Broken Beach Nusa Penida – Natural Bay In Bali

by David & Intan

Broken Beach is one of the most famous sightseeing stops on Nusa Penida island in Bali.

This is an amazing horseshoe-shaped circular cove formed in the rocks, complete with a leftover arch and perfectly blue water. It’s easy to visit, with only a short walk required.

Make sure Broken Bay is on your itinerary when you visit Bali, because it’s one of the most unique beaches you’ll ever see!

This travel guide will explain how to get to Broken Beach Nusa Penida (with or without a tour from Bali), and everything else you need to know before you go!

Where To Stay In Nusa Penida


Broken Beach Nusa Penida: What To Expect

Broken Beach is a circular hollow bay in the cliff rocks, apparently carved by the waves over many, many years.

The bottom is filled with turquoise water from the waves coming in, and there’s even a small white sand beach. You can’t actually go down to the beach, just admire from above, but what a cool view it is!

There’s a few old local legends associated with this place that say it was created either by a giant’s footsteps or by an angry sorcerer.

Broken Bay is definitely a very unique kind of formation that I haven’t seen anywhere else in my world travels, although I know there’s a similar bay (called the ‘Hidden Beach’) on Isla Marietas in Mexico, as well as another one called the Grotta della Poesia in Italy.

Last, but not least, a third place with some similarities to Broken Bay (at least if you look at it from above) is the Benagil Cave in Algarve, Portugal.

Broken Beach Nusa Penida Bali Bay Drone

Drone picture of Broken Bay Nusa Penida

Broken Beach Nusa Penida Bali Bay Drone

Up close view of the circular bay from above

Walking in a circle around Broken Beach, you can get more views of the rocky coast and the boats bringing people out for snorkeling tours. Just be careful walking near the edge of the cliff, because it’s a bigger drop than it looks.

If you have a drone this is a great spot to fly, with lots of wide open space and amazing views of the coastline and horseshoe-shaped bay from above.

This area is also one of the popular hangout spots for manta rays, so you’ll most likely get to see some rays floating around in the sea nearby.

Broken Beach Nusa Penida Bali Bay

Entrance Fees

FREE as of 2020.

There’s no entry fee or parking fee at Broken Beach Nusa Penida.
Broken Beach Nusa Penida Bali Bay Drone


How To Get To Broken Beach

Broken Bay is on the west side of Nusa Penida island, near Bali.

It’s accessible by car or scooter, about 45-60 minutes’ drive from the main docks and accommodation in northern Penida.

Be careful if you go by scooter because this is one of the roughest roads in Penida, and may be dangerous in some spots if you don’t take it slow!

If you’re looking for more info on how to get to Nusa Penida island from Bali, you can find that here.

Broken Beach Nusa Penida Bali Bay Drone

Broken Beach Nusa Penida Bali Bay

More Nusa Penida Travel Tips

Looking for more information on the beautiful island of Nusa Penida in Bali?

Don't forget to check out my full Nusa Penida Travel Guide with free tips, maps, photos, and more.

This island is loaded with nice beaches, cliffs, caves, and snorkeling spots!

Nusa Penida Private Driver

If you want to explore Nusa Penida in the comfort and safety of a van with a driver, my top recommendation would be GetYourGuide.

They offer a full day of driving and sightseeing in Penida (up to 8 hours) for 1-5 passengers. This tour includes the whole van + driver + petrol.

We've used GetYourGuide for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they're great! Highly recommended.

Book Now: Nusa Penida Driver

Broken Beach Nusa Penida Bali Bay

Broken Beach Nusa Penida Bali Bay

Where We Stayed

We stayed at Saren Villa on the north coast of Nusa Penida, and paid 240k Rupiah ($15 USD) for a private double room with cold A/C, hot shower, and good WiFi.

This is one of the cheapest options in Penida, and it's in a great location near the best restaurants! We were happy.

Prices may fluctuate from time to time, so just keep an eye out for a good deal.


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