Day 2: Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach, Smoke Beach, Puyung Beach & Crystal Beach
ANGELS BILLABONG & BROKEN BEACH
Be careful while driving on this road because it gets a lot of vehicle traffic from the day tours of the island and the cars don’t leave a lot of room for motorbikes to get by. You may want to pull off to the side if you see a line of them heading your way.
The road to Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach is the worst on the entire island so plan for a bumpy ride. Not only is the road badly damaged, but because of the long distance you must drive on the rutted, rocky road.
When you arrive to Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach you’ll need to pay the entrance fee of 5,000 IDR per person and 1,000 IDR for motorbike parking. There are several small restaurants here if you want to have a snack or rest with an ice cold beverage before continuing on your tour. Be aware that this is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island so expect to encounter crowds.
Angel’s Billabong is a small swimming hole with gorgeous, turquoise water that overlooks the ocean. It is surrounded by high rocks so you can enjoy the view from above. It’s one of the most beautiful spots on Nusa Penida.
Swimming here is only allowed right at low tide and is roped off when it is deemed unsafe by the “lifeguard” on duty. There have been incidents of unsuspecting tourists getting swept out to sea by a particularly large sneaker wave here so safety is a priority. Be sure to check the tide report prior to visiting as swimming here is absolutely amazing!
Broken Beach is essentially a beach that is completely surrounded by cliff walls; a natural sea arch allows water to flow through. You can walk the loop trail high above the enclosed beach area and see the spectacular views from all angles. There are even several platforms that you can stand on to best capture a photo.
Next stop for the day is Smoky Beach
Have you ever heard of Smoke Beach Nusa Penida on the island of Bali? Smoke Beach is a new beach that recently visited by many tourists. Not only his name is unique, but also the exotic scenery.
This beach has a great waves pounding the cliffs and rising up like smoke, hence called Smoke Beach by the tourists.
Because the waves are also local residents call it by Pasih Andus, where in the Balinese language means the beach that water spray. Pasih means beach, and Andus means water spray.
Puyung Beach is on the west side of Nusa Penida island.
You can reach it on foot from Crystal Bay, which is accessible by car or scooter with a small parking fee.
From Crystal Bay, walk south until you reach the end of the beach. You’ll find a hidden path in the trees. Follow this path over the hill for 20-30 minutes and you’ll arrive at Pandan Beach
Proceed to the south end of Pandan Beach, and you’ll find another hidden clearing in the trees.
The entrance is a bit hard to see, since it’s hidden in the bushes
The water in Crystal Bay is calm and it’s perfect for snorkeling. You can rent snorkel gear on the beach for 50,000 IDR to see the coral. Or you can just relax on the beach with an ice-cold Bintang in hand. There are numerous small warungs lining the beach that serve food and drinks.
If you have an extra day on Nusa Penida you can also sign onto one of the daily diving/snorkeling trips to Manta Point where you can swim with giant manta rays (more about that below).
Be sure to watch sunset on the beach at Crystal Bay, the sun sets behind the huge rock in the middle of the bay and it’s absolutely magical. You’ll be happy if you’re staying nearby so you don’t have to worry about driving after dark!