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Things to do in Diu

The island of sea and sand, Diu is known for its beauty, tranquillity and its old pastoral charm. Apart from sightseeing, Diu has a lot to offer to its tourists. There are exciting water sport activities for the adventurous ones, while history lovers have museums to look forward to. Shopping in the colourful local bazaars of Diu can be an exciting and fun filled activity, while the party lovers would love to enjoy themselves in Diu’s solo discotheque. Here are some activities you can indulge in, while in Diu.

Enjoy the water sports at famous beaches

The beaches like Nagoa and Ghoghla besides their scenic beauty and serenity, have hordes of activities to offer to the tourists. If you happen to visit Diu between the months of October to May, you can enjoy a variety of water sport activities. Activities like parasailing, water zorbing ball, water roller, wind surfing, water skiing attract tourists from far and wide. Besides an array of adventure sports, there is the evening cruise boat ‘Sham – E – Diu’, where you can have fun with lots of music and refreshments.

Adventure sports in Diu

Take a trip to nearby fishing village

During your visit to Diu do make it a point to visit the Vanakbara, the fascinating fishing village near the city of Diu. With colourful fishing nets and trawlers, this place is ever buzzing with activities. It is home to a church, fort, post office, small markets and fishing fleet. The fisherfolk in Vanakbara lead their lives, in a manner similar to their Gujarati counterparts. You will get to see a lot of birds of different colours and varieties in Vanakbara.

Visit famous forts and monuments

Forts in Diu

The blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures is beautifully reflected through the churches, forts and heritage monuments in Diu. Tourists can visit the forts and churches in Diu to get a glimpse into its rich and glorious past. The Diu Fort and the magnificent Fortress of Panikotha are epitomes of architectural grandeur and reflect the skills of the European artisans. Then there is the INS Khukri Memorial, in memory of the courage and undying spirit of the Indian officers. St Paul’s church, Our Lady of Remedy Church, Gangeshwar Temple are a must visit in order to understand the rich and varied cultural heritage of Diu.

Spend some time exploring the museums

History lovers will find the museums in Diu fascinating and interesting. The St Thomas Church that has been converted into a museum now is home to a variety of antiquities including statues, carvings, idols and stone inscriptions. The Sea Shell Museum houses the largest collection of sea shells in Asia, displayed in magnifying glasses of different sizes. You can also purchase some exquisite collections of earrings, bracelets and decorative articles made of sea shells.

Move on the tunes of music at famous discotheques

Things to do in Diu

Diu has a discotheque – Foot Loose in Hotel Kohinoor. This is Diu’s solo discotheque, the next nearest one being in Mumbai. The party lovers can let your hair down and dance to your heart’s content in the discotheque, which is capable of accommodating 75 couples at a time. The discotheque is equipped with a well-stocked bar offering the guests a variety of cocktails and mocktails. The air conditioned discotheque with its amazing sound and light effects is an ideal place to dance away all night.

Shop in the local bazaars of Diu

The bazaars of Diu are colourful and vibrant, with vendors shouting out loud to sell their wares. The local markets are often seen buzzing with activity and full of people, locals as well as tourists. You can lay your hands on some very pretty souvenirs to take back home, at attractive rates by bargaining. Bargaining forms an integral part of the buying and selling activity in Diu, especially while purchasing handicrafts and other memorabilia from the road side shops. Custom goods, footwear, electronic items, ivory carvings and tortoise shell crafts, decorative items made of sea shells are some of the items you can purchase from the bazaars in Diu.

Wine and dine at popular restaurant

Intresting things to do in Diu

There are numerous restaurants in Diu, where you can enjoy exquisite varieties of mouth-watering sea food preparations. There are garden restaurants that offer open air wine and dine facilities, as well as sea facing restaurants, where you can enjoy different dishes in the company of the waves of the sea. The restaurants specialize in a variety of regional and global cuisines and are wonderfully decorated during festivals and celebrations. Most of them have well stacked bars that offer the guests different liquor varieties. Wining and Dining in a posh restaurant in Diu would be an ideal way to conclude your day.

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