About Nusa Dua
The term Nusa Dua may be used in two ways: a.) to refer to the eastern side of Bukit Peninsula or b.) to denote the enclave of high end hotels in a peninsula in South Bali. In this case, let us give you an overview of the latter. Intersted in Canggu?
You can find Nusa Dua 40km south of Denpasar, which is the provincial capital of Bali. You can reach Nusa Dua from Kuta in about 20 to 30 minutes. The international airport is a 20-30 minute drive from Nusa Dua.
You can find the most popular golf course and main convention centre in Bali at Nusa Dua. This place is also home to the most of the luxurious hotels in Bali. The beaches in Nusa Dua are beyond compare. Imagine white sand and deep long beach that is simply perfect for swimming. Some of the best museums in Bali is also at Nusa Dua.
What is unique about Nusa Dua enclave is the strict security check they implement. Some guests find this inconvenient but most appreciate it given the prior terrorism threat in Bali.
What to See in Nusa Dua
The Geger Beach is a popular public beach in Nusa Dua. It is known for its cool breeze as it is one of the few beaches that face the east. Its warm water is generally safe for swimming.
The Water Blow is another famous attraction in Nusa Dua Beach; it is located north of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. It’s called “Water Blow” because of the waves colliding with the rock formation and creating a huge splash of water as if the water is blowing up. This attraction is located on the peninsula’s far edge - the same spot where international events, world-class exhibits and special events like the Nusa Dua Festival are held. You can find some dangerous cliffs in this area but the location is well-managed by Bali Tourism and paths and guardrails have been built as precautionary measures
You may not have heard of the Pasifika Museum as it is an under-appreciated spot in Nusa Dua. But you can find amazing artworks in this museum especially the ones made by European artists who chose to live in Bali. The works of some of the renowned local painters are likewise commendable. Also impressive is the Indo-Chinese exhibition which displays Polynesian artifacts. At Pasifika Museum, you can find the works of Theo Meier, Rudolf Bonnet, Hendrik Paulides, Paul Gauguin, Isaac Israel and more.
The Serangan Island or Turtle Island is another must-see in Nusa Dua. Ride a glass-bottomed boat so you can observe the marine life without diving or snorkeling. This is a turtle conservation area but expect to be offered turtle meat. The people from Denpasar are particularly fond of eating turtle meat.
If you’re looking for something exotic, head on to the Blue Point Beach. If what you want is an empty beach, the Pandawa Beach located 3k from Nusa Dua beach area is the place to go. It’s hidden behind a hill and has only few visitors.
What to Do in Nusa Dua
The Nusa Dua beachfront features a nice footpath. Have a morning walk and breathe in the fresh tropical air of the island.
You’re in Bali’s best beach area so what better way to explore the waters than to try different water sports activities. Your options include banana boat, jetski, diving, and parasailing.
The Nusa Dua Golf and Country Club is one of the three renowned golf courses in Bali; this is a busy course so make sure you have arrangements with your hotel. You can also arrange private tours around Nusa Dua including water activities.
And since you’re in Bali, make sure you experience the services of their luxurious spas. Nusa Dua has plenty of quality spas offering a variety of relaxation therapies and treatments. Try the stone massage, Balinese creambath and Ayurvedic treatments.
When it comes to shopping, Nusa Dua doesn’t have much to offer; just a few small shopping boutiques and markets. This town is not as active as Kuta but you can definitely relax and unwind in this part of Bali.
Where and What to Eat in Nusa Dua
If there’s something lacking in Nusa Dua, it’s the food choices. Quality restaurants are rare so you’re most likely to stick with the food in your luxury hotel. The Bumbu Bali in Tanjung Benoa offers authentic Balineses food so expect food served the traditional way. The Nusa Dua Beach Grill in Geger Beach has been around for quite a long time and they’re one of the rare must-visit restaurants in the area.
The nightlife in Nusa Dua is not as active as the key cities in Bali. The best you can get are the cocktails on the beach served by the 5-star hotels.
Things You’ll Love in Nusa Dua
If you’re ready to splurge, Nusa Dua’s lavish hotels can serve you well. Nusa Dua has family-friendly hotels, top class luxury hotel resorts, as well as private hotel-like villas suited for honeymooners. This part of Bali is beautiful and clean and the luxury hotel community will easily make you feel comfortable.
The beaches in Nusa Dua are less crowded but the waves aren’t really perfect for surfing. But if you want peace and quiet and a wonderful relaxing holiday by the beach, Nusa Dua would be perfect. Family holidays are ideal in this part of Bali. The calm beaches suits children who love to swim. Safety is a priority in this area.
The hotels and villas in Nusa Dua are also great locations for weddings and romantic getaways. Business meetings and conventions are also commonly held in Nusa Dua hotels.
Other parts of Bali, like Seminyak, Kuta and Legian are all within 30-minute travel, 1 hour at most depending on traffic. Sanur is just 30 minutes north of Nusa Dua and Tanjung benoa is approximately 10 minutes away.
The notable location, safety, luxurious accommodation and peace and quiet in Nusa Dua make it a destination most suited for families.