Atuh Beach on Nusa Penida- Bali
Pantai Atuh on Nusa Penida is an amazing cliffside and beach combination just off the coast of Bali. Pantai is Bahasa for beach or coastline, so this location is also known as Atuh Beach. We arrived before the sun and watched as the tide slowly moved out, and the tide pools drained. It was a beautiful way to spend the morning.
HOW TO GET TO ATUH BEACH ON NUSA PENIDA
Atuh Beach is located on Nusa Penida stunning coastline and is a must when visiting the Nusa Islands. There are several ways of visiting, it really just depends on whether you are taking a day trip or staying for a few days on Nusa Penida itself. Now as this isn’t the most well-known spot on the island, you may not find it on your average day tour. I’m sure, however, if you’re hiring a driver, you can customize your trip.
I really can not recommend this place for sunrise enough, so if you can squeeze at least a night or two on Nusa Penida itself, you will be able to see this place in all of its morning glory. If you do decide to stay on the island, you will need to take a ferry from mainland Bali to Nusa Lembongan and then from there, find a transfer to Nusa Penida. I paid 100,000 Rupiah for transfer there and back, when I was with a group of ten.
Once the boat drops you off to Nusa Penida, you will want to rent a motorbike, and head off! I paid 60,000 Rupiah per day to rent a motorbike. If you need assistance renting a motorbike in SE Asia click HERE. After you have got your motorbike sorted, you are free to adventure! Enjoy the roads, they are BUMPY!
There are two paths down to the beach, one side has the parking that you pay for with the lookout, and the other is just a dirt patch on the side of the road. I think it depends on where on Nusa Penida you are coming from for which will be the quickest. We parked at the dirt patch side and did not pay for parking here.
Check out the map below for the exact location.
ATUH BEACH- WHAT TO EXPECT
Atuh Beach is an absolutely stunning coastline with large tide pools that contain so much life! In the morning when we arrived the tide was going out but most of the corals were still under water. As the morning progressed I wandered through the tide pools, being careful to step on nothing but sand. I could see starfish, a variety of fish, and even a little eel or sea snake, I couldn’t quite tell.
As you walk around the beach, be careful not to step on the coral. What you may believe to be just rocks, is probably an ecosystem that took hundreds of years to build. That really goes for any place you visit, protect and respect the environment you’re in. The tide was super low when we arrived, I suggest going around high tide so you can have a bit of a swim!
HAVE BREAKFAST AT ATUH BEACH
The crew and I mission to this place so early in the morning and didn’t have breakfast beforehand so you can imagine our delight when the little beach shack opened up. I had a Nasi Goreng on the beach for 35,000, pretty reasonable for being on the beach with a stunning view, while others had an omelet or a fresh coconut. You do pay a bit more but it was much less than I expected.
EXPLORE THE LOOKOUT POINTS OF ATUH BEACH
This has got to be one of the best viewpoints I have ever seen. If you are looking at the beach you can head up to the right side, the stairs are steep at 7 am up but quick. Once you get basically to the top, there is a little concrete slab that looks out through the palm tree hills, super stunning. As you head up a bit further, pass some local monkeys, there is an even more stunning viewpoint. It looks over a beach with clear water and perfect palm trees. This is also the side where the parking is.
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you’re looking for more things to do in Nusa Penida, click HERE for my all-time favorite experience on the island!