Atuh Beach and Diamond Beach are, together with Crystal Bay, the most beautiful beaches in Nusa Penida island. They are now very easily accessible with a brand new road. It takes about an hour from Toyapakeh harbour or an hour and a quarter from Crystal Bay. Diamond Beach is now even more famous than Atuh Beach, with its famous staircase carved into the cliff. Atuh Beach and Diamond Beach are within my top 5 awesome sites to see in Nusa Penida.
How to get to Atuh Beach
There are two roads to go to Atuh Beach. Each road will take you to a different side of the beach. My recommandation is to choose the road leading you to the right side because you can see form the same location Atuh Beach, Diamond Beach and the Tree House. And the road is now brand new. To get there type Diamond Beach on Google Map. The road signaling can be confusing because they often indicates two directions for Atuh Beach. Follow the right sign each time (except the last one … but you will not know it is the last one).
How do you get from Bali to Atuh Beach ?
You will find all information about how to get to Nusa Penida island from Bali, which port to choose in Bali and in Nusa Penida, how to choose the best fast boat to go to Nusa Penida, all the time tables and prices in this page : https://nusapenida.org/information/nusa-penida/get-to-nusa-penida-from-bali/
You will probably start with Diamond Beach because this is the first straircase you will see, going down from the right side of the small path just after leaving the parking lot. The first part of the staircase is really easy to follow and is very spectacular because it was built carving out limestone from the cliff. Have a look before or while you go down to the sea because you may see Manta Rays from the top of the cliff or from the staircase.
The last part of the path is a little bit more tricky and a bit scary but you will see by yourself if you want to go all the way down to the beach or get back to the top of the cliff and preserve your forces to get down to Atuh Beach, which is is a nicer place to swim and spend some time.
Down there local people will propose you many different options to take amazing photos for your favorite social networks : swing, flaces, etc. There is a also small shop proposing soft drinks.
What is the best time to go to Diamond Beach ?
The beach is facing East and is right at the bottom of a huge cliff. The beach will therefore be in the shadow of the cliff after noon. It is clearly better to go there in the morning. The sunrise at Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach is also very spectacular. But you clearly need to get up early to be there before 6 am …
On the right side local people built in 2016 a concrete staircase to go down to the beach. Not very pretty, but rather practical. In 2016, it did not go all the way down, the last step was almost two meters ! It is now finished with 166 steps. The way down is easy enough. The way up is a little bit more tiring, especially since some steps are, in the Balinese way, very high. The staircase on the left side of the beach is a little bit shorter so you can reach the beach from the top in less than ten minutes. But if you want to see Diamond Beach you will have to climb all the way up on the other side of the beach …
What to do at Atuh Beach ?
You will find parasols and deckchairs on the beach. There are also small warungs that serve fruit juices, grilled fish and basic Indonesian dishes. Like everywhere in Nusa Penida, watch out for waves and currents when you go for a swim. Atuh Beach is not yet part of the daily tours sold to tourists. It remains therefore very pleasant to spend the day there if the weather is nice. Especially if the tide is not too low because then sand will leave place to small rocks to enter in the water.
What is the best time to go to Atuh Beach ?
There is sun all day because the beach is not, like Suwehan Beach or Diamond Beach, right under a huge cliff. So you can go to Atuh Beach at any time of the day. But if you plan to visit Diamond Beach before, choose to go there in the morning.
What’s next ?
For deserted beaches lovers, the nearby beach of Suwehan Beach can be an alternative or a second goal for the same day. If you came along the north coast to come, an option may also be to return by Tanglad and the interior of the island. Please check ideas for itineraries in Nusa Penida island.