The place name Nusa Dua can be used in two ways: either it can refer to the entire eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula at the southern tip of Bali, or it can refer to the purpose-built, safe and rather sterile tourist enclave (Kawasan Pariwisata, quite literally Tourism District) at the southeast side of this peninsula.
This article covers everything in the Nusa Dua enclave plus the Tanjung Benoa peninsula and a few points west of the enclave to the village of Sawangan. Everything on the Bukit Penisula to the west of Sawangan is covered by the Uluwatu article.
As well as a host of luxury hotels, Nusa Dua is home to the most popular golf course in Bali and the main convention centre on the island.
The beaches here are glorious - white sand, deep, long and safe for swimming. The public beach at Geger is the best to head to if you are not staying at Nusa Dua. This is also home to one of the best museums in Bali. The museum is nearly always empty.
The Nusa Dua enclave has three manned gates and everyone entering is subject to a security search. This can have a slightly claustrophobic effect according to some points of view, and in other points of view makes guests feel more secure. While some may criticize this for creating the sense of an "artificial location", given the prior acts of terrorism in Bali some guests do appreciate the fact that security checks are made to enhance their safety.
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 is far from regular in the area, but some bemos from Tegal terminal in Denpasar do ply the main bypass.
Pantai Geger (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 proceed to the Pantai Geger car park.edit
Pasifika Museum, Blok P, BTDC Nusa Dua (near Bali Collection), ☎ +62 361 774935 (email@example.com), . 10AM-6PM daily. 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 local painters. The Indochinese exhibition is impressive, as are the displays of Polynesian artifacts. Featuring premium artworks of well known artists from around the world such us Paul Gauguin, Theo Meier, Le Mayeur, Rudolf Bonnet, Arie Smith, Hendrik Paulides, Isaac Israel, Emilio Ambron, and many more.Rp 70,000. edit
Serangan Island (Turtle Island), . Boats are available from Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa. These are usually glass-bottomed allowing observation of marine life from within the boat. As the name suggests, Serangan is a turtle conservation area. The local people keep turtle eggs in traditional conservation houses until they hatch and then the youngster are released from local beaches. Besides turtles, they also have reptiles, birds, snakes and bats. The sea turtles which give Serangan its popular name are not found swimming picture squely under ocean cliffs - here they are caught and sold as food. People in the Denpasar area are fond of turtle meat, especially on festival days.US$30. edit
Many companies in Nusa Dua offer water sports activities (banana boat, parasailing, jetski, diving, flying fish, etc). You can book directly on the beach at Nusa Dua or Tanjung Benoa, or have your hotel organise for you. All the operators work together to ensure that there is very little (if any) price difference. Expect to pay about US$25-30 for most activities.
Nusa Dua Golf and County Club, Kawasan Wisata, Nusa Dua, ☎ +62 361 771791 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Tee times 6AM-4PM daily. One of three top notch golf courses in Bali, and perhaps the most popular of them all due to its convenient location. Any hotel will be able to arrange a round for you - ask about packages on offer as these can save you a lot of money. Booking a tee time is very important on this very busy course.edit
Unsurprisingly, Nusa Dua is home to many good quality spas. If you are staying at a luxury resort, then you will certainly have access to in-house spa and treatment facilities.
Alam Alang Bali Spa, Jln Mahardika No10X, Mumbul, ☎ +62 361 771799/7447453 (fax: +62 361 771799), . 11AM-9PM daily. Facilities: Balinese creambath, stone massage, Balinese mandi lulur, Ayurvedic, facial, oil head massage.edit
Spa Sekar Jagat, Jl Bypass Nusa Dua, ☎ +62 361 770210, . 9AM-10PM daily. Authentic Balinese massage and spa treatments.edit
Tamara Spa Bali, Jl Bypass Ngurah Rai, No 999A, Jimbaran, ☎ +62 361 9174533 (email@example.com), . 9AM-5PM daily. Body care salon offering body scrub, beauty treatments and various spa packages.edit
Thalasso Bali Spa, Jl. Pratama 74, Tanjung Benoa, P.O.Box 43, Nusa Dua 80363, Bali Indonesia, ☎ +62361773883 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 9am-10pm Daily. In front of the beach, it offers wide range of Thalasso and spa treatments.edit
A large swathe of the Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa beachfront is connected via a nice walking path, and morning walks here are especially recommended. The footpath runs from just in front of the Ayodya Resort in the south for about 7 km north to the Grand Mirage on the Tanjung Benoa spit. This passes by two obvious spits, both of which host temples.
Nusa Dua offers many watersports like banana boat, jetski, parasailing, scuba diving, etc.
Bali Gothic Tour (Bali Private Tour), jln dewi sri nusa dua .bali (Bali private tour), ☎ +6281338349417, . 18. Bali Private Driver provide tour around nusa dua to do activities watersport tanjung benoa, GWK,uluwatu temple,Balangan beach and dinner at jimbaran bay.IDR 400.000. edit
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.edit
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.edit
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.edit
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.edit
Bawang Merah, Jl By Pass Ngurah Rai Nusa Dua, Mumbul, ☎ +62 361 7453540, . noon-11PM daily. Balinese speciality restaurant.edit
Bali Tropic Resort and Spa, Jl Pratama 34a, ☎ +62 361 772130 (email@example.com), . A 3/4 star beach front resort on the Tanjung Benoa strip.From Rp 950,000. edit
Goodway Hotel, Jl Dalem Tarukan No 7, Taman Mumbul, ☎ +62 361 773808 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . The resort offers a spa, large swimming pool, karaoke, jacuzzi, beauty parlor, shops and fitness area. It also has a sunken bar in the swimming pool and a restaurant and bar. This property is a five minute ride north of the Nusa Dua enclave.From US$ 75. edit
There are many deluxe hotels in the area and more are constantly being constructed.
