Broken Beach, known to locals as Pasih Uug, is a geological wonder located on the west coast of Nusa Penida. With its unique circular rock formation that surrounds a turquoise-blue bay, Broken Beach is so named for the natural arch which “breaks” the circle of rock and creates a gateway to the Indian Ocean. This arch has been carved into the limestone cliffs over hundreds of years, to finally create a channel of water connecting the circular cove to the wide open sea beyond.
Here at Broken Beach, visitors sit back and admire the incredible views from atop the cliffs, while the dramatic waves below crash against the rocks. Just keep in mind this is an extremely popular destination, so it does get crowded during the day.
Broken Beach is in the western part of Nusa Penida, meaning that it takes up to an hour to get there from other parts of the island. The drive to access the beach is difficult by car due to road conditions and traffic, so some visitors prefer to travel by scooter - this is only recommended for experienced riders however. Keep in mind that whilst called a beach, it isn’t possible to descend to the beach or swim at this location. The good news is that Broken Beach is only 5 minutes from another of Nusa Penida’s best attractions, Angels Billabong.
Handy Travel Tip: One of our favourite cafes, Wayan Coffee, is located here. Wayan Coffee serves up delicious smoothie bowls and coffee, to enjoy with an amazing view.
Entrance fee: 5,000 IDR (plus 5,000 IDR for parking)
Best for: Scenery, stunning views
Drawbacks: Not appropriate for swimming
5. Descend the blue stairs to Peguyangan Waterfall
Peguyangan Waterfall, known alternately as Guyangan Waterfall, is a sacred site located in southwestern Nusa Penida. Renowned for its tiny falls and iconic blue stairs, a visit to Peguyangan leads travellers on an adventurous journey to an ancient shrine. Once arrived,
this unique Nusa Penida location offers amazing natural sights and a quiet moment for reflection.
Visiting Peguyangan Waterfall involves descending a blue staircase often referred to as the “Blue Stairway to Heaven”. As you trek down the steep steps, you will be rewarded with the sight of the freshwater hitting the blue sea, and a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean. Just keep in mind that the descent is somewhat difficult and takes 15-30 minutes, so this attraction is only suitable for those with at least moderate physical fitness and mobility.
At the end of your hike, a temple surrounded by a natural spring awaits. Since this is a spiritual site, it’s advisable to shower under one of the three sprouts located at the entrance and cleanse yourself before approaching it. Keep in mind, visitors are required to wear a sarong, which is available to rent from the monks at the entrance for 15k Rupiah (~$1.50 AUD).
Getting to the waterfall is relatively easy either by car or scooter. Note that the road leading to the waterfall is uneven, so it's advisable to proceed with caution, especially if you’re on a scooter.
Once you have made your epic journey, we recommend you head to the nearby Manta Point Bar & Resto for a bite. This family restaurant is a favourite amongst locals, serving up delicious chicken and veggie burgers that come with cheese, bacon and a side of fries - all for only 55,000 IDR (~$5.50 AUD).
Handy Travel Tip: Visit Peguyangan Waterfall in the morning or late afternoon when the temperatures are slightly cooler. This will make your hike up and down the 730 steps less taxing!
Entrance fee: 5,000 IDR (~$5 AUD) for parking. Extra 15,000 IDR (~$1.5 AUD) to rent a sarong.
Best for: Waterfalls, Hiking, Adventure
6. Venture into the mystical Goa Giri Putri Temple