Atuh beach is yet another of Indonesia’s most picturesque beaches situated on the little island of Nusa Penida. Along with neighboring Diamond beach and Kelingking beach, this trio are certainly amongst the most photogenic on the archipelago.
The most recognisable feature of Atuh is the giant rock arch attached to the island just off the coast. It’s actually bigger than it looks and for this reason it attracts a fair few adrenaline junky cliff jumpers. All I can say is if you do want to jump, check the water is deep enough and remember the nearest hospital is half a day away!
The beach itself is a small, sheltered crescent of pale-golden sand set in what feels like a giant amphitheatre of lush greenery. Behind the sand is large flat area of grass with a smattering of palm trees.
One thing to take into account is the state of the tide when you visit. To experience Pantai Atuh at its best you should head here for high tide. At low tide the reef in front of the sand is exposed and the view is considerably less photogenic. It also means you will have to navigate your way across the rocks before you find enough water to swim or snorkel. On the plus side, low tide does reveal a host of pools that are teaming with marine life.
If you are visiting Atuh beach then it goes without saying that you should at least take a look at Diamond beach. The quickest way to do this is by taking the path up the headland at the southern end of the beach. Admittedly you need to be half goat to do this but the drive is surprisingly convoluted.
Whilst the dramatic scenery at Diamond beach might swing it in the Instagram stakes, the laid back charms of Atuh make it our personal preference. Atuh beach also has the advantage of a few food shacks (warungs) on the beach selling the usual fresh coconuts, veggie noodles and drinks. Another win over its neighbour is Atuh beach doesn’t get too busy.
- Diving & snorkelling
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