Aman Nusa, ☎ +62 361 772333 (email@example.com), . A truly top class resort from the Aman group, and one of the best luxury hotels in the whole of Bali. Relatively few visitors will want to spend the money required to stay here, but if you want to splurge on a meal at a super luxury resort, then you could do a lot worse than Aman Nusa. The restaurant serves great food and has fabulous views all the way across to Nusa Penida.From US $750. edit
Ayodya Resort Bali, ☎ +62 361 771102 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +62 361 771616), . Set amongst lush tropical gardens with a large lagoon style pool and world class golf course. Offers a wide selection of restaurants and activities.(-8.798878,115.220006)edit
The Bale, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan (on the western side of Nusa Dua), ☎ +62 361 775 111 (email@example.com), . The Balé is a boutique five star hotel with just 29 pavilions, each with their own private swimming pool and modern, fashionable interiors. The notably good restaurant is open to non-residents.From US$600. edit
The Bali Khama, Jl Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, ☎ +62 361 774912, . The Bali Khama is on the Tanjung Benoa spit. Several different room types from garden suites to self-contained villas. All rooms are air-conditioned, have a mini-bar, deck/balcony, hot water shower with bathtub, safe and high-speed internet access.From US$200. edit
Conrad Bali, Jl Pratama 168, Tanjung Benoa, ☎ +62 36 177 8788 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . The best luxury hotel on the Tanjung Benoa spit. This is a huge property with 313 rooms and the largest swimming pool in Bali. All the facilities you would expect from a 5 star resort. Dining options here are very highly rated indeed.From about US$ 250. edit
Grand Hyatt Bali, ☎ +62 361 77 1234 (email@example.com), . checkin: noon; checkout: 3PM. This hotel was beginning to show its age but a recent refurbishment has returned it to top form. Has 6 swimming pools, a sports centre and a spa.From US$160. edit
Heavenly Residence, Jl Gunung Payung, Sawangan, ☎ +62 361 7801166 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Waterfront private luxury 3 and 4 bedroom villas with 24-hour butler service. Five minutes' drive west of Nusa Dua set on a spectacular cliff-front. Good for people who want total privacy and have no budgetary constraints.From US$840. edit
Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa, BTDC Area, ☎ +62 361 770 777 (email@example.com), . 20 contemporary villas with private pool, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen and 24-hours butler service.edit
The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, ☎ +62 361 771327 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +62 361 771326), . Rooms and suites set in a tropical garden landscape. Direct beach access, vast swimming lagoons, spa and butler service.From US$350. edit
Melia Bali, ☎ +62 361 771510 (email@example.com), . Excellent spa facilities, watersport activities, newly equipped fitness center, jogging track, table tennis, Balinese cabaret shows, shopping arcade and large lagoon style swimming pool. Also offers private villas with their own pool.From about US$150. edit
Nikko Bali Resort, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, ☎ +62 361 773377 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Five-star resort about five minutes west from the main Nusa Dua enclave. Offers everything from jungle style lagoon pools with water slide, beautiful spa set among its gardens, camel rides and even a ropes course for childen. Has its own private beach with beachside dining as well. Very popular with Japanese tour parties.From US$150. edit
Novotel Nusa Dua, ☎ +62 361 8480555 (email@example.com), . This apartment style hotel is surrounded by the Nusa Dua Golf Course. Includes a lagoon-style pool, beach club, kids club, spa and a restaurant. They take environmental considerations seriously, and are Green Globe certified.From US$106. edit
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, ☎ +62 361 771210 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Five-star resort which is a bit old and tired but still with good faciltiies. Several swimming pools, spa, kids club, cultural, recreational and water sport activities available.From US$140. edit
Ocean Blue Hotel Bali, Jl Raya Kampial, ☎ +62 361 776700 (email@example.com), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. Hotel set up as a wedding chapel and a spa about 5 minutes out of Nusa Dua properedit
Sekar Nusa Villas (Sekar Nusa Villas), Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Sawangan, ☎ +62 361 773333 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. Sekar Nusa is a low key luxury resort. All of the one and two bedroom villas are spacious, and are furnished with antique wood furniture. Suited to golfers and honeymooners and as a wedding venue.From US$225. edit
Sunset Villa, Tanjung Benoa (Turn left at Bumbu Bali Two), ☎ 61299539065, . An waterfront villa with private jetty and boat in a quiet setting only minutes from shops and hotels575 USD. edit
St Regis Bali Resort, ☎ +62 361 8478 111, . The latest addition to the luxury hotel market in Bali and one which has created something of a stir. Private villas and regular rooms available. This is a very grand and stylish hotel indeed.From US$475. edit
Westin Resort, ☎ +62 361 771906 (email@example.com), . This resort has a fantastic kids club that has Play Station, mini playground and musical instruments. The rooms are big, there is an in-house spa and good Japanese and western dining options. For those interested in healthy meals, ask for their super food menu.From US$150. edit
Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Spa, Jl. Pratama 74 Tanjung Benoa, ☎ +62 361 771888 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +62361 772148), . A five star beachfront Resort, offering stay packages and complete all inclusive.From US$135. (-8.766747,115.222353)edit
The Shanti Residence, Jl Gunung Payung, Sawangan, ☎ +62 361 734656 (email@example.com, fax: +62 361 730160), . The Shanti Residence is a 4500m2, 5 suite 5 bathroom residence with its own private master chef, spa, gym, commercial kitchen, in-house Teppanyaki grill, state of art electronics and audio room, main swimming pool and private plunge pool, gazebos and expansive lush gardens and Spectacular Indian Ocean view.edit