Diamond Beach of Nusa Penida | Everything You Need to Know
A visit to Nusa Penida is not complete without a stop at the one of a kind Diamond Beach. The beach is located on the eastern end of the island, and offers some breathtaking views both from up top and down below. This guide will walk you through all you need to know about a visit to Diamond Beach and what to expect along the way.
1) How Do You Get to Diamond Beach
What I really love about Diamond Beach is that it is not found on the main tourist day tripper path of Nusa Penida. Diamond Beach is located way out on the eastern end of the island and since the ferry terminal is on the western end, Diamond Beach is just not visited by the hundreds of day trippers who make their way from Bali each day.
With that said though, the beach can still have its fair share of people visiting – arriving earlier on in the morning will be the most peaceful time to visit before many other tourists follow suit.
If you stay on the island you have a couple ways to get around and make your way to Diamond Beach – either by hiring a driver for the day or renting a scooter.
» If you are comfortable enough on a scooter / motorbike, you can rent one from the harbor area for as little as $5 – $10 USD per day. Some of the roads of Nusa Penida are in very poor condition, with tons of uneven terrain throughout. I have heard of plenty of accidents happening on the island with those who were not experienced enough – I even saw a crash right in front of me. So please do not rent a scooter if you do not have the expertise.
» If you want to play it safe, I would recommend hiring a driver for the day that can take you to Diamond Beach and any other attractions you would like to visit. Expect to pay around $40 USD for a full day driver on the island. You can either find them at the harbor area or have your hotel help set one up for you.
» While there are a few day tours from Bali that do focus on the eastern end of the island like this Nusa Penida East Tour, I would say 95%+ of them focus more on the western side of the island. So, if coming from Bali for the day feel free to sign up for the tour, but my recommendation here is to stay at least a couple days on Nusa Penida to fully explore what it has to offer.
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2) Directions & Location
When visiting Diamond Beach, odds are you will also want to visit a few different highlights of Nusa Penida during your day. My recommendation would be to start off your morning early heading to the Goa Giri Putri Temple, before continuing the drive to Diamond Beach.
The Diamond Beach parking lot is located right in between Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach. So by parking there, you will have easy access to get to both beaches during your visit.
Helpful note – if you put “Atuh Beach” into Google Maps, you will be sent to the opposite side of the beach. By just putting in “Diamond Beach”, you will be able to access both beaches from the parking lot.
Whether you are arriving with a driver or coming with your own scooter, you will find a parking lot that costs 10,000 IDR (less than $1 USD) to park in. The access to Diamond Beach is free so all you need to do is pay for the cheap parking here.
Below is a map showing the location of Diamond Beach, Atuh Beach, the Jogglo viewpoint spot, and the parking lot in between.
3) Jogglo Viewpoint
Many of the top beaches on Nusa Penida require a steep descent alongside the cliff walls of the island. You can’t just park your car and stroll right on up to the beach. Instead you will need to walk down a staircase that starts near the parking lot and that goes all the way down to the beach itself.
While the views from the walk down are incredible (as can be seen in the next section), you can get some better views of the entire beach from the Jogglo viewpoint. Before making that turn down the staircase, continue the walk to the small hut out on the peninsula (pictured below), and take some great shots along the way.
Note: you can also easily do this after your visit to Diamond Beach, on your walk to Atuh Beach.
4) Hiking Down to the Beach
After enjoying the view from above, it is time to make the walk down. The walk from the top of the staircase to the beach will take you around 15-20 minutes.
Thankfully these are nicely carved out stairs and you will also find a rope barricade that you can hold on to as you make the descent down. Be sure to stop and take some photos and videos on the way down the staircase as it is one of the best photography spots on Nusa Penida in my opinion.
Before making your way down to the last section, you are also sure to pass the famous Diamond Beach swing and nest spots, where you can pay a few dollars to get your picture taken.
After passing the photo op spot and as you get to the bottom of the staircase, things get a bit trickier. The staircase ends right above some rocks and it can be a bit tough balancing yourself getting to the bottom. There was some extra rope here when I visited that helped a bit, but just be careful either way.
5) Diamond Beach
Now that you have seen the beach from above, it is now time to enjoy the beach from down below. Once you get to the beach you will be welcomed to its beautiful sand and turquoise blue water. The beach is pretty long and it gives you plenty of opportunity to find your own spot in the sand to enjoy. During low tide, you will have more of that white sand, and with high tide you can see the water nearly reaching the back wall at some points.
I should also note that it is not really recommended to go into the water here. If you do, you should not venture too far. The riptides are very strong and there are some very rocky sections in the water too. Enjoying just the edge of the water should do the trick for you here.
After spending some time relaxing in the sand, you can venture all the way to the end of Diamond Beach. From there you will really able to see how vast the cliff walls are and how far out they go. As you make your way along the beach you can spot the viewpoint spot up above and some smaller rock formations way out in the distance.
Once all done enjoying all that Diamond Beach has to offer, it is time to head back to the staircase and up towards the parking lot. If you haven’t checked out the viewpoint and Atuh Beach yet, then I would definitely recommend those be your next stops of your day.
6) Where to Stay on Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is relatively new to the tourism landscape which is why many of the roads throughout the island are just not up to standard. You also won’t find too many tourist hotspot areas like an Ubud or a Seminyak. Many of the accommodation options are just sprawled throughout.
A lot of the popular spots though are more on the western side of the island closer to the harbor area. Below are some highly rated options based on price point in that area. What is also great about Nusa Penida is that it is budget friendly with the most expensive options not even $100 per night.
That about wraps up a guide to Diamond Beach of Nusa Penida. If you have any additional questions or comments feel free to write them in below. Also don’t forget to check out the other Indonesia itineraries and guides up on the site.
Have fun out there and safe travels!