Atuh Beach is one of the more famous yet secluded beaches on the east coast of Nusa Penida. If you simply want to chill by the beach, look at less crowd around you and just want a lazy day of sorts, then Atuh Beach is perfect for that.
How Do You Reach Atuh Beach?
- If you’re starting from mainland Bali, you’ll need to take a boat ride from Sanur to Nusa Penida island.
- Tickets for boat rides are easily available. You can do both pre-booking as well as book tickets on the spot. The ride to the island is about 45 mins long.
- Once you reach Nusa Penida, the best way to see the island is by hiring a private car ride. Do not opt for a bike, as the terrain is bad and the route is quite dusty. A private car with driver will cost you anywhere from IDR 450,000 to IDR 600,000 which is approx USD 30-40 for a day ride.
- The route after landing on the island to east Nusa Penida is about 2-3 hour long given the road conditions.
Once you’re here, and your car is parked Atuh Beach is still a significant walk away. The roads to the beach leaves you right at the top of the hill. To reach the beach front, one has to walk down the hill which can take anywhere from 30 to 45 mins one way.
Luckily, the road downhill to Atuh Beach is quite well constructed. So there isn’t really a safety issue. Anybody with decent level of energy can reach the beach.
The Walk To The Beach
- Safe to walk. Perfect stairs and ropes attached throughout the journey.
- Well constructed roads
- 30-45 mins to reach down to the beach
At first, let me tell you the walk seems impossible to do. Everything down by the bay looks ant size. It almost feels like an impossible walk to do. If you’re into treks then it’ll be a cakewalk for you. I, on the other hand, hate walking rough terrains. So I did crib quite a bit to go down.
Be mindful, there will be significant walking to do. The only problem I found while walking to the beach is the harsh sun. The whole time, it feels like you’re being punished. Sun rays on islands by default pinch much worse. So make sure, you have caked yourself with sunblock and you’re wearing a hat!
First Impressions of Atuh Beach
- Less crowded
- Gorgeous blue water
- Total chill beach
I was so excited to just get here. There were hardly any people here. Not more than 15-25 people on the beach. Can you imagine? It almost felt like a private beach. There was a nice chill in the air the moment the beach sand touched our feet. It was amazing.
Atuh Beach is this nice little nook between two hills. It’s a pretty small beach hardly 10 min walk end to end. But the water is gorgeous blue, warm and inviting. It looks even better when you get down to the beach front.
What Time Did We Reach The Beach?
- 12 noon
Atuh Beach was our first stop in Nusa Penida. We had taken the first boat to get to the island. We reached Nusa Penida at about 8:30-9am. From there it took us another 2.5 hours to reach Atuh Beach.
So by the time we started walking towards the beach it was probably around noon-ish, which is the worst time to get there. But here’s the thing. Nusa Penida is usually a one night or max two night trip for most. So invariably you will reach around this time slot to all the sightseeing locations. Gotta work with what’s possible.
Can You Swim At Atuh Beach?
- No. Not at all
In fact, I realised none of the Nusa Penida beaches technically are. Atuh Beach in particular, is super rocky as you can see from the picture above. At one point, I thought my feet were bleeding. We didn’t know before about Atuh Beach all that much. So I had full plans to get into the waters.
Honestly, the water and tide itself is not a problem. It’s totally ok getting into the waters. The only problem is every time the waves hit the shore, it brings more rocks, and pebbles that hit you at full force. I’m not talking baby rocks, big fist size pieces. As I recall, my husbands feet was bruised in the first five minutes of getting into the water.
It’s probably because of this, we saw most of the crowd was just laying back lazying around and enjoying the view from a distance. Almost no one was in the water except for some kids running around the beach shoreline.
What Can You Do At Atuh Beach?
- Enjoy the views
- Have a nice meal
- Lounge for hours on any of the beach bean bags & chairs
If you can go either during sunrise or sunset, this beach is going to be pure gold. Even during peak tourist season, we didn’t see much of a crowd. So can you imagine, those early morning and evening slots? You’ll get the whole beach to yourself.
There are a line of vendors that have opened mini stalls on the beach. You can get everything from coconut water to a nice drink and food as well. If you have the luxury of time, then this makes the perfect picnic spot.
So, Is Atuh Beach Worth Visiting?
- Yes, absolutely!
The one thing that’s amazing about this beach is that the water is the perfect temperature. Not too chill, not too warm. Just perfect. You can choose to dip your feet, walk on the sand. It’s pretty enjoyable despite all the rockiness.
More than just Atuh Beach, I feel overall the east Nusa Penida area is not to be missed. The good part is every sightseeing location on the east coast is walking distance to each other. Chances are if you do visit East Nusa Penida, you will tour all of these places mentioned below:
- Diamond Beach
- Atuh Beach
- Thousand Islands View Point
- Tree House
The beaches here are fantastic to look at. If you want those uninterrupted sights and photo locations without being photobombed every time, then include Nusa Penida on your itinerary.
If you’re in two minds about whether to plan a Nusa Penida trip or not, check out my blog post below. Listed everything you need to know about planning a one or two day trip to this island.
Atuh Beach Ticket Fares, And Other Costs?
- Beach Lounge Chairs – IDR 50,000 ~ USD 3 for two hours.
- Car Parking and Entrance – Approx IDR 20,000 ~ USD 1.20 (don’t recall exactly)
- Food Prices like noodles and other snacks – Approx IDR 30,000 onwards ~ USD 3