Angel’s Billabong Nusa Penida – A Complete Visitor’s Guide
Angel’s Billabong is a scenic natural infinity pool on the island of Nusa Penida in Indonesia. The tidal pool is perched on the side of the Indian Ocean and experiences magical high and low tides. Float in the shallow pool, and admire the multiple depths and formations under the crystal clear water on a beautiful sunny tropical day. Ahhhh, life is good!
Angel’s Billabong is commonly visited in conjunction with Broken Beach as they are only a 5 minutes walk apart and share spectacular views of the western coastline.
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Visiting Angels Billabong Nusa Penida: Everything you Need to Know
Where is Angel’s Billabong Nusa Penida?
Angel’s Billabong is a natural landmark located on the island of Nusa Penida, an hours fast boat ferry from Southeast mainland Bali. The location can be found on the Northwest tip of the island near Broken Beach. The main road leading to the attraction is paved, but the last 100 metres is dirt and uneven ground. Be careful!
How to get to Angel’s Billabong?
If you want to experience true island life, definitely rent a scooter upon arrival in the harbour as your Nusa Penida transport. A scooter is by far the best way of getting around Nusa Penida.
It can take up to an hour to get across the island and in recent years, Nusa Penida has made an effort to build a nicely paved coastal road that runs on the east side of the island, but many of the attractions will still have rougher patches. Make sure to ask for a helmet with your rental as a precaution, better to be safe than sorry!
The cost of a scooter rental, including a full tank of gas, will be 70,000 IDR a day (approximately $4.85 USD) from any vendor at the ToyaPakeh Harbour.
Of course, there is always the option to book a private car charter if the idea of driving around a scooter is not your idea of fun.
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Where to Park at Angels Billabong Nusa Penida
Once you’ve turned left off the main paved road and have reached the dirt roadway, head straight to the end and park your scooter in front of Warung Angel Billabong. Here, they will collect a 5,000 IDR (approximately $0.35 USD) for parking. Remember to bring cash, as that is all they accept.
Angel’s Billabong Nusa Penida
The Angel’s Billabong entrance fee is 5,000 IDR (approximately $0.35 USD) and will be combined with your parking fee for a total of 10,000 IDR ($0.70 USD) to be paid in Indonesian Rupiah.
Angels Billabong Opening Hours
The area surrounding Angel’s Billabong is open 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. Although I wouldn’t suggest coming here after dark, as the coastline is not fenced and you could lose your footing.
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What to Expect at Angel Billabong Nusa Penida
There are two ways of getting to Angel’s Billabong. The first is through the main parking lot in front of Warung Angel Billabong and the second is from Broken Beach.
The first will take you from the dirt parking lot to a set of cement stairs that follows the edge of the coast. You will arrive at the natural tide pool within 5 minutes. Warungs dot the hillside here on the left, and Angel’s Billabong lies to the right at the ocean’s edge.
Secondly, you can reach Angel’s Billabong from Broken Beach, just a short 5-minute walk through the trees.
Once you reach Angel’s Billabong you will be encountered with a beautiful view of the natural tide pool, which has multiple depths that create a beautiful pattern in the water. Since the tide pool is right at the edge of Manta Bay, you can experience dangerous waves that can whisk you away during high tide. I highly suggest you do not visit during this time unless you don’t plan to enter the water.
Make your way down the sharp volcanic rocks to the water’s edge using durable sandals or shoes. Here you can slowly descend into the tide pool. Watch out for the algae and small natural holes at the bottom of the pool, as they can be easy to slip on and into. For safety, bring your belongings down with you to the second rock tier.
If you get to Angel’s Billabong and there are hordes of tourists, I encourage you to wait. The tours usually come in waves and you will find yourself pleasantly alone at the pool if you have some patience.
Best Time to Visit Angel’s Billabong
You will most likely be visiting Broken Beach in conjunction with your stop at Angel’s Billabong. But, what should really dictate your trip here, is the tide schedule.
Since Angels Billabong is located right at the water’s edge, high tide can come with some mighty powerful waves that wash up into the tide pool. It can be really dangerous during this time, so I’d recommend not going during high tide and rather, going when the pool is safer at low tide. Check out Magic Seaweed for the best time to visit Angel’s Billabong at low tide.
Most Nusa Penida day tours from Bali reach the ToyaPakeh harbour around 9 AM and Angel’s Billabong by 10 AM. If you are not planning to get in the water and would prefer to admire the beauty of the pool from above, I’d recommend visiting Angel’s Billabong before 10 AM or after 4 PM for no crowds.
The weather forecast is also a factor here, as the brightness of the day will affect the way the water and landscapes appear to the human eye.
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Angel’s Billabong Nusa Penida Photography Tips
Angel’s Billabong only has one access point, so there is really only one or two angles you can get of the natural tidepool unless you have a drone. If you are looking to capture your next Instagram photo, have your photographer stay at the top of Angel’s Billabong and make your way into the pool. Be careful, as the rock is sharp on the way down and the bottom of the pool can be slippery with algae.
