NUSA DUA TRAVEL GUIDE
Nusa Dua is the place to stay if you want a relaxing holiday in Western luxury, lazing around by the pool, on the beach or enjoying water sports. Nusa Dua travel guide. Up until the early 1980’s the beachfront was completely empty, then the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel opened in 1983, and others followed soon after. Nusa Dua is well laid-out, with wide avenues and bicycle and jogging tracks linking the different hotels.
The area does have a few drawbacks, however, namely its isolation from the rest of Bali. Nusa Dua is situated on Bukit Peninsula some 20 km from Kuta and the airport. Another problem is that food and drink in the hotels is rather expensive, and there is little choice outside. The Mandara Toll Road passing over Benoa Bay that links Nusa Dua with the airport, Kuta and Sanur was opened in 2015.
Other moderately priced shops and restaurants are on Jalan Pantai Mengiat in Bualu village. The sellers at the souvenir, clothing and art shops on Jalan Pantai Mengiat will expect you to bargain. For bargaining tips see the Bargaining section near the front of this website.
PUBLIC SERVICES IN NUSA DUA
Siloam Medical Centre
Kawasan BTDC, Block D,
Tel. 361. 3000 911
Jln Raya Uluwatu, Nusa Dua
Tel. 361. 703 377
Jln Bypass Ngurah Rai No. 100X
(cnr Jln Sunset, at the Simpang Siur roundabout and underpass)
Tel. 361. 761 263
Jln Sunset No. 818, Kuta
Tel. 361 779 900
International SOS Bali Clinic
Jln Bypass Ngurah Rai No.505X
(on Sanur side of Simpang Siur roundabout and underpass)
Tel. 361. 710505
Jln Bypass Ngurah Rai, Kuta
(near BIMC Siloam Hospital)
Police Nusa Dua
Jln Bypass Ngurah Rai Nusa Dua, Benoa
Tel. 361. 722 110
Main Police Station
Jln Kuta-Tuban/ cnr Jln Kediri ( on the airport side of Kuta)
Tel. 361. 751 598
Jln Gunung Sanghyang No.110, North Denpasar
Tel. 361. 844 8902
HOTELS IN NUSA DUA
Nusa Dua is the up-market tourist area of Bali. The area follows the beach from Tanjung Benoa at the northern end, to the central roundabout, then southwards towards the Bukit Peninsula.
There are now several dozen up-market hotels in Nusa Dua, with the room rates ranging from $100 to over $1,000 per night.
As you reach the central roundabout when you arrive at Nusa Dua, straight ahead of you are the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, Westin and Sofitel.
Heading northwards towards Tanjung Benoa along Jalan Pratama are Club Med, the Melia, Conrad, Aston, Grande Mirage and the Novotel.
Heading south from the Westin is the Sheraton Laguna, Innya Putri Bali, Melia, Ayodya Resort and the Mulia.
RESTAURANTS IN NUSA DUA
Apart from the restaurants and cafes at the hotels, there are some restaurants along Jalan Pratama, which runs from the central roundabout northwards towards Tanjung Benoa village.
For a variety of more budget-priced restaurants, head to the commercial area of Jalan Pantai Mengiat in the nearby village of Bualu. Here the atmosphere is more like other parts of Bali.
TRANSPORTATION IN NUSA DUA
Renting a Car in Bali
There are several good car-hire companies in Bali. The terms are much the same as in other countries, with insurance usually included for the care rented, but not other vehicles if you are involved in an accident. So paying for additional insurance is advisable. An International Driver’s Licence is required, or you can apply for a Tourist Driver’s Licence in Bali.
Daily rates start at around US$50 per day without driver, up to US$70 per day with driver, depending on the type of vehicle.
There are many reasons for renting a car with driver: You will not be personally liable if there is an accident, you don’t need to worry about parking, you won’t get lost, you can leave the car safely if you go sight-seeing. Pretty much hassle-free for an extra $20 per day. If you read the Rules of the Road below you will have a better idea of what I mean.
The better-known hire companies include Rentalcars.com (Avis, Europcar & Trac/Toyota), Bali Car Rental, Bali Car Hire, Auto Bali Car Rental, Best Bali Car Rental CV and Bali4ride.
The easiest way is to book online and pick up the car at the airport, or have the car delivered to your hotel in the southern beaches area.
There is a large Pertamina petrol station on the By-pass between Kuta and the airport.
The blue 12-seater bemo mini-bus operates from Pasar Sentral Terminal at Bualu to Kuta and Denpasar. On the side of the bemo is written: ‘Tegal Kuta Bualu’. The normal fare from Bualu to Kuta is Rp 8,000 and Bualu to Tegal Terminal in Denpasar is Rp 10,000.
SHOPPING AT NUSA DUA
Hardy’s Nusa Dua Plaza is located on the main road leading to Nusa Dua,, Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, between the Mandara Toll Road entry/exit and Jalan Pratama, outside the main entrance.
Bali Collection Shopping Centre features 36 fashion shops, 10 art and craft shops and 16 specialty shops. There is a day spa, pharmacy, restaurants and a food court area.
Sogo Department Store is next to the Bali Collection shopping complex.
Art and clothing shops on Jalan Pantai Mengiat – bargaining necessary.