On the west coast of Nusa Penida island, just a short drive away from the famous Kelingking Beach is Broken beach or Pasih Uug as its locally known. A completely natural formation, I had seen pictures before and wondered if it truly looked so spectacular in real life. Broken beach is a cliff where the ground caved in a long time ago to form the unique and picturesque round hole with azure water flowing into it from under an ‘A’ shaped bridge. If you look down into the opening you can see the bits of caved in rocks half buried under the water.
But what really catches the eye is the spectacular view of the endless deep blue sea with the bridge framing it. The colors are bright and vibrant, and even though there are quite a few other people around, it still feels like a special moment to be there. Standing on the edge of the rocky cliff makes you feel like you’re standing at the edge of the world. A powerful feeling of endless possibilities, and with the wind whipping your hair around, you’re almost flying. And it was here that my husband went down on one knee and we renewed the promises we made to each other 10 years ago.
Angels Billabong is a uniquely shaped tide pool next to Broken beach. The craggy volcanic rocks frame the walls of this pool. The water is so clear that you can see all the layer of rocks and varying depths of the lagoon. We didn’t venture in to swim as it had rained the night before and were advised not to climb in due to the tide.
I’m so thrilled that I chose this destination to celebrate our anniversary. It’s stuff like this that makes a trip truly memorable. Doing things that would be completely ridiculous in your normal life!
When I planned this trip to Penida, I wanted to go to a place we hadn’t been to before. Something off the beaten track and not overrun with tourists and resorts. If you too are looking for something peaceful yet absolutely stunning, this is the destination for you. With beauty and views like this, Nusa Penida is going to become Indonesia’s most loved island very soon and I can only hope it doesn’t lose its charm.