Located at the bottom of a sheer cliff, Diamond Beach on Nusa Penida, Bali was previously inaccessible to the public and could only be enjoyed from above. But that’s all just changed. Locals are currently in the process of building stairs down to the beach, meaning visitors can finally trek down and feel the sand between their toes, which is exactly what I did when I visited last week. With a long stretch of white sand, palm trees, rock pools and glistening turquoise sea, Diamond Beach is the epitome of paradise, and I feel privileged to have been one of the first people to enjoy its untouched beauty.
How to access Diamond Beach Nusa Penida
The last few steps down to Diamond Beach are still only partially built so they are a little precarious but perfectly manageable. There is also a rope that you can cling onto when climbing down, meaning it’s relatively easy to reach the bottom. The hardest part is actually once you make it down to the ground, where you’ll need to navigate your way through some bushes, down a stony hill and over some rocks in the sea. It’s all worth it though because when you arrive you’ll be greeted by the raw beauty of a beach that’s yet to be altered by manmade features. You’ll need to be quick, however, because I think in another month or so the stairs and access will be finished and the crowds will soon descend.
About Diamond Beach Nusa Penida
The long stretch of pristine sand and clear blue sea mean that Diamond Beach is the perfect spot to relax, swim and sunbathe for a few hours. However, due to the fact that it’s only just become accessible, the beach is still very wild and untamed, meaning that it’s exceptionally beautiful but also potentially quite dangerous. A surfing Mecca, Bali is renowned for its waves and Nusa Penida is no different. This means that on some days the swell can be huge and hidden dangers like powerful rip currents and a rocky seabed can make it too hazardous to swim at Diamond Beach. Please do bear this in mind before braving the waters. Additionally, while there is no official access to the beach you’ll need to climb over rocks in the water in order to reach it, so be sure to keep an eye on the sea and leave before high tide arrives.
Don’t let these factors put you off though. I can’t stress enough the satisfaction you’ll get if you do make the effort to visit Diamond Beach. The chance to visit such a picture-perfect, untouched beach is a rare one and it’s an experience not to be missed. If you’re looking for more creature comforts, you can walk over to Atuh Beach, where you’ll find sunbeds, bean bags and a series of warungs serving food and drink.
How to get to Diamond Beach Nusa Penida and where to park
Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is located on the east coast of the island, right next to the more famous Atuh Beach. It takes around one hour to drive from Toya Pakeh Harbour to Diamond Beach and the best way to get there is by hiring a scooter. These will most likely be available to rent from your guest house for about 70,000 rupiah (£3.50) a day. Most of the roads on Nusa Penida have now been tarmacked but the last five minutes or so leading up to Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach is still quite rocky. It’s a little tricky but perfectly doable if you take it slowly.
You can access both Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach by parking in the same car park –marked as ‘Atul Beach Parking’ on Google Maps – and it costs 10,000 rupiah (50p) to park a scooter for the day.