Daman and Diu have always been two places confined to the school geography text books to me, until I visited both the places within a gap of two months.They both conjure up images of quaint Portuguese settlements. When you actually visit the place quaint is definitely not the word you would associate with Daman.
Both Daman and Diu are not easy to access from the main routes or National Highways. Daman , though located on the busy NH-8 from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, is difficult to spot because of a shocking absence of any signboards. You have to stop and ask for directions,close to vapi, to take a pathetic stretch of road, 4-6 km off the NH, to reach Daman.
The beaches at Daman are unkempt , ridden with pebbles and the water is darkish in color. The place is quiet with moderately priced hotels, all just of functional value. There isnt much to see or do, except have cheap booze.
Diu is a different bet altogether. It is accessible by a Jetkonnect flight from Mumbai, 6 days a week. The option to travel by road is as bad as Daman , coz the stretch between Bhavnagar to Diu is treacherous. Diu has nice tranquil beaches, clean and less crowded. The Portugese Fort and the Church is also worth a dekho. There are a sprinkling of adventure sports too on the Nagoa beach. The famous Gir sanctuary is also just 75 Km away.The food on the beaches of Diu is average to good.