I remember the first time I stumbled upon Diamond Beach in 2017. I did not know its name back then, I just knew that it was one of the most beautiful beaches I had ever seen. The rock formations in combination with the palette of blues were truly captivating.
Diamond Beach on Nusa Penida island is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches near Bali in Indonesia. It’s a must-visit destination during your trip here.
It’s located on the East side of Nusa Penida, which is a part that often gets overlooked for more popular sites like Kelingking Beach. Even though this part of the island has some of the most breathtaking scenery.
In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Diamond Beach, so you can plan your visit with confidence. From how to get there to where to stay – we’ve got you covered. Read on to find out everything you need to know about Diamond Beach in Nusa Penida.
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How to get to Diamond Beach in Nusa Penida?
Diamond Beach is in the east of Nusa Penida. The name comes from a rock formation that looks like a diamond near the beach.
Nusa Penida is an island in the southeastern part of Bali province. In the Bali language, Nusa means island and Penida means priest. So, Nusa Penida means “priest’s island.”
To reach Nusa Penida now, you need to take a fast boat that leaves from Sanur Beach every day. If you are prepared to pay a little more money, you can also rent a private chartered boat.
The fast boat price for foreigners is around 140,000 IDR ($9.35). It takes around 45 minutes to arrive in Nusa Penida by fast boat.
When you reach Nusa Penida, you can get to Diamond Beach by car or by motor cycle. I would advise to ask a local to bring you there. This is what I did. Be prepared for some windy and bumpy roads.
It will take around an hour to reach Diamond Beach from the harbor. The scenery during the journey is beautiful though. You can really appreciate the greenery of the island.
It’s also possible to join a tour to get to Diamond Beach in Nusa Penida. This will be the most convenient option, as your guide will get you there. The best tours I would recommend are the all-inclusive full day tour and the day trip to East Nusa Penida.
Is there an entrance fee for Diamond Beach?
At the time of writing, the entrance fee is around 1 dollar (10000 IDR). The parking fee is around 5000 IDR. Always remember to bring enough cash with you just in case.
What to expect at Diamond Beach Nusa Penida
Once you reach the incredible views of Diamond Beach, you may want to climb down to the beach itself. This is what you can expect.
The stairs at Diamond Beach were carved into the cliff, and there’s a handrail with a rope to hold onto while going up or down. Initially, the path is quite wide but narrows towards the end.
It’s one of the most breathtaking photo spots on Nusa Penida and it’s considered one of the island’s best locations.
There’s a corner near the bottom of the stairs where there’s no handrail. I’m not sure if it’s broken or intentionally designed that way.
It can be a bit challenging to reach the beach, but it’s definitely not mission impossible. Wear proper footwear to make the hike down a bit easier. Also make sure to bring a water bottle. You will probably sweat a lot, so it’s important to stay hydrated.
In total it takes around 20 minutes to climb down to the beach. The hike down to the beach is not very suitable for people with mobility issues.
Once you reach the bottom, there is a swing nearby where you can take photos if you pay 100K IDR (at the time of writing: approximately 7 US dollars).
When to visit Diamond Beach Nusa Penida?
I would definitely advise you to visit Diamond Beach early in the morning. Chances are higher that there will be less crowds. I’ve read that it can already get busy at 10:00 o’ clock in the morning, so try to get there before this time.
Another time to beat the crowds would be late afternoon. However, if you want to climb up and down during the late afternoon this might not be the best idea, as it might get dark when you want to climb up again.
If you only want to visit Diamond Beach for the views from above, then I would highly recommend to visit later in the afternoon.
Can you swim at Diamond Beach Nusa Penida?
Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is not the best place to go for a swim, as there is supposed to be a very strong current here. I’ve never swum here myself. Due to the strong current it’s dangerous to go swimming here, so please refrain from doing so.
If you do really want to go swimming, then visit Atuh Beach afterwards to go for a swim. This is a beach nearby, where you can actually go swimming in the shallow parts of the water.
How much time do you need at Diamond Beach?
I think 2 to 3 hours will be enough time to explore Diamond Beach. However, I would highly recommend staying on Nusa Penida island for at least a couple of days. In this way, you can fully explore all of the beauty of the island.
