BEAUTIFUL ATUH BEACH ON NUSA PENIDA, BALI
Atuh Beach on Nusa Penida or Pantai Atuh as it’s known in Bahasa, is one of the most epic beaches in Bali. It’s a rough drive and a short hike down to the beach but boy oh boy isn’t this incredible little bay worth it! Some of the photos in this post were taken at high tide and others at low tide. You will notice the difference.
How to get to Atuh Beach on Nusa Penida
Like many spots on Nusa Penida, the roads to Atuh Beach are unforgiving. Loose gravel and potholes are the enemies as you try and navigate your way to this epic beach. We zipped along in the dim morning light, hoping to reach Atuh Beach in time for sunrise. One of the guys with us slid out on the gravel and did some minor damage to his knee. Always grab a helmet on Nusa Penida, the roads are improving very quickly but are still dangerous!
If you are staying in Bali.. but still want to spend a day experiencing how epic Nusa Penida is, you can take a day trip on a speedboat to Penida and tour around the sights for the day with a guide before returning back to Bali in the evening. For just $65, the top-rated Nusa Penida Day Tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off from Bali, lunch, boat transfers and your guide.
The drive to Atuh Beach is quite scenic and best accessed by motorbike or Moped. The Google Maps location will take you to the left side of the bay. There are access stairs on both the left and the right but both times I have entered from the left. There is no parking fee on this side, while there is a 10,000 (1 USD) fee on the other side. If you do park on the left-hand side you will have a great view down into the arch, whereas the right-hand side gives you great views but not of the iconic Atuh Beach arch. I hope that all makes sense as you plan your trip but follow the map below and you will arrive left, hike down to the beach and can then hike up and be on the right-hand side of the beach!!
A motorbike costs a little bit more than on Bali mainland. We got ours for 70,000 rupiah per day with a full tank of gas. It wasn’t deal of the year but don’t expect to haggle down to 40,000 rupiah like you might manage on the streets of Canggu or Kuta.
When to go to Atuh Beach on Nusa Penida
Atuh Beach is tidal. Why does this matter? Well, I’ve been two Atuh Beah twice and once it was low tide and the entire beach was just exposed rocks. The other time it was high tide and it looked amazing with just and the sea. It was cool to see the beach in both moments but if you can only visit once make sure you visit at high tide.
Sunrise is great for reflections on the water. If you get down on the beach, the sun rises right through the arch, long exposure photographers will froth over this location! You can get some nice scenes from the top of the hike also. As it is on the east coast, this isn’t really a great sunset spot.
If you go for sunrise you can hang at the beach and by 8 am the vendors will open their stalls on the beach. We had a cooked breakfast on our lounge chairs. Not another soul was on the beach and those morning chills are the ones you live for.
Atuh Beach on Nusa Penida is the type of place that takes your breath away at first glance. From the top of the stairs, the view is already pretty insane. The arch that runs along the rock formation out in the water, the huge sheer drop-off of the cliffs and the amphitheater-like white sandy beach at the base of it all is a sight to behold.
The hike down the stairs takes only ten minutes but is quite steep, which you will realize on the way back up. The density of the trees and vines hide the view from you for most of the short hike. At times a break in the foliage gives you a small window into Atuh Beach.
On the sandy shores of Atuh Beach are a number of small vendors who sell coconuts, nasi goreng and other snacks and beers. The prices aren’t too expensive considering the location and the effort to get the goods down to the beach. I had a nasi goreng (rice and vegetables) for $2 USD.
Atuh Beach Cliff Jumping
We find the cliff jumps wherever we go. This is one of the more epic scenes we have ever jumped from. A few of the boy swam out to the arch and started checking the depths around the arch. There were a few points that were about 3m deep. Not incredibly safe but good enough for a small jump. We scaled the arch and even just standing up the top was one of my favorite highlights of my trip on Nusa Penida.
After lengthy discussions, we sent a few backflips and jumps from the middle tier. It was at least 10 meters. I only encourage you to try if you personally do a depth check and are comfortable jumping. This isn’t a safe one I recommend! If you want a safer jump head across to Nusa Ceningan for the Blue Lagoon cliff jump.
Atuh Beach Viewpoint
Once you are down on the beach you can hike up the right-hand stairs as I mentioned earlier. Now you can look back down on Atuh Beach from the other side. Additionally, you can head away from the beach up the hill and enjoy an epic view down towards the Thousand Islands viewpoint. Be prepared to pay 10,000 rupiahs to enter this area even if you don’t park your moped there.
I also wrote detailed guides for all of the adventurous things to do on Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Penida, and the Nusa Lembongan. You can read them by clicking on the post below.