Nusa Dua is almost in its own Bali bubble. Beautiful. Clean. Predominantly luxury hotels. It has it’s pro’s and con’s (as do most things), but it’s perfect for a Bali family holiday or romantic getaway.
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, beaches, and a small shopping center. The beaches are less crowded here, except for Pandawa Beach which attracts the crowds but is a stunning beach. If you want to relax in 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. Having said that, it would be a perfect place to stay for a Bali family holiday, particularly with very young children, as there are fewer crowds and traffic and the beaches are calmer.
So what are the main things to do in Nusa Dua? Nusa Dua is not known for being a hive of activity. It is much slower paced than Kuta etc. There is a small shopping center and some markets. Restaurants. Walking along the boardwalk on the beach. Beach days. Water sports. 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).
Depending on traffic…Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are all within 30 minutes – 1 hour depending on traffic. Sanur is approx. 30 minutes north. Tanjung Benoa is approx. 10 mins away. Jimbaran is roughly 15 mins to 30 mins west. Nusa Lembongan is only 30 mins by boat from Benoa Harbour.
Nusa Lembongan could be done as a day trip from here, but I would really recommend staying a night or two to get a better feel for it. But this makes it the perfect next stop on your itinerary from Nusa Dua. A seafood dinner on the beach in Jimbaran can easily be done from here. The Rock Bar at Ayana Resort is a stunning place for a sunset drink, even though it’s usually busy and touristy. And if you head a little further south to Uluwatu you can explore this region, including things like Uluwatu Temple and the traditional Balinese Kecak dance. The Bukit Peninsula beaches are some of the best beaches in Bali.
FEEL // Beach. Resorts. Relaxation.
BEST FOR // Luxury Resorts, Beach, Swimming, Sunrise, Security, Luxury Spas, Relaxing.
LOCATION // On Bali’s east coast, Nusa Dua is south of Sanur.
GET THERE // Nusa Dua is about 20 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic. You can get a taxi from the official airport stand at the airport when you arrive, or arrange a transfer with your hotel. If you’re coming from another area in Bali, you can take a taxi or a private driver if you want to stop off along the way.
GET AROUND // The best way to get around Nusa Dua is walking. Otherwise, Bluebird taxi’s are the way to go to get a little further. You may also want to think about a private driver to spend the day exploring Uluwatu and Bukit Peninsula beaches.
THE UGLY TRUTH // It can feel like a resort bubble, lacks a little culture and there are fewer options for things to do here.
THE SILVER LINING // Calm beaches perfect for swimming. Beautiful Resorts. Safety – security checkpoints before you enter. Perfect for relaxing. Close to the Airport. Close enough to Seminyak and Jimbaran to get a taxi there for food or things to do some days. A great location as a base to explore the island.
ACCOMMODATION // Predominantly mid-range to luxury hotels and villas, although budget options are available. Read More.
TYPE OF HOLIDAY // Family, Couples, Luxury, Romantic, Weddings, Honeymoons.
READ MORE // Find all of our Nusa Dua Blog Posts here.