After 3 times in Bali, it was our first time visiting Nusa Dua in Bali. Visitors to Bali usually go to Kuta, Canggu, Ubud, and Seminyak. Before going to Nusa Dua, we didn´t what to expect or what to do. We found this is the quietest in Bali. The beaches are very quiet and the water is so clear with white sand. In Nusa Dua are surrounded by luxury resorts and there are nice areas for swimming and snorkeling.
We will tell you in this article our favorite things to do in Nusa Dua, where to sleep and how to get there.
How to get to Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is located 20 kilometers far from Denpasar. If you are coming from Ngurah Rai International Airport will take you 30-40 minutes to reach Nusa Dua. You can get a taxi from the airport (they are the little bit expensive), we recommend you to use Grab, Uber or Go Jek to move around Bali. Or even rent your own scooter if you are traveling light!
Things To Do in Nusa Dua
1. Visit Geger Beach
It´s a public beach in Nusa Dua, they will charge you an entrance fee around 4k IND Rupiahs=30 cents of USD. Most of the beaches in Nusa Dua are privately owned from the luxury resorts.
In Geger Beach there are cafes and restaurants if you decide to spend the day. There is a nice area for snorkeling in Nusa Dua and swimming. The water is so calm and the beach is very quiet!
2. Try Babi Guling (Balinese Lechon)
Babi Guling is a Balinese-style roast pork comparable to Lechon in the Philippines. Suddenly became in Rachel´s favorite food while we were visitng Nusa Dua. It´s very popular in Bali and we liked to eat with vegetables and different sauces. We tried a couple of times and it was our best thing to do in Nusa Dua at night.
3. Shoppping in Nusa Dua: Bali Collection
If you like shopping and you are staying at Nusa Dua. All the hotels have a free shuttle going to Balli Collection for shopping in Nusa Dua. The place looks calm and relaxes for a shopping mall and there are a few restaurants.
4. Dinner in the Cave
We had a romantic experience at Samabe Bali Suites & Villas having dinner in a cave just next to the beach. Spent an intimate evening together dining in a beach cave. Good conversation, amazing food, and a unique ambience to surround us. The food was delicious, cocktails, the service as always Indonesian people are super-friendly. We loved the decoration of the cave with candles! As a romantic thing to in Nusa Dua and as a place to eat, we can recommend you guys to try it!
5. Balinese Massage
You can’t come to Bali and not having a massage, that´s what Rachel said ha! We just had a few of them and our favorite was at Grand Hyatt Bali. The Spa Area was really beautiful, we loved the tea and our massage for an hour was one of our favorites in Bali.
6. Snorkeling in Nusa Dua
Just rent a mask and go by yourself for snorkeling in Nusa Dua. The water is so blue and you can see fishes and even you can do snorkeling in Nusa Dua Reef. You can to walk a little bit because of the low tile depending the time you are going to practise the activity. We loved the vibe of the fisherman boats in the beaches in Nusa Dua.
7. Barong Dance
We went for dinner with spectacles in Nusa Dua. This time was the Barong Dance. It was one of the favorite plans of Rachel since she loves acting. After the play, the actors allowed to take pictures with them.
8. Rent a Villa to stay in Nusa Dua
Since Nusa Dua has one of the most luxurious places to stay in Bali. Why not staying in a villa for a few days? Check out our shots in Samabe Suites below! We spent 3 days in our own pool, butler having breakfast and tea in our villa. We had so much comfort and fun!
9. Swimming in a Balinese Pool
We really loved Balinese pools, the color of the water and the hindu decoration around. Plus in Nusa Dua the weather is so hot and it´s always good timing for a swim.
10. Dine Local
We managed to have our local experience dinner in Rempah Restaurant where we tasted one of our favorite local dishes in Bali. We can recommend this place 100% as a palce t o eat in Nusa Dua. The restaurant is in Vouk Bali Suites and the prices are very affordable.
11. Water Blow Nusa Dua
It’s a rock natural formation and its one of the most popular spots in Nusa Dua. You have to be careful because can be dangerous. One of the things to do if you go around for tourism in Nusa Dua.
12. Visit Puja Mandala
Its always great idea to visit cultural places and find out about their religion. There is no entrance fee and just remember to wear proper clothes in your visit to show them your respect.
13. Water Sports
Nusa Dua is quiet but you can make active if you want to. You can rent Kayaks and also do water sports! We only did Kayaking and it was really fun since the water was very calm kayaking was easy and we enjoyed the clear water.
Where to Sleep in Nusa Dua
Samabe Bali Suites & Villas
If you want to treat yourself, we totally recommend you Samabe Bali Suites & Villas. The staff, the food, the place was really amazing. This is probably one of the best place we’ve ever stayed in here in Bali. Why take your breakfast in the breakfast hall when you can eat in the pool?
Our own villa with a pool, just going downstairs and you can enjoy the views of the beach. Look at these shots which maybe will make you think to go there! The views from the cliff, the cave in the beach and you can also do activities like kayaking or snorkeling during the day. The beach is so quiet!
Vouk Hotel & Suites
We spent a few days at Vouk Hotel & Suites in Nusa Dua. Its a very unique Chinese-inspired style hotel. If you’re visiting, definitely try their Rempeh Restaurant, which offers authentic Indonesian cuisine. The prices were so good and reasonable with really good food – their Sambal was the best! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We enjoyed last day of Nyepi (The Day of the Silence) where people come together in forgiveness, how quiet was the hotel, Bali and Nusa Dua in genera. Did you know that in Nyepi there are no flights operating in Bali? First time that we heard about this, a touristic place like Bali stopping their activity for 24 hours and we were so happy to have that experience.
Vouk Hotel & Suites provides free shuttle services to and from Geger beach and the Bali Collection (Bali-inspired mall and restaurant place in Nusa Dua).
There are many options for booking your accommodation in Nusa Dua and the different budget. If you are tight in your budget, check out this link where you can find accommodation starting from $20 USD in Nusa Dua.