Everything You Need to Know About Atuh Beach in Nusa Penida Island
Atuh Beach referred to by locals as Pantai Atuh is surely one of the best attractions in the eastern tip of the lovely island of Nusa Penida.
The beach is secluded by magnificent green cliffs, while various limestone rock formations surround it, adding to the beauty of the area.
Incredible natural rock arch that stretches over crystal clear turquoise waters will have you in awe as soon as you lay eyes on it.
There are four main rocky outcrops and islets dotting the coast of Atuh Beach. All these contribute to the breathtaking views.
And another spectacular location are Thousand Islands Viewpoint and Rumah Pohon Tree House, with multiple islands covered in foliage creating the perfect backdrop for a photo.
As well as Rumah Pohon Tree House which is one spot in Nusa Penida if you’re looking for that perfect Instagram shot.
With some beautiful colours and scenic views, here’s our breakdown of everything you need to know for you before you visit Atuh Beach in Nusa Penida.
- What to Expect at Atuh Beach
- Atuh Beach Activities
- Atuh Beach Address & Map Location
- How to Get to Atuh Beach
- Atuh Beach Entrance Fee
- Best time to visit Atuh Beach
- Rumah Pohon Treehouse Nusa Penida
- Rumah Pohon Treehouse Map Location
- Thousand Island (Pulau Seribu) Viewpoint
- Atuh Beach Travel Tips
- Cheap & Best Hotel at Atuh Beach
What to Expect at Atuh Beach
Among the beaches on the treasure island of Nusa Penida, Atuh Beach remains at one the top of the list as the most beautiful beaches with killer views.
The view really is a breath of fresh air. The glistening turquoise ocean is well-guarded by craggy mountain peaks, and the perfectly laid out stretch of white sand that begs to be walked on.
This beach is called the “Hidden Beach” owing to the fact that it is so closely guarded by the cliffs, making it difficult to spot.
Aside from the usual beachside activities like enjoying the calm sea breeze as you dig into a book, you can also snorkel, dive, or jumps from the arch cliff.
There were a few points that were about 3m deep. Not incredibly safe but good enough for a small jump.
The beach provides a mix from everything. You have the crystal clear water, the white sand, the amazing view from the top, a spectacular path to cross and a kind of harmony you are not able to find somewhere else.
There are four main rocky outcrops and islets dotting the coast of Atuh Beach. All these contribute to the breathtaking views.
Named by locals as Batu Melawang, Batu Abah, Batu Paon and Bukit Jineng, which also referred to as Batu Bolong or “hollow rock”, which is the most striking, thanks to its arch-like formation.
The hike down the stairs takes only ten minutes but is quite steep, which you will realize on the way back up.
The density of the trees and vines hide the view from you for most of the short hike. At times a break in the foliage gives you a small window into Atuh Beach.
On the sandy shores of Atuh Beach are a number of small vendors who sell coconuts, nasi goreng and other snacks and beers.
The prices aren’t too expensive considering the location and the effort to get the goods down to the beach.
There are two entrance paths leading down to Atuh Beach Nusa Penida. One being on the left side of the beach and the other on the right.
If you’ve parked on the right side, as you walk towards the steps, you’ll come across a pretty awesome viewpoint overlooking Korawa Beach.
Atuh Beach Address & Map Location
Atuh Beach located at the east coast of Nusa Penida Island, which exact location or addrees is in the village of Pejukutan, Nusa Penida, Kelungkung regency, Bali, Indonesia.
Atuh Beach is a relatively unknown spot on the Island of Nusa Penida, which lies south of Nusa Lembongan and the Bali mainland.
How to Get to Atuh Beach
Getting to Atuh Beach you have to go to Nusa Penida Island, you can catch fast boat from several port in Bali mainland.
Regular speed boat services operate daily between Nusa Penida and Sanur in South Bali as well as between Nusa Penida and Kusamba and Padang Bai in East Bali.
If you’re staying on Nusa Lembongan or Ceningan, you can catch a boat across from the Yellow Bridge.
In Sanur boats depart from the end of Jalan Hang Tuah to various destinations in Nusa Penida, depending on the company.
Ticket is 175,000 IDR per person for each way, and can be bought at the pier and leave at least once a day starting.
