The best months to plan a trip to Diu are November to February during the Winter season because of its ideal weather and a host of activities that are sure to keep you engaged. From thrilling watersports, calm beaches, historic architecture, abandoned forts and lip-smacking food; Diu is a paradise in Winters.
Winter in Diu sets in late October with intermittent showers of the northeast monsoon. The temperature ranges between 10 - 30 degree Celsius with clear skies and pleasant weather. This is the best time to visit Diu as the weather is perfect for outdoor activities and watersports. The sea is not too rough either. Afternoons aren't too hot with evenings being blissfully chill.
Winters are also the holiday season in Diu as the air comes alive with festivity. The Nariyal Poornima festival is celebrated by the local fisherfolk to pray for good tides during the fishing season. Take part in this curious, eclectic ritual and offer your prayers to the sea for good bounty. Christmas is best celebrated in this former Portuguese colony, with St Paul’s Church being decked up and beautifully decorated. Parties and gatherings are held, and sumptuous food is served to all revellers. A grand Nativity scene is set up by the locals, complete with handmade crafts and décor. Children and adults alike are bound to have the time of their lives here in Christmas, as joy and merriment create an aura of happiness around. The special pie, rum cake and homemade wine are delectable too! Try your hand at making wine at one of the locals’ homes, and engage in authentic Portuguese culture as well. Navratri and Diwali are a sight to behold at Diu, with glorious fireworks lighting up the beach at night. The locals and tribal households celebrate these Hindu festivals with colours, gorgeously decked up idols and tasty Gujarati food.
Ghoghla, Nagoa and Jalandhar Beaches look exquisite in the winter, with towering lighthouses and picturesque cliffs playing the perfect second fiddle to your romantic vacation. Let sparks fly as you take a calm walk with your loved one by the Arabian Sea. Take a picnic basket and trek to Diu Fort and eat by the ruined building, as you walk down memory lane and relive forgotten Portuguese dreams. These towering ruins set the scene for some postcard-perfect photographs as well. Sunset Point at Chakratirth Beach is a must-visit for the most fabulous views of the Arabian Sea. Apart from this trekking to Pani Kotha - an abandoned lighthouse and Naida Cave will be an exciting experience. Get your adventure hats on as you explore the secrets and uncover hidden gems – who knows, you may even find a treasure here! Entry to the caves is free.
Diu in Summer (March - May)
Summer at Diu is agreeable, with temperatures ranging between 25°C and 37°C. If you’re wondering how summers are still tolerable in Diu in spite of such a high-temperature range, you’re in for a pleasant surprise – the sea breeze ensures that mornings and evenings are cold and comfortable. The afternoons may get a bit balmy, but the sea is still comfortably warm. When compared to the harsh and sweltering heat of mainland Gujarat, Diu is the ideal haven for you to enjoy the summer.
Summer is the best off-season time to enjoy watersports in Diu. Nagoa and Ghoghla are stunning white sand beaches with gorgeous turquoise blue waters and frothy waves. Watersports like banana boating, paragliding and speed boating are all the rage in these pristine blue waters. You can go fishing and boating too, and eat your catch! Local cruises are cheaper in summer than in winter, so this is a perfect family activity in summer. The beach docks the INS Khukri memorial, so feel free to visit and lap up some breathtaking views of the ocean. Sunbathing by the beach is also very popular, and you can find international tourists soaking up the sun in Nagoa Beach. Alcohol is legal in Diu (unlike its neighbour Gujarat), so feel free to drink up! Apart from all of this, you can avail great deals on hotels and restaurants since it's an offseason.
Diu in Monsoon (June - September)
Monsoon in Diu are relatively long which strikes in two phases - the southwest monsoon from June to September and the northeast monsoon from October to November. Out of these, the former occupies more prominence because the island town gets most rain from the southwest monsoon – more than 1500 mm a year.The intermittent rainfall throughout these months could hamper your outdoor visits; however, prices are at their lowest in Diu in Monsoon. June is not as rainy, so you can still manage local sightseeing if the weather permits. July sees intermittent rain, and September brings continuous showers. The sea tends to get rough as well, so cruises and boat rides are out of the question too. It is best to avoid Diu in September as this is the wettest month of the year.