Bali’s outlying island of Nusa Penida is one of the most popular destinations for tourists right now. Home to breathtaking clifftop views, absolutely stunning beaches, and heaps of ways to have fun in the sun, it’s easy to see why over 1,500 tourists are visiting the island every single day.
Beautiful as it may be, Nusa Penida is fraught with dangers.
The island has hit headlines dozens of times this year as tourists from all over the world have been injured, in need of rescue, or in tragic cases, even died due to accidents that, in some instances, could have been avoided if safety was made a top priority.
Bali’s Kelingking Beach has become the most dangerous tourist destination in Bali due to the high number of accidents in the area.
But there is another natural wonder on the island that tourists must visit with safety in mind.
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Angels Billabong is absolutely stunning. Located on the very west of Nusa Penida, Angels Billabong looks like something out of a travel magazine.
When the waves are calm and the sun is shining, the natural tidal pools look like the perfect, tranquil place to take a dip.
But as an increasing amount of footage on social media proves, Angels Billabong is not always calm and clear.
The site is as popular for tourists who want to take photos of the picture-perfect natural pool as it is with adrenaline seekers who want to feel the wrath of the crashing waves.
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Angles Billabong is famous for its huge, surging waves that roll into the rugged patch of coastline and crash up and over the cliffside, and swirling into the natural pool before being dragged by a strong undercurrent back out to the ocean. And the whole natural phenomenon starts again.
When the waves crash over Angels Billabong, there is no safe place to seek shelter. It’s hard to predict how high or hard the waves will crash as they approach the natural pools.
An increasing amount of footage circulating online shows tourists standing at a seemingly safe distance from the edge of the rocks, getting battered by the crashing waves.
Even more concerningly, there is an increasing amount of footage circulating on social media of people swimming in the natural pools when the waves are clearly approaching thick and fast.
One particularly alarming video shows four young women paddling and swimming in the tidal pool when a thundering wave comes crashing through the rocks.
The woman is swept up in the swell of the wave, dragged under the water, and nearly thrown against the jagged rocks.
Angels Billabong is undoubtedly a must-visit destination during a trip to Nusa Penida, and the concerns about safety are certainly not a call to boycott the natural wonder, far from it.
These alarming videos are simply serving as a timely and essential warning for tourists to take responsibility for and prioritize their safety.
No selfie or Instagram photo or TikTok video is worth getting injured or losing one’s life for.
As officials in Nusa Penida commit to doing more to improve safety at the island’s busiest destinations, tourists must understand that they also have a role to play in their own safety.
Similarly, just around the corner from Angels Billabong is the ever-trending Broken Beach viewpoint.
The naturally formed archway is a geological wonder, and the views of the crystal clear and turquoise waters are a memory that no tourist to Bali should miss out on.
However, this, too has been a site where tragedy has struck.
Over the years, more than a dozen of tourists have fallen over the edge of the viewpoint either while posing for a photo or trying to look at the waters from the sheer drop below.
As officials in Nusa Penida continue to work to increase public awareness and construct new infrastructure for tourist safety and entertainment, visitors are urged to think twice before engaging in risky activities at the island’s most iconic viewpoints.
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