Either lay flat with arms out, kneel or stand in the pool for the best photo of Angel’s Billabong. Make sure to capture the portion of the tide pool that is deeper, as the colours here come out great in a photo.
Here, it’s appropriate to use the common 24-70mm 2.8 adjustable lens as the crevice of Angel’s Billabong is quite narrow.
Can you Swim at Angel Billabong Nusa Penida?
Since Angel’s Billabong is a natural tidal pool, there is some swimming to be had here. More realistically, you can sit or wade in the water, rather than fully swim. Make sure to visit during low tide so as to not come in contact with the dangerous waves from the ocean that can wash up at high tide.
Places Near Angel’s Billabong Nusa Penida
You can’t leave Angel’s Billabong without visiting Broken Beach, an arched rock formation that connects Manta Bay and a circular inlet right on the edge of the ocean. The attraction is only a 5-minute walk from Angel’s Billabong past the warungs on the left and through to the other side of the trees.
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Also located on the west coast of Nusa Penida is the famous Kelingking Beach or otherwise known as ‘T-rex’ Beach for its dinosaur-shaped rock formation. If you love snorkeling, Crystal Beach will be the perfect spot for you.
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Day Trips from Bali to Nusa Penida
If you are looking for a fun-packed day that will have you from mainland Bali to Nusa Penida and back in one day, this day tour is the one for you. This Nusa Penida day trip will take you to Nusa Penida places to visit like Kelingking ‘T-Rex’ Beach, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, and even Crystal Bay for snorkelling. The tour will include a hotel transfer to the harbour, a fast boat to and from Nusa Penida island, and a car charter. You can choose up to five people for this Nusa Penida tour.
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Nusa Penida is full of Instagrammable spots, and if you are wanting to get the best photos of each spot, this full day tour may be for you. A group charter will transport you to Nusa Penida must see places like Kelingking ‘T-Rex’ Beach, Broken Beach, and Angel’s Billabong, and more. The tour even comes with a personal drone pilot.
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Things to Bring to Angel’s Billabong
Besides a hat and sunscreen to beat the heat, I would suggest bringing the following things along with you to make the most of your visit to Angel’s Billabong Nusa Penida:
DAY PACK | I travel with my WANDRD backpack, it comes with a compartment for your camera and tons of space for all your other goodies
MIRRORLESS CAMERA | If you want to invest in something other than your camera phone (the newest phones have great cameras by the way), I purchased the Sony A7iii with a Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 lens. Couldn’t be happier.
WATERPROOF SHOES | I went with a pair of trekking sandals from Teva, they are pretty multifunctional in my opinion. But a classic water shoe does the trick too.
MICROFIBER TOWEL | For all the epic beaches and waterfalls in Bali make sure to bring a microfiber towel to dry off afterwards.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE | Let’s help save our planet from plastic pollution and carry around a reusable water bottle instead. I love my Swell water bottle as it stays cold for 24 hours and is lightweight. A LARQ water bottle would also fit the bill and has water purifying technology built right in.
CAMERA WIPES | This is so important! Don’t leave your hotel without it. I went through quite a few wipes trying to keep the mist from the waterfall off my lens
Where to stay in Nusa Penida
The island has some really great unique Nusa Penida hotels. I have taken the time to recommend the top ones I believe you will love! There is something for everyone on this list and I highly suggest staying in Nusa Penida to see all the island has to offer.
Autentik Penida Glamping | Mid-range Value
Set on stilts among the jungle of Nusa Penida, is Autentik Penida Glamping. The luxury tents located a 5-minute drive inland from Crystal Bay in Northwest Nusa Penida is one of the most unique stays on the island. The designer camp comes with a beautiful shared pool and well-equipped tents with balconies to enjoy the view.
The Mesare Resort | Luxury
The Mesare Resort consists of luxury cabins nestled in the central interior of Nusa Penida. Well located if you plan to explore the entire island, as everything is within a 30-minute drive. This Nusa Penida hotel features attractive wicker furniture, outdoor showers, a shared pool, restaurant, and yoga shala.
Semabu Hills Resort | Luxury
Semabu Hills Resort will give you all the creature comforts of a classic western hotel chain. The resort features one of the most epic infinity pools in Nusa Penida with sweeping views of the jungle and ocean. This Nusa Penida hotel is located close to the ToyaPakeh Harbour for easy commuting to and from your fast boat ferry.
La Roja Bungalows | Budget
Located on the Northeast coastline of Nusa Penida, the La Roja Bungalows are budget-friendly. The cute individual bow-roofed houses surround a shared pool and are a great place to make friends and relax. The Northeast area of Nusa Penida also has the biggest concentration of western and trendy cafes to explore like Penida Colada Beach Bar, one of my favourites.
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