Nusa Dua Travel Guide

Nusa Dua is almost in it’s own Bali Bubble. Beautiful. Clean. Luxury hotel community. It has it’s pro’s and con’s (as do most things), but it’s perfect for a Bali family holiday.


Located south east of Kuta and Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is only about 30 minutes from Kuta but the two are worlds apart. Nusa Dua is quiet and secluded. It is predominantly luxury hotels and a small shopping centre. The beaches are less crowded here but not that great for surf. If you want peace and quiet and 5 star accommodation you will love it here. If you want to be closer to the action or even just more within a local community then it’s probably not for you. My only disapointment when I went to Nusa Dua was that I didn’t really feel like I was in Bali. Having said that, it would be a perfect place to stay for a Bali family holiday, paticuarly with very young children, as there are less crowds and traffic and the beaches are calmer.

The Ugly Truth

  • Does feel like you are in a resort bubble
  • Lacks culture
  • Not a huge variety of things to do

The Silver Lining

  • Calm beaches perfect for children swimming
  • Beautiful Resorts
  • Safety – security checkpoints before you enter
  • Perfect for relaxing

What’s Nearby?

  • Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are all within 30 mins – 1hr depending on traffic
  • Sanur is approx. 30 mins north
  • Tanjung Benoa is approx. 10 mins away
  • Jimbaran is roughly 15 mins to 30 mins west
  • Nusa Lebongan is only 30 mins by boat from Benoa Harbour

Nusa Dua Bali Map

Things To Do

Nusa Dua is not known for being a hive of activity. It is much slower paced then Kuta etc. There is a small shopping centre and some markets. Restaurants. Riding Bicycles. And a lot of the other things to do would be at your hotel or other hotels. A great area to relax and unwind. If you stay here, I would recommend you venture out into other areas at times (which is easy enough – depending on traffic).

Best For…

  • Beaches
  • Swimming
  • Weddings
  • Honeymoons
  • Romantic Getaways
  • Family holidays
  • Safety (security check points to access Nusa Dua Area)
  • Business meetings and conventions
  • Luxury spa’s and facilities
  • Peace and Quiet


  • Melissa Ang says:

    I found your blog through google as I have been researching for my upcoming Bali trip. I just wanted to thank you so much for such a wonderful and easy to follow blog!! It must be such an amazing life getting to travel and blog about your experiences 🙂

  • melissa says:

    Hi, Thanks so much for your Blog my husband and i are off to Bali in 2 weeks never been before, more of a relaxing fun holiday staying in nusa Dua at the Grand Hyatt i have just purchased your ebook look forward to reading it we are going for 9 days and were unsure what to pack but this helps a great deal thanks Melissa 🙂

  • Chetna says:

    Hi Mandy and Chris. I am wondering of going to see the Kechuk Fire dance at Uluwatu and wondering if it is worth it, but also the best way of doing it? Taxi and purchase tickets directly or advance? I am in Nusa Dua currently. Thanks

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