The journey takes 30 to 45 minutes depending on the weather and the swell—in inclement weather this can be a rough trip.
There are public ferry Padang Bai in East Bali, and the cost is much cheaper then speed boat, but taking around 2 hours the reach the island.
A passenger ferry ticket is 31,000 IDR per person for each way and can be purchased at 10:00 am inside the building marked "Loket".
From the harbor you can rent scooter for 75,000 IDR a day, but be ready for bumpy road and many hole to avoid and this take more energy. As long as you enjoying riding motorbike and no rush you will fine.
After half-an-hour-drive on the coastal road you will reach the beach and you can start your adventure once you park at top of the cliff.
As you walk nearer to the cliff, get ready for a hike down to the beach. You will notice a concrete staircase that was built for local villagers who come to visit the nearby temple to worship the God of the sea.
You need to use these staircase to walk up the cliff and perform a small jump off the end, a mere height of only 1 metre.
And there you are, you’ll be standing on the pristine white sands of Atuh Beach, with the vast blue ocean in front of you waiting to be explored.
Atuh Beach Entrance Fee
At the moment no entrance fee required to the lookouts of Thousand Island Viewpoint at Atuh Beach, it just small amount of 5,000 IDR for parking.
However to get the beach you have to pay an entrance of 10,000 IDR per person which collected by local villagers due to use a private land area.
Best time to visit Atuh Beach
The best time to visit Atuh Beach, is in the morning, around 05:30 am for sunrise. Due to the location of Atuh beach facing east.
That being said if you plan for a good sunrise in Nusa Penida then either Atuh Beach, Molenteng Beach, or Rumah Pohon Treehouse and Thousand Island Viewpoint are definitely the best spots out East.
At Atuh beach you definitely need about one hour for taking pictures. The view and the nature is amazing and a really great spot. The steps down to the beach takes about 15 minutes.
Rumah Pohon Treehouse Nusa Penida
Apart from Atuh Beach, while you are in Nusa Penida, you might want to visit Rumah Pohon Treehouse.
Where the Rumah Pohon Treehouse has a view overlooking a perfect beach below with cliff formations, islands, and bright blue water.
The view is also known as Thousand Islands, with multiple islands covered in foliage creating the perfect backdrop for a photo.
This lookout gives you a clear view of Korawa beach with its little bunch of palm trees in the corner.
Like the name of a house located on a tree, the house is made with materials from nature measuring about 4 x 4 meters, utilizing the sturdiness of a large tree that sustain it.
From this house then visitors can see the natural beauty of the surrounding, natural beauty of unspoiled coastline, looks beautiful and charming, an instagramable tourist spot in Nusa Penida Island.
Check the latest prices for Rumah Pohon Treehouse.
Rumah Pohon Treehouse Map Location
The location of the Rumah Pohon Treehouse Molenteng faces directly to Atuh Beach, so if you are from the terrace of the tree house, this place presents the beauty of Atuh beach attraction perfectly.
A place that is very popular in Nusa Penida, a stunning natural beach with sea view blue blends beautifully with some small island in the middle of the beach.
In addition, the nature around the Atuh coast is surrounded by high and beautiful cliffs, as if fortifying this area, a beautiful place you can enjoy from the top of the hill that limits it.
Rumah Pohon Treehouse Molenteng stands pretty on the tree, although a the house is simple, but the landscape that is served is the champion really, glimpse like the natural scenery in Raja Ampat.
From Rumah Pohon Treehouse Molenteng, the stunning scenery is perfect, the stretch of blue sea, and the waves crashing against the high cliffs and small islands in the region blending beautifully with the hills in the region.
Thousand Island (Pulau Seribu) Viewpoint
Thousand Island (Pulau Seribu) Viewpoint or Raja Lima is definitely one of the most spectacular spots to take in the ocean breeze and spend a moment appreciating exactly where you are.
The viewpoint is not of the well-known attractions on Nusa Penida but it’s definitely in my top things to do on this amazing island off Bali.
It’s located not far from the famous Atuh Beach and it could be a good idea to combine these two spots into one day!.
There are two viewpoints giving a different angle of the beautiful eastern rock formations and crystal blue Bali Sea.
