The place name Nusa Dua can be used in two ways: either it can refer to the entire eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula at the southern tip of Bali, or it can refer to the purpose-built, safe and rather sterile tourist enclave (Kawasan Pariwisata, quite literally Tourism District) at the southeast side of this peninsula. Nusa Dua is one of Bali Tours destination.
This article covers everything in the Nusa Dua enclave plus the Tanjung Benoa peninsula and a few points west of the enclave to the village of Sawangan. Everything on the Bukit Peninsula to the west of Sawangan is covered by the Uluwatu article.
As well as a host of luxury hotels, Nusa Dua is home to the most popular golf course in Bali and the main convention centre on the island.
Nusa Dua understandably gets a lot of bad press amongst travelers as it is so artificial and sanitised. That does not change the fact though that the beaches here are glorious – white sand, deep, long and safe for swimming. The public beach at Geger is the best to head to if you are not staying at Nusa Dua. This is also home to one of the best museums in Bali. The fact that it is nearly always empty is testament that most visitors who stay here in the least Balinese part of the island are, not unsurprisingly, rather disinterested in learning much about Bali.
The Nusa Dua enclave has three manned gates and everyone entering is subject to a security search. This can have a slightly claustrophobic effect, and only contributes further to the impression that you are in an artificial location.
Nusa Dua, from the start, was designed to be an ‘all-inclusive’ type of tourist destination. Proof lies in the pristine Bali Tourism Development Centre’s (BTDC’s) complex of world-class hotels, the up-market Bali Collection shopping square with its very well-maintained facilities, the area’s luxurious 18-hole golf course, clean white-golden sandy beaches and much more. The name Nusa Dua is derived from the two small islands to the east and about 20 minutes from the international airport, Ngurah Rai. Though it’s the most developed area in Bali, it still houses many temples, a museum, and lots of other attractions, read more at bali tours.
The enclave is an idyllic place for honeymooners and for those who bring the entire family, the white sand and shallow waters are ideal for children to play in while lifeguards keep a watchful eye. The 24/7 security staff on patrol or stationed at each complex’s gate is its way of providing the best security system for the big-spending tourists as well as foreign dignitaries on a business trip as the Bali Tourism Development Centre is an official venue for international conferences, congresses, meetings, and more.
The higher prices and rates in Nusa Dua inevitably reflect its combination of first-class service, high quality facilities, and cultural and historical relics Bali is rich in. Nusa Dua is located 40km south of Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali. Access is easy from theKuta area (20-30 minutes) and Jimbaran (15 minutes) on the main southern route called Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, which becomes Jalan Bypass Nusa Dua as it approaches the enclave.
Crystal clear water and stretches of white sandy beach of Nusa Dua makes Nusa Dua a perfect spot for luxurious resorts to which your exhausted bodies, after a Barong performance at Batubulan and a long climb of the steps of the Mother Temple Besakih, will want to rest. Some of the most sumptuous and luxurious hotels in the world find their home in Nusa Dua Bali. You can relax in the Thalasso spa of the Grand Mirage Resort after a day of surfing or diving. Or you can tee off into the sunset, while watching the gentle waves come from the blue sea and caress the banks surrounding the luscious greens. Tranquil swimming pools under the coconut trees seem to be one with the distant blue sea. Art galleries and numerous shops surround them, read more at bali tours.
The international airport is about 20 to 30 minutes by car and a pre-paid taxi fare from there will cost between Rp 95,000 and 110,000. If you are staying here, then your hotel will no doubt arrange to pick you up at the airport.
Public transport if far from regular in the area, but some bemos from Tegal terminal in Denpasar do ply the main bypass.
Bali Tours : Activity
Pantai Geger (Geger Beach). This is the public beach in Nusa Dua. This splendid white sand beach at the western edge of the enclave retains lots of the character that is missing in the sanitised Nusa Dua resort zone. Generally safe for swimming and some beach side warungs. The restaurant, beachbeds and massage ladys all work for the local cooperative. By suporting them you support the locals. Geger has a cooling breeze as it is one of the few beaches facing east and because ofv the reef far out from the beach it has some of the warmest water temperatures in Bali. Head westwards out of the Nusa Dua enclave passing the golf course and then the St Regis Hotel (on your left). Shortly after the St Regis, take the first turning left towards to the beach and procerd to the Pantai Geger car park. read more at bali tours.
Pasifika Museum, Blok P, BTDC Nusa Dua (near Bali Collection), +62 361 774935 (email@example.com), . 10AM-6PM daily. A truly under-appreciated and poorly known attraction. It is a splendid museum, and is highly recommended for anyone interested in the art of Bali, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific region. Look for the exhibitions focused on European artists who made Bali their home, as well as renowned local painters. The Indochinese exhibition is impressive, as are the displays of Polynesian artifacts. Featuring premium artworks of well known artists from around the world such us Paul Gauguin, Theo Meier, Le Mayeur, Rudolf Bonnet, Arie Smith, Hendrik Paulides, Isaac Israel, Emilio Ambron, and many more. Rp 70,000.
