Nusa Dua is a relatively small purpose built resort yet has a wealth of intriguing attractions right on its doorstep. Anyone looking for a little inspiring culture and a host of exhilarating fun activities can do much worse than stay in exclusive Nusa Dua. There is no shortage of things to see and do in this thoroughly modern international resort which is the reason it is such a firm family favourite.
The spectacular white sands of Geger and Mengiat beaches are the hub of Nusa Dua’s vibrant water sports scene, the best place in Bali for enjoying ocean activities. The fun doesn’t stop on dry land either. Championship golf, tennis, a fascinating art museum, exclusive shopping and nightly cultural shows ensures you have the perfect recipe for a culture packed, all action holiday.
Water sports in Nusa Dua
There is no limit to the fun to be had on the ocean waves in Nusa Dua. All its exclusive beach hotels have water sports clubs providing a full program of rewarding activities including dedicated tuition for children.
Typically you can enjoy thrilling jet skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, sea kayaking and windsurfing. High speed banana boat and donut rides will be a popular distraction for fearless kids. If all this isn’t enough, many hotels boast vast free form swimming pools with water chutes and cascading waterfalls.
The one at Club Med (PT Holiday Villages, Lot 6, Nusa Dua, tel: +62 361 771 521), is arguably the best and open for non residents daily. Just beyond the main gates of Nusa Dua is a host of professionally run private water sports operators at Tanjung Benoa. Here the choice is even more extensive. Yos Marine (website: www.yosdive.com) is one of the most popular and provide every possible activity above and below the ocean waves including comprehensive scuba diving courses.
A trip to the turtle conservation island of nearby Serangan is a real treat for all ages and young kids especially will be enthralled. Glass bottom boats leave from Nusa Dua for a fun day of snorkelling on the open sea followed by a visit to the award winning Serangan Turtle Hatchery. Here you can learn all about the rearing and conservation of Bali’s Green Turtle population and visit the adjacent reptile park and aviary. It is a fascinating day out for families in an idyllic spot and offers inspiring education in action.
Nusa Dua has just one museum but it is a fabulous one and can compare with the very best in Bali. It features colourful displays of traditional and contemporary Balinese art, religious artifacts and treasures from across Southeast Asia. There are permanent exhibitions of Indochinese and European artwork. It is an informal art space that even kids will enjoy and definitely worth a day away from the beach. (website: www.museum-pasifika.com)
Wherever you stay in Nusa Dua you are likely to encounter an evening of high drama and haunting music with a performance of traditional Balinese dance. Several nights a week many hotels put on grand cultural evenings for guests which are highly evocative and provide thrilling family entertainment. There are spectacular trance dances, masked dances and the hypnotic ‘Kecak’ monkey dance which is not to be missed. You may even be blessed with a rare performance of the ‘Wayang Kulit,’ an epic shadow puppet play.