Public minibuses, known locally as ‘bemos’ operate from Denpasar’s Tegal terminal as far as Bualu, the main village in the area, located just outside Nusa Dua’s main entrance. Services are haphazard and very infrequent after 16:00.
Taxis are the most convenient way of getting around and can be hailed or pre booked within the resort. Local taxi operator Kowinu Bali are the best bet for last minute journeys.
For short trips within the resort make use of the fleet of multi-coloured free shuttle bus services which connect all points between 08:00-23:00 each day. Primarily used to ferry shoppers to and from the Bali Collection shopping mall, buses call at most major hotels within Nusa Dua and adjacent Tanjung Benoa where the area’s mid range and budget accommodation is found.
If you would like to get away and explore a more traditional slice of Balinese life, car and scooter hire can be arranged at most accommodations. All these five star resorts either have their own in house car rental or use highly respected local operators affiliated to companies such as Hertz and Avis. The usual risks about vehicle safety and inadequate insurance don’t apply here; all are professional companies using late model vehicles and prices generally reflect this.
For a day trip or island tour without the hassle of driving yourself, consider hiring a car and driver for the day, which surprisingly often works out much cheaper. Again your hotel front desk will be happy to arrange all this. Most hotels also have excursion programs to places such as Ubud, Sanur, Kuta and the east coast at least once a week. Do make full use of this as modern Nusa Dua for all its luxury and sophistication, should not be your lasting impression of the ‘island of the gods’.
The southern portion of Nusa Dua’s beachfront has a lovely paved boardwalk which is perfect for breezy evening strolls to catch the vivid sunset. You’ll see couples arm in arm, families and joggers making the most of this wonderful ocean scenery. The beach itself is blindingly white and the water as placid as a lake. It makes for a great way to explore the less commercialised southern beaches and offers a quintessential tropical island image.