Nusa Dua is a peninsula about 25 miles from Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali and site of its sole international airport. It is also home to a posh, exclusive resort enclave that goes by the same name. It is well-known for its clear, warm waters, beautiful white sand beaches, and its luxurious accommodations. However, it is also a good surfing spot, and many backpackers make the journey from Kuta down to Nusa Dua to try out the waves.
One of the main features of Nusa Dua's beaches are the waves, which are reputed the be the biggest on Bali's south coast. They are typically about 9 to 12 feet, and the peak season is during the monsoons (October to April). The breaks are at a reef that is a good distance from the beach, so either a tow or a bit of paddling is necessary to get into position. Although there are surfing classes offered at Nusa Dua, the size of the waves and the strong currents do not make this an ideal place for beginners. Experienced surfers, on the other hand, will love it.
Most beaches in Bali have access to scuba diving and snorkeling trips, and Nusa Dua is no exception. The local dive site is a slope with a top at 10 feet and a bottom at 50 feet, making it ideal for snorkelers and novice scuba divers. Dive shops also routinely run trips to dive areas across southern and eastern Bali.
Yos Marine Adventures
Jalan Pratama 106X
Tanjung Benoa Beach
Nusa Dua, Bali 80363
011 (+62) 36177377
As a major resort area, there are plenty of sporting courts in the Nusa Dua area, albeit most of them are part of a hotel complex. If you are not staying at that hotel, you should expect to pay a fee to use the facilities. There are golf courses, as well as tennis and squash courts. Nusa Dua's Bali Golf and Country Club was declared one of Asia's top five golf courses by Fortune magazine.
Bali Golf and Country Club
Nusa Dua, Bali 80363
011 (+62) 361771791
Turtle Island Trip
Pulau Penyu (Turtle Island) is off Nusa Dua, and there are regular glass-bottom boat and snorkeling trips to the area. Some of these trips will also offer para-sailing for those who want it. The island is a turtle conservation area, and the islands also have plenty of monitor lizards and tropical birds, so the trip is a great nature watching opportunity on both land and sea. If you are considering a visit to Turtle Island, keep in mind that turtles do their nesting at night, so a night trip offers the best chance to see them on the beach.
Article Written By Edwin Thomas
Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.