Diu, the tiny island, has its own airport – so you can arrive here via air. Though, if you don’t find any direct flight till here, then you can reach Ahmedabad or Rajkot and then get a bus ticket from there.
I departed from Aurangabad.
So I travelled in the Rameswaram-Okha express (a sleeper seat cost about ₹480), reached Rajkot, and visited the local bus stand from where regular buses to Diu are available.
From there, you’ll be directly taken to Diu via Somnath, and the ticket would cost about ₹250 (local travel is cheap throughout Gujarat).
The buses to Diu are scarcely filled. By the time I reached Diu, there were only 6 people in the bus, including the driver, conductor, and a family of three.
• Use waiting rooms at railway stations.
• Keep some food and snacks handy.
• Gujarati Thaali for those on budget.
• Got time to spare? Visit Watson Museum in Rajkot, or a place that’s near you.
You reached Diu, now what?
The Diu bus stand (Jethibai Bus Station) doesn’t have an infrastructure – so practically speaking, you can’t sit there and plan the next thing to do, charge your phone, or even rest for a while.
Chances are, all buses would drop you here at evening or at night, so it’s better if you book a hotel for yourself in advance. Almost all hotels are close to the bus stand anyway.
When I reached Diu in December, it was raining (the aura felt fantastic!). The bus dropped me at about 8:30 P.M. I hadn’t booked a hotel as I didn’t have an exact plan.
So I simply stood at a corner, searched ‘hotels near me’ on maps, called one and bargained on the phone, and checked-in.
• Don’t panic if your travel doesn’t occur the way you had planned it.
• Get a better hotel if you’re travelling with your family.
• Bargaining offline can increase your chances of getting a discount.
Hey, so you’re in Diu already
Go, get some sleep in your hotel and you can start your trip the next day. If you’ve reached early, then maybe take a walk and stroll around.
Before that, here’s a list of quick facts about Diu.
• All tourist destinations are FREE here.
• It depicts a mix of Portuguese and Gujarati culture.
• Diu is the tenth least populated district of India.
Your first day in Diu
Diu is a small place, so it doesn’t take long to travel across the whole place. You can do it within a day. Or take another day, if you’re in no hurry.
Rent a bike. You’ll find several shops around Jethibai Bus Stand which offer bikes and mopeds for hire.
They charge about ₹350 to ₹300 for a day. About ₹100 extra for fuel, if that tank isn’t full. You’re a free bird! Travel wherever you want, whenever you want.
I rented a Hero Splendor (the hotel owner offered one to me) for ₹300 and gave him additional ₹50 rupees. They were kind to me.
Most tourist spots in Diu are close to each other, except Nagoa beach, Gomatimata beach, and Vanakbara (fishing village), which are a bit farther. So it’s better to visit them at the last.
Now, I'm going to skip certain parts such as where you can eat, how much alcohol costs (I have no idea), which hotel you should hire (ask that Trivago man, maybe).
Yet, feel free to comment.
Help each other in the comments section, solve some general queries, and share your perspective.
There you go
Old Diu Fort and Heritage Walk