Things To Do in Nusa Dua Area
Besides the beautiful bay to swim and snorkeling, Nusa Dua peninsula’s unique namesake twin islands serve as natural landmarks of the area. For art lovers, there’s Museum Pasifika, which houses a vast collection of rare art from around Asia and the Pacific region. Here we present the best sites and things to see and do while in Bali’s Nusa Dua area.
1. DEVDAN SHOW
Devdan, Treasure of the Archipelago, is the sole highlight performance at the Nusa Dua Theatre, presenting a 90-minute journey through the Indonesian archipelago. The numerous acts follow a fun storyline, narrated and acted by a boy and girl who discover a magical chest filled with items representing each island and culture. Stunning choreography by skilled dancers and acrobats provide non-stop thrills, with dances reflecting the diverse cultures of Indonesia, from Bali to Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Papua.
Location: Beside the Bali Collection, Nusa Dua
2. NUSA DUA BEACH / MENGIAT BEACH
Nusa Dua Beach, locally referred to as Pantai Mengiat, is the main beach in the area accessible from one of the main gateways near the midsection of the Bali Tourism Development Complex gardens. The coast spans the beachfronts of several five-star resorts, including the Grand Hyatt Bali and the Ayodya Resort. Featuring an offshore reef break, the waters closer to the beach are calm and great for swimming and snorkeling, while the waves beyond offer great surfing playgrounds. Some of the local fishermen also head out to sea from this beach with their traditional wooden boats, while tour operators offer glass-bottom boat rides and fishing trips.
3. MUSEUM PASIFIKA
Museum Pasifika presents a collection of historical artifacts and cultural and artistic items from over 200 artists from 25 countries. Dominated by cultural and Balinese life themes, here you can witness the works of Balinese painter Nyoman Gunarsa and Javanese artist Raden Saleh, among the most notable figures in Indonesian art. Eleven display rooms each house a different set of art. Rooms one to five, feature Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, French, and Indo-European respectively. The other rooms host temporary exhibitions, and items from Southeast Asia, and don’t miss the intriguing ‘tapa’ bark artwork of Oceania and the Pacific, and exotic paintings from China and Japan.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Location: Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), Block P, Nusa Dua.
4. BALI CAMEL SAFARIS
Bali Camel Safaris offer a unique way to experience the beach on the southern Sawangan coast of Nusa Dua. Well-trained camels take you on a steady and peaceful ride along the gorgeous white-golden beach of Nusa Dua, starting from the beachfront of the Nikko Bali Resort & Spa. Various packages are available, with combinations of lunch, water sports and extra excursions. If you opt for a tour that includes meals, the lunch stop will be at Geger Beach. Camel rides are for a minimum booking of two persons, and the more the merrier as you go down the beach on a Sahara-like caravan with friends or family.
Opening Hours: 09:00, 10:30, 14:00, and 15:30
Location: Nikko Bali Resort & Spa, Sawangan Beach, Nusa Dua
5. GEGER TEMPLE
Geger Temple is a historical and cultural bastion amidst the modern five-star luxury resorts that dominate the Nusa Dua beach resort area. Namesake of the stretch of white sand that it looms over from above a limestone cliff, the temple offers a great setting for those who love landscape photography, and on clear mornings you can enjoy panoramas north over the bay with Mount Agung on the horizon. Once a quiet and barren coastline with local seaweed farmers tending to their crops, the bay now adjoins the beachfront of the five-star Mulia Resort.
Location: Geger Beach, Peminge Village, Nusa Dua
6. GARUDA WISNU KENCANA
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, or ‘GWK’, is within a 20-minute drive southwest from the main Nusa Dua hub, up in the hills of Ungasan. The centerpiece is the to-be-assembled gigantic statue that depicts the typical artistic Balinese rendering of Hindu god Vishnu, riding on the back of the mythical Garuda eagle. The current separate parts, such as the upper head and the torso form different compounds within the complex, and the Garuda head forms the main backdrop of the vast ‘lotus pond’ multifunction area, where rock concerts and lavish banquets have been held.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 08:00-22:00
Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Jimbaran
7. PANDAWA BEACH
Pandawa Beach, or ‘Pantai Pandawa’ among locals, features a kilometer-long coast that is ‘hidden’ behind limestone cliffs. The beach is within eight kilometres’ drive southwest from the main Nusa Dua hub. The beach offers impressive ocean panoramas and huge limestone cliffs that were cut through to make way for its winding road. The ocean-facing cliffs down the slope feature deeply carved arches installed with large statues, each depicting a hero from the Mahabharata epic, the ‘five Pandawas’, hence the name of the beach. Numerous water sport gear rentals and restaurants serving snacks and refreshments line the beach.
