Viral Video: Gigantic waves smash down at Angel’s Billabong on Nusa Penida, fast boats impacted

Crazy waves at Angel’s Billabong, Nusa Penida. Photo via Ode Irawan/Facebook
Crazy waves at Angel’s Billabong, Nusa Penida. Photo via Ode Irawan/Facebook

Waves are smashing hard into the cliff-side at Angel’s Billabong on the island of Nusa Penida in a video quickly going viral since it was posted yesterday.

Nusa Penida, a part of Bali’s Klungkung administrative regency, is a small island off the southeast coast of mainland Bali.

Footage shows people looking on in awe as the massive waves pump and and down, slamming into Angel’s Billabong, which is usually characterized by its calm-looking natural infinity pool. (Though don’t get us wrong, looks can be deceiving and the Instagram-favorite destination can be quite dangerous.)

Waves in the whole area, not just Angel’s Billabong have been pumping this week, reportedly reaching two to four meters.

Some ferries going from mainland Bali to Nusa Lembongan, a smaller island neighboring Penida, have cancelled their crossings or cut down the frequency of their daily trips with the rough conditions.

A handful of tourists have even opted to take a helicopter instead of the boat back to Bali, according to Lembongan resident I Ketut Astawan, who works in hospitality.

“My guest form Denmark yesterday even used a helicopter, paying US$450,” Astawan told Kumparan on Friday.

There have been at least four helicopter trips to Penida this week, according to Kumparan.

A total of 20 to 30 percent of guests destined for Nusa Penida this week had to cancel their trips, says the secretary of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), Klungkung division, Wayan Sukadana.

Meanwhile, other guests already staying on Nusa Penida have extended their trips with limited ferry crossings.

Boat schedules taking tourists from Sanur and Padang Bai to the Gili Islands and mainland Lombok have also been impacted with the weather monitoring agency BMKG recommending a temporary closure for fast boat crossings from July 19 to 20.

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