Nusa Dua: Your Ultimate Guide To Bali’s Premium Beach Destination

Nusa Dua in Bali, Indonesia is famous for its luxury hotels and white sandy beach. It’s a great location if you want a relaxing family holiday by the Indian Ocean surrounded by nice restaurants and other hotels.

Our guide to Nusa Dua will share everything you need to know to decide if Nusa Dua is the right location for your next Bali holiday.

Where Is Nusa Dua?

NUSA DUA FINNS BALI MAP

Nusa Dua is in the Badung Regency roughly 22 kilometers from Denpasar. It’s very easy to get to from the airport or other beach towns in Bali.

How To Get To Nusa Dua?

If you’re coming from the airport, we’d recommend you arrange a hotel transfer, most of the luxury resorts will include this in their room rate anyway.

They will send a private driver to collect you at the airport and bring you back to your hotel.

Otherwise, you might want to use the Grab or Gojek ride-sharing apps to book a car from the airport.

How To Get Around Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is quite spread out and though there is a path for walking between resorts, it can be hot and humid, which makes walking quite draining.

We’d recommend you use the ride-sharing apps to get around or consider hiring a private car and driver.

What’s The Best Time Of Year To Visit Nusa Dua?

Aerial symmetric shot of beach umbrella rows at the Nusa Dua beach in Bali, Indonesia

While there’s never a bad time to visit Bali and even in the rainy season, there’s more than enough sunshine to have a great beach holiday in Nusa Dua, the best time to visit is the dry season from March to October.

That’s because it’s slightly cooler, there’s less chance of rain and more sunshine to enjoy on the beaches. However, you will pay more of a premium to stay at the resorts.

What To Expect In Nusa Dua?

Nusa Dua is firmly focused on brand name, luxury hotels and resorts and family-friendly holidays.

The beaches are among the best in Bali and most people come here to relax and spend most of their time in a “resort bubble”.

15 Things To Do & See In Nusa Dua

Bali National Golf Club

Aerial view of golf course with green at coast

Officially, the best golf course in Bali and it’s located in the Maj Nusa Dua tourism complex nestled between 5-star hotels and convention centres.

If you’re a keen golfer, you’re going to love this place, but be aware that you need to make reservations for a tee time a long way in advance.

Where Is It? Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua Lot S 5, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia

Water Blow

This impressive site on the Indian Ocean gives you an incredible view of the waves smashing against the jagged limestone edges of the cliff face.

Head to the observation deck and grab a seat. Then, just wait to see the powerful waves arrive, it’s a spectacular thing to witness.

Where Is It? Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80363, Indonesia

Nusa Dua Beach/Pantai Mengiat

Nusa Dua's Beach

Nusa Dua Beach is a white sandy beach that brings tourists from all over the world to the area. It’s also home to the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel.

The best thing about this beach is the reef just a few hundred meters offshore which protects the area from rough waves. It makes it so easy to swim.

Where Is It? Nusa Dua Beach, Nusa Dua

Geger Beach

Geger Beach, Bali Island

This hidden gem of a beach rarely gets as much attention as it deserves, but it offers a beautiful spot with real privacy.

You can’t get a private beach in Bali, by law, but this feels like it ought to be a private beach. It almost never sees a crowd but the soft white sand and blue waters, deserve more visitors

Where Is It? 56MG+RFQ, Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Pura Geger Temple

Stone sculpture on entrance door of a temple

his temple is one of the few important cultural landmarks in the area and it sits on a cliff overlooking Geger Beach.

If you get there on a clear morning, you can get stunning views over the bay with Mount Agung in the distance.

Where Is It? 56JF+7RH, Jl. Pura Geger, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Pandawa Beach/Pantai Pandawa

Pandawa Beach

Pandawa Beach is also a fantastic beach with more white sands and gorgeous crystal clear waters.

If you love swimming, surfing, kayaking and paragliding in paradise, this is the place to be.

Where Is It? Pandawa Beach, Nusa Dua

Pasifika Museum

This is a fantastic museum that introduces the history and art of Indonesia in an international context.

There are 11 rooms that feature over 200 artists from over 25 nations! They have some amazing works from local masters, Nyumoan Guanarsa and Raden Saleh.

Where Is It? Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Area Block P, Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Puja Mandala

If you want to try something different from the beaches, then you might visit Puja Mandala, a unique multi-faith temple complex.

All of Indonesia’s major religions Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism and Protestantism are featured here.

Where Is It? Jalan Nusa Dua, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Water Sports

young male surfer riding in ocean at Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Nearly all the resorts and hotels offer access to water sports and there are several independent companies offering equipment and lessons too.

There are no large waves on the beach thanks to the reef so it’s the perfect place to learn a new sport.

Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing Reel on a boat during sunrise

You can fish from the beaches in this area but the best way to enjoy the fishing opportunities on the island is to charter a boat and head out to sea.

The best fish you can eat in Bali is not found in restaurants, it’s the fish that you catch yourself.

Bali Nusa Dua Theater – Devdan Show

This spectacular show aims to introduce you to the cultures of Bali, Borneo, Papua and other parts of Indonesia.

It’s a mix of dance, acrobatics, amazing costumes and world-class audio-visual techniques. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area.

Where Is It? Komplek, Jl. ITDC Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia

Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club

It’s a little further out than the National Course but it’s another excellent place to golf with a 1.5 square kilometre course running along the clifftop with amazing views of the coast.

Where Is It? Jl. Gunung Payung Banjar Panti Giri No.8, Kutuh, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua

This is a nice relaxing area where you can walk between the hotels and resorts to enjoy a view of natural Bali.

