Diu Island is predominated by seafood enjoyed by a huge number of tourists. Local restaurants let you savor the flavors. The fruit of the Hoka tree is a very popular Portuguese option in Diu that is just cannot be found anywhere else in the country. Apart from Gujarati and Portuguese cuisines, tourists can also get a flavor of Punjabi, Chinese, South-Indian Parsee and several international cuisines.
Windswept Island, Fishing Town
Diu is a tiny island located in the southern tip of the Saurashtra, Gujarat. It was ruled over by several kings and dynasties before it became Portuguese colony in 1539 and remained so till the year 1961 when it became a union territory along with Goa. It was separated from Goa in 1987. Although it's often thought of as being part of Gujarat, this is incorrect. With Daman, it's actually a separate union territory known as Daman and Diu, and it has its own rules and government.
One can find the infuse of Portuguese history and engineering and also Portuguese culture. The roads of the town are perfect, brilliant and calm once you get off the visitor pressed waterfront strip and there are various disintegrating Portuguese manors and houses of worship.
Travelers would love the dazzling mix of sun, sand, and ocean, the island with its swaying palms trees and the tender breeze and the floods of the Arabian Sea lapping the shores. Blessed with the exquisite ambience, it is a haven of beauty, peace, and tranquillity
When you are in Diu, don't forget to try out the yummy cuisine with a blend of Gujarat's and Portuguese.
Top things do in Diu
How to reach
With respect to connectivity, Diu is easily accessible from other cities of the country by air, road and rail.
How to Reach by Flight
There is one direct flight from Mumbai to Diu, which is an hour away. The Diu Aiprort, the closest airport is located at Nagoa about 7 km away from the city centre. It connects the town to other major cities of the country by air.
How to Reach by Train
The closest railway station is Veraval about 30 km away from Diu and it connects to the key cities of Gujarat – Ahmedabad and Rajkot and other cities too.
How to Reach by Bus
Jethibai bus stand is a point where one could find buses to Diu. Local buses from Diu town to Nagoa and Vanakbara leave Jethibai bus stand frequently.
From Una, buses run between Una bus stand and Diu during the day. during evenings and night, shared autorickshaws go to Ghoghla or Diu from Tower Chowk in Una.
How to Reach by Road
By road, travelers can avail numerous buses and private vehicles. With the wide network of roads which connects this island to the rest of Gujarat and Maharashtra, Diu is connected to Vapi for 13 kilometers and is linked to the Bombay- Ahmedabad national highway.
Private cars and hired taxis would take around 7 to 8 hours to reach Diu from Ahmedabad.
How to travel within
To travel within Diu, you have mini-bus managed by the local tourism department. There are also options of auto rickshaws, taxis or rental motorcycles to reach various places in Diu.
One of the perfect and convenient option would be to rent a scooter for exploring the island. Check with the rates per day, the fuel and would need to submit any of your ID proof and also a minimal amount as a caution deposit.
Below are few lists of items that you could add to your shopping cart from Diu.
- The Town Square Bazaar - Leathers, bamboos works, items with sea shells and oyster shells.
- The Maharaja Super Market - ivory carvings, bamboo baskets, weaved mats and articles made of tortoise shells.
- The Princess Park - Pearl jewellery, colorful bangles
- The Beach Markets and the Main Road Market - handicraft items including terracotta, shell work, crochet, brassware and bamboo work.
Diu connects to the south coast of Gujarat by a bridge. Being the fishing town and beach-lovers resort, it has a bustling nightlife and beach-going scene. Explore the family-friendly attractions of Diu and add them to your itinerary.
2 days in Diu Itinerary:
Day 1 - Could cover the below places.
- Diu Fort
- Diu Museum
- St. Paul's Church
- Jalandhar Beach
- Naida Caves
- INS Khukri Memorial
- Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple
- Hokka Trees
- Ghogla Beach
- Shell Museum
- Panch Pandav Gufa