While often referred to together, Daman and Diu are separate places. In fact, they are approximately 650km from each other.
Diu is very unlike India's other beach destinations. Located on a small island linked by a bridge to Gujarat’s southern coast, it is quiet, clean, full of Portuguese history and free of tourist-traps. Life on this small, sleepy town begins at around 5am, and by 9pm, streets are mostly deserted. Diu is a favourite with writers and artists, who often come here to enjoy the silence, found almost everywhere on this tiny island.
October to April is the best time to visit Diu, even though the weather remains pleasant throughout the year. To get here, you can either fly directly from Mumbai or take a train to Una, the nearest railway station, which is 12 km away from Diu.
To start you off, here's a list of 10 exciting things you can do in Diu:
1. Rent a bicycle for Rs 50 to explore Diu at your leisure
Diu is best explored on a bicycle or scooty. Though, it's easy to get around on this small island on foot, the most convenient way is to hire a two-wheeler on a daily basis. You can either get in touch with your hotel or walk to the nearest renting point to pick your vehicle of choice. Most places ask for a Rs 1000 refundable security deposit and offer bicycles for Rs 20 to Rs 50 per day, and scooters for Rs 150 to Rs 200 per day. You will be pedalling for around 5 to 6km a day and will encounter locals and tourists zipping past you on Diu's roads.