The first has recently been roped off for tourists safety. So you can’t get that rural island photo anymore but that doesn’t take away from the incredible natural view.
The second is up and past the Rumah Pohon Treehouse Molenteng. It’s one of the most Easternly points you can reach on Nusa Penida Island and if you have super strong vision you may be able to see Lombok island.
The views from the Rumah Pohon Molenteng grounds are beautiful and waking up in the treehouse would be like something out of a movie!
Tips for your First Visit to Atuh Beach
1. 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.
2. Go early – Like any other attraction, going early morning ensures you have the ocean and beach literally to yourself.
3. Take the route on the left if you drive scooter – 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.
4. 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.
Atuh Beach Activities
Aside from the usual beachside activities like enjoying the calm sea breeze as you dig into a book, you can also snorkel, dive, swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, or even soak.
Golden coloured sand with stunning coral reefs are what brings Atuh to life, especially during low tide where you can see the rainbow of colours from the corals on the ocean floor.
The arch that runs along the rock formation out in the water, the huge sheer drop-off of the cliffs and the amphitheater-like white sandy beach at the base of it all is a sight to behold.
Suit up with your snorkelling gears and dive into the ocean where you will find hundreds of colourful fish swimming all around you.
The sun rays make the ocean glisten as though it were mixed with diamonds. There are small caves in and around the cliffs where you can swim into and explore the rock structures.
Note: Do not swim away far from the shore since the currents can get very strong. Alternatively, for those who are not keen to get into the water, they can lay back and watch the day go by.
And one of the most important parts to planning your Atuh Beach visit though is watching for weather and choosing high or low tide!
Cheap & Best Hotels at Atuh Beach Nusa Penida
If you interested to stay overnight below are the list some great places to stay, and selected some guesthouses and hotels at Atuh Beach on Nusa Penida that should fit your budget.
#1. Atuh Forest Cottage
Atuh Forest Cottage is located in Nusa Penida, 8 km from Pulau Seribu Viewpoint. The property is around 40.2 km from Seganing Waterfall, 3.1 km from Atuh Beach and 8 km from Bukit Teletubbies Hill.
The property provides ticket service, and organizing tours for guests. At the guesthouse, the rooms are equipped with a terrace.
Featuring a private bathroom, rooms at Atuh Forest Cottage also provide guests with free WiFi, while selected rooms contain a balcony.
All rooms at the accommodation have air conditioning and a desk. A continental breakfast is served each morning at the property.
The in-house restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine. Goa Giri Putri Temple is 9.7 km from Atuh Forest Cottage, while Suwehan Beach is 11.3 km away.
The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport, 88.5 km from the guesthouse.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Nusa Penida! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area. Check Room Availability and Rates.
#2. Kabeh Jati Garden Villa & Restaurant
Kabeh Jati Garden Villa & Restaurant is located in Nusa Penida, 7.5 mi from Nusa Penida Harbor and 3.7 mi away from Atuh Beach. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.
Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.
Certain rooms have a seating area for your convenience. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. All rooms include a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Check Room Availability and Rates.
#3. Coco Resort Penida
Offering a year-round outdoor pool, barbecue and terrace, Coco Resort Penida is located in Nusa Penida. Kuta is 21 mi from the property.
Featuring traditional architecture, the accommodations is fitted with a seating area with a TV and CD player.
Some units include a terrace and/or patio with mountains views. There is a private bathroom with a bidet and shower in each unit, along with slippers, free toiletries and a hair dryer.
Bed linen is available. Coco Resort Penida also includes a sun terrace. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar, while special diet menus and packed lunches are available on request.
Coco Resto serves a fine selection of Indonesian and international dishes. The property has water sports facilities and bike hire and car hire are available.
A number of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkeling and diving. The resort is a 30-minute boat ride from Sanur Harbor and a 3-minute drive from Crystal Bay Beach. Check Room Availability and Rates.
Last but not least, if you are staying in Bali, still want to spend a day experiencing how epic Nusa Penida is, you can take a day trip on a speedboat to Penida and tour around the sights for the day with a guide before returning back to Bali in the evening.
For just $50, the East Nusa Penida Day Tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off from Bali, lunch, boat transfers and your guide.
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