As one of the most developed areas in Bali, Nusa Dua has plenty to offer tourists coming to this Southeast Asian island. It is home to the Bali Tourism Development Center Complex, which consists of upscale hotels, the Bali Collection shopping square, a luxury 18-hole golf course, temples, museums, and the world famous Nusa Dua Beach with its white-golden sands. Nusa Dua is only a 20-minute drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Named after the two tiny islands to its eastern side, Nusa Dua attracts tourists, nature lovers, vacationers, and honeymooners from all over the world, primarily for its amazing beach. The beach is very idyllic, with white sands and shallow waters that are very attractive to children. Parents shouldn’t worry since the children – and everyone, for that matter – are safe under the watchful eyes of security people patrolling the area 24/7. Nusa Dua’s security has attracted a number of big-time visitors, including foreign dignitaries on official business trips. The Bali Tourism Development Center is a well-known venue for international meetings, conferences, and trade events.
Sandwiched by the Grand Hyatt Bali and Melia Bali Villas, Nusa Dua Beach is a public beach that is regularly crowded with locals and food vendors. People freely walk along this white-golden sand beach that is obviously cleaner than Kuta Beach and Seminyak Beach. There is also a jogging and biking path for everyone to enjoy. At the other side of Grand Hyatt Bali is another beach called the Bengiat Beach. This is a private beach, but curious tourists from the public beach are allowed to visit and walk along its much cleaner and quieter shoreline. Along Bengiat Beach are small food stalls that serve delicious international dishes.
Nusa Dua has no shortage of prestigious yet affordable restaurants. The two most popular dining areas are the Brazilian Pica Tapas and Russian-inspired Slavyanka, located both within the Bali Collection shopping square. Other restaurants to check out are Kayuputi, Boneka and Gourmand Deli.
In addition to the two beaches and a number of restaurants, other interesting tourist draws in Nusa Dua are the temples and Museum Pasifika, which houses exotic art pieces from Asia and the Pacific regions. This Bali museum features over 250 historical relics and 350 paintings from 200 international artists representing Indonesia, Italy, France and other places in Europe. Also featured are art forms from Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand, and the Philippines. It also hosts special events, book launchings, educational activities and international gatherings.
While there are a number of temples surrounding Nusa Dua Beach, Pura Geger is the only temple that is open to the public every day. Situated on top of a cliff, the temple enjoys a breath-taking view of the ocean and the nearby Geger Beach. The other temples are Pura Desa, Pura Puseh, Catus Pata, Pura Segara Nata, Pura Dalen Segara, and the hidden and mysterious temples in Jalan Nusa Dua Selatan. Meanwhile, the Puja Mandala complex houses not only a Hindu temple, but also a Buddhist Guna Temple, a Catholic church, a Protestant church, and a mosque. Nowhere else in the world can five religions sit harmoniously together within a single complex, which is all the more reason for you to come to this amazing location.