Things to do in Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is all about 5 star resort and hotel accommodation, enjoying the beach, the ocean, the marine life as well as the facilities of the hotel or resort you are staying in. It’s a chilled out enclosed resort area that offers tourists a haven where they can relax and let the worries of the world slip away.
Whilst it may be the place to do absolutely nothing for those wishing to sit by the pool and read a book, there are still some fun things to do in the very mellow area.
- The Beach Nusa Dua’s beach is famous for it’s white sands and idyllic tropical warm waters. A dip in the ocean here, which is dead calm as it’s protected by an outer reef, is like stepping into a bath. It’s pure bliss and there is nothing better than plying yourself off the hotel pool bed and immersing yourself in the salt water. Go for a swim, rent a snorkel and look what’s underneath, enjoy the sea life. For surfers, Nuas Dua is another story. Once you venture beyond the reef, the waves here are world class and famous. Most surfers who paddle out are very experienced as it can be quite treacherous here. Having said that most surfers in Nusa Dua are well prepared and are able to handle the strong currents and rips. The best way to get out to the reef is to get one of the local fisherman to take you out there. The cost for a return trip is about Rp 50 000 or $5. Well worth the money to save all that unnecessary paddling.
- Camel Safari Nusa Dua Bali Camel Safaris is a great experience for those that want to try something completely different in Nusa Dua. These are really docile animals and the pace they set is very leisurely as they cross the white sands of Nusa Dua. The tours start at the Nikko Hotel and can last a few hours. Great for a romantic or family escape for the afternoon is you want a unique Balinese adventure. If your tour package includes lunch this is at Geger beach. So bring your bathers, a towel and some sun screen if you plan on going for a dip.
- Bali National Golf Club A lot of people come to Nusa Dua for the golf. Indonesia has some great courses and the Bali National Golf Club is no exception. The course is massive and covers most of the southern part of the Bali Tourism Development Complex. It’s main feature is the stunning well manicured gardens, that are a pleasure to walk around as you play on the green. The club has a contemporary clubhouse as well as a restaurant and bar that has great views over the ocean. There is also a driving range with putting greens for those warm up sessions. Caddies and golf carts can be hired but please book in advance. This place is a golfers paradise with warn afternoon breezes, helpful staff and all the trimmings you would want from a world class golf course.
- Pandawa Beach About a 15 minute drive from Nusa Dua is the famous limestone cliffs at Pandawa Beach. It’s locally referred to as ‘Pantai Pandawa’ and is a photographers dream come true. Coming here is an amazing experience as it’s like looking at the surface of the moon with massive Hindu God like structures carved into the rock face. They way the Balinese have engineered this is incredible and it’s worth an afternoon visit to marvel at this man made feat. You might also like to venture down to the beach area for a swim and some shopping as the local vendors have set up a few shops here to cater for the passing tourists. You will find the usual souvenirs that you can get back in Nusa Dua so there is not much shopping excitement here. What you should be doing is getting all those Instagram / Facebook snaps of you and the large 10 meter statue together.
Your Nusa Dua holiday is all about experiencing the best in life. Like any holiday destination in Bali, you can opt to be a busy bee and fill your day with tours and activities, or you can be as lazy as you want and sleep by the pool the entire day. It’s your call and Nusa Dua will facilitate this. It really is the best place is Bali to be active or really chilled out.
However, if you find that the area is too limiting in terms of cultural experiences, shopping, restaurants, nightlife and entertainment, then make sure you speak to your hotel concierge or front desk tour operator about organising day trips to other parts of the island. So for example if you want more shops, head off to Seminyak. If you need culture a day trip to Ubud is a good idea. If you want nightlife and want to party a bit, then the areas of Legian and Kuta is the answer.