You will find beautiful Atuh Beach and Thousand Island Viewpoint nearby. These are also amongst the most beautiful places in Nusa Penida, hence I would recommend exploring all of them in the same day.
From experience I can say that the descend from Atuh Beach to the beach itself is also quite challenging, so keep this in mind when visiting! It takes around half an hour to 40 minutes to climb down to this beach.
Is Diamond Beach in Nusa Penida worth visiting?
Diamond Beach is definitely worth visiting. It’s scenery is gorgeous. What I like the most about Diamond Beach is the different tones of blue in the water. It almost looks surreal or like a painting.
Besides, the island of Nusa Penida itself is a must-visit destination during your trip in Bali. Approximately 60% of Nusa Penida Island is covered in jungle. It’s actually my favorite island near Bali and I think it’s more beautiful than the island of Bali itself.
Even the windy roads to reach Diamond Beach are really worth experiencing at least once I think.
Where to stay on Nusa Penida Island?
I would highly recommend staying on Nusa Penida island. To me, it felt like the most raw and authentic island near Bali. The island still mostly consists of jungle, so it’s not as built up as other nearby islands. If you’re planning a trip to Bali, Indonesia, make sure to add Nusa Penida to your itinerary.
This island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, including Diamond Beach. However, do keep in mind that the island is becoming more and more popular. So make sure to visit it before it gets overwhelmed with tourists.
Here are some of the best places to stay on Nusa Penida Island:
Akusara Jungle Resort And Spa
Akusara Jungle Resort And Spa is a sustainable holiday park situated in Nusa Penida, just 1 km away from Sun Sun Beach. It has a beautiful outdoor pool overlooking the jungle and it’s home to stunning mountain views.
Guests can enjoy the convenience of a balcony and complimentary private parking. The resort also offers a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi accessible throughout the property. Click here to view their latest prices and more.
Dungkap Mount View bungalows
This homestay is very affordable, has beautiful views from the swimming pool and is definitely worth visiting. If you want to stay somewhere a bit off the beaten path, then this is the place for you.
Especially if you want to visit both East and West of Nusa Penida Island this is a good choice. If you want to be somewhere which is very lively, then this will not be very suitable for you. Have a look over here to view Dungkap Mount View bungalows.
Prasi Sunrise Homestay
Another even more affordable place to stay at is Prasi Sunrise Homestay. This homestay offers free wifi and free parking. They also have a private beach area. I would highly recommend staying here if you’re interested in staying in an authentic homestay on Nusa Penida Island. Click here to view their latest prices.
Diamond Beach Villas
Diamond Beach Villas is a sustainable property located near Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach in Nusa Penida. The property offers an outdoor swimming pool and a garden. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, free private parking, and complimentary WiFi.
All units open up to a terrace with sea, mountain, or pool views. They are furnished with a fully equipped kitchenette including a toaster and a fridge. Additionally, each unit features a balcony with an outdoor dining area and garden views.
Guests can find a minimarket on-site at the villa. Furthermore, bicycle rental and car rental services are available for those who wish to explore the area. This place is especially suitable for you if you’re looking to stay in a luxurious villa nearby Diamond Beach.
MAUA Nusa Penida Bali
Another luxurious villa worth staying at is MAUA Nusa Penida Bali. Everything here is very high end. You will definitely know why they are a 5 star accommodation. The views from the outdoor pool are stunning and their restaurant offers delicious food.
If you don’t mind spending a little more during your stay on Nusa Penida, then this is the best place for you. Have a look over here for their latest prices. If you’re interested in an even more high end villa, then I would recommend having a look at the Arancia Villa instead.
All in all, Nusa Penida is definitely a place you want to visit for at least a couple of days. As it still mostly consists of jungle, it still has a raw feeling to it. Combined with the tone palette of blues in its waters, Nusa Penida is a destination not to be missed near Bali.
Diamond Beach in Nusa Penida is definitely worth visiting. It’s not as popular as other attractions in Nusa Penida, however its views are absolutely gorgeous. Arrive here early in the morning or late in the afternoon to beat the crowds.
Also make sure to stay on Nusa Penida Island for at least a couple of days to fully be able to appreciate the beauty that this raw island has to offer.
In conclusion, Diamond Beach in Nusa Penida should not be missed. So if you’re planning your next vacation to Bali, make sure to add this stunning destination to your itinerary – you won’t regret it!
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