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Nusa Dua

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2 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
40 min from Denpasar by taxi
When to go
From March to June and from September to November
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Nusa Dua

Solène Roy Seasoned Traveller
25 written opinions

Nusa Dua, the most artificial and depressing seaside town in Bali.

My suggestion:
Avoid Nusa Dua if you really want to discover Bali and escape the glitzy side of tourism.
My review

When we arrived in Nusa Dua, we felt as if we had left Bali behind... The road has been resurfaced and the lanes are marked by well-kempt flower beds. We were stopped to check the car and then we parked and continued on foot.

We went along the coast, but only on one side as some beaches have been privatised for the resort guests of the resorts. Drinks in the "warungs" are over-priced. The coast is spoiled with impersonal hotels and theme park style activities.

Only the trail leading toward the rocks at the edge of sea is worth the trip. You can admire the panorama from the end of a gridded promenade. You can fully appreciate the force of waves hitting the rocks and spraying you at the same time.

Jade Hochart Seasoned Traveller
10 written opinions

Nusa Dua is on the island of Bali and is a seaside resort dedicated wholly to tourists who love its paradisaical beaches.

My suggestion:
It is not easy to eat local food in Nusa Dua. Get away from the main streets where eating is more expensive and not typically Balinese and find a little street vendor who will sell you some good nasi goreng served in a banana leaf.
My review

Most of Bali's beaches, with black sand and murky water, didn't exactly correspond to the idea I had before going there so when I arrived at Nusa Dua: Hallelujah! Long stretches of white sand and turquoise water lay before me. There are numerous Balinese and Australian surfers on the beach, come to enjoy one of the island's best surf spots. There are other activities as well, like parasailing, jet skiing or water skiing. 

But all the same I have mixed feelings about Nusa Dua. I have to admit that all the hotels make it impersonal and lacking authenticity. A real tourist enclave.

At Nusa Dua, like everywhere during your stay in Indonesia, there are lot of people renting scooters for a few pounds a day. If travelling off the cuff doesn't worry you then you can go off exploring the town's surroundings. A scooter is definitely the best way of enjoying the island to the full.