Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is one of the best beaches on the island. The shiny white sand and turquoise water make this a must-see destination on the Nusa Islands. The swaying palm trees, large rock formations, and mighty cliff just add to the epicness of Diamond Beach Nusa Penida.
This guide will tell you everything you need to know before visiting Diamond Beach Nusa Penida, like where to park, the best time to go, what to expect, and more.
One of the Best Beaches in Nusa Penida, Diamond Beach
Where is Diamond Beach Nusa Penida?
Diamond Beach is a white-sand beach located on the island of Nusa Penida, an hours fast boat ferry from mainland Bali. The location can be found on the southeast tip of the island near Atuh Beach and Rumah Pohon Tree House. Visiting all three of these spots in one day is very doable and even advised.
I suggest using the parking lot between Atuh Beach and Diamond Beach as your guide so you can visit both beaches without having to make a 25-minute ride to the other side. I have pinpointed it on the map for you below.
How to Get to Diamond Beach Nusa Penida
If you want to experience true island life, definitely rent a scooter upon arrival in the harbour as your Nusa Penida transport. A scooter is by far the best way of getting around Nusa Penida.
It can take up to an hour to get across the island and in recent years, Nusa Penida has made an effort to build a nicely paved coastal road that runs on the east side of the island, but many of the attractions will still have rougher patches. Make sure to ask for a helmet with your rental as a precaution, better to be safe than sorry!
The cost of a scooter rental, including a full tank of gas, will be 70,000 IDR a day (approximately $4.85 USD) from any vendor at the ToyaPakeh Harbour.
The main road leading to Diamond Beach is paved and will take about an hour to drive from ToyaPakeh.
Of course, there is always the option to book a private car charter if the idea of driving around a scooter is not your idea of fun.
Nusa Penida Diamond Beach Tour
If you are looking for a fun-packed day that will have you from mainland Bali to Nusa Penida and back in one day, this Klook.com tour is the one for you.
This East Nusa Penida day trip will take you to places like Diamond Beach, Rumah Pohon Tree House, Atuh Beach, and more. The tour will include a hotel transfer to the harbour, a ferry to and from Nusa Penida island, and a car charter. You can choose from a group or private Nusa Penida tour.
Nusa Penida is full of Instagrammable spots, and if you are wanting to get the best photos of each spot, this Klook.com tour may be for you. A group charter will transport you to places like Diamond Beach and more.
Make sure to specify that you would like to explore East Nusa Penida.
Diamond Beach Nusa Penida Entrance Fee
The Diamond Beach entrance fee is 10,000 IDR (approximately $0.70 USD) and is payable in Indonesian Rupiah at the little hut on the right when leaving the parking lot.
Diamond Beach Nusa Penida Bali Opening Hours
Diamond Beach is open 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. Although I wouldn’t suggest visiting after dark, as the coastline is not fenced and you could lose your footing.
Best Time to Visit Diamond Beach Penida
The best time to visit Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is the early hours of the day for sunrise. Since the beach is located on the southeast tip of the island, the sunrise will hit the island early and create a beautiful golden glow. Get there as early as 6 AM to get the best shots with little to no people.
The day-trippers and tour operators will arrive at Diamond Beach between 9 AM and 10 AM and will create a crowd around the top of the staircase to get the Insta-famous shot of the stairs and the beach in the background. If you are already down on the beach, you don’t have to worry about them, as they rarely descend the stairs.
Due to Diamond Beach being at the foot of a large rock wall, as the sun moves in the sky, a harsh shadow will be created. The shadow will start to seep in around 11 AM to noon. Visiting at sunset is a no-go for this reason, as well.
If you are looking for the best time of year to visit Diamond Beach Nusa Penida, the summer months of March to November have the best conditions, although the beach can be reached all year round.
What to Expect at Diamond Beach
The white sands of Diamond Beach Nusa Penida are definitely worth a visit when traveling around Nusa Penida. When you arrive here, you will find a large dirt parking lot with a number of large potholes. Either use caution and venture through the holes or park on the side of the paved road with your scooter and make your way across the parking lot on foot.
