Nusa Dua is in South-East Bali, Indonesia and takes it name from Two small islands. This area is home to some of the worlds top end 5 star hotels including the Grand Hyatt and St Regis that are based here. Exclusivity and secluded beaches are priced accordingly and run into thousands for a 2 week stay.
The village outside the complex is deserted, with only a few cafes and eateries. . There isn’t a tourist or traveler to be seen. There is however the normal array of beggars as we found out.
Once entry has been made through the pearly gates and security checks onto the tourist complex, you can begin to explore. bumper to bumper luxury hotels and beaches, and pleasant surroundings of tree lined access roads. This will give you a few hours along beach-side paved walkways and paths to various points of interest within.
Set amongst the grounds are temples, museums and eateries and also beach-side cafes along the shores to enjoy. The main attraction being Water blow, where the powerful ocean tides meet limestone cliffs and reefs. This forces waves up to 30 metres high to hit the skies. There is a view-point and walkway so look out for the signs whilst exploring.
If walking is your thing, then the complex should give you 2-3 hours of exploration around various monuments, statues and the gardens and beaches. We ventured outside for an hour for a cheap coffee and wifi, and were the only ones based outside in the small town along the main road leading to the security entrance. The complex has definitely had a negative impact on this area, and this reflects on the locals.
Our plan was to stay just outside the complex for 3-4 days, but opted to head to Kuta early. Once you have explored the main attractions there isn’t much to see except for the grounds. It’s very touristy and over-priced with a lack of culture on offer. We couldn’t wait to leave.
Onward travel from Nusa Dua Bali
Happy travels on your Global Gallivants!