Nusa Dua is not for everybody. As a walled and gated enclave of luxury resorts, the Balinese holiday hotspot might not appeal to the off-the-beaten-path backpack brigade. For those who enjoy luxurious surroundings and a sense of security however, it's a little slice of heaven. Set on the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali, Nusa Dua is surrounded by white sand beaches and crystal clear seas. It's perfect for relaxing under a palm tree with a long drink in hand but there are also a number of sports and attractions available for those who prefer a more active break.
Wherever you stay in Nusa Dua, you're never more than a short walk from the beach. Pantai Geger or Geger Beach is the main public beach but most of the hotels also offer their own exclusive stretches of sand. Each resort provides water sports tuition and facilities, including activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, sea kayaking and windsurfing, according to the Nusa Dua Holidays website. At the tip of the peninsula, a few hundred metres from most of the hotels, is a natural blowhole. When the swell is right, you can watch as plumes of water are spectacularly forced high into the air.
As well as water sports the more active holidaymaker can cycle or jog along interconnecting boardwalks. There are facilities for tennis and the Nusa Dua Golf and County Club is minutes away by taxi. Any hotel will be able to book you in for a round or two. After your exertions, you may want to relax with a spa treatment or traditional Balinese massage. Most of the hotels have their own luxury spa and massage centres.
The Galeria Shopping Complex is set within Nusa Dua itself. Here you can buy traditional crafted items including leather goods, batik, woodcarvings, and paintings. Keris Gallery is a contemporary department store and there is also a designer jeans warehouse, duty free shop and supermarket. If you enjoy the process of bartering, it's not only acceptable in Bali but pretty much expected.
Museum Pasifika is an art museum in Nusa Dua. It displays a diverse range of artworks from the Asia Pacific region including works by native Indonesian artists and European artists who have lived and worked in the area. It is open daily with an admission fee of Rp 70,000 (around £4.75) as of May 2013. Admission is free for children under 10.
Hotels and tour companies can provide boat trips to the conservation area on Selingan Island in the cluster of islands known as Turtle Islands. October is the peak season to see turtles nesting. The conservation area is overseen by rangers and there are strict rules in place to ensure the turtles are not disturbed by visitors. The Bali Safari and Marine Park in nearby Gianyar showcases many examples of Indonesian wildlife and there are also many dolphin-spotting cruises available.
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