Atuh Beach in Nusa Penida
A massive rock formation lies in the distance, with one end coated in dense foliage and the other end a massive 3-pointed archway. Forceful waves crash onto the beach, tossing rocks and pebbles onto the sand. The beach is lined with umbrellas and beanbags where people enjoy cold fresh coconuts and Bintangs. This is Atuh Beach. If you want to see it for yourself, here's everything you need to know before you visit.
How to get to Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach is located on the east coast of Nusa Penida. It's about 1.5 hours from most tourist attractions on the west side but it is well worth the trip! If you're renting a scooter and driving yourself, we have two tips that will make your trip to Atuh much easier.
First tip: DO NOT LISTEN TO GOOGLE MAPS OVER THE LOCAL SIGNS. Google Maps incorrectly directs you to Sebele Beach. You can follow Google Maps for most of the way but when you get close, you will see local signs pointing you in a different direction to get to Atuh. Make sure to follow these signs to save yourself a trip down a really rocky road!
Second Tip: If you're staying on the west or north side of the island, take the route along the north coast to get here. Even though Google Maps claims it's 10 minutes longer, the roads are paved and way easier to drive on than those running through the center of the island.
When to go to Atuh Beach
We woke up at 4am with the idea of catching sunrise at Atuh Beach. Since it's on the east coast, we heard that sunrise here is stunning. Unfortunately, we didn't follow tip number 1 above and ended up at Sebele Beach for sunrise instead. If you don't mind the early wake up, definitely visit Atuh Beach at sunrise so we can live vicariously through you.
The second thing to consider is the tides. Atuh Beach is most picturesque at high tide. You'll be able to lay on a beanbag in the sand and be a few feet from the water. However at low tide, there will be tons of exposed rocks between where you're sitting and the water, making for a less ideal view.
Cost of Atuh Beach
There are two entrances to Atuh Beach, one on the left side closest to Sebele Beach and one on the right side closest to Diamond Beach. The left entrance has no parking or entry fees and only 125 steep rocky steps to get down to the beach! The right entrance however, has a parking fee of 10k IDR, entry fee of 10k IDR, and 165 steep steps to get down to the beach. We recommend entering from the left side but visiting the top of both sides since you will get very different scenic views.
There are tons of food stalls that open at 8am. We didn't get the full breakdown of our bill but we got two entrees and two drinks for 75k. There are plenty of umbrellas, beach chairs and beanbags to chill on for free if you are eating at one of these stalls.