With its international five star resorts, villas and restaurants, Nusa Dua has a reputation as an exclusive part of Bali for luxury holiday makers, but it shouldn’t. It’s just luxury holidaymakers understand that Nusa Dua can be a lot of fun. When you start to explore the area and discover the best things to do in Nusa Dua you will quickly understand the reason for its popularity.
Nusa Dua has some of the cleanest beaches in Bali, you can do water sports, visit temples and even watch a late night circus performance. To help you make the most of your time in Nusa Dua, and discover some of the less well-known wonders, here is a list of 13 of the best things to do in Nusa Dua. Let’s get started.
1: Do Some Water Sports
If you wanted to you could spend your whole holiday in Nusa Dua out in the water. Almost every resort offers a range of relaxing or adrenalin pumping water sports to try. You can try the banana boat, go jet skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, scuba diving, ride the rolling donut, go fly fishing, try the sea walker take the glass bottomed boat for a spin to fly fishing and more. There are plenty of affordable 5 star resorts in Nusa Dua. Some of the best include Conrad Bali, Westin Resort and The Laguna that start from just over $100 a night.
2: Visit Pirates Bay Bali
If you want to find an exciting place to hang out and sit relax then this is it. Pirates Bay Bali provides you with a fun experience for the whole family. You will feel like you are living in a pirates’ world. There’s the boat, tents, tree houses and more. The kids will definitely love this place. While the kids play you can relax at the Pirates Bay Bar and Grill, which serves delicious food at an affordable price.
3: Surf and Turf
A great option for teenagers and those young at heart is Surf and Turf. This beach club comes water theme park covers more than 3 square kilometers. There are water slides, a space bowel and Bali’s first surf rider. Don’t worry if you’re not feeling active, you can always spend your time resting in the sun lounger or doing some light cycling while the rest of the family runs round the theme park.
4: Visit Nusa Dua Beach
Nusa Dua Beach never fails to impress. The beach offers miles of white sand with shallow water and calm waves in a clean and well-maintained area. It’s a great place to swim, even for kids. Nusa Dua Beach is truly peaceful and relaxing; a perfect place to escape boring daily routines. Just to confuse you, locals often call this beach by a different name. To the north side it is called Mengiat Nusa Dua Beach and on the south side it is called Geger Nusa Dua Beach.
Other Great Beaches to Explore:
Recently Mengiat Beach has become very popular with Indonesian and international tourists. Offering a clean environment, crystal clear water, and shallow, soft white sand, and calm waves the beach is a great place to spend the day. In fact Mengiat Beach is a perfect spot to watch the sunrise. There is always a good reason to wake up early morning here isn’t there?
The hidden Geger Beach
Hidden away at the bottom of a steep set of steps with white sands, crystal clear waters and a peaceful ambiance, Geger beach is a nice place to be. For the moment it is still accessible, though it is flanked on both sides by luxury resorts so that might change in the future.
Sunrise from Samuh Beach
Samuh beach is a beach located on the border between the tourist area of Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa. The beach has the calmest waters compared to the other beaches in Nusa Dua. Samuh beach is well known as one of the best spots in Bali to see the sunrise.
Some people call it Nikko Beach due to it located right in front of Grand Nikko Nusa Dua. The characteristic of the beach is similar to Geger and Mengiat beach, though the waves here are a lot bigger. The beach is famous as a sport for pre-wedding photos.
Pandawa beach has become a favorite with tourists because of the wonderful scenery. At the entrance to the beach you will find a sculpture of five Pandawa, the icon of this beach. . It’s one of the best beaches for swimming. Moreover the beach is one of the best spots for paragliding.
5: Paragliding Over the Beaches
If the scenery of the beach does not satisfy your adventure’s soul, I challenge you to try this one. Paragliding over Pandawa Beach is a thrilling experience that offers you fantastic views over the coastline of Bali. Unfortunately you can only do paragliding from April to November. It’s also a bit expensive; paragliding is $110 per person for a 20 minute ride.