8. PUJA MANDALA
Puja Mandala is a unique cultural and religious complex consisting of the different places of worships of the five main religions in Indonesia. Literally ‘hill of worship’, Puja Mandala is only a few minutes’ drive up from Nusa Dua’s main Bali Tourism Development Complex hub. A picturesque two-hectare hilltop comprises a Buddhist temple, a Hindu temple, a Catholic Church, a Protestant Church and an Islamic mosque, and is meant to be a landmark and epitome of religious harmony. The complex is both a destination highlight and each serve as functional places of worship among followers of the five religions, hosting weddings and celebrating holy days of the respective faiths. Visitors are welcome.
Location: Jalan Kurusetra, Kampial Village, Nusa Dua
9. WATER BLOW
There is one spot in the area of Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, called "Water Blow" which is a rock formation where waves colliding onto the rock wall creates a giant splash like the water is "blowing up". Water Blow is located on the Nusa Dua peninsula on Nusa Dua Beach just north of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This amazing attraction is located on the far edge of the peninsula, on which is usually held a big international invent such as the Nusa Dua Festival, World class exhibitions, and others international events. This area has dangerous cliffs which recently were managed by the BTDC by creating a path and guardrail. Not only that, an open-roofed building and was built at one end of the cliff. The interesting mechanism of Water Blow is that on the cliff, face-to-face with the Indian Ocean, there is a large narrowing gap. When the wave rolls in and hits the cliff, it is caught in the gap and slammed into the top. From a distance it appears like a huge white foam dancing to the top. As larger and faster waves approach, the higher waves tower over the cliff. If not careful, you will get wet.
10. TURTLE ISLAND
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.
11. BLUE POINT BEACH
Blue Point Beach (pantai Suluban), jalan pantai suluban,ungasan. This beach is less prestigious than Kuta, Sanur or Nusa Dua. But if you have visited this beach, you'll surely be fascinated with the exoticism of this offer. If you want to see the beach from the top, the café area has a great vantage point. But if you want to enjoy the sensation of clear water, you can go down the steps to the beach. To reach this beach, you have to walk down past the rather steep hill derivative, through a gap of two cliffs. Physical beaches with white sand is similar to his brother: Padang-padang beach and Dreamland beach. After reaching the shore, you'll enjoy its beauty because the beach is surrounded by a wall of rock that juts into such caves, and large rocks that you can sit on while looking at the scenery. The high rocks surrounding the beach and the notches are indented, making it an attractive beach viewed from any angle.
12. PANDAWA BEACH
Pandawa Beach (Hidden Beach), Jalan kutuh,north kuta (near uluwatu temple). Pandawa Beach is located in Kutuh Village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency; around 3 km from the famous Nusa Dua area and Uluwatu Temple. In the past, this beach was hidden behind a hill so it was called Secret Beach. Secret Beach was actually known well by some tourists. However, the difficult access to this location made this beach empty. The few visitors that did go were either foreign surfers or domestic tourists.
13. GUNUNG PAYUNG BEACH
Gunung Payung Beach is beautiful beach with a panoramic beauty beach making it suitable destination for those who want to relax and find some peace. The beach is surrounded by natural hills. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful hills and the incredible panorama of the beach. The hills along with the beach has presented an exotic beauty. Because of its panoramic beauty, tourists are attracted to visit the beach. There have been many publications about the beach. This is why, many travellers, both foreign and domestic, include the beach to their travel plan. Although the beach is not as popular as Kuta or Dreamland, the beach is worth visiting, especially for those who want to findleisure.
Gunung Payung Beach is situated in Adat Kutuh Village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali. The beach is about 30 km south of Denpasar. If you are in Nusa Dua, you only need 15 minutes to reach the beach, while if you are in Ngurah Rai Airport, it will take 20 minutes to the beach. The infrastructure toward the beach is not too bad. Once you have arrived at the beach, you will see an exotic view. You will see a natural beach with its stunning white sand. On top of the hill surrounding the beach, you will see a sacred temple called Gunung Payung Dhang Kahyanga. The temple along with the beach adds the exoticism surrounding the area.
Many activities, such as surfing, sunbathing, beach hopping or yoga, can be done in the beach. If you want to surf, there are many surfing rental offering snowboard to you. However, the most exciting activity is visiting the temple on top of the hills surrounding the beach. Although it takes some efforts to reach the temple, you will not regret it. To reach the temple, you have to walk through many stairs. The number of the stair is about 450 steps. It surely takes efforts to reach the temple. But once you have reached the temple, you will soon be able to see a magnificent panorama below. You can see the beach which is so wide that it were as if touching the horizon. That is so amazing.