The island of Nusa Penida is known for its various beautiful beaches that line its perimeter. One of those beaches is Atuh Beach, located way out on the eastern end of the island. It is the perfect spot to enjoy for a morning or afternoon, as you relax in the sand and out in the water. This guide will go over what you need to know to visit Atuh Beach on your own.
1) How to Get to Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach is located out on the eastern end of Nusa Penida. Due to its location, it is less visited by all those day trippers from Bali. To really enjoy Atuh, you will most likely want to spend a couple days on Nusa Penida itself visiting the beach and all the other various attractions that the island has to offer.
You can reach Atuh Beach in a few ways – driver hire, scooter hire or with a tour.
» If you are comfortable enough on a scooter / motorbike, you can rent one from the harbor area for as little as $5 – $10 USD per day. Some of the roads of Nusa Penida are in very poor condition, with tons of uneven terrain throughout.
I have heard of plenty of accidents happening on the island with those who were not experienced enough – I even saw a crash right in front of me. So please do not rent a scooter if you do not have the expertise.
» If you want to play it safe, I would recommend hiring a driver for the day that can take you to Atuh Beach and any other attractions you would like to visit. Expect to pay around $40 USD for a full day driver on the island. You can either find them at the harbor area or have your hotel help set one up for you.
» Lastly, you could join a tour that will take you around the island, including a stop at Atuh Beach. This Nusa Penida East Tour is a day trip from Bali and includes a visit to Goa Giri Putri, Teletubbies Hill, Atuh Beach, and the Molenteng Tree House, before heading back to Bali at day’s end.
If visiting Atuh beach, you can also easily add other stops to you itinerary to make a full day out of the eastern end of the island. During my time on Nusa Penida I spent a day visiting the Goa Giri Putri Cave Temple, followed by several hours enjoying Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach, and then ended the day at the Thousand Islands viewpoint.
Tip: Many people say Atuh Beach is a great sunrise point on Nusa Penida. If you are up for the early wake up I would highly recommend!
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2) Map & Directions
If you are heading to Atuh Beach on your own without a driver, it is very important to note that you SHOULD NOT type in “Atuh Beach” into Google Maps when looking for directions.
Instead you should put in Diamond Beach Parking Lot. From the Diamond Beach parking lot, you can reach both Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach, which are both located on either side of the parking lot.
If you end up following directions to the Atuh Beach location on Google Maps, you will be directed to a spot on the opposite end of the beach, which is actually a 30 minute drive away from the main parking lot.
So, to make it easier on yourself be sure to head to the Diamond Beach parking lot, where you can then easily access Atuh Beach from there.
Below is a Google Maps view of the parking lot, Atuh Beach, Diamond Beach, and the Jogglo viewpoint spot.
3) What to Expect at Atuh Beach
Once you arrive at the main parking lot, you just need to pay a small 10.000 IDR (less than $1 USD) fee to park and you will be on your way.
As you are walking from the parking lot you will have the option to go right or left. On the right will be the staircase down to Diamond Beach, to your left will be the way towards Atuh Beach, and straight ahead will be the Jogglo viewpoint.
As you make your way left towards you will begin to see the beach come into view down below. Like many of the beaches on Nusa Penida, to actually reach the beach you will need walk down a series of staircases to get down to sea level.
Thankfully the staircase down to Atuh Beach is well paved and easier to navigate than some of the others on the island. However there are some steeper stairs sections to watch out for as well here.
Continue the walk down, which should take about 10 minutes or so, as you get some great views of Atuh out in front of you with its turquoise waters and white sand.
Once you reach down to beach level, you can find a spot on the sand or rent one of the chairs and umbrellas for a few dollars. Spend some time enjoying the beach and relaxing by the water.
You can swim in the shallow portions of the beach but I would not venture too far out. It is a safer place to swim vs. the opposing Diamond Beach so if you do want to spend some time in the water I would recommend doing so here.
On the beach you will also find a few warungs selling various drinks and food options for a reasonable price. You won’t find this type of variety at Diamond Beach either so feel free to have a meal here.
Once you are all done relaxing at the beach, it is time for the walk back up. This can be a bit tiring at times especially in the heat so do make sure to take a break or two if need be.
4) Jogglo Viewpoint
Either on you way to Atuh Beach or on the way back, you can make the quick detour to the Jogglo viewpoint out on the peninsula. From here you will get some fantastic views of the surrounding waters and rock formations, and Diamond Beach down below.
5) Diamond Beach
Finally, you can also make your way down to Diamond Beach as well at some point. It is an incredibly beautiful beach with the sheer cliffside walls hovering above. It requires another staircase down to the bottom but it is sure worth it once you are down there.
If you would like to learn more about it, take a look at the Diamond Beach Nusa Penida Guide up on the site.
6) Where to Stay on Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is relatively new to the tourism landscape which is why many of the roads throughout the island are just not up to standard. You also won’t find too many tourist hotspot areas like an Ubud or a Seminyak. Many of the accommodation options are just sprawled throughout.
» Check out the Nusa Penida Itinerary to better help you prepare for a trip to the island
A lot of the popular spots though are more on the western side of the island closer to the harbor area. Below are some highly rated options based on price point in that area. What is also great about Nusa Penida is that it is budget friendly with the most expensive options not even $100 per night.
Now that you have a better idea of what to expect at Atuh Beach, it is time to head there for yourself. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write them in below.
Also don’t forget to check out the other Indonesia itineraries and guides up on the site. Have fun out there and safe travels.