A Local’s Guide to Visiting Nusa Dua for the First Time
While Bali sets to reopen to international tourists in September, we can’t help but start planning our next trip already. Despite visiting several times over the years, we still haven’t made it to Nusa Dua, yet have heard so many great things about it.
Nusa Dua will definitely be one of our first stops on our next trip to Bali and who better to provide a comprehensive guide to visiting for the first time, than a native and local Balinese. That’s why we spoke with Ayu, a native and local to Nusa Dua, who kindly provided us with the following itinerary for any traveller heading there for the first time including places to stay, eat and play.
From lavish hotels and exciting water sports to white pristine beaches and clear blue ocean, there’s a lot to love about Nusa Dua. It’s definitely worth visiting when you come to Bali – it’s family-friendly yet can be very intimate for couples.
If you haven’t been yet, or you’re currently planning on visiting soon, here’s everything you need to know before your first trip to Nusa Dua.
HOW TO GET HERE: Nusa Dua is just 20km (approx. 30 minutes) from Bali Airport. Upon arrival, you can conveniently rent a bike or car from the offices inside the airport, or simply book a ride through an e-ride hailing app such as Gojek or Grab.
WHEN TO GO: Bali is summer all-year round, however, it’s known for its rainy season between October and April. Nusa Dua is less crowded and more intimate and secluded than other hotspots in Bali, which is just one more reason you have to visit.
WHERE TO STAY: There are plenty of AirBnBs and budget hotel around. If you choose to indulge yourself here, you’ve come to the right place – Nusa Dua is the so-called “community resort” for 5-star luxury tourism enclave managed by ITDC (Indonesia Tourism Development Centre).
THINGS TO DO
If you seek to experience an adrenaline rush in the water, you’re going to love Nusa Dua. With a long Indian Ocean coastline, Nusa Dua is best known for epic watersports and has something fun for everyone – suitable for adults and children alike. Take your pick from a banana boat ride, flying fishing, stand up paddle boarding and for the wilder experience, you can try your hand at jet bikes!
Price Ranges: Starting from IDR 300,000 per person
Address: Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua
Opening Hours: 7AM – 10PM
Best time to visit: During the summer season from May to October and when the tide is high, which starts in the morning to around 2PM. You can check the weather at the time and consult with the organizer.
Fly high above the land of Bali and feel the breathtaking perspective of a tandem flight over the beaches, the sea and the wonderful coast along Nusa Dua. The flight takes off from Sawangan hill in Nusa Dua and the pilot takes you on a 10 – 20 minute ride with unforgettable views of Bali’s cliffs, long sandy beach and crystal clear turquoise water. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience!
Price Ranges: IDR 1,000,000 per person
Address: Jl. Gunung Payung Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kutuh
Opening Hours: 10AM – 6PM
Best time to visit: April to November
And if the adrenaline rush isn’t for you, Nusa Dua is still worth a visit for hopping across Bali’s hidden beaches. Gunung Payung Beach will lead you 300 steps up to enjoy the undisturbed panoramic views together with a glimpse of the authentic local life from the seaweed farmers. For a more easily accessible beach you can go to Pandawa Beach where you will be greeted by the iconic limestone wall, cultural Panca Pandawa, five statues and finally to the roaring blue waves.
WHERE TO EAT
This new beach club at Melasti Beach Ungasan offers you a relaxed, hippy-chic vibes with a reminiscent of Tulum Mexico of the swinging bar chairs and wooden beach bar. You can relax all day here and enjoy the beachside fare while waiting for the sunset arrive.
Address: Ungasan, South Kuta
Opening Hours: 1PM – 8PM weekdays | 10AM – 9PM weekends
Nusa Dua is also perfect if you are travelling with family or couples wanting to go for exquisitely Bali-style brunch by the beach. What better way to spend your Sunday in Bali than in a laid -back atmosphere while feasting on a sumptuous buffet.
No matter what food you prefer, you can guarantee there will be something to accommodate your tastes in Nusa Dua. You can enjoy a live jazz performance to complement the high-class cuisine and fine wines at The St. Regis Bali’s Boneka Restaurant, the legendary Sunday brunch pioneer in Nusa Dua.
For more pan-Asian cuisines, Sunday brunch at Soleil’s The Mulia Bali might suit your appetite.
If you want to get a real, authentic taste of Balinese food nearby Nusa Dua then you must try Babi Guling, the mouth-watering suckling pork cooked with herbs and spices. Babi Guling Pak Dobiel is the most popular in Nusa Dua where you will be served with one plate of pork satay, juicy sliced meats some veggies.
If you have already fallen in love with Balinese rich flavors and want to bring the authentic recipes home, then head into Bumbu Bali restaurant and cooking school. The extensive menu will take you on an epicurean Balinese Indonesia journey through food.
Warung Babi Guling Pak Dobiel Nusa Dua, Jl. Srikandi No.9, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, +62 361 771 633
WHERE TO STAY
Despite the Covid-19 outbreak that recently hit Bali’s tourism industry, Bali still stands strong and beautiful and can offer you amazing rates of Pay Now, Stay Later or Save More, Travel Later deals for your future Bali holiday. You can book your stay by contacting the hotel of your dreams, and below are our Nusa Dua’s hotel highlights.
THE APURVA KEMPINSKI BALI
The Apurva Kempinski Bali, a collection of 475 iconic rooms, suites and villas is the newest addition on the block of Nusa Dua’s luxury hotels, located at the hillside with sweeping views of the ocean. What makes Kempinski stand out is their take on Indonesian heritage through its interiors and the grand staircase, which are inspired from Pura Besakih, Bali’s sacred water temple. Further, Kempinski is also home to Bali’s first ever magnificent aquarium restaurant, Koral. This new hotel should be high on your list.
SOFITEL BALI NUSA DUA BEACH RESORT
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is best known for its swim out rooms and swim-up bar for the ultimate tropical luxury living. Also nestling in front of Sofitel, there is Manarai Beach House by ISMAYA Group. Here, just a few walks away from your room, you can find yourself dining on the unique tastes of international and local Balinese cuisines, sip refreshments and dip into the pools while enjoying the DJ entertainment.
Softitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata BTDC, Lot N5, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 8492888.
Manarai Beach House, Lot N5 Kawasan Pariwisata – ITDC Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 4772 727. Open daily 9am -1am
Image credit: @sofitelbalinusadua
There you have it, the ideal itinerary for visiting Nusa Dua for the first time, as recommended by a local and native Balinese.
We are even more excited to visit now, aren't you?