Atuh Beach is one of Nusa Penida’s most iconic locations. The natural rock arch that stretches over crystal clear turquoise waters will have you in awe as soon as you lay eyes on it.
Pantai Atuh Nusa Penida can be accessed from either the left-hand side or the right-hand side of the cliffs via the concrete steps that are cut into the side of the mountain. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to hike down to the beach.
WHERE TO FIND ATUH BEACH & WHERE TO STAY
Atuh Beach is located on the far most eastern point of Nusa Penida island. My friends and I stayed at the Cemara Homestay which is in the north of the island for 3 days and it was a 45-minute drive to Atuh Beach from here.
Arriving at Atuh Beach for sunrise
The stairs down to Atuh Beach
ARRIVING AT ATUH BEACH NUSA PENIDA
We left the homestay at 5am to get to Atuh Beach for sunrise and you will have to pay a small entrance fee of 10,000 IDR ($1). When we arrived it was still dark and we hiked down the stairs to Atuh Beach and we had it all to ourselves. So if you want to experience this location without the crowds, I recommend exploring Atuh Beach Nusa Penida at sunrise.
The natural arch rock, in my eyes, forms the shape of a prehistoric dinosaur of some sort that looks like it is ready for battle haha. Would you agree?!
We were so curious of the formation of this natural arch, so we decided to swim out to it on low tide. It was much more impressive once we were swimming through the arch. We checked the depth of the water to see if it was possible to cliff jump. Our guess was that it was between 3-4 meters deep which was plenty enough for us, so we scaled the rock arch and jumped off one by one!
Sunrise at Atuh Beach Nusa Penida
On top of the arch at Atuh Beach
Another perspective of Atuh Beach from the natural arch
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PANTAI ATUH BEACH
The clarity of the water at Pantai Atuh is unbelievable. From the top of the arch, I spotted some large reef fish and a squid just cruising around in the water below.
This place just seems too good to be true. We swam back to the beach, which was still deserted, and ordered a local dish of Nasi Goreng for 25,000 Rupiah from the beach shack restaurant.
The adventure continued to another insane viewpoint of the area overlooking Diamond Beach. I guarantee you will be in awe when you discover these impressive rock islands and white sand beaches for yourself.
I could easily spend a whole day hanging at Atuh Beach though there is so much to see and do on Nusa Penida island and so we continued to the Rumah Pohon Tree House.
Rockpools at Atuh Beach
Breakfast with a view at Atuh Beach
Diamond Beach viewpoint
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