Nusa Dua, on the east side of Bali’s Bukit peninsula, is the island’s most luxurious location. Most of the area is taken up by international hotels, resorts, and private villa complexes where the stars come to stay and play. It has many beautiful public beaches, which are worth a visit even if you are not staying in the area.
There are several popular seaside spots here, including Black Stone, Mushroom Rock, and Sri Lanka, but the main attraction is Geger Beach. Here, you will find beautiful white sand and a clear ocean, as well as several beachside restaurants. Prices are slightly more expensive than in other areas, so don’t be surprised if a beach chair and umbrella or fresh young coconut water cost one or two dollars more.
Nusa Dua is famous for surfing but its waves break roughly one kilometer out to sea, and the ocean near the shore is gentle, with almost no waves or currents. A soft sandy bottom makes this a great place to swim for the family, and even for very small children.
A little farther out, but still in a gentle bay, is a long stretch of live reef which is visited by fish, dugongs, and rays, making it a good place for a snorkel. There are no lifeguards here, so anyone heading far out to ocean should be careful.
Surfers who want to give Nusa Dua a try should be prepared for some of Bali’s biggest waves, which can be reached by a long paddle or a short boat ride. This is not a surf spot for the inexperienced, and on many days, it can be rather dangerous. Some parts of Nusa Dua also offer fun water sports for the family, such as jet-skiing and banana boating.
The beachside restaurants here are fairly clean and the food can be quite good. It is also worth visiting one of Nusa Dua’s luxury hotels, even if you do not stay the night, as some contain Bali’s best restaurants, while others will let visitors pay to use their pool complexes and beach clubs for the day
If you are looking for a clean, safe beach area that is fun for the whole family and not too crowded, Nusa Dua is a great option!