We have a bad habit of falling for island vacations. And thinking about islands, we try to go as tropical as we can: Bora Bora, Barbados, even Maldives. Another well-known tropical haven is Bali. Located in Indonesia, Bali is popular for its mountains, reefs and splendid beaches. Among the several beaches, Nusa Dua, located in Southern Bali is an adventure traveler’s heaven. With so much to see and do, it may be hectic to chuck up a clear itinerary. So many travelers cant really figure out what to do in Nusa Dua and what to miss. If you are reading this, then probably you are also wondering what to do in Nusa Dua.
How To Get To Nusa Dua
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Nusa Dua is quite close to the Bali airport and is only a 20-minute drive. You can grab a Blue Bird taxi, the official taxis on the island and they have an area to book taxis for a set rate just outside of the arrivals area. If that’s not happening for you, you can always book a private car in advance that can provide you with more luxury. Sometimes you can just try to get your transport fro your accommodations as well.
Although there are few more options when it comes to reaching Nusa Dua, like Go Jek and Uber, which counts for cheaper travel. Locals sometimes can try to bump the price but you can choose from many, finding someone willing to go for the price stated in the app.
Getting Around Nusa Dua
The best way to commute in Nusa Dua is to walk. You’ll love strolling around as it’s a well-developed area and is much easier to walk than other parts of Bali. No, I am not telling you to plan your entire commute by walking! For longer distances, you can always grab a taxi or hire Go Jek or Uber. However, if you want to get drenched with the island fever, you should try to opt for motorbikes. They are cheaper and gives you a lot of freedom wandering around the island.
You will definitely have to hire a car for day trips like checking out the beaches in the Bukit Peninsula which includes Nusa Dua and Uluwatu.
If you still making changes to your itinerary, here are some of our best recommendations on activities you shouldn’t miss while in Nusa Dua. Discover what to do in Nusa Dua.
Explore the Best Nusa Dua Beaches
There’s no point of having an island vacation if you don’t take full advantage of the glorious coastlines as much as you can. Bali has several public beaches such as Blue Point, Pantai Geger and of course, the Nusa Dua beach where you can get your desired tan and enjoy the relaxed ambiance of your island vacation. Listed below are a few of our favorite recommendations of Nusa Dua beaches which you shouldn’t miss.
- Samuh Beach (Pantai Samuh).
- Nusa Dua Beach (Pantai Mengiat)
- Geger Beach (Pantai Geger)
- Sawangan Beach (Nikko Beach)
- Pandawa Beach (Pantai Pandawa)
The best thing about tropical beaches is that you can still get an amazing marine life and coral reefs, that are just waiting to be discovered. Being an island of many beaches, it opens up with a plethora of options. In Nusa Dua itself, Pantai Mengiat has an off-shore reef break where you can snorkel freely. If you plan a full day, one of the most popular snorkeling beaches is Menjangan Island, which houses the marine national park. You can also snorkel around Tulamben, which is home to the remains of the USAT Liberty that sunk during World War 2.
Enjoy a Few Water Sports
Water sports are an added incentive in island vacations. Luckily, Nusa Dua has these in abundance. From jet-skiing to parasailing, there’s always something to do in the water. Another sport famous among travelers, flyboarding involves wearing special footwear that is attached to a surfboard with attached water plumps. The water pressure builds and carries the rider onto the air, giving you the ultimate sensation of flying. It’s a must-do!
Get Grilling in Nusa Dua
Getting quite popular among travelers, the Nusa Dua Beach Grill is one of the best eating spots in Nusa Dua. It has the benefit of located conveniently on the beach, making it easy to grab a bite while still exploring. We always want to savor the lust of sitting in the shade and enjoying the beach view while eating freshly caught seafood! Oh, my!
While there are variety of dishes you can try when it comes to Indonesian food, sometimes, nothing beats freshly grilled seafood served with a hefty portion of sambal serving.
Watch the Water Blow
Ever wanted to see water literally erupt from the sea dozens of feet into the sky? Well, you’re in luck because the Nusa Dua beach is home to a water blow that shows exactly this. A result of rock formations and tides, the water blow is truly a wonder of nature and a must-see for anyone visiting.
Visit the Surf N Turf Park
Surf enthusiasts would be thrilled to visit the surf and turf park. This beautiful waterpark features a variety of indoor waves and instructors in place to assist you. It also has an on-site beach club with swimming pools, making it perfect for family outings.
Go Shopping At Bali Collection
If you are a shopaholic, then a visit to Bali collection is a must. The Bali Collection has a bit of everything for every kind of shopper: a large selection of departmental stores, restaurants that are both western and Indonesian and many places to get souvenirs of your trip. A complete shopping experience.
Visit Puja Mandala
If you want to give some time to the native culture and religion, then Puja Mandala is definitely for you. A symbol of religious equality and tolerance, the Mandala features a mosque, two churches, a Buddhist temple and an Indian Temple.
Visit Bumbu Bali
One of Bali’s most famous restaurants, Bumbu Bali is known for its extensive selection of traditional Indonesian food. Their seafood is legendary throughout the island and is perfect for having dinner. It even has a cooking school for those who want to learn some Indonesian cooking to take home with them!
Fancy seeing all the beautiful selfie but don’t want to get your hair wet? Well, then you should definitely try sea walking. You don’t have to do much, it just involves going to a designated dive site and wearing a special head cover that enables you to see sealife while staying dry. This is the most unique activity we found in Nusa Dua. It is quite good for those who either have a fear of deep water or those who simply don’t want to indulge with the sea water. Although we always want you to try regular snorkeling, for those who want to do something little offbeat, sea walking can be a thrilling experience without the expense of getting wet at all!
Do You Need Travel Insurance?
Thousands of travelers experience some kind of trouble when holidaying overseas each year.
Having the right level of travel insurance cover is critical when traveling. If you fall ill or have an accident while overseas, travel insurance can ensure that you get the best quality of care and you can be moved, either back home or to a better medical facility, if needed.
1. Travel insurance provides you with protection from medical costs
- If you require medical attention while traveling, you may be liable for the cost of your treatment if you don’t have travel insurance.
- In many countries, medical treatment for visitors can be incredibly expensive; daily hospitalization costs in Southeast Asia regularly exceed $800; the cost of medical evacuations from the United States regularly range from $75,000 to $95,000 and, in extreme cases, up to $300,000.
- Medicare will not pay or reimburse you for any medical expenses you incur overseas.
2. Travel insurance can cover disruptions to your trip
It’s no secret that when you travel, there is much that’s out of your control. Flights can be delayed or you might need to return home if an emergency occurs.
Without travel insurance, disruptions to your trip can end up costing you a fortune. In many cases, you lose the money you’ve already paid and have to pay for new bookings too.
Many travel insurance packages will cover you for incidents that are out of your control so that you don’t have to spend your own money if something goes wrong.
3. You can be reimbursed for your losses and expenses
If your luggage is stolen, lost or damaged overseas, you can end up significantly out of pocket – and if you don’t have travel insurance, you will be responsible for replacing your items.
If you take out the right insurance, however, you can be reimbursed for your losses and expenses, meaning that you won’t lose money due to an airline or hotel blunder, or a thief’s wrongdoings.
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As you can see, there is no shortage of fun and exciting things to see, do and experience in Nusa Dua. The hardest thing in Nusa Dua is to choose which activities to place at the top of your priority list.