on Nusa Penida are not suitable for riding a scooter on unless you are very experienced at doing so. That being said, if you take your time and are sensible with your limits, there is no reason you can’t explore this island to the fullest on scooter.
You can rent a scooter either from the ferry port at which you arrived, or you can rent one from your hotel or homestay that you are staying with. A scooter will cost you roughly £4 a day on Nusa Penida, a bit more expensive than the mainland but still very reasonable.
Also Read – Tibumana Waterfall – Everything You Need to KnowSo there you have it, your complete guide to Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach. If you have recently visited yourself and have any favourite spots on Nusa Penida, let us know in the comments section below. What sights were the best? What tour guide did you use? Would you recommend Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach? Let us know! Also remember that sharing is caring! Share this post with your family and friends, so they can get planning a trip of their own to this beautiful part of the world. If you found this guide useful, check out our other Indonesia content to plan the rest of your trip over here. Catch up with us on social media and tag us in your Angel Billabong or Broken Beach photos and we will share them with our community of adventurers. Also Read:
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