Nusa Dua, meaning ‘Two Islands’ is about 20 minutes or 11kms south of Kuta and has a much more relaxed environment away from all the crowds and shopping centres. There are many luxury beach resorts to choose from at Nusa Dua as well as further north in Tanjung Benoa.
The beach along Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa is long with beautiful white sand. The water in front of Tanjung Benoa is packed full of water sporting activities like jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking and windsurfing. If you’re hotel has not included transfers from the airport, taxis have a fixed cost of 95,000Rp from the airport to Nusa Dua.
The resort area is similarly as beautiful as much of the rest of the island, but in most ways it’s quite the opposite of everything else. Much of Bali’s infrastructure and all of its charm were already firmly in place when tourist began discovering it in earnest in the early 1970s. So as the tourism boom gained momentum in the traditional cities and towns, and particularly concentrated in the Kuta/Legian area, the scene always reflected local sensibilities and the unique culture of the island. But Nusa Dua was purpose-built from the ground up to be exactly what it is, so in some ways it has more in common with modern-day Las Vegas or Macau than it does with the rest of Bali.
The roads in the area are new and well maintained, and there’s even a guard gate you must pass through in order to reach much of the resort section. Few, if any, locals live independently in the area, although the massive support staffs of most of the large hotels are primarily locals so it’s not like you won’t come in contact with actual Balinese while in Nusa Dua.
Nusa Dua is located 40km south of Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali. Access is easy from the Kuta 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.
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.
If you would like to get away and explore a more traditional slice of Balinese life, car and scooter hire can be arranged at most accommodations. All these five star resorts either have their own in house car rental or use highly respected local operators affiliated to companies such as Hertz and Avis. The usual risks about vehicle safety and inadequate insurance don’t apply here; all are professional companies using late model vehicles and prices generally reflect this.
Accommodations in Nusa Dua
Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Other features at the hotel include safety deposit boxes, room service, coffee shop. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as garden, gym, outdoor pool at this hotel. Room starts from $ 120 Breakfast included. Book Now!
Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali provides guests with a refreshing stay. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, and overlooking the sand beach and crystal clear water, located at the tip of Nusa Dua beach, the resort prjects an off the beaten track atmosphere. Not too far from the resort are the famous cliffs of Uluwatu. A short drive away and is the shopping mecca of Kuta. Room starts from $98-Breakfast included. Book Now!
The tranquil resort in a small quiet fishing village promises maximum privacy and complete relaxation for an affordable price. The beach is just across the road from the hotel and is more ideal for water sports than swimming. Luckily, the Ramada resort runs a free shuttle bus service to Kuta and Geger beaches which are perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Room starts from $87-Breakfast included. Book Now!
All 250 rooms at this 5-star hotel are tailored to satisfy guests’ needs. Some of the features you’ll enjoy are non smoking rooms, hair dryer, in room safe. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Bali hotel offers 24hr room service, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant. Room starts from $87-Breakfast included. Book Now!
All rooms have hair dryer, balcony/terrace, air conditioning as well as other amenities. The hotel boasts restaurant, tours, laundry service/dry cleaning as part of its superior facilities and services. Everything the hotel does is centered around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. Room starts from $79- Breakfast included. Book Now!
Places of Interest
Serangan Island is an icon blessed with an atmosphere of marine beauty and spiritual grandeur; a definitive “Golden Island” (a land that is covered with sparkling golden sand). The latest branding of Serangan leads directly to the wealth and panoramic beauty of the marine life with its mangroves. Related activities include the Release of Juvenile and Green Turtles, the Coral Adoption Program, Mangrove Planting, as well as Serangan Environmental and Marine Tours; which if associated with the educational aspect (environmental conservation) will then be expressed as creative performances of traditional or popular Serangan style art-forms, Student Green Camp facilities, outdoor recreation activities, and the Center for Traditional Marine Technology including traditional outriggers and all other fishing methods. Even the natural environment of Serangan has become a place of exploration for a range of adventure activities and hobbies such as photography, model aircraft flying, fishing, cycling and trekking. Boats are available from Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa. These are usually glass-bottomed allowing observation of marine life from within the boat.
Nusa Dua has just one museum but it is a fabulous one and can compare with the very best in Bali. is 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. Located at Blok P, BTDC Nusa Dua (near Bali Collection), ☎ +62 361 774935 ([email protected]), 10AM-6PM daily.
Pantai Geger or 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.
What to do in Nusa Dua
Golf in Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua, a tourism area at the southeast side of this peninsula, offers great deals of activities to spend your holiday. If you are into golf then Nusa Dua Golf and County Club, is definitely the right choice for you. Voted ‘One of Asia’s 5 Best Golf Courses’, Bali Golf and Country Club offers more than just 18-hole course, premium location, sea.
Water sports in Nusa Dua
There is no limit to the fun to be had on the ocean waves in Nusa Dua. All its exclusive beach hotels have water sports clubs providing a full program of rewarding activities including dedicated tuition for children. Typically you can enjoy thrilling jet skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, sea kayaking and windsurfing. High speed banana boat and donut rides will be a popular distraction for fearless kids. If all this isn’t enough, many hotels boast vast free form swimming pools with water chutes and cascading waterfalls.
Spa in Nusa Dua
There are probably more spa’s here than anywhere else on this tropical island. Many hotels in nusa dua try to outdo the other with its facilities and the latest treatments but you can also find many spa’s on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai that have attractive spa packages.
Shopping in Nusa Dua
The best place for shopping is at the Bali Collection and also outside the gates in Bualu village. There’s a special free hotel shuttle service to drop you off at the Bali Collection where various brands are represented. If you can’t find what you are looking for than head over to Jalan Raya Seminyak for the many classy boutiques.
This will probably not come up when you think about the things to do in Nusa Dua. But believe it or not but there are Australian camels near the Nikko Bali resort, 3km south of Nusa Dua Beach. If this is one of those things you’ve always wanted to do in your life give the Bali Camel Safari a call on +62 361 776 755 or 791 284. A one-hour ride costs around $39 USD.
Every hotel in Nusa Dua has its own bars and generally a nightclub. How full and how much fun they are depends on the current guests, but if you’re staying there it’s worth a look.
Wherever you stay in Nusa Dua you are likely to encounter an evening of high drama and haunting music with a performance of traditional Balinese dance. Several nights a week many hotels put on grand cultural evenings for guests which are highly evocative and provide thrilling family entertainment. There are spectacular trance dances, masked dances and the hypnotic ‘Kecak’ monkey dance which is not to be missed. You may even be blessed with a rare performance of the ‘Wayang Kulit,’ an epic shadow puppet play.
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.
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.
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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