Serangan Island (Turtle Island). Boats are available from Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa. These are usually glass-bottomed allowing observation of marine life from within the boat. As the name suggests, Serangan is a turtle conservation area. The local people keep turtle eggs in traditional conservation houses until they hatch and then the youngster are released from local beaches. Besides turtles, they also have reptiles, birds, snakes and bats. US$30. read more at bali tours.
Many companies in Nusa Dua offer water sports activities (banana boat, parasailing, jetski, diving, flying fish, etc). You can book directly on the beach at Nusa Dua or Tanjung Benoa, or have your hotel organise for you. All the operators work together to ensure that there is very little (if any) price difference. Expect to pay about US$25-30 for most activities
Nusa Dua Golf and County Club, Kawasan Wisata, Nusa Dua, +62 361 771791 ,. Tee times 6AM-4PM daily. One of three top notch golf courses in Bali, and perhaps the most popular of them all due to its convenient location. Any hotel will be able to arrange a round for you – ask about packages on offer as these can save you a lot of money. Booking a tee time is very important on this very busy course.
Unsurprisingly, Nusa Dua is home to many good quality spas. If you are staying at a luxury resort, then you will certainly have access to in-house spa and treatment facilities. read more at bali tours.
Alam Alang Bali Spa, Jln Mahardika No10X, Mumbul, +62 361 771799/7447453 (fax: +62 361 771799), . 11AM-9PM daily.Facilities: Balinese creambath, stone massage, Balinese mandi lulur, Ayurvedic, facial, oil head massage.
Spa Sekar Jagat, Jl Bypass Nusa Dua, +62 361 770210, . 9AM-10PM daily. Authentic Balinese massage and spa treatments, read more at bali tours.
Dua and Tanjung Benoa beachfront is connected via a nice walking path, and morning walks here are especially recommended. The footpath runs from just in front of the Ayodya Resort in the south for about 7 km north to the Grand Mirage on the Tanjung Benoa spit. This passes by two obvious spits, both of which host temples.
Thalasso Bali Spa, Jl. Pratama 74, Tanjung Benoa, P.O.Box 43, Nusa Dua 80363, Bali Indonesia, +62361773883, 9am-10pm Daily. In front of the beach, it offers wide range of Thalasso and spa treatments.
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There are not too many quality restaurants in Nusa Dua outside of the luxury hotels. The main Jalan By Pass which connects Nusa Dua to Jimbaran, the airport and Kuta is the home of a large number of Japanese and other Asian restaurants aimed at tour groups. Generally, these are best avoided, read more at bali tours.
Benoa Cafe, Jl Pratama No 71A, Tanjung Benoa, +62 361 8882720, . noon-10PM daily. Hungarian Restaurant. Reasonable prices and highly recommended. Call for free pick-up in the Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa area.
Bumbu Bali, Jl Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, +62 361 774502,. noon-11PM daily. Bali’s first authentic Balinese five star restaurant. On the menu you will not find Balinese food commonly served in hotels and tourist restaurants, as the aim is to serve Balinese food the way you find it prepared in Balinese homes or during traditional ceremonies. An all round top quality dining experience here and highly recommended.
Nusa Dua Beach Grill, Geger Beach (just west of the Nusa Dua enclave reached via a small turning south off the main road to the Nikko Hotel). A great long-established dining option on a dreamy white sand beach. One of the few quality options to dine outside of hotels in the Nusa Dua area, read more at bali tours.
Lotus Garden, at the entrance of Nusa Dua Resort, +62 361 773378, . 8AM-11PM daily. Link of a popular chain in Bali, Lombok and Singapore.
Bawang Merah, Jl By Pass Ngurah Rai Nusa Dua, Mumbul, +62 361 7453540, . noon-11PM daily. Balinese speciality restaurant.
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Ayo Udayana Lodge Melati Nikko Bali Resort & Spa 5-star
Bali Cliff Resort 5-star Princess Nusa Dua Resort 2-star
Bali Gardenia Resorts & Apartments 3-star Putri Bali Cottages & Spa 4-star
Bali Hilton International 5-star Puri Tanjung Hotel 2-star
Bali Tropic Resort & Spa 4-star Ramada Resort Benoa 4-star
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Grand Mirage Resort 5-star Swiss-Belhotel Resort Bali Aga Boutique
Keraton Bali 3-star Taman Sari Suite Villa
Matahari Terbit Bali Villa The Bale Boutique
Melia Benoa Bali Hotel 5-star Villa Bintang 3-star
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