Nusa Dua, was designed to be an ‘all-inclusive’ type of tourist destination. The pristine Bali Tourism Development Centre’s (BTDC’s) complex of world-class hotels, an up-market shopping complex with well-maintained facilities, a luxurious 18-hole golf course, white-golden sandy beaches and much more. The name Nusa Dua is derived from the two small islands to the east. Though it’s the most developed area in Bali, it still houses many temples, a museum, and lots of other attractions. And here are 10 attractions that you can choose for your holiday in Nusa Dua.
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.
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.
3.Nusa Dua Islands
The two Nusa Dua islands are where this whole area got its name from. Actually meaning ‘two islands’ in the local tongue, Nusa Dua surrounds a small bay that offers great swimming, and both of the islands host a set of unique attractions. The southern island is slightly larger than the northern one, featuring a vast grassy field where numerous international events and banquets have been held. On any other day, it is a great recreational area dotted with sparsely spaced and shaded pavilions, and several monuments.
Museum Pasifika, centrally located in Nusa Dua’s Bali Tourism Development Corporation’s (BTDC) area, established as a permanent institution to showcase these styles and forms for all humanity to study and enjoy. With over 600 works on permanent disply, the museum is an important complement to the scores of public museums in Bali and the region. As attracted visitors and enthusiasts of Asia-Pacific antique and art items throughout the years. Museum Pasifika presents an Asia-Pacific melting pot of culture with works from more than 200 artists from 25 countries, 350 paintings, and 250 historical objects, and it was establishment in 2006.
5.Bali Camel Safari’s
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.
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.
7.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.
8.Bali National Golf Club
Formerly the Bali Golf & Country Club, the Bali National Golf Club is both an attraction and a sporting activity zone. The golf course covers a considerable portion on the south of the Bali Tourism Development Complex, and features well-manicured, flowering gardens that appeal to the eye with its vast undulating greens. This Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright designed Hawaiian-styled golf course now features new Paspalum turf, with scalloped bunkering lining most fairways and elevated greens. The course now plays to over 7100 yards from the tips.
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.
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.