Nusa Dua is a part of Bali that tends to cater for those tourists who have a bit of money to spend. This area feels far removed from the party atmosphere in Kuta. It is where some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts, and spas, are located.
Luxurious Holidays in Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is also home to the best golf course on the island. The focus is on pampering and relaxation, and for many people this is what they want out of a holiday. It is also a popular destination for business trips as the local hotels can also cater for business conferences. There are also a few budget hotels available locally, but it is probably not to the best place to stay if people are planning to stretch their budget. The local establishments are serious about protecting the safety of their guests, and it is not unusual for visitors to be subjected to a security search at certain venues.
Location of Nusa Dua
When people use the name Nusa Dua these days they are usually referring to the whole eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula. The name is also used to just refer to a smaller enclave of 5 star hotels known as the Nusa Dua Resort Zone. It is located at the southern tip of the island. Nusa Dua is less than 10km from the international airport and 40 km south of the capital Denpasar.
Highlights of Nusa Dua
The highlights of Nusa Dua include:
- Gerger Beach (Pantai Geger) is the most beautiful local beach because of its stunning white sands and the warmest sea waters around the island. Most people prefer coming here instead of the beach in the resort zone which some claim feels a bit too sanitized.
- For many of the visitors to Nusa Dua the highlight will be Nusa Dua Golf and Country Club. This eighteen hole course is the best on the island, and it is in a beautiful setting.
Things to do During the Day in Nusa Dua
There are plenty of things for people to do during the day in Nusa Dua including:
- Get pampered at one of the local luxury spas – most resorts will have their own in-house spa.
- Visit Turtle Island (Serangan Island) by way of a glass bottomed boat, and get to see lots of other marine life as well as turtles. This island is part of a conservation effort to protect the local turtle population, and it is well worth a visit.
- Those visitors who do not enjoy golf will usually spend most of their time in Nusa Dua on the beach. As well as sunbathing and swimming there are plenty of other activities available on the beach such as parasailing, jet skiing, or riding on a banana boat.
- It is also possible to arrange scuba diving lessons or just go for a dive if they are already experienced.
- If people want to do some gift shopping they might want to visit a market area known as the Bali Collection which is situated near Bualu Village. There are lots of local handicrafts on display as well as other gift options.
- The Pasar Senggol Night Market can be found inside the Grand Hyatt Bali Hotel. This is a recreation of the traditional Indonesian bazaar but with the focus on luxury items as well as local handicrafts.
Things to do During the Night in Nusa Dua
The nightlife at Nusa Dua is far more sedate than what people will find at places like Kuta. This area is probably not a good choice for those who like to party the night away. It is best to travel to Kuta for that. There are some good nighttime options though for people who enjoy things a bit more laidback including:
- Some of the best restaurants on the island are to be found in the local hotels. Here people can enjoy top international cuisine prepared by the most talented chefs that Bali has to offer.
- Probably the best way to start the evening in Nusa Dua is to go for a walk along the beach – this is particularly nice around sunset.
- Nusa Dua Beach Grill is a popular restaurant beside Gerger Beach that is one of the few notable local eateries that does not belong to a resort or hotel. Food and drinks can be enjoyed right on the beach.
- Cocktails on the beach is a pleasant way to spend the evening and early night.
- The Bali Nusa Dua Theater offers a spectacular show which showcases the best that the local culture has to offer. This is an extravaganza which includes traditional and modern dance, music, and plenty of special effects.
Off the Beaten Track in Nusa Dua
There are a few off the beaten track options in Nusa Dua including:
- Those who want to find out more about local art should visit the Pasifika Museum. There are also paintings and drawings from foreign artists who decided to make Bali their home.
- If people want to enjoy a bit of local Balinese cuisine they might like to visit Bawang Merah which is located in Mumbul. This is a family run restaurant and diners get to enjoy a wonderful view of the sea.
- If people are willing to do a bit of travelling then the stunning Tegallalang rice terraces near Ubud are well worth visiting. This is about a forty minute drive away, but these rice terraces are among the most beautiful of their kind in the world.
- One of the most unusual things that visitors to Nusa Dua can do is go for a camel ride. This can be arranged at Nikko Bali Resort which is located about 3km south of the Nusa Dua resort complex.