Nusa Dua guarantees tourists a clean and hassle-free stay in Bali.
Nusa Dua means “Two Islands,” although it is still a part of mainland Bali. It is located mostly within a special tourist zone that is closed to locals and you can find all the big hotel resorts here. Nusa Dua sits in the sunny south of Bali but unless you are staying in one of the resorts then there is no real reason to come here. At the same time, you can also find Bali’s largest golf course and convention center here as well.
If you want to stay in Nusa Dua then you will need to book in to one of the resorts in the area, most of which are upscale and either 4 or 5-star. The resorts usually come with their own private beaches and you can swim here, albeit there are not as many surfing opportunities compared to other areas of the island. This is because the waves here can be fierce and hemmed in by a reef. Although water sports are popular here, guests mainly visit to just relax on the private beaches away from the crowds.
Nusa Dua does not have a huge number of attractions, but some places to check out if you are in the area are Pantai Geger’s gorgeous white sands and Water Blow’s rock formations and erupting blow hole.
You can get to Bali by flying in via the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. You can then grab an airport taxi and travel to Nusa Dua for around 15 to 20 minutes. Travel from central hubs in Bali such as Kuta takes around 30 minutes.
There are international access ATMs in most of the big hotels in Nusa Dua. You will also find international access ATMs scattered around the area as well as in the main shopping plaza. Money changers can also be found in the big hotels but may not charge the best rates and it may be better to go to an international bank.
Nusa Dua has a coastal and monsoonal climate. As it is located on the coast the beaches are buffeted by strong winds and the swells in Nusa Dua can sometimes be fierce. As with the rest of Bali, the seasons here can be classified into either wet or dry. The rainy season starts in October until around March. Peak season in Nusa Dua usually takes place in July and August, so you can expect hotels to be booked out in advance. December and January are also busy in Nusa Dua thanks to the Christmas and New Year holidays. Shoulder season falls in May, June, and September – resulting to fewer crowds and better weather.
Nusa Dua is probably one of the best places to walk around in Bali, as you will find large pavements and hardly any traffic. That said, there is not really anywhere to go here other than to walk around the inside of the tourist zone, which has manicured lawns between the different hotels. If you want to leave and explore further afield then you will need to get a taxi or hire a private car with a driver.
Most of the food choices in Nusa Dua come in the form of restaurants located in the many hotels here. Nusa Dua mostly offers upscale and expensive dining experiences. That said, if you explore a little further around the tourist zone then you can find some small local cafes and restaurants. Even these are more expensive than what you would find elsewhere, and might not be as authentic as well.
Nusa Dua is the place to visit if you have a large budget and want to stay in a luxury resort. Once here however, you will not find a huge number of things to do other than relax on a private beach, and you would have to leave and visit a different area if you intend to go sightseeing. One of the charms of Nusa Dua however, and the reason many people come here, is because it offers a clean and hassle free stay in Bali.