Diamond Beach on Nusa Penida has just opened up to the public and is one of the newest attractions on the island. It’s already grabbing everyones attention as one of the most beautiful beaches on Nusa Penida. The pristine untouched sand, tropical blue water and insane location amongst the white cliffs is what makes this place so special.
How to get to Diamond Beach on Nusa Penida
Diamond Beach is roughly a 1 hour drive from the main port on the island. The cheapest option to get there would be to hire a scooter and drive yourself. You can rent a scooter for around 70K IDR ($7 AUD) per day. The roads on Nusa Penida are in terrible condition and are usually full of large potholes and loose gravel. If you’re not a confident driver, the next best option would be to hire a driver. There are plenty of drivers offering Nusa Penida day tours. Prices usually start from around 500K IDR ($50 AUD) per day and they’ll take you to a couple of popular spots.
The drive to Diamond Beach isn’t as bad as some of the other attractions on Nusa Penida. Most of the drive is along the main road by the oceanside which is paved and in good condition. The road only starts to get a little bumpy towards the last 10 minutes. As you make your way to the carpark, the road turns into loose sand. You can either park at the end of the road or take the challenge and drive all the way up to the entrance booth.
Diamond Beach Entrance Fee
We’ve heard from other people that entrance for the beach and parking was 10K IDR ($1 AUD). From our experience, there was no set entrance fee as of September 2019. There was a small booth at the parking area asking for donations.
What to Expect
Diamond Beach is right next to Atuh Beach and the famous Nusa Penida Treehouse so there’s plenty to see in the area. Be sure to park at the Diamond Beach parking area as you’ll be able to access both Atuh Beach and Diamond Beach from the same carpark. Once you’ve parked at the carpark and made your way to the top of the stairs you’ll already begin to see how beautiful the beach is.
The stairs were just recently completed at the beginning of 2019 so the beach is very new. It’ll take you around 10 minutes to get down to the bottom. There’s not too many stairs and it’s nowhere near as bad as Kelingking Beach. Additionally, no attraction in Bali is complete without a couple of swings and bird nests which is exactly what you’ll find once you reach the bottom.
The insane cliffs tower over you as you walk along the beach and it really puts things into perspective. You’ll also be able to spot the various unique rock formations out in the ocean. The silky blue water is super inviting but be careful of the strong currents.
On a hot day, you’ll struggle to find somewhere to hide from the sun. Many people set themselves up right under the cliffs in the shade but there aren’t many spots. Be sure to bring and wear plenty of sunscreen. We enjoyed our time in the sun a little too much and managed to get sunburnt.
Diamond Beach Viewpoint
You’ll find plenty of people on the stairs taking photos. If there are too many people, you can first head to the viewpoint which is just a little further. You’ll see a path leading to a small hut at the top of the cliff which is where you can view the surrounding beaches and cliffside. There’s not as many people on this side sure you’re sure to get yourself a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the beach. Although to reach this viewpoint, you’ll have to pass a second ticket booth where you’ll have to pay another small entrance fee.
Is it Safe to Swim at Diamond Beach
Depending on the time of day you visit, the tide may be high or low. We’d definitely recommend going during low tide as it’s safer to swim. During high tide, the ocean can get quite rough and the waves are usually very big. Unfortunately, Diamond Beach is full of coral and rocks, making it quite painful to enjoy a refreshing swim. Another bonus of visiting at low tide are the rock pools! There are plenty of rock pools around that you can sit in and cool down from the hot sun.
Where to Stay on Nusa Penida
Most accommodation in Nusa Penida is located on the north of the island. If you’re looking for somewhere convenient to stay, we’d recommend staying near the main port. There are plenty of food options around and you’ll be able to easily make your way to the harbour to get the boat back to Bali. Most of the nice resorts and luxury villas are spread out over the island so be sure to pick a place that best suits you. There are a variety of accommodation types including hostels as well as small beach front hotels and resorts.
Semabu Hills Hotel – Luxury: Semabu Hills is the ultimate luxury getaway located in a quiet area of Nusa Penida. You can enjoy stunning panoramic views from the infinity pool and also indulge in their delicious Asian cuisine. Breakfast is also included every morning, making it the perfect start to a big day of adventuring.
La Roja Bungalows – Midrange: La Roja Bungalows is another perfect place to unwind amongst their cute and cosy tropical bungalows. They also have a beautiful garden and terrace with a pool where you can relax and cool down. The property is in a good location and is near many beach restaurants that are perfect for watching sunset.
Nibugi Guesthouse – Budget: This guesthouse is located only a short walk from the harbour so it’s very easy to access. The rooms are also huge and even have aircon which you’ll definitely need for the hot weather. It has everything you need and is certainly the perfect place to stay if you’re on a budget.
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