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Diamond beach is super beautiful.
If you love beautiful cliff views, you’ll love Diamond beach.
And if you are not afraid of the heights, you’ll make it all the way to the beach. The beach is super beautiful, but getting to it isn’t super easy. At the same time, it’s easier than getting to the famous Kelingking beach. And I have a good news for you – you don’t have to walk all the way down to take in all this beauty, and to take beautiful photos.
What’s even better – there’s more to the place than this beach.
The famous Nusa Penida Tree House is just around the corner, and also Atuh beach is only a short walk away. And all the area is beautiful.
Continue reading to learn more!
1. Diamond Beach, Nusa Penida: Basics
Nusa Penida is a small island next to Bali.
And Diamond beach – thanks to Instagram – is one of its best known beaches.
TIME: 30 minutes – 1 hour, if you aren’t going to the beach.
At least 90 minutes, if you plan to walk down to the beach, and spend some time there. Or if you are planning to wander around the area, what I can highly recommend you to do.
DIFFICULTY (visiting the beach viewpoint): easy.
DIFFICULTY (going down until the beach): moderate.
TIPS: come before 10 am or at around 3 pm. It’s the best time to visit Diamond beach to avoid the crowds. To be able to walk on the beach, come in low tide. Check Nusa Penida tide chart online. There is a small cafe shortly before the beach, and a beautiful swing right in front of the cafe. Don’t rely on it, though, and bring enough water if you’ll be going down to the beach.
2. Diamond Beach Low Tide / High Tide
Does it matter here? Yes, a lot.
To be able to walk on the beach, come in low tide.
Check Nusa Penida tide chart online.
Here are 2 photos of the same beach in low tide and high tide.
3. How to Get to Diamond Beach
Let’s split this into two.
Getting to Nusa Penida and to the famous beach itself. Because you want to get there, right? It’s one of the top things to do on Nusa Penida.
Let’s start with the first part.
3.1 How to Get to Diamond Beach From Bali
I’ll repeat myself, Nusa Penida is not in Bali.
It’s an another island close to Bali.
And this beach is on that island – on Nusa Penida.
The easiest way – booking a day trip to Nusa Penida.
If you are alone or there are two of you, it will cost you roughly 1 000 000 IDR (around 65 USD) per person. That will include a transfer from/to hotel, a return ferry ticket from Bali to Nusa Penida, a tour in Nusa Penida and a lunch.
Another option – create your own Nusa Penida day trip.
Go to Sanur (there are many boat companies) or to Kusamba (Ganga Express).
Book a ticket. Go to Nusa Penida. Rent a bike or car with driver.
It’s a 20 – 60 minute ferry journey, depending from where you depart. With Ganga Express it took us something like 18 minutes to travel from Kusamba to Nusa Penida, and cost 150 000 IDR for a return journey.
A bike costs another 70 – 100 000, a car with a driver – around 350 – 500 000 IDR for a full day.
The ferry schedules vary and change.
But mostly it works more or less like this.
You leave Bali at around 8 or 9 am, and depart from Nusa Penida at around 4 or 5 pm. This is enough to visit a couple of top Nusa Penida tourist sites, including the famous Kelingking beach and Diamond beach.
Getting around in Nusa Penida can be super slow.
3.2 Getting to Diamond Beach
See on the right side?
That’s the stairs going down to Diamond beach.
As you get closer to the beach, it becomes more scary and risky.
Let’s start from the beginning. Diamond beach is on the other side of Nusa Penida than Kelingking beach, Broken beach and other famous Nusa Penida tourist sights.
Getting there from the main town / Sampalan beach area takes around 1 hour (more – if there are a lot of tourists).
Get to the place. Walk across the parking. Leave a donation at the entrance.
And you have arrived.
Many tourists don’t make the walk/climb to the beach. They walk down the stairs only a little bit. Take photos. And leave for the next stop. I urge you to explore more. At least to walk around the area. Because it’s a very beautiful area. And if you’re feeling confident about yourself – to walk down to the beach.
At first these are very much normal stairs.
Then it gets more steep, and there’s no handrail anymore.
In some places it feels a bit like rock climbing.
But, if you have been to Kelingking beach, know, that here it’s easier.
4. Diamond Beach: My Experience
I have been to this beach several times.
Just google what to do in Nusa Penida, and you find Diamond beach.
Usually, if you go on a day trip, you don’t visit both of them.
You visit either Kelingking beach or Diamond beach.
But I wanted to visit both of them, so I asked the tour company if that’s possible. It is possible. Even on a day trip from Bali you can visit both of these places and one or two more places in a single day. As a result you may not have any time for chilling on the beach, though.
But it’s definitely worth it.
As for me – it’s my number two most favorite place on Nusa Penida.
Together with Kelingking beach.
In July 2020 we went on a beautiful 4 day, 3 night trip from Bali to Nusa Penida.
We were lucky. We got to experience what it’s like to see Nusa Penida without tourists. And we got to experience also this place without almost any tourists. There were just a few others. We went down to the beach. We wandered around the area. It’s not a big place, but it’s a very beautiful place.
Here are a few more photos from this visit:
Have you been to Nusa Penida? Was it a day trip from Bali? Did you visit Diamond beach? What was your experience?
1-Minute Nusa Penida Travel Guide
How to Get to Nusa Penida?
How to get from Bali to Nusa Penida?
There are no airports, so you have to take a boat.
Take a ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida – and travel on your own. There are ferries from Sanur, Kusamba and Padang Bai.
Or book a day trip to Nusa Penida. Here’s one great option.
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida?
Wherever you stay everything is 1-2 hour drive away.
Write Hostel – cheap, popular hostel near the pier and the beach.
Singabu Bungalows – very popular and well-rated bungalows near the beach.
What to Do in Nusa Penida?
Swim in the natural pools of Angels Billabong, and watch the waves at Broken beach. Go swimming at Crystal Bay.
Walk the steep stairs to Peguyangan waterfall.
Go snorkelling at Gamat Bay and swimming with manta rays.
Take a day trip to Nusa Lembongan.
How to Rent a Scooter in Nusa Penida?
Just get off the ferry, and you’ll be able to rent a scooter.
There are several scooter rentals at the port.
It’s about 2-3 times more expensive than in Bali.
Here it costs more like 100 000 IDR / day.
Book Your Trip Like a PRO
1. Book Your Flight
2. Book Your Accommodation
Booking.com, Agoda.com and Airbnb. I use Booking and Agoda at least a dozen times a year, and Airbnb – when looking for a long-term stay. My best tip is to ALWAYS compare the price. Sometimes the same hotel is cheaper on Booking.com, other times – on Agoda. Always compare the price!
3. Buy Your Travel Insurance
World Nomads and SafetyWings are two companies I can recommend. World Nomads offers some extra benefits, that will be important for those doing some higher risk activities, while SafetyWings is significantly cheaper. SafetyWings is only $9.25 / week.