6: Visit the Pasifika Museum
The Pasifika Museum is one of the best art galleries in Bali. Located in a spacious mansion style building, the Pasifika Museum has 11 galleries exhibiting 600 works of art from 200 artists like Romualdo Locatelli, Theo Meier, Donald Friend, Andre Maire and more. The Museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. There is an Rp 70.000 or $7 entrance fee for adults; children under 10 years old get in for free. Guides are available upon request.
6: Join a Camel safari
It’s definitely not the classic Bali activity, but if you are looking to do something a bit unusual then you should definitely put the camel safari on your list of things to do in Nusa Dua. The camel safari runs on the beach in front of the Nikko Resort. On a camel ride you can enjoy the beach and the surrounding area from the back of a camel. The price for a ride is $27-$28 for adult, and $16-$22 for kids under 10 years old.
8: Get Soaked at Nusa Dua Water Blow
The Water Blow is one of the best natural tourist attractions in Nusa Dua. The site gets its name from the blow of water that spouts into the air when waves crash against the cliff. The Water Blow is located on the edge of the Nusa Dua peninsula, close to Hotel Grand Hyatt. From the car park just follow the path past the gate with the sign “Water Blow”. It’s a good idea to bring a towel and some extra clothes as if you’re not careful you can get very wet.
9: Release a Turtle at Serangan Island
Another natural attraction on this list of things to do in Nusa Dua is Serangan Island. The island is a turtle sanctuary. There are three species of turtles that live in this conservation area. If you want to you can adopt a turtle and help support the sanctuary for Rp 100.000 or $10. Anyone who adopts a turtle gets a certificate and also a chance to set a baby turtle free into the sea.
10: Religious Harmony at Puja Mandala
Puja Mandala is unique to Indonesia. It is a place where the 5 official religions of Indonesia are worshipped side by side. Pura Jagat Natha Nusa Dua is a place of worship for Hindus, Masjid Agung Ibnu Batulah for Islam, Gereja Kristen ProtestanBukit Doa for Protestants, Wihara Budhina Guna for Buddhists and Gereja Katolik Paroki Maria Bunda Segala Bangsa for Catholics. Puja Mandala is a symbol of religious harmony in Indonesia. No matter what your religion you should visit Puja Mandala to see that.
11: Treat Yourself to a Spa Treatment
Talking about things women enjoy, no holiday in Bali is complete without a Balinese spa treatment. In fact this should be top of your list of things to do in Nusa Dua. There are lots of great treatments to choose from with spas offering everything from 24k gold wrap through to more traditional facials. If you are staying in Nusa Dua you will find that most of the resorts have a spa attached to the hotel.
12: Never forget Bali Collection
When visiting a tourist place, one site that women will always remember is the shopping center. Bali Collection is an exclusive shopping center that becomes a ‘must visit’ destination when you visiting Nusa Dua. At Bali Collection you will find both local and international fashion brands. You can also find arts and handicrafts outlets, souvenir outlets, bookstores, supermarkets, department stores, pubs, restaurants and a spa center here. The Bali Collection opens every day start from 10am till 10pm.
13: Enjoy the Devdan Show
The Devdan Show is one of the few large art and dance performances in Bali. Held in an indoor theater the Devdan Show is held Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (from 7:00-8:30 pm) and involves hundreds of dancers and performers. Dancers, actors and acrobats showcase regional dances from across Indonesia.
Well, after reading all the tips above, are you ready to visit Nusa Dua soon? Yes, me too! With beautiful beaches and plenty of activities it’s easy to understand why Nusa Dua is such a popular destination for tourists visiting Bali. I hope this list of things to do in Nusa Dua gives you plenty of ideas for your holiday.
Have you visited Bali? What was your favorite thing to do in Nusa Dua? What activities should be on this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below.