Where Is It? Kawasan BTDC Area, Jl. Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Nusa Dua Fiesta (October Only)

Once a year, you can enjoy live music, cooking classes, body painting, street parades and much more here in Nusa Dua.

The Nusa Dua Fiesta only takes place in October and is meant to showcase local arts, sports and more.

Westin Family Kids Club

This is the best-known kids club on the island and it’s open to drop-in visitors as well as hotel guests.

Where Is It? Nusa Dua, BTDC Lot N-3, Nusa Dua, Bali, 80363, Indonesia

Where To Stay In Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa

A lovely resort that was built to resemble a Balinese palace. It has a n excellent onsite spa, as well as 3 restaurants and 4 bars.

Where Is It? Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot. North 4, Jl. Nusa Dua, Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80363, Indonesia

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Hotel

This French-inspired resort is the ideal place for a “hammock holiday”, gorgeous design complemented by incredible service.

Where Is It? Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, Lot N5 Itdc Tourism Complex, Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80363, Indonesia

The Apurva Kempinski Bali

With amazing views over the ocean and a lovely tropical garden vibe, this resort must be pushing on 6 stars for its luxury approach to life.

Where Is It? Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan lot 4, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas

This premium resort is right on the beach and it has a wealth of pools, bars and restaurants for you to enjoy between time spent on the white sand.

Where Is It? Kawasan Sawangan, Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Jl. Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80362, Indonesia

The St. Regis Bali Resort

One of the most expensive and well-manicured resorts on the island, you know that The St. Regis offers pampering beyond your wildest dreams. Other hotels and resorts wish they were the St. Regis.

Where Is It? Kawasan Nusa Dua, Bali 80363, Indonesia

REVIVO Wellness Resort

If you’re hoping to come back from your Bali holiday completely revitalized, then REVIVO is the place to be. Their wellness packages are second to none.

Where Is It? Jalan Desa Sawangan, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

 

The Laguna, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

This resort is built around 7 crystal water lagoon pools amid lushly curated tropical gardens and with a pristine stretch of beach in front.

Where Is It? Kawasan Pariwisata, Jl. Nusa Dua No.2 Lot N, Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80363, Indonesia

Hilton Bali Resort

The Hilton tries to meet your every need and it even has an app for you to order food in-house from.

Where Is It? Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

The Royal Santrian

This luxury beach villa destination is one of the most popular places in Bali for upmarket weddings.

Where Is It? Nusa Dua, Jl. Pratama, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort

This resort delivers amazing sunrise views over Nusa Dua and the sea below and you can expect nothing but 5-star service throughout your stay.

Where Is It? Kawasan Pariwisata Lot SW 4 & 5, Jl. Nusa Dua, Bali, 80363, Indonesia

 

Where To Eat In Nusa Dua

Kayuputi @ The St. Regis Bali Resort

If you love fine dining and Pan-Asian fusion, you can’t go wrong at the signature restaurant of The St. Regis Resort.

The view is as amazing as the food. Highly recommended.

Where Is It? Kawasan Nusa Dua, Bali 80363, Indonesia

Edogin @ Mulia Bali

This incredible Japanese restaurant aims to showcase the finest local ingredients at your table.

As you’d expect, they don’t want guests to feel crowded at the restaurant and reservations are essential.

Where Is It? Kawasan Sawangan, Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Jl. Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80362, Indonesia

Cucina @ Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort

This wonderful Italian restaurant provides a romantic location for dining on the shore near the ocean.

The food is among the most Instagrammable on the island.

Where Is It? Lot N5 Itdc Tourism Complex, Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80363, Indonesia

DiAtas by Art Cafe Bumbu Bali

This Balinese restaurant is not in a hotel property which is quite unusual for Nusa Dua.

The menu is authentic and exciting and they even offer cooking classes if you want to learn how to make Balinese food yourself.

Where Is It? Jl. Siligita No.101, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Nusa Dua Beach Grill

This lovely place has amazing ocean views and, as you’d expect from the name, very good seafood from the local catch.

If you want a candlelit dinner under the stars, it’s a great place to choose for your experience.

Where Is It? Jalan Pura Geger Sawangan, Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia

FAQs

Is Nusa Dua A Nice Part Of Bali?

Yes! In fact, many would argue that Nusa Dua is the nicest part of Bali. It’s home to many of the best resorts and hotels and the beaches are gorgeous soft white sand.

Is Nusa Dua Or Seminyak Better?

It depends on what you’re looking for on a holiday. Nusa Dua is aimed at families seeking a resort experience holiday. Seminyak is all about fine dining, expensive resorts and parties that last all night long and it tends to attract a younger, less family-oriented crowd.

What Is Nusa Dua Bali Known For?

Nusa Dua is known for being a beach paradise on the shore of the Indian Ocean. It has some of the best villas, hotel accommodations, and resorts on the island. If you want a holiday in a secluded enclave with the best facilities and service, Nusa Dua is a great choice of destination.

Is Nusa Dua A Good Place To Holiday?

Yes! It has some of the best accommodation options on the island and if you want a pleasant family holiday on the beach, you just can’t go wrong.

How To Book A Holiday In Nusa Dua?

We would always recommend you book your holiday in Nusa Dua through the splendid people at Bali Res Centre.

That’s a locally owned and operated travel service that specializes in Balinese holidays. They offer competitive prices and amazing service.

Final Thoughts On Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is one of the most popular parts of Bali and its upmarket resorts and hotels guarantee that you can have a pleasant family-oriented stay on the island.

The only downside of the area is that there’s not a lot of traditional Balinese culture on display but you don’t have to travel too far away to find that.

If you’re interested in staying in Nusa Dua, you should also check out our recent guide to the Nusa Dua Night Market and the shopping experiences in the area.