Atuh Beach is, along with Crystal Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in Nusa Penida. It is 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. Depending on the road you will take, you can also see Diamond Beach with its famous staircase carved into the side of the cliff. It’s my top 5 within the awesome sites to see in Nusa Penida.
2 roads 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. 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.
Personally I find the arrival from the right very beautiful and you may have the chance to see from above Manta rays before going down to the beach. But the last kilometers of road to reach the parking at the top of the cliff are still a little bit bumpy. If you take this road you will see on your right hand side Diamond Beach, now very famous thanks to Instagram photos of the staircase built inside the cliff.
I tried the road coming from the left side in April this year. It is brand new and much easier. The staircase to go down is not completely finished but it should not take long. And there are much less than on the other side. So you can reach the beach from the top in less than ten minutes.
To go to the left side of the beach indicate on Google Map Atuh Beach. To go to the right side you have to indicate Diamond 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.
What’s next ?
For deserted beaches lovers, the nearby beach of Suwehan 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.