Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is one of the most iconic beaches in Bali, the kind of place you see on postcards and prints. An idyllic beach located at the bottom of a steep cliff, Diamond Beach has shot to fame in recent years and has become the background of so many Bali vacation photos.
If you’re interested in visiting this famous beach, we’ve created the ultimate guide to Diamond Beach Nusa Penida with everything you need to know before you visit.
Best time to visit Diamond Beach Nusa Penida
The best time to visit Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is at sunrise, as the beach faces directly east. If mornings aren’t your thing then it’s still beautiful during the day, however, there will be a lot more tourists the later it gets.
How to get to Diamond Beach Bali
The best way to get around Nusa Penida is by scooter – this island is just not made for cars. Most accommodations will be able to arrange a scooter rental for you, and if you hire for multiple days you can usually haggle down to around 60,000 IDR per day. If you’re not comfortable driving a scooter, a popular option is to hire a car with a private driver.
Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is easy to find on Google Maps, and the road leading to the beach is pretty good the entire way. It does take a while to get there from the north/west coast, minimum an hour depending on island traffic.
What to bring to Nusa Penida Beach
Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is one of the more expensive beaches, with a 10,000 IDR entrance fee per person, as well as an additional 5000 IDR parking fee.
What to expect at Diamond Beach Nusa Penida
Once you arrive at the parking lot and pay your entrance fee, you’ll walk along the ridge to the viewpoint overlooking Diamond Beach Nusa Penida. This is where a lot of tourists will be, all enjoying the insane view.
You can continue all the way to the cliff’s edge overlooking the open ocean. We didn’t see many people venture that far, but we recommend it as we saw a whole bunch of turtles swimming near the surface. The view from here is also pretty spectacular – turtles or not.
After sitting and watching the turtles for a while, we decided to brave the crowds making their way down the cliff face to Diamond Beach Nusa Penida below. The hike is pretty easy, but a lot of people just go a short way down the steps to take their iconic Diamond Beach photo.
It can be a little frustrating trying to pass through the hoards of people posing for selfies, so we recommend you pack some patience in your backpack or plan on visiting first thing in the morning.
The hike down can take 10-20 minutes depending on the line and is just steps until you reach the very bottom where you’ll need to grapple with a rope and climb over rocks.
Once you reach the bottom of Diamond Beach Nusa Penida, you’ll be able to relax on the sand, swim in the relatively calm water, and explore the many rockpools. The sand at Diamond Beach is pristine and white and the water is an unfathomable blue.
If you visit in the afternoon, the sun will pass on the other side of the cliff casting the beach in shade. Since there are no trees or umbrellas on the beach, you might consider this a good thing. If you’re hoping to lay out in the sun and work on your tan, we recommend you visit before noon.
Another thing you can do at Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is take photos on a classic Bali swing, but we’re going to be honest and say this is one of the most overpriced swings we’ve seen. We were happy enough to take photos of other tourists on the swing, but we weren’t about to drop 200,000 IDR on it ourselves. To each their own.
After an hour or so at Diamond Beach Nusa Penida, we made our way back up the cliff – a lot tougher than going down – and drove over to the nearby Thousand Islands Viewpoint and Rumah Pohon Tree House. You can continue reading our guide to Thousand Islands Viewpoint here.
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