Diamond Beach Stairs
Once you’ve paid your entrance fee/parking fee at the small booth on top of the hill, continue on and you will see the stairs down to Diamond Beach Nusa Penida on the right. Here, you have the choice to continue on the main trail to the viewpoint that will show you Atuh Beach on the other side of the large rock outcrop. I suggest you save that for after your visit to Diamond Beach.
From the top of the stairs, you will see one of the best sights in all of Nusa Penida, Diamond Beach. The white sand beach is cozied up close to a substantial rock wall and turquoise waters and palm trees line the alcove. Take a moment to admire the view.
Most people only climb down a few stairs and take a picture from here, but the beach is better enjoyed from the sand below. The stairs themselves are chiseled out of the chalky rock on the side of the cliff and can look and feel quite scary. There are makeshift railings and ropes to help guide you down, but the last few steps will be over boulders.
From halfway down the stairs, you can see the Diamond-shaped rock formation which gives this beach its name. The last few steps of the staircase are essentially just boulders to scramble.
Diamond Beach Facilities
You will pass by a warung serving bottled beverages and basic snacks on the right and on the left is the famous Bali swing that you can take your turn at if that suits your fancy. Note, there are no restrooms or changing facilities located at Diamond Beach. Around another jumble of large rocks, the pristine beach is revealed.
Can you Swim at Diamond Beach, Bali?
Take your time to enjoy Diamond Beach to the fullest, but unfortunately the current here is very dangerous. I was standing in about 2 feet of water and I had sharp coral and rocks pummeling my shins. For this reason, I wouldn’t advise swimming at Diamond Beach Nusa Penida.
Places near Diamond Beach Nusa Penida
You can’t leave Diamond Beach without visiting Atuh Beach, a white sand beach good for swimming and sipping coconuts. The attraction is only a 15-minute walk from the top of the Diamond Beach stairs, over the viewpoint, and down steep rock stairs to the left.
Also located on the southeast coast of Nusa Penida is the famous Rumah Pohon Tree House which overlooks the stunning Nusa Penida coastline, including Diamond Beach.
Things to Bring with you to Diamond Beach Nusa
Besides a hat, microfibre towel, and sunscreen to beat the heat, I would suggest bringing the following things along with you to make the most of your visit to Diamond Beach Nusa Penida:
MIRRORLESS CAMERA | If you want to invest in something other than your camera phone (the newest phones have great cameras by the way), I purchased the Sony A7iii with a Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 lens. Couldn’t be happier.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE | Let’s help save our planet from plastic pollution and carry around a reusable water bottle instead. I love my Swell water bottle as it stays cold for 24 hours and is lightweight. A LARQ water bottle would also fit the bill and has water purifying technology built right in.
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida
Autentik Penida Glamping | Mid-range Value
Set on stilts among the jungle of Nusa Penida, is Autentik Penida Glamping. The luxury tents located a 5-minute drive inland from Crystal Bay in Northwest Nusa Penida is one of the most unique stays on the island. The designer camp comes with a beautiful shared pool and well-equipped tents with balconies to enjoy the view.
The Mesare Resort | Luxury
The Mesare Resort consists of luxury cabins nestled in the central interior of Nusa Penida. Well located if you plan to explore the entire island, as everything is within a 30-minute drive. This Nusa Penida hotel features attractive wicker furniture, outdoor showers, a shared pool, restaurant, and yoga shala.
Semabu Hills Resort | Luxury
Semabu Hills Resort will give you all the creature comforts of a classic western hotel chain. The resort features one of the most epic infinity pools in Nusa Penida with sweeping views of the jungle and ocean. This Nusa Penida hotel is located close to the ToyaPakeh Harbour for easy commuting to and from your fast boat ferry.
La Roja Bungalows | Budget
Located on the Northeast coastline of Nusa Penida, the La Roja Bungalows are budget-friendly. The cute individual bow-roofed houses surround a shared pool and are a great place to make friends and relax. The Northeast area of Nusa Penida also has the biggest concentration of western and trendy cafes to explore like Penida Colada Beach Bar, one of my favourites.
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