Atuh beach is surely one of the best attractions in the eastern tip of the lovely island of Nusa Penida in Indonesia.
After walking on T-rex’s back in Kelingking beach and adventuring out to the stunning Angel’s Billabong on the west coast of the island, it was time to explore the east!
Basically, you just need one day in each direction – West, East and South. With perhaps a day just riding around the center or enjoying lovely food/ chilling on the beach. Total 4 days would be sufficient to cover Nusa Penida at leisure.
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East Coast Vs West Coast of Nusa Penida
The attractions in east coast of Nusa Penida are not as popular as their famous west counterparts but are just as exotic… which makes them even more sought after for an explorer like myself. I would much rather nexplore untouched , remote and offbeat parts instead of the places flocked by tourists.
I did not see hoards of Chinese tourists or day visitors in buses/boats from Nusa Lembongan, which is the case for all the popular spots on the west coast. This was refreshing indeed. We almost had the entire Atuh beach to ourselves with the exception of a handful of travelers who were brave enough to walk down the slippery stairs.
How to Reach Atuh Beach
Now this is a tricky part!
Atuh beach has weird signage along the way though its an absolutely amazing drive. At one point, I saw Atuh beach straight as well as marked on the left. Let me tell you, if you happen to see that point – Go left.
That was the best decision I made.
So when you go left and finally reach the beach, you get free parking and way easier way to climb down to the beach. This is the sign you will see if you took the left road –
The other side not only has a $2 parking price tab (which is okay) but also a steep staircase to get to Atuh. Just looking at it made me tired so I believe we totally lucked out on this route. Even though its not “proper” stairway , just stone steps, they are way easier and it took us barely 7 mins to go down them.
You will be rewarded with incredible views of the beach and coves while going down too.
What to Expect at Atuh Beach?
Well, its just another beach – not! A small, fabulous, quiet bay with blue waters and white sand. Also one of the very few beaches with beach shacks and sun beds to relax and chill. I really missed the beach shack culture in Goa so this was a pleasant surprise for sure.
Many small restaurants aka warungs line the beach selling chilled Bintangs, finger food and the usual Nasi goreng.
Plus there is a paid washroom in case you want to answer call of nature 🙂 Its very basic, as you would expect.
Tips for your First Visit to Atuh Beach
Be mindful of the tide – You need to be careful of tide timings before you go swimming at Atuh beach. Usually before 2 pm is the ideal time if you want to take a dip in these pristine waters.
Go early – Like any other attraction, going early morning ensures you have the ocean and beach literally to yourself.
Take the route on the left – Definitely take the route on the left when you see the signage for straight and left. This not only saves you some parking change but also gives you a way easier path to head down to the beach. The actual path looks something like this (I wouldn’t wanna climb down those) –
Ask prices before you order food – All the small beach shacks serve food but don’t have prices on the menu. Many would just order and pay whatever has been asked. Be smart and ask rates beforehand. The prices are at par with warungs and restaurants outside and aren’t expensive but its good to know before you order.
Don’t overpay for sun beds – There is no fixed price for sun beds here. We were asked IDR 50,000 ($3.6) for a bed but we said we are three and they offered us three beds for that price. There was no haggling needed either 🙂 There’s an option to get a massage on the beach as well, if you fancy.
Atuh Beach Map
Reaching Atuh beach on your bike is pretty easy. Just save this map offline to avoid being stranded due to bad 4g services across Nusa penida.
So have you been to Atuh beach in Nusa Penida? Well if you just did a day trip, you probably just saw the west coast. I would highly recommend spending a few days exploring this pristine island